Written and recorded in 1966, The Doors’ classic “Light My Fire” is both eternal and a singular moment in time, a whirling, seemingly incongruous vortex of Bach, Coltrane, William Blake, psychedelia, Latin music, and the Lizard King. On paper, it shouldn’t have worked. But on July 29th 1967 it exploded onto the Billboard charts, landing at #1 and staying there for three weeks. The vortex struck a nerve.
And 50 years later, it still does.
The time to hesitate is through; no time to wallow in the mire. Try now.
Jim Morrison sang those words in the bright and tumultuous 1960s, but they could have been written this morning.
–Michael Franklin, Aug. 1 2017
If you want to hear The Doors (and you do), come see us at the Visual And Performing Arts Library (VPAL) on the 2nd floor of Cravens.