Tuesday, May 21, 2013

i was quite surprised to learn the death of ray manzarek yesterday.  he was 74.  he was, to me, without age.  i am a huge fan of the doors.  me and friends would spend our aimless youth driving the streets of our own california with the music of the doors as our soundtrack.  i loved how manzarek's keyboards would sound old, new and spooky like tracks to a film noir for the mind.  manzarek produced too the first two albums by x -- los angeles and wild gift -- and x repaid that gift with a fiery version of the doors' 'soul kitchen.'  manzarek's collaboration with poets like michael mcclure is also a well-known component of his art.  he seemed to me a nice man and a cool cat.  the world was better for him being in it.   


At 6:11 PM, Blogger Jim K. said...

man he left a lot of flavor

At 9:13 PM, Blogger richard lopez said...

hi jim: i listened to los angeles and wild gift by x today in remembrance of manzarek. he also played the keyboards on those albums and gave pieces like 'nausea' incredible depth by his playing. the man was sui generis.


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