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Elvis Presley Playing Live

Somehow I got again into Elvis. His music helps me focus while working on the apparently infinite number of wireframes for a finance app.

I am testing and redesigning the same components over and over until they reach perfection. As perfect as Elvis’ rendition of Moody Blue.

Talking about perfection… I found out that Elvis first attempt at singing was with the song Old Shep. Probably his favourite song ever, he sang it throughout his entire career and ALWAYS got it wrong.

There was something very emotional for him in this old song about a “good old dog”. Something that confused him so much he kept getting the words wrong. Yet, by changing the words and the melody, he kept making the song new again for himself and his audience.

It’s strange how sometimes the things we love are the things that we keep getting wrong, and that by getting them wrong we make them new and unique. The same can be true for our own design projects.

There’s a very good Malcolm Gladwell podcast on memory, Elvis, Jack White and how our emotions can alter memory in creative and unexpected ways, I’ll copy a link here:

(Did you know that Elvis paid just $4 for his first recording at the Sun studio in Memphis? Best ROI ever…)

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