Love Me Tender (The Quiet Quiet Way)
Unlike, Dillan, I know little about Elvis Presley outside of the movies I saw as a child. While you won’t hear Jailhouse Rock or Blue Suede Shoes on Love Me Tender, you will hear the melancholic Surrender, the rocker Heartbreak Hotel and of course, infamous Love Me Tender. In fact, Presley penned only two songs of the fourteen included here. With beautiful orchestration, studio musicians in Nashville and an orchestra recorded in Oslo, this music acts as a reminder of Presley’s talent as a vocal stylist. I also reflected on the cross-genres in which Presley performed from his start in country-western to his emergence as a rock and pop star, to his last days as a Vegas act. We could remember Presley for many things, but Dillan and these musicians suggest that we reflect on the American legend’s vocal and songwriting gifts.