Recommended listen: Ray Manzarek on Fresh Air

Promotional photo of The Doors. From left-John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison. Source: Wikipedia Commons

On the way home earlier today, I heard this fascinating interview by Fresh Air host, Terry Gross, in which she speaks with Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist for The Doors. Manzarek died from cancer on May 20, so the show re-aired this interview recorded in 1998.

I highly recommend a seven-minute segment of the interview to anyone interested in the process of creation, be it music or any type of art that uses a collaborative process and draws from various sources. It starts at time-stamp 12:45.

In it, Manzarek, who is seated in front of a radio studio piano, explains how the song, Light My Fire, was created.

If your perception of The Doors is influenced by the hallucinogenic fog created by Oliver Stone in his film that portrays Jim Morrison as a stoned sociopath, Manzarek’s seven minute explanation will make you realize the lucid talent, breadth of musical knowledge and study that went into the composition.

Manzarek’s edge-of-the-seat enthusiasm and passionate story telling sounds as far away from Oliver Stone’s Doors as one can imagine.

Highly recommeded listen.

You can find the interview on