“Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley
— Friday, August 16th, 2013 —
This week marks the commemoration of the death of Elvis Presley, for those of us who believe he’s really dead. It also marks the return of “The Cross and the Jukebox,” the first since we made our transition from Southern Seminary to the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. So I decided to put the two together.
On this week’s episode, we listen to Elvis’s song “Suspicious Minds.” I don’t think this is his best song, necessarily, or his most iconic. But I think it’s important for a couple of reasons. First, it marks the transition from the one Elvis we know- the young rock and roll pioneer- to the other Elvis we know- the Vegas singer in the rhinestone-decked lounge suit.
More importantly, this song continues some themes Elvis seemed to like. The involuntary nature of love, love as a metaphor of being out of control. I suggest Elvis’s life demonstrates what it means to be in control of so many outside factors, through fame and money, but without control over the world, the flesh, and the devil.
In that sense, all of us know something of Presley’s life, especially as it relates to the one thing over which we most clearly have no control: death. In that, we’re all Elvis impersonators.