Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Honestly, I could have chosen several Doors albums, but I went with Strange Days because it has some of my favorite Robbie Krieger moments on it, particularly his double-tracked psychedelic freak out masterpiece guitar solo on When The Music’s Over. That, and his spooky bottleneck slide work on Moonlight Drive are 2 of many highlights on the second Doors album (both of their first 2 came out in 1967, impressive creative feat in its own right). Of course, Jim Morrison crooned and swaggered throughout, and Ray Manzarek contributed all sorts of cool and unorthodox keyboard melodies and textures (and basically functioned as the de facto bass player of the band). Let’s not forget John Densmore laying down the groovy ’60’s drum beats. I have to be in a certain mood to listen to The Doors now, but there is really no other band quite like them, and they earned their spot in rock history by their bold and fearless journeys into mysterious musical territories.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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