Stiletto Heights

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Dear (Insert Name Hear) Week VII

Dear Most likely Dead but some people still think you are alive...Elvis Presley,

First off, I am a huge fan, like ridiculously huge, always have been, always will be, I even made the pilgrimage to Graceland on the 20th Anniversary of your death, did the whole openly sobbing at your grave thing and everything.

In fact in fact I am not alone, my bubs is also quite a fan, in fact in our house instead of saying "swear to god", or "I swear on my life", we always say "I swear on Elvis".

Most people look at us like we are daffy, but such is life, right?

Am I your biggest fan? No...most certainly not, but I am a big enough fan that if someone were to ask me, Elvis or The Beatles, I would say Elvis even though I know that the Beatles did more for music, but you did more for culture in general I think.

I am a big enough fan to watch your dreadfully wonderful movies, Except Frankie and Johnny, which was just dreadful all around, as was the one where you played the singing doctor and you were trying to have sex with Mary Tyler Moore, who was a nun (Change of Habit).

I have to say my favorite film is "Follow That Dream" where you are a homesteader, living on the beach, that one was good. I think you were kind of "slow" in that one, right? Oh, and who can forget Clambake (I can't even think of that movie without hearing the song..."mama's little baby likes clambake, clambake, mama's little baby likes clambake too").

As far as favorite Elvis songs go, well everyone has one in fact I have several and in different categories, favorite slow songs are "Don't" and "Always on My Mind", I used to consider "Can't Help Falling In Love" on that list, but I ruined that song for myself when I walked down the aisle to it when I married that god forsaken hippie when I was 20....but that is a story for another time.

Favorite fast songs are "Suspicious Minds" and "Little Less Conversation".

which finally brings me to the point of my letter.

My bubs has been learning how to play "Little Less Conversation", and as he was practicing it when we both realized, at the same time....exactly what the lyrics were....and um....Elvis?

Is this a song about you trying to date rape someone?

Seriously, is it? Or is this just what was considered smooth talk in the days before political correctness and "Take Back the Night" Rallies?

these are the lyrics I am thinking about, and well...I'll just let you decide.

"A little more bite, a little less bark
A little more fight a lot more spark
Now shut your mouth
Open up your heart
and satisfy me baby,
satisfy me"

still a fan, but now searching for another new favorite fast Elvis Song,

Jennifer Gordon

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Blogger NancyPearlWannabe said...

This is dead celebrity week? Ok, let's see...

Dear Freddie Mercury,

If you were alive and standing in front of me, I'd like to tell you two things:

1. I wished with all my middle school heart that you would someday fall in love with me and whisk me off to concerts at Wembley Stadium and the crazy cool clubs of London. And while my as-yet unjaded 12 year old heart knew you were gay (and dead), I still hoped it would come true.

2. I know British people are not so into cosmetic dentistry, and that probably goes doubly so for Brits in the 60's and 70's, but for serious with those teeth? Sure, they just made me love you more, especially when combined with sequined spandex jumpsuits, but you do realize that not many people that can pull off, right?

All my love,

8:50 AM  
Blogger Beej said...

Did you know that Elvis died on my second birthday?

8:54 AM  
Blogger Beej said...

Oh, and for dead celebrity week....



Dear Jim Henson,

Please come back and kill your son in a manner similar to the way those lame shadows killed Michael Keaton in "White Noise". He really, really sucks.

Hugs and Kisses,

8:57 AM  
Blogger jewelstreet said...

Oh gosh! I should have read better yesterday. Of course, the one week I pick a live celebrity....

Darn it to heck! nancypearl, why did you have to pick Freddie Mercury?!!!

I've got nothing. Absolutely nothing.

8:59 AM  
Blogger jewelstreet said...

Oh, I thought of one!

Dear, Miss Katherine Hepburn-

I feel the need to call you Miss Katherine Hepburn whenever I think of you.

First of all, I want to thank you for being the trendsetter that you were. Not only did you prove that women could be strong and still be sexy, but you made wearing pants fashionable. You proved they could be trendy and flattering. You always looked smashing in your movies.

Second, did you ever want to marry Spencer Tracy? I realize you may have not, but I was always curious whether you did or didn't. I don't think I've ever seen it in an interview. Although I'm sure it had been asked at some point in time.

So in closing, you rocked and still rock, Miss Katherine Hepburn. Thank you for being who you were.


9:06 AM  
Blogger Craftymoose Crafts said...

My Dear Elvis,
Yes, I was the one that Jenn referred to when she said, "I know for a fact that at least one of you will be VERY excited about this."!
I want you, I love you, I need you, always will.
Do you know that I had a huge poster of you in my living room before I got married? ...but I really can't hang it up now & make my husband I keep it in my closet & every once in awhile, I take a peek.
And yes, I know how lonely life can why didn't you get your act together & hang onto 'Cilla?
For years, I felt like I was always tryin' to get to you (one of my favorite songs), and then I finally did. I did the whole enchilada--saw Humes High School, the apartments where you grew up, Sun Records, and yes, Graceland. I am humbled to think I walked where you did.
We danced our first dance at our weddig to "Can't Help Falling in Love With You".
You are part of my life & always will be.
Love,One of your biggest fans,

9:11 AM  
Blogger stilettoheights said...

lol, it's not dead celebrity week, but it can be...that's cool!!!

these letters are beautiful!!!

9:16 AM  
Blogger moogan said...

Here's my feeble attempt.

Dear anna nicole,
It's been such a short time since your passing but so many things have changed in your absence. Consider this your 411 on your afterlife.
First let me congratulate you on having a father for your daughter. After many long winded custody and and dna injections, a papa has been chosen. You might even remember him, a young blonde bloke, whose d-list film career will surley pick up now. Or at least his tell all book will show up on the ny times list.
Also, sadly you died of an overdose. No one is more shocked about this juicy bit than yourself, I imagine.
Well anna, I hope things are bigger and better whevever you are. You do know I was reffering to your breast just then, right.
Can't wait to hear more about you on celebrity gossip shows for decades to come.
a not so big fan,

was that to bitchy?

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT letter!!! I think you might have just discovered you have a lot in common with your blog readers. I am a huge (thin) Elvis fan, I even have all these Elvis paintings, statues, those plates and guitars you get through the mail (thanks bordering-senile gramps). I went to Graceland and to Tupelo to visit his birthplace (rather dreadful). More than Elvis, though, I have a fascination with Priscilla and Lisa Marie and her model daughter.

I am trying to think of a letter but not feeling very full of thoughts today.

I am trying to think of

9:30 AM  
Blogger stilettoheights said...

I was just informed by my bubs that the lyrics of clambake...are not clambake too, but "clambake juice"

that makes me sick, so....well that's all.

love Lisa Marie's model daughter!!!!

9:41 AM  
Blogger RecyVintage said...

Dearest, dearest Michael Hutchence,

Three words...




You were so HOT!!!

All my love to you now and always, handsome one,

Karen Beth :)

* NancyPearl - I too love(d) Freddie Mercury. No one compares to him.

* Stiletto - I've often wondered about the lyrics to "Little Less Conversation". Hmmmm... It is, however, a rocking hot song. My favorite "slow" song of his is "Kentucky Rain", I think, although it is hard to pick.

My Mom grew up right down the road from his birthplace and homestead, a very teeny house in Tupelo, MS. She saw him playing outside some when he was little. Ha. Small world.

9:48 AM  
Blogger alexgirl said...

Hah! That was awesome fan mail. I like the way you lead up to insinuating he might be a rapist--you definitely don't want to start off with that kind of accusation! I always liked that song too, but now... Hmmm. Maybe Jail House Rock instead.
And thanks for your advise on the Amish sex games. I like that you think outside the box! ;)

10:12 AM  
Blogger jungle dream pagoda said...

Love the song Don't, probably my favorite Elvis song! Hmmm,never thought about the lyrics to "a little less convo",hmmm,still love it.What a great bunch of letters! Love Kate Hepburn!!!Love Michael Hutchence!
So, in the spirit of dead celebrity letter week,I will return to the "age of aquarrius"one more time.As I commented yesterday,I decided my pregnant hippie chick character,from Hair, was carrying a future dead celebrity. There was much opppurtunity for improv among the tribe,and as you know Jennifer ,when given a thumbnail sketch for a character,you must flesh it out with subtext and a history. Anyhow somehow my story just evolved. So here goes, Jeanie's letter to her unborn child:

Dear baby inside of me.
I don't even know if you are a boy or girl yet.You will someday ask me how you came to be and I will do my best to answer.It was the summer of love,in San Francisco,Jimmy had just sang,and someone put a tab with Donald Duck on it in my mouth.The beauty that followed was heartbreaking ,to experience that sense of nirvanna
one can only die or concieve!A few months later I ended up in NYC ,and it turns out I wasn't dead at all,but you were coming! The tribe is so happy for me. You will be a more evolved human and I continue flood our dual being with the beauty that you came to be inside me with.Claude is gone now.He went to fight a purposeless war. I hope by bringing sensitive creatures like you into this world,our leaders will never choose to slaughter innocents in a futile conflict again. You will never know Claude and he is not your father,but I am hoping you will have his mystical third eye.We made love only one time and awoke to a Rainbow. If you are a girl,that is to be your name. If you are a boy I will name you after Claudes grandfather Kurt,he lives in Seattle. Perhaps we will try to find him.
All apologys,Jeanie Cobain

10:49 AM  
Blogger stilettoheights said...

lisa Gabrielle!!!

I didn't see the curt cobain thing coming at all, i thought you were going to go with River Phoenix!!

beautiful and love that your wrote it in character from Hair!!!

10:54 AM  
Blogger gilfling said...

Oh my goodness this is the best celebrity letter week ever!!!!

I have to make a few comments before I think of my letter as they are all so wonderful!

Okay I too adore Elvis!!! I remember the day he died as my mum was heavily pregnant with my little sis and she sobbed all day.

Jenn I almost died there as I thought we may have been at Graceland the same anniversary of his death until I realised I was there on the 25th anniversary!!

I love all the songs you have mentioned, but I also love 'In the Ghetto' (depressing I know but I can't help it) and my absolute favourite one as a child (and still is) is Wooden Heart.

I also adore Freddie Mercury, I just love him and almost can't bear to watch his last video as it is heartbreaking. I did read somewhere though that he hated his teeth too, but if he had had them corrected it would have completely altered his singing voice.

I love everyone's letters!! Right off to ponder my own for a while.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

Kurt Cobain. Sigh.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Gia -

I wish I was alive, your age, your friend, and living in NYC around the same time as you. I would have been damn sure you stayed away from those drugs (and my sexuality may also have taken a different path).

Do you regret doing the "dead" photo, super creepy now, right?!?!?

The majority of your photos haunt me. I wonder did you find happiness at all in your short, short life? You should know that you are an amazing woman beyond your beauty. You have obviously inspired so many strong and bold women today like your bio actress, Angelina Jolie. I bet there would be no Brangelina if you were still alive.

Please rest peacefully knowing your life is a legacy as well as a lesson.


12:45 PM  
Blogger Tamer Nabil said...

Artwork exist even after the owner died outstanding work that shook the world love art and music, especially to the magic of the great hearts of the people can feel comfortable with the first Tgmh make music that my friend

happy day

12:51 PM  
Blogger moogan said...

these letters are so great! I wish there was no brangelina. Imagine such a world.

1:09 PM  
Blogger stilettoheights said...

megan, don't say such things, bradgelia are considered royalty on my blog!!!

lol, no seriously, they are.

1:28 PM  
Blogger moogan said...

sorry I meant no disrespect to you or brangelina

5:37 PM  
Blogger dusk&summer said...

lol great post, I had no idea Elvis did so many movies!! and as for that letter.

Dear Andy Warhol,
why soup cans?

Love, Jen

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Judy Garland,
I have always totally admired your ability to sing,act and just be sooo many wonderful characters. In "Meet me in St. Louis" You were wonderful! You shined on the screen! I think of that movie everytime I hear "White Christmas". I bet it would be wonderful to know that you were the FIRST person to ever sing that song on screen.
You did a wonderful job in "The Wizard of Oz" I can remember watching that many times as I got older. I used to wish I were Dorthy and could put on red shoes,click my heals,go anywhere I wished.
I sure wish that you could come back. You will always be remembered and I will envy you until the day that I die.:)

Your fan,
Angela Taylor

9:51 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

My favorite seen in A Change of Habit is when Elvis is trying to connect with the autistic girl... "Love you! Love you!"

11:45 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Uh, I meant my favorite "scene".

11:49 PM  

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