Elvis at St. John’s
Papontee, Year 10
Hello everyone! Many of you might have heard of Elvis through your parents, or have never heard of him in your life. Elvis Presley is the King of Rock n’ Roll, just like Michael Jackson was the King of Pop. I believe he is one of the most influential people to have lived in the past century.
Even before I was born, I was exposed to his music. My parents would often sing Elvis’ songs in karaoke and parties. When I was 7 years old, I watched a Walt Disney film which some of you may have heard of, “Lilo and Stitch”. That movie had a lot of songs like “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Devil in Disguise”, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” etc. That was when I was hooked into Elvis’ songs. From then on I started performing Elvis’ songs on an oldies music regular show called “Tee Nee Mee Dao Pradap Jai” held every four months, in which I had already performed several times before singing Suntaraporn songs. During January and August, Elvis’ birth month and death month, respectively, there are several shows dedicated to Elvis which I perform there.
I realised that in performing over the years, not only have I had the opportunity to perform, I have gained a lot of experience. For example, I have learned discipline, endurance and social skills. My mother always said “Don't only be a performer, also be an entertainer.” Every time I perform, I give everything, so that each performance is great and memorable.
Over the years I have grown to listen to other kinds of music such as heavy metal and indie music, but I still keep to my Elvis roots. Even though I listen to other kinds of music my friends would listen to, I can still get along with them (I hope so). In the future I hope to continue to perform as an Elvis impersonator and hope that his music will continue through future generations because these are classic songs and will never die out.