I was born in August, 1972. In that same month the Doors released their final album. It's amazing how much influence they had on my musical and artistic interests. They were all finished by the time I got here. The closest I ever got to the magic was standing right next to Robby Krieger (and his "Organization") while they played for a few hours at Mother Shapiro's restaurant in Killington, VT, in 1993. Robby Krieger actually told me to quiet down. I burst out a line prematurely and he said: "Don't give it [the lyrics] away, man." My friends laughed at me, but Krieger was smiling. I'll never forget that moment, nor the stark contrast I felt yesterday. I'm sad for everyone that ever knew Ray Manzarek. I'm sad too because he was the godfather and the torch carrier for the Jim Morrison and the Doors, and now he's gone. Peace out, dude.