Post by Bruce Coryell Post by Dfirstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry if this is a stooooopid question that has already been
previously asked & answered here in the past, but I'm new to this
particular Usenet newsgroup. Anyway, did Jim Morrison write only
lyrics, or did he also write any music? If he also wrote music, then
what are the most notable Doors songs for which he wrote at least some
of the music? I realize that many of the songwriting credits list
Morrison as the only songwriter, but somehow I eventually came away
with the impression that his professional career was only as a singer,
lyricist, & poet. So any efforts to answer helpfully will be well-
appreciated - thanks.
Welcome to the group - good to see a good serious question about the
Doors for a change.
I haven't been here for a long while because of just that problem,
hope this might be the start of a trend, also.
Post by Bruce Coryell
The Doors member who was probably the most complete songwriter (words
and music) was Robby, who wrote many of the Doors songs, including their
most recognizable song, Light My Fire. Jim mostly wrote poems, to which
the Doors collectively put music to form songs. Many of the Doors songs
evolved over a period of time early in their career (1965 - 1966) when
they played extended gigs at places like the London Fog, Whisky A Go Go,
It would be interesting to know if any of the poems he had he came in
with a certain "melody" in mind, which was then fleshed out by the
other musicians. Has this aspect in fact ever been discussed here or
anywhere before? Since I write quite a few of my pieces in this way,
as well as the method of Morrison's spoke of above, coming in with
just some poetry and seeing what manifests with the musicians, as well
as a third way, of having a riff or song to put words to.
I have a hunch that The Doors might have used all or most of these
creative devices, but would love to see more on their working
methods... perhaps see what a Google on some of these keywords might
Post by Bruce Coryell
etc. Ray wrote songs in his solo career and late in the Doors history
(after Jim died), but he doesn't seem to have written any of the songs
that came out when Jim was around.
This used to be a pretty good group with good discussions about the
Doors, and I'd like to see it get back to that.
Again, yes... 2009 will clearly be a new era, and maybe it'll
revitalize Usenet, as well.
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