Evening readers, bloggers, friends and weirdos,
Today in the UK, we have witnessed (courtesy of many at-the-ready camera phones) just how crazy, screwed up and evil our world can be and as is duly the case these days after an event such as the Woolwich attack, our social media sites explode with hatred and bigotry, with people fighting between themselves instead of respecting the fact that someone has lost their life and somewhere right now, a family are in mourning.
And so I’m seeking safe haven somewhere other than Twitter and Facebook. Tumblr was a good bet. Still a million pictures of doughnuts, kittens and quotes about love. Wattpad was also a good option. Just a gazillion great reads that help you escape from reality. And then I remembered WordPress, a place I should definitely visit more often.
And so I’m here to pay respects and show love for another loss suffered earlier this week, albeit from very different circumstances, and I’m sorry for not commenting sooner on the passing of dear Ray Manzarek.
I, like many others, am exceptionally guilty of waxing lyrical about Jim Morrison and rarely mentioning the other three members of The Doors, all fundamental to creating some of my favourite songs of all time. And there’s no doubt that without Ray’s vision, The Doors would never have existed.
Recently my husband and I watched a documentary, which I think was on Sky Arts, all about The Doors and I don’t know how old the docu was, but in it we saw a tanned, good-looking white-haired Ray talking about his experiences of The Doors during Jim’s lifetime. I recall us laughing (although in a good-natured way) at the way Ray spoke….like a true product of sixties America, all like-wow-man narrative and I could clearly picture Jim and Ray during that first instrumental meeting discussing poetry, Dylan, music. And we can all go on about Jim until the cows come home (and I will always) but without Ray there was no band. Without Ray, maybe Jim would never have become a rock star. Who knows?
Ad so, albeit a bit delayed, I say thank you to Ray. For the passion, the vision and the awesome keyboard playing!!!
RIP you wonderful man xx