Saturday, December 24, 2011

Where Could The Door Of Perception Have Gone?

The DoorsCover of The DoorsBy Seth Frank

Jim Morrison's voice was a firm stone of reality, like the rock of Gibraltar, in an era of overzealous peace and love.

He was raw sexuality and unashamed of his unabashed masculinity. For over forty years The Doors have been dissected and written about. They have left a deep and beautiful wound on the history of music. It is hard to find the same telepathic nuance in a collective consciousness that they held as a group.

Ray Manzarek was the true founding member and the keyboardist who set the psychedelic background stage for Morrison's vocal onslaught of poetry. Drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger joined after two other guys dropped out, one was Manzarek's brother, because they thought the band wasn't going to make it.

It was trying for The Doors to get recognized for their brilliance during an age of Beach Boys enthusiasts in LA. It just took a year for the intial Doors vinyl album to be released. The first Doors vinyl release had their haunting song "The End", as well as their two well-known hits and most recognized songs, "Light My Fire" and "Break On Through (To The Other Side)".

"The End" was always a crowd favorite because of the imagery that would spew forth from Jim's lips in a drug induced trance. The audience never knew what was to come at the real end of his rant. Would Jim kill his father and mother or would he commit unspeakable actions of treachery worthy of a Shakespearean tragedy? Or perhaps Jim would just faint before the end of the song.

Jim was the notorious poet in the group, but it was guitarist Krieger that penned the opening lines of the well-known hit, "Light My Fire". "Funeral pyre" was added by Jim, who claimed that the once uplifting love song required a bit of death added into it. Morrison believed that songs, much like life, must end in death.

A fairly true thought coming from a man who got the name of the band from a William Blake quote, "If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is - infinite."

Morrison died too soon in 1971 due to booze and drugs. The band never gathered the same audience after Jim's passing, and ended it for good in 1973. Too bad; who knows what may have been achieved through Jim's words and insight into the dark side of the unconscious.

The original Doors vinyl albums are one of the all time best selling collections for groups along with records by The Who and The Rolling Stones. The Doors sales are still going good, reaching 100 million plus worldwide in vinyl records. Not bad considering they only recorded six studio records with Morrison. The Doors will always be relevant because every year some new kid will connect with Morrison's deep soulful lyrics and realize they aren't alone in this world anymore.

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