Ritland Daily Ramble #2
Losing my faith, the Band, the Doors
Quote of the day
Now and again
I get the feelin’
If I don’t win
I’m gonna break even
– Tom Petty
The biggest portion of today’s ramble is my reflection on losing faith in humanity. It can be found here. I also argue that giving up is one of the most essential things in life. Beware: it’s personal. And religious.
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Tonight, God willing, I’ll be attending a tribute to the Band’s Last Waltz at the Cabooze in Minneapolis. I’ve been obsessed with the Band for a couple years now and had the privilege of attending the same tribute last year.
They don’t mess around: each guest performer from the movie (including Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and, my personal favorite, Neil Diamond) is played by a local musician. They even dress their parts. The guys playing the Band are top-notch and their rendition of the Band’s songs evoke the subtlety and power of the Band. If you aren’t doing anything tonight, go.
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Today in 1967 the Doors released their self-titled debut album. Listening to it again it’s no wonder why they’re regarded as highly as they are. They created a sound that is completely their own, and one that they carried out diverse ways. Keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who died last year, creates organ and keyboard atmospheres that are like nothing else in rock history. Jim Morrison, love him or hate him, was a talented songwriter and singer. “Break on Through” and “Light my Fire” are overdone, sure, but they’re still vibrant. The always-haunting “The End” also stand out beside lesser-known gems like the upbeat rock of “Soul Kitchen,” “Alabama Song,” and “Back Door Man” and the beautiful “End of the Night” and “Crystal Ship” (Manzarek really shines on the solo).
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He is also a contributor for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik’s music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.