Inspiration of Memphis, TN - My Family Travels

Musically Memphis 2007 Hello! My name is Sarah Guinn and my family and I are currently enjoying the best time of the year — vacation. Just the word vacation can make one’s mouth begin to water and the mind begin to soar with excitement. Vacation is definitely the one of the best times of the year we all look forward to.


This year, my family traveled to Memphis, TN. Being that we only live six hours away from Memphis, we began our journey at 3:00 AM to arrive in Memphis around 9:00 AM. The journey through Arkansas was a wary one because of such dense fog.

Nevertheless, we made it to our destination, Memphis. The very first thing we did was visit Graceland, the famous mansion of Elvis Presley. I went to Elvis Presley’s Graceland without prior expectations.

My family took our tour of the mansion and we loved it. The house was decorated very beautifully, however, what really caught my attention during this visit was The Trophy Room and The Racquetball Room. For me, seeing all the awards displayed in this room was tremendous.

I was really taken back by how much one life could succeed in a short amount of time. The Trophy Room housed Elvis’ Grammy Awards and his gold records along with various outstanding awards. Moreover, The Racquetball Room covered walls from the floor to the ceiling with awards which completely made my jaw drop to the floor! I was very amazed and inspired by these rooms.

At the end of the tour as I walked past Elvis’ grave, I felt a sadness within. In my mind, I saw the rise and fall of a great hero. Later that day, my family also visited Sun Records on 706 Union Avenue.

This was the recording studio were artists such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash first got their start. The studio had a retrospective feel to it and felt like so many great times had happened in that small space. The laughter still filled the space and the feel of comfort was present.

My family and I were able to take a tour of the studio. A few items on display were Elvis’ first guitar case and letters from women wanting to be his wife. On this tour, I also learned of other recording artists who had come through Sun Records such as Ike Turner with ‘Rocket 88′. With this, I learned of Sam Phillips who was the great business man of the company and Elvis’ trials and tribulations with getting started as a recording artist. This reminded me of perseverance and the will to carry one and make one’s dreams come true.

After visiting Sun Records, we continued on to the world-famous Beale St. This was my favorite part of the trip. On Beale St., I heard authentic blues bands which were amazingly great. It’s the rocking beat of the blues that makes one feel ready to face life and to live it up. Beale St. was like one big party and everyone was having a great time. Music was a twenty-four hour celebration here. While downtown, we took a carriage ride and our driver spoke to us about the history of Memphis and pointed out the great architecture. My favorite part of this ride was circling a particular fountain. I felt connected with nature and as I saw the water flow from the fountain, I felt alive. The mix of tall skyscrapers with the array of trees and fountains gave me a balanced feeling of life. Unfortunately, the trip seemed to go too fast and before I knew it, I was back at home in Missouri. However, from the experiences I had during this trip, I felt renewed and ready to the face the world once more. In the words of Henry David Thoreau, ‘Though I am old enough to have discovered that the dreams of youth are not to be realized in this state of existence yet I think it would be the next greatest happiness always to be allowed to look under the eyelids of time and contemplate the perfect steadily with the clear understanding that I do not attain to it.’ I was inspired by the amazing success of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n’ Roll, yet though feeling inspired, one cannot always look too far into the future. The feeling of balance between the city and nature helped me feel paced in my life, but however, to look to the future.

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