OMG RAY IS DEAD...i just want to die
I did the same thing Icewood. As soon as I read the news, I headed straight for these boards too. I knew you guys would understand just what I was feeling. It is great to read all the wonderful things people are saying, and see all the tributes to Ray...
ive come close to a lot of things in the recent months...and this was just so upsetting to hear (well read) when The Doors officially announced it...i broke down crying...I never had the opportunity to meet Ray but always thought i would have the chance...sadly my chance is gone...RIP Ray...maybe he will teach me to play that great organ in heaven when i get up there...
I have always loved Ray Manzarek's memerizing organ chords and playing. He was a class act gentleman. He was instrumental (no pun intended) in keeping the "Doors" alive.
Light My Fire has been my favorite all-time recording and play it nearly everday of my life for 40 years.
Rest well my friend and thank you for the greatest organ sound in rock music ever.
Thank you Nancy...When I read the news yesterday, I headed over to these boards and saw your posts; it made me feel that I wasn't the only one so devastated--thanks for expressing in real, raw terms what all of us who loved Ray and his music are feeling...
so well put icewood...i love how you described Ray....
To quote Shaman's Blues: "There will never be another one like you..."
Ray, your playing, inventiveness, sensitivity and sonic mysteries will never be replaced; no one, no one, no one ever bridged the chasm between noon and midnight, the material essence and codes of the unknown the way you did with only 64 keys from which to transmit your sublime-yet-raucous, subtle and brilliantly convoluted, solemn and ecstatically brash secret alphabets. Thank you, sir, for the fierce elegance of your all-too-brief craft.
Like stoned_immaculate said i too feel like i have lost an old friend and my heart is empty right now, well at least Jim can jam with an old friend and have a drink or two or three...i'll keep listening to that organ of yours ray and so will my 1 year old daughter and we will keep lighting that fire, cya :(
Suddenly, I feel as if I've lost an old friend. R.I.P. Ray.
My heart literally dropped when I saw that. I have now rods to describe how I feel and how I'm sure we all feel, and more than that, his family feel.
This is very upsetting. As a life long Doors fan (and fan of many, many classic rock, blues, jazz bands, etc.) you have a part of you that refuses to believe your musical heroes ever age. Well, I do. I lost my father to cancer strangely enough on Ray's birthday this year. Well, I did meet him once in 2002 and got his autograph. He was very friendly and we had a nice conversation.