The Old Soldier is obsessed with The Doors; but then I’m not the only person obsessed with The Doors. And I’m not just talking about baby boomers. I’m talking about young people, too.
I use to own all the albums, then all the cassette tapes; but because of my hand to mouth existence for most of my adult life, I sold off all my music of all the bands that I liked. Now that I’ve achieved a relatively stable life, I feel the need to get back to my rock and roll roots: The Doors.
The Old Soldier has read most of the books about The Doors: No One Here Get’s Out Alive, When The Music’s Over, Break On Through (The Life and Death of Jim Morrison) — which is in my small personal library — and My Life with the Doors by Ray Manzarek. I still have Riders on the Storm by John Densmore to look forward to and any other serious works about The Doors.
I never saw The Doors live although the band did play the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh when I was a young man. I guess I was too recently back from Vietnam, too much into finding my way as an aspiring, starving writer, too caught up in my hand to mouth existence to actually go see the band.
But the music of The Doors was definitely the sound track of my youth. And now the music of The Doors is the sound track of my maturity. I now listen to all The Doors I want to on YouTube.
- Jim Morrison
- Ray Manzarek
- Robby Krieger
- John Densmore
This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh.