Wow, it’s hard to fathom Jim Morrison at 72 years of age. He was born December 08, 1943. There are some people that come in to this world who are not meant to be here for long periods of time and Jim Morrison was one of them. He was an old soul and knew this at a young age when most children are still playing games.
Whatever Jim did he gave it 100 percent of himself. He never compromised who he was for anyone, despite the enormous pressure on him once he became famous. He was a true free spirit, who lived his life the way that he wanted to.
Some of you may know the music of The Doors and not be aware of the many volumes of poetry that Jim Morrison wrote. He really wanted to be a filmmaker and he was making a movie called HWY that never got completed.
Many people try to give an opinion of who or what Jim Morrison was in life, but I believe that he kept a lot of who he really was to himself. He gave so much of himself as an artist that he had to have a little bit reserved for him.
There was far more to Jim Morrison then just being a rock superstar. Let me show you what I mean.
At a young age he was exposed to shamanism and throughout his life realized he was a spiritual teacher. To many he did not come across as such, but when you read his writings and study his life you realize this man saw spiritual truths and tried to convey them through his music, poetry, and performance.
According to Jim Morrison, one of the most important events of his life occurred when he was a child in 1949, during a family road trip in New Mexico, when he and his parents and grandmother came across the scene of an accident in the desert. Jim realized the Native Americans were bleeding to death and was afraid. He came to believe that the souls of the newly-dead Indians were running around, “freaked out,” and that one had leaped into him. This experience greatly influenced the content of his songs, poems, and interviews.
As Jim Morrison said of poetry:
“Real poetry doesn’t say anything, it just ticks off the possibilities… opens all doors you can walk through any one that suits you. If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it’s to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.”
Greatness was thrust upon him at an early age; he was a superstar by 22. Despite this he never had the trappings of the newly rich. He never owned a car or a house. He lived in $10.00 a night motel rooms and only owned a few clothes and books. He lived a simplistic lifestyle, because it was enough being a superstar. The other members of The Doors at this time all had homes and cars.
Jim was the first rock star to ever be arrested on stage during a performance. This happened December 9, 1967 in New Haven, Connecticut. He was booked on charges of indecency, public obscenity, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest. Before the concert Jim was backstage making out with a girl. A police officer spotted them and said they had to leave. Jim told the officer he was in the band. The cop got pushy with Jim. Jim tried to push him away and then the cop maced him. .
Jim still went on stage and performed the concert. During the last song Jim started to tell the crowdabout what happened backstage. The cops shut the music down and came directly onstage to arrest him. From that time onward the police were always looking for an excuse to come after Jim.
Unfortunately his fame could not be contained and it took over his life. He enjoyed many of the perks, but did not like losing his privacy, and found ways to get lost in the crowd. He was an alcoholic and drank mass amounts of whiskey a day. No one could control him, and things went down hill when he was accused of exposing his penis in front of an audience at a rock concert in Miami Florida. He was arrested and faced Federal prison time for lewd lascivious behavior, two misdemeanors for public profanity, two for public exposure and one for public drunkenness. No one could prove that he did such a thing, and, considering how many photographs were being taken nonstop at the concert, it is highly unlikely that it happened because there is no proof. Sometimes we get trapped by our life and don’t know how to undo the web’s that surround us.
His being free is what disturbed so many people including the law and the government. The powers that be do not like when someone shows them what true freedom is.
I cannot imagine any current musical artist choosing this type of life. This is what sets Jim Morrison apart from so many of the others. It is sad that the music world today is nothing more than just commercialism. I am thankful that I was around in the 60’s to see some of the greatest creative artists express themselves freely. It was a wonderful time to be alive.
I am grateful that he graced this world for a moment, but he will always live on.
Some may say that he burnt out, but to burn out you first have to be on FIRE!
I will leave you with this final thought from Jim Morrison.
“I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable.”
Sending you lots of love on the anniversary of your birthday Jim.
My Collection of Photographs and Music of Jim Morrison. Click Here
Riders On The Storm by The Doors. My favorite song of The Doors and the last song Jim Morrison ever recorded.