Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
In September 1967 The Doors were invited to perform two songs on “The Ed Sullivan Show“. The first one they sang was “People Are Strange” and just watching Jim Morrison swagger up to the microphone is EVERYTHING!!! SA-WOON!!!. The second song they performed was “Light My Fire” which was a number one hit for three weeks that summer (July 29-August 18). Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong. About 30 minutes before airtime a network producer from the show met with the band backstage and told them they had to change the lyric “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher” because it could be inferred as a drug reference which was not in line with Sullivan’s family oriented program. (The show also made The Rolling Stones change “Let’s Spend The Night Together” to “Let’s Spend Some Time Together” when they were on the program earlier that year). None of The Doors wanted to do that but keyboard player Ray Manzarek told the producer they would. However, as soon as he left the room Morrison supposedly said, “We are not changing a word” & Manzarek said, “Exactly, man. Let’s not change the word.” Once on stage, the band performed the song as written leading to Sullivan banning The Doors for life from his show. And that, boys and girls, is what we call rock & roll.
“Love me one time
I could not speak
Love me one time
Yeah, my knees got weak
But love me two times, girl
Last me all through the week“.
The Doors circa 1968: (L-R): Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore & Jim Morrison. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
The Doors: “Love Me Two Times” (1967, written by The Doors: Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger & Ray Manzarek).
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