The second segment of The Jimmys is about one of my idolized singers and my favourite modern poet, Jim Morrison from The Doors.
Before seducing America in the late 1960s, Jim Morrison was born in 1943. He went on to become an Arts student at the University of California where he met the other future members of The Doors.
One of the most fascinating things (to me) about Morrison is that he couldn’t play a single note on any instrument, yet he became one of the most iconic front man of 20th century rock. He had an ear for the psychedelic and his word choice matched up with the other three members in a new sound that no one had ever experienced.
Jim Morrison was a poet before a singer, which is easily distinguishable when you hear the lyrics to classic Doors songs. “Dance on fire as it intends, Music is your only friend,” is one of my favourite lines of his. He had an intense stare that grabbed your insides and turned you on all at the same time as he wiggled and wretched around the stage.
He had a warrant out for his arrested six times throughout his life for various crimes including public drunkenness, indecent exposure, public profanity, inciting a riot, and disturbing the peace to name a few.
He was talked about coast to coast because of his sexual stage antics and profound lyrics. Listen to their debut, self-titled album The Doors or another popular album “L.A. Woman” and you’ll fully experience the beauty and tragedy that lived inside of Jim Morrison.
He died at the age of 27 on July 3, 1971. He joined Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Curt Cobain and many more in the infamous “27 Club”, a group of musicians all dying at 27.
As I started writing and listening to more music from The Doors, my appreciation for his spirit and talent continue to aspire me. His lyrics are haunting and beautiful, I highly suggest throwing a Doors record on and listening front to back as nature intended.