When I was 25 I discovered The Doors. The Doors were a lot darker than a lot of what I had been listening to before then. Their sound was magic.
Their sound is still magic.
Being 25 was a weird age for me. I felt out of phase with everyone else and the rest of the world. Adrift in my own life. A rebel without a clue.
The Doors music and Jim’s voice touched something in me. It awakened my inner hippy. It spoke to me in a way that no other music had ever done, I felt connected to it. To something bigger than myself. I’m sure that sounds really weird.
I was sad to learn yesterday of the passing of Ray Manzarek who played keyboards and founded the band with Jim Morrison back in 1965. He was 74 years old.
John Densmore (the drummer) has said about Ray: “There was no keyboard player on the planet more appropriate to support Jim Morrison’s words. Ray, I felt totally in sync with you musically. It was like we were of one mind, holding down the foundation for Robby and Jim to float on top of. I will miss my musical brother.”
The music industry and fans have lost another music icon to the Gig in the Sky.
“The movie will begin in 5 moments”
The mindless Voice announced
“All those unseated, will await The next show”
We filed slowly, languidly into the hall.
The auditorium was vast, & silent.
As we seated & were darkened
The Voice continued:
“The program for this evening is not new.You have seen this entertainment thru & thru.
You’ve seen your birth, your life & death; you might recall all of the rest
– (did you have a good world when you died?) – enough to base a movie on?”
- Jim Morrison