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  1. I was never into the Doors back in the day because Jim Morrison was so repellent in so many ways. About fifteen years ago somebody recommended that, the next time I heard one of their songs on the radio, instead of changing stations I try listening to the song, focusing only on the musicians and ignoring the Lizard King.

    What great advice that was. That was when I finally began to appreciate what fine musicians the Doors were, Ray Manzarek in particular.

    The BBC had a lovely tribute to him this morning. I never realized he was playing the bass line on keyboard with his left hand!

  2. And WHAT pray tell me was so repellent about Morrison that it would limit your ability to listen to the band? I still have my LP of LA Woman, a brilliant album. Still remember hearing for the first time ‘Riders on the Storm’ on my mate’s B & O stereo, that had me hooked.

    • The self-proclaimed “King of Orgasmic Rock” always struck me as a breathtakingly obnoxious man suffering from a major cranial-rectal inversion.

      Being the daughter of a musician who had known (and worked with) many famous musicans, I understand many geniuses can be described in similar terms. Unfortunately many “geniuses” are as well, and at the time I simply closed my ears.

      All I can say in my defense is that there are few so judgmental and prejudiced as the young.

    • Now you’ve done it. I can’t get “Riders on the Storm” out of my head.

      But it could be worse: I could still be in my “I hate the Doors” mode, and fortunately I’m not. 🙂

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