To Elvis, from Qatar, with love
Among the felt-tip expressions of undying loyalty scrawled onto the stone wall that separates Elvis Presley’s home from the boulevard that bears the singer’s name is a relatively new inscription that to most visitors probably appears as abstract as the patterns cut in the air by the King’s onstage karate chops.
The message — written just a couple of feet off the ground, a few yards from the Graceland gates — is in Arabic. It states: “Elvis we love you — Qatar.”
“My goal in life is to spread Elvis in the Middle East,” said Lisa Bseiso (pronounced bih-SEE-so), founder of “The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Qatar,” the rare Elvis organization based in an Islamic nation.
More, “the power of Elvis Presley can the bridge the cultures of the East and the West,” said Bseiso, 36. “His music and presence is universal, regardless of traditions, religions or norms.
“Elvis talks directly to you,” she added, citing “Hurt” and “If I Can Dream” — “If I can dream of a better land/ Where all my brothers walk hand in hand” — as among the songs that offer particularly relevant messages of healing and hope.
A former organizer of charities for the Qatari royal family, Bseiso acknowledges her family wealth has helped her make four trips to Graceland in the past few years, marking the fledgling Qatar fan club — based in the capital city of Dohar, some 7,500 miles from Memphis — as not just one of the most distant but one of