“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” ~ Jim Morrison 1943-1971
“In each new generation’s quest for its own freedom, Jim is there. The Doors are there.” Ray Manzarek 1939-2013
It’s hard to believe that Jim Morrison has been dead for 42 years. In the short 27 years that he lived he left a major impact on the world. He said, “No one will ever forget me, Ever.” And what a true statement that has been. You can go to any country in the world and sing a few bars of “Light My Fire” and people will instantly recognized that song. If you show people a picture of Jim Morrison they know exactly who he is.
He lived a hard fast life, but he left so much behind that has inspired so many people. There are those that love to judge him because he drank and did drugs, but that is not the sum total of the man. He was a philosopher, poet, song writer, and singer. The magnitude of work that he left behind shows that he did not spend all of his time stoned out of his mind. He understood his purpose in this life and knew that he would not live long. How many people understand their purpose in life at the age of 18?
I consider Jim Morrison one of the most spiritual people in rock and roll music although many would not think so. He studied philosophy and many different spiritual teachings and these are reflected in his songs and poetry. Often people do not get what he was saying because it goes beyond the way that many express themselves artistically. He was an old soul who understood more than most. Jim loved pushing people’s buttons.
This year Ray Manzarek the cofounder of The Doors passed into spirit. I know that Ray and Jim are making beautiful music together once again
He was a true rebel and never compromised himself.
Jim Morrison will always be remembered!