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The Music of The Doors

The Doors first album, The Doors, takes the listener on a journey through the doors of perception and invites the listener to experience through music, what Jim Morrison was fascinated with throughout his brief but dramatic career.. Having never analyzed the music of the Doors before, I am extremely glad that I did. There is a wealth of information that lies through Jim Morrisons poetry that most people seem to miss. The music contained in this album is nothing short of fantastic, and combined with the genius of Jim Morrisons poetry, allows the listener to take a voyage through the Doors of Perception, and into another reality.The album starts off with the song, Break On Through (To the Other Side). Jim Morrison tells us to Break on Through and get out of our daily humdrum lives and into a new state of mind. The other side being the fantastic reality that lies beyond our existing reality, just waiting to be explored. Jim Morrison had a macabre fascination with this altered-reality, and he frequently tested its (and his own) limits with mind-expanding hallucinagenic drugs. This song is said by some to be the theme of his life and the reason for his excess in almost everything that he did (Curtis, p. 178). When he says, Ive found an island in your arms, a country in your eyes, arms that chain, eyes that lie... Jim tells us that although we accept reality as comforting (the arms and the eyes) it really tricks us and keeps us away from the other side, and we need to break out and explore these boundaries. Although most people are not willing to use hallucinagenic drugs, or live like Jim Morrison did to explore the boundaries of reality, the music itself takes the listener on a journey through the doors of perception (Gilmore, p. 97).The next song, Soul Kitchen, refers to a place where your mind goes once it is in the altered realtiy. Morrison sings, Let me sleep all night in your soul kitchen, warm my mind near your gentle st...

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