Monday, January 05, 2009

All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes

Basically aware of the book since its publication in 1989, I've never taken the time to read it. But now that Cindy at Dominion Family is hostessing an online book club, I decided to sign up.

I am committed to reading, thinking, and learning about popular culture.

The official start date is Wednesday, January 7, 2009; and I have resisted reading the book since the announcement of the club in December. But today I felt compelled to get oriented.

Besides holding and flipping through the book (tactile learner?), I've contemplated the Title, read the Dedication, glimpsed at the Table of Contents, overlooked the Acknowledgements, perused the Bibliography, waited on the End Notes, reveled in the Index, enjoyed the Introduction, and made notes through the First Chapter.

At this point, I must confess that I feel woefully ignorant, inadequate, and just plain dense. There may be something lacking in my education or family upbringing (gene pool), but I just dont retain much information about popular culture: music, movies, games. DH is the guru in our family.

Furthermore, to prove that statement, I will admit publicallly that I had NO CLUE about the reference for the Blue Suede Shoes.

My daughters wear blue suede shoes.

I think they're pretty.

But something told me that was not what Ken Myers was talking about.

So, I googled.

I met Carl Perkins at Wikipedia.

I listened to THE song on an Australian Elvis Presley Fan Club site.

I requested a CD of Rockabilly songs from the library.

Basically I got a grip on the situation.

Here's a picture of the shoes that may have inspired the lyrics to the song.

Should be interesting.

Hope you'll join us.


  1. Bless your heart! I don't know how we could do this without you! Love the shoes.

  2. You always come up with the most interesting facts for these clubs. I look forward to reading your posts!

  3. It's possible that I can contribute positively to the discussion even though I lack in knowledge and recognition.

    Mr Myers himself stated that the book is about the conduits and forms, and not so much the content.

    BTW the daughters *knew* about the song... from Elvis fame, not Perkins.

  4. I always thought it was a reference to Elvis, too.

  5. I have to say thank you before I go check out the links. It's bugged me for-ev-ah that I didn't get the Blue Suede Shoes reference.

    Dana, you rock!