This past Friday (July 5), I got to sit down and chat with Elliott Ives, the current guitarist for Justin Timberlake. We talked a lot about how his life has changed—how he literally went from all-together giving up on a career in music to appearing on shows like SNL and the Grammys because of the opportunities he got in Memphis.
The first couple weeks of “officially” starting this project (I really started working on it when I began doing interviews last semester) have been both incredibly exciting and frustrating. I began this knowing little to nothing about computer science and when I finally started on the technical side of things, I was even more confused. However, with a little patience and a lot of forums, I quickly learned the basics of WordPress and put up a “wireframe” of what I wanted the Echoes of Memphis website to look like.
The beginning of this week started out with some exciting interviews. On Monday and Tuesday, Paul Taylor and Steve Selvidge, respectively, each took time out of their schedules to visit with me. Taylor is a multi-instrumentalist who has played with everyone from his close friends Luther and Cody Dickinson to legendary Hi Records star Ann Peebles. Taylor’s father, Pat Taylor, was also big on the Memphis music scene, playing in bands like The Breaks.
I am approaching my last week as a fellow for the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies. Although I plan to continue working on this website for the rest of my time here at Rhodes, it is still daunting to think of how little of the Memphis music story I have covered. I mean, I have had some opportunities to talk to some great people, and I am beyond grateful that these talented and busy musicians have taken time out to speak with me, a 20-year-old college kid who was just interested. Throughout this process, I have learned a lot.