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Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Tres: Day 113
Wed. May 22, 2013

“Ray Manzarek’s Jim & Pam trilogy for The Romeo & Juliet of California:
[“You’re Lost Little Girl,” “Unhappy Girl” and “I Can’t See Your Face In My Mind.”]”
The Doors

1967


When Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison decided to form The Doors on the Venice Beach, both wanted to expand the horizons of music. While Jim just wanted to simply “break on through;” I believe Ray’s goal was for The Doors to reach the most masses with the magical artistry of their distinctive revolutionary sound. Both succeeded, making The Doors one of the most successful and immortal American bands still inspiring disgruntle teen poets and dreamer keyboardist to recapture the tripped out majesty of The Doors.

Not only was Manzarek dedicated to the legacy of The Doors, and one of the things I loved most about Ray is that he believed in the true love between Jim Morrison and his soul mate Pamela Courson-Morrison. Today in honor of Ray and his devotion to the love of Jim & Pam, Don’t Forget The Songs 365 presents “Ray Manzarek’s personal trilogy to The Romeo & Juliet of California: Jim & Pam.” Taken all from 1967’s Strange Days album, Ray described the trilogy when he said, ““You’re Lost Little Girl” is Robbie’s song. Its part of my trilogy called Tragic Love. The others are “Unhappy Girl” and “I Can’t See Her Face in my Mind.”” While most saw Jim & Pam’s love as an affair that was highly volatile, Ray knew there were something deeper connecting Morrison and Courson.

When asked why he put together this trilogy for the 1997 Doors Box set, Ray replied, “Pamela and Jim are going to go down in the history books as great lovers, and people are going to be writing plays about them. It’s Romeo and Juliet, its Heloise and Abelard. It’s Jim and Pam. I love them very much, and miss them very much. But they are together in the ether.”

Thanks to Ray Manzarek, not only has the legacy of The Doors endured but so has the eternal love of Jim & Pam. Their love was further immortalized in Scranton, Pa’s own Jim and Pam, as one of television’s greatest love story’s as seen in the American version of The Office. “Pamela is Jim’s other half. Romeo & Juliet are reunited forever in that romantic place that we’re all going to go to someday.” And Ray has joined his two friends, the cosmic lovers Jim & Pam in that celestial rock paradise in the sky. While some believed Ray to be the band mate’s whose sole purpose was to expand the legacy of The Doors, I saw Manzarek as more of a romantic with an entrepreneurial spirit. When it came down to it, Ray not only believed in his band but also the eternal love of Jim & Pam. I urge you to spin Ray Manzarek’s personal trilogy to The Romeo & Juliet of California: Jim & Pam: “You’re Lost Little Girl,” “Unhappy Girl” and “I Can’t See Your Face In My Mind.”

“You’re Lost Little Girl” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8-mgd8v4P8
“Unhappy Girl” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfXSMsnkrkU
“I Can’t See Your Face In My Mind” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0TRzTSIQI8

Reflecting on the band’s legacy, Ray had the last word in The Doors 2006 book with Ben Fong-Torres, when he wrote, “And in each new generation’s discovery of The Doors and Jim’s plea of: “Please, please listen to me, children. You are the ones who will rule the world.” In each generation quest for its own freedom, Jim is there. The Doors are there.” And Ray is also there, joining The Romeo & Juliet of California, Jim & Pam— breaking on through to the other side.

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