8 december 1943. De dag waarop James Douglas (Jim) Morrison voor de eerste keer zijn keel wagenwijd openzette. Hij zou het later nog meermaals doen als frontman van The Doors, tot groot genoegen van zijn steeds groter wordende aanhang. Amper 27 jaar liet hij zijn poëtisch licht schijnen over zijn minder begaafde leeftijdsgenoten, maar hij liet daarbij meer memorabels na dan velen die hem in leeftijd ver overtroffen. Naar verluidt verslond hij literatuur en dat merk je aan zijn quotes en songteksten. Hieronder een paar persoonlijke favorieten ter nagedachtenis van één van de meest charismatische zangers ooit.
“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.”
“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”
“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending – performing. You get to love your pretence. It’s true, we’re locked in an image, an act – and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it, they feel like you’re trying to steal their most precious possession.”
“I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments.”
“I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable.”
“When others demand that we become the people they want us to be, they force us to destroy the person we really are. It’s a subtle kind of murder … the most loving parents and relatives commit this murder with smiles on their faces.”
“I think the highest and lowest points are the important ones. Anything else is just… in between.”
“I’ve noticed that when people are joking they’re usually dead serious, and when they’re serious, they’re usually pretty funny.”
“Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.”
“There are no laws, there are no rules, just grab your friend and love him.”
“I am troubled, immeasurably
by your eyes.
I am struck by the feather
of your soft reply.
The sound of glass
speaks quick, disdain
what your eyes fight
“People fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over.”
“We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.”
“Blake said that the body was the soul’s prison unless the five senses are fully developed and open. He considered the senses the ‘windows of the soul.’ When sex involves all the senses intensely, it can be like a mystical experience.”
“There’s nothing wrong with being a large mammal.”
“Welcome to the Soft Parade
All our lives we sweat and save,
Building for a shallow grave”
“I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up and gasps “Oh look at that!” Then- whoosh, and I’m gone… and they’ll never see anything like it ever again… and they won’t be able to forget me- ever.”
En inderdaad, zo snel zal hij niet vergeten worden.