Long Live the King

I visit the grave of Elvis. Serendipity ensues on a whole new level.

Twelve years ago I produced a CD of original songs called Good Fair World. I then jumped in my car and drove to Texas with gigs along the way gave a number of small concerts to promote it.

Since my nephew was living in Memphis I next decided to head for Graceland and spent a few days there.

As an atheist and musician it felt strange to be at the grave of Elvis Presley pretending to ask for guidance. But I did. 

Over the next few months my work included a comedy marathon in London England, a tavern in Berlin, and a piano bar in Rome. Clearly I was lost.

On the way back to Edmonton I stopped in to visit a friend in Regina. Ruth Smillie was artistic director of the Globe Theatre there. While waiting across the street in the mall for her to give me a tour, I high-fived this poster of a garish cartoon of Elvis hawking french fries no doubt without his knowledge. 10 minutes later Ruth asked me if I was interested in being musical director for a “juke box musical” with Elvis songs at a theatre in Prince George. It was called All Shook Up.

A few months later I was performing an extended run and receiving nightly standing ovations with an amazing cast and an incredible band. My life and my career has had many twists and turns both leading up to this and since. But that year I was at a major cross roads and blessed with some sort of help. I am still an atheist, but I have to say this: “LONG LIVE THE KING.”

Author: Jan Randall

JAN RANDALL is a 🎼Composer/Songwriter living in 🇨🇦Victoria BC CANADA His musical creativity has led him down various roads. This is a part of the story so far. 🎭 Songwriter/Performer for CBC's The Irrelevant Show. 💿 Good Fair World (solo album) 2008 📡 CKUA Radio Host 2005-2008 📡 800+ Original Soundtracks/Studio Owner 1985-2006 🏅Ceremonies for the 2001 World Championships in Athletics (Musical Director and Composer) 🏆Music Director for the Banff World Media Festival 1995-2005 🎭 Music Director for Second City (Santa Monica, Deerhurst, Toronto, Edmonton) 1981-1989 ✈︎ Jesus Christ Superstar World Tour 1970 💻More Info Available in Wikipedia (Jan Randall) 🎶 AF of M Local 246 Lifetime Member ( Board) 2016-2021 🎶 Guild of Canadian Film Composers (Board) 1996-2006
 🎓University of Alberta (Theory and Composition) 1975 🎓North Texas State University 1976 🎓Banff School of Fine Arts 1977 JAN RANDALL IS CURRENTLY TEACHING AT 🎓 University of Victoria 🎓 Victoria Conservatory of Music

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