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.
I just read the same thing not 5 minutes ago...I just sat here with my mouth open, not knowing what to say...I'm stunned. I have to take some time to ingest all this. I just received the new book by John in the mail today, and was so excited about reading it. Now, I don't know. I'm speechless...Ray gone. ):
I am stunned by this sad news! I cannot believe it! My thoughts go out to his wife, Dorothy, and his family and friends! "Death makes angels of us all & gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as raven's claws". RIP RAY! Thanks for the music! :)
released from The Doors Official page: Ray Manzarek, keyboardist and founding member of The Doors, passed away today at 12:31PM PT at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his wife Dorothy Manzarek, and his brothers Rick and James Manczarek.
Manzarek is best known for his work with The Doors who formed in 1965 when Manzarek had a chance encounter on Venice Beach with poet Jim Morrison. The Doors went on to become one of the most controversial rock acts of the 1960s, selling more than 100-million albums worldwide, and receiving 19 Gold, 14 Platinum and five multi-Platinum albums in the U.S. alone. "L.A.Woman," "Break On Through to the Other Side," "The End," "Hello, I Love You," and "Light My Fire" were just some of the band's iconic and ground-breaking songs. After Morrison's death in 1971, Manzarek went on to become a best-selling author, and a Grammy-nominated recording artist in his own right. In 2002, he revitalized his touring career with Doors' guitarist and long-time collaborator, Robby Krieger.
"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," said Krieger. "I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him."
Manzarek is survived by his wife Dorothy, brothers Rick and James Manczarek, son Pablo Manzarek, Pablo's wife Sharmin and their three children Noah, Apollo and Camille. Funeral arrangements are pending. The family asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please make a memoriam donation in Ray Manzarek's name at www.standup2cancer.org
i am so sad...i cant believe rays dead....