The Doors

             During the late 1960's bands sang of love and peace while drugs were passed out at every moment. But for The Doors it was different, because they could get a person high by just listening to songs of mystery and intenseness. The nights belonged to the gods of revelry and rebirth, and the songs invoked their potent passions, the Oedipal nightmare of "The End," the breathless gallop of "Not to Touch the Earth," the doom of "Hyacinth House," the ecstasy of "Light My Fire," the dark uneasy undertones of "Can't See Your Face in My Mind," and the alluring loss of consciousness in "Crystal Ship." And like rituals, The Doors willingly offered themselves as a sacrifice to be torn apart, to bleed, to die, to be reborn for people to listen to their music.
             During the summer of 1965 in Venice Beach, California, Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek met for the first time. Manzarek asked Morrison to sing a few lines of poetry he had written. Morrison was obligated but eventually sang a few lines from the song "Moonlight Drive". They both agreed to create a band unknowingly that they would influence many. Ray Manzarek explained the idea of a band John Densmore and Robby Krieger in meditation class. Both of the young individuals agreed quickly and they started their first practice as soon as possible. Remarkable fusion of creative energies came together in those early days of practices. Morrison kept writing everyday and showed each of them new thoughts and ideas. They were all eager to make an album as soon as possible. Ray Manzarek, a classically trained pianist, with a deep love for the blues and jazz, wrote the themes for many of the songs and played not only the keyboard parts but simultaneously propelled the band with melodic driving bass lines. John Densmore, a jazz drummer known for shamanism rhythm and theatrical timing, which was heard in many songs created powerful background rhythms. Robby Krieger, a songwriter who could play any guitar, from ...

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