Tuesday, May 21, 2013

No Time To Wallow In The Mire

So long Ray Manzarek.  Fair winds and following seas.

Keyboard player and founding member of The Doors, Ray has died after a long battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74.  He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dorothy Fujikawa, their son Pablo, and three grandchildren, Noah, Apollo and Camille.

Back in the day, when I was at university, we would listen to the radio and hope they would play the long version of "Light My Fire", so that we could hear his awesome keyboard solo.  

He outlived Jim Morrison by some 42 years, so his life went far beyond being The Doors keyboard artist obviously, and included solo works and being a key part of the bands Nite City and Manzarek–Krieger.

There are a lot of tributes up on YouTube now and I encourage you to go spend the time to check them out and grab the history while you can.  

Great words to remember him by:

"The only thing that ultimately matters is to eat an ice-cream cone, play a slide trombone, plant a small tree, good God, now you're free." ~ Ray Manzarek

Amen, Ray.  Namuamidabutsu.

Until next, sweet sailing.


R W Rawles said...

74? Cancer? He was a venerable trouper. Yes. Namu-amida-butsu.

We take different paths but we all get there at the same time.

Baydog said...

We're dropping like flies.

Martin J Frid said...

Didn't know you were a Doors fan! I had most if not all their LPs. Really unique sound, much thanks to Ray M who of course eliminated the need for a bass player... :( Classically trained, he brought a lot to pop & rock music. Namu-amida-butsu - bet he'll be back :)

Arkonbey said...

I recently jammed with a keyboard player who'd been raised VERY fundamentalist Christian. He was trained as a classical and spiritual pianist and, since leaving the church, has been discovering music most of us take for granted.

He'd never even heard of the Doors so, as our jam session ended, I pulled up some tracks and he was blown away.

Pandabonium said...

R W - yes, there are a thousand paths.

Baydog - not too quickly, I hope.

Martin - I didn't collect their albums, but appreciated the music.

Ark - sorry for your comment posting woes. Wow, that guy must have felt like he had stepped out of a time machine!