Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Four Decades Later and The Doors Are Still Open

It's been 42 years since The Doors released their self-titled album. About 40 years since lead singer Jim Morrison alledgedly exposed himself to a Miami audience, and 38 years since Morrison was found dead in a bathtub in Paris. Still, The Doors possess the power to seduce, mesmerize, and shock. Take their song "When The Music's Over." It is an extraordinary song with lyrics like"We want the world and we want it now." This is no idle threat. It is a call for revolution for the flower child as well as the angst-ridden teen. "Cancel my subscription to the resurrection/Send my credentials to the house of detention." This song is also a declaration of independence from suburbian conformity for anyone who dares to embrace the bohemian life as Morrison, the son of a Navy Admiral, had done. Of course, as Morrison sings, "When the music is over/Turn off the light." Songs like these make The Doors as relevant today as they were back back back in the day.

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