Dateline Pittsburgh: 25 April 2017
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I am obsessed with The Doors. I was twenty years old when the band released its first album fifty years ago (yes I’m a retired baby boomer). I always liked the band but for some reason in the past twenty years I’ve become obsessed with the band. And now at karaoke I sing nothing but The Doors. Yesterday, I checked out from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh four books about The Doors:
- The Lizard King (The Essential Jim Morrison) by Jerry Hopkins
- Light My Fire (My Life With The Doors) by Ray Manzarek
- Riders on the Storm (My Life with Jim Morrison and The Doors) by John Densmore
- Love Becomes A Funeral Pyre by Mick Wall
The first three books I’ve read before.
Dateline Pittsburgh: 26 April 2017
When I was growing up reading Playboy, Hustler, Penthouse and a lot of other (forgettable) girlie magazines, I never in my wildest dreams thought I would edit and publish my own girlie magazine. Of course, it took the invention of the Internet to make it possible; but now that it is possible I’m having a blast. Since I’m retired I have plenty of time to work on the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. The Gazette is now a weekly and a new edition is published every time Naked News in Canada releases a new video which is usually every Monday evening; so I’ll put up a new post every Monday or Tuesday. So make the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette your go-to site for Naked News videos because you get the videos and so much more…
Today it will be a mostly sunny day in Pittsburgh with a high around 80.
Schenley Plaza was full of people. I just came back from a stroll down to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. I got online and did my PG-rated work because the library doesn’t want any naked women appearing on the screens of its computers since a lot of the visitors to the library are children (I use my own laptop in the Wi-Fi Room of the lobby of my apartment building to do my adult work) and then I walked through Schenley Plaza. It was as if it was the middle of summer with people (most of them probably students of the University of Pittsburgh) sun bathing in the grass or eating and drinking and socializing under the pavilion and at the tables along the walk way. As I crossed Forbes Avenue and strolled up Bigelow Blvd. to Fifth Avenue on my way back to North Oakland there were several booths set up on the Cathedral of Learning side of Bigelow doing a brisk business in buying back textbooks, computer games, iphones and calculators. The semester is coming to an end…
Dateline Pittsburgh: 27 April 2017
Today in Pittsburgh there will be a mix of clouds and sunshine with a high around 82.
For several years now I’ve studied The Doors, listening to the band’s studio albums on YouTube over and over and over again and punching up the live concerts and interviews with the members of the band. I’ve read and re-read every book I can get my hands on about the band. Yes for me The Doors are a personal project. The band released its six studio albums (The Doors, Strange Days, Waiting For The Sun, The Soft Parade, Morrison Hotel and L.A. Woman) between 1967-1971. The first three albums are my favorites because they epitomize that strange mythical darkness the band could capture that is not as prevalent on the last three albums. Oh, the last three albums are good rock ‘n’ roll; but the first three are night time music, the kind of music you hear in your dreams, in your nightmares. It’s haunting music.
When I sing The Doors at karaoke I reach for the strange mythical darkness of the band, the shamanistic community of experience, the catharsis for singer and audience. This does not always happen, but when it does it’s worth all the study and practice I put into trying to impersonate The Lizard King on a good night…
I plan once again to try to capture the essence of a Doors experience the first Sunday night of May 2017 at Sonny’s Tavern.
This is Guy Hogan reporting from Pittsburgh. All photos of Azhua were sampled from Egotastic All Stars. Don’t miss a single issue of The Gazette. Bookmark my little girlie magazine or take out your free email subscription today.
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