American History Part 1

Trip Start May 13, 2007
Trip End ??? ??, 2008

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Monday, July 9, 2007

We forgot to say Oklahoma is a good 7 and worth a visit.

This entry is meant to be profound and thought provoking.. (We're allowed one of these somewhere along the way).

While in Memphis we visited:

The home of Elvis.  It was not as big as we expected, it stands in 13 acres, it has stables, a medium size swimming pool, gardens and a small mansion with many rooms which are homely, musically orientated and nothing appears to be pretentious.  There is a meditation garden where he and his family (mum, dad) are buried, it was peaceful and truly a feature point and the number of fans visiting is unbelievable, someone must be getting ridiculously rich from all of this!  If you are a fan  its well worth the visit.

Beale Street, the street where jazz, blues, rock and roll and country music came alive, where people like: Elvis, BB King, Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong performed.  The street is the same as it was all those many years ago (You can tell) and the atmosphere is reflects this.   There are music notes in the sidewalk ,like on Hollywood, of all the musicians that have played or sang there.  Well worth a visit

Rock and Roll Museum, the museum is small and at first you feel it is a waste of money, but as you move around each exhibit you soon become involved and hooked.  It tells you the history of the blues, jazz. country and rock and roll and, if you are our age, it provoles memories and reminds you of songs you may have forgotten. There's even a mention of the Beatles and it has original equipment where well known songs were recorded.  Well worth a visit.

Civil Rights Museum, the fight and plight of the American Black people for equal rights.  As we walked through we met people who were there at the protests, who heard Martin Luther King speak and who lost family in the most horrific way.  We heard them speaking to there families about there memories and they allowed us to listen and question.  The exhibits are very thought provoking and hard to take in.  It is built near to where MLK was assignated and just as you go in there is the Peace Flame lit in 2002 from the peace flame in Wales, UK, it signifies MLKs Life and the ongoing plight for equal rights.   Welll worth a visit.

I say this entry is profound, mainly because of the history behind this experience, but more so because the things we saw are part of our lifetime (that is if you are as old as we are)!  In our time, we were part of the huge musical movement, we experienced the introduction and growth of rock and roll, jazz, etc.  In our time, we saw the protests or heard about the things that were happening to the American Black people and in our time we have had the priviledge to hear the nobel peace speakers such as MLK and Mandela.  Have you made a difference?  I don't know if we have!  but just for this entry I'd like to think that we have by just being here at this time and being part of it all. 

Memphis is a very, very good 7.


Guess who got stopped by the police today???

He couldn't see our number plate Canada number plates are a little different, he was very nice ( yes we found one nice policeman) and even let us take a picture.

We have just left New Orleans.  We rushed there for the jazz fest, planned to stay for a few days but left after one.  We went on a Showboat with a paddle ,down the Mississippi (Knew how to spell that from the skipping song) we were told the first half was sight seeing and the second half was jazz music, the musicians must have missed the boat, because there was none.  We walked around the French Quarter where all the tourist attractions are and heard very little music or entertainment, in fact things were starting to close.  So we seem to be a little disappointed again.  The place is very busy, there are lots of shops and very small streets full of bars and condo's, it is well worth a visit though and we give it a very good 6.

Moving on now to Atlanta and the east coast....
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