The Doors are certainly one of the most significantly influential bands to shape my youth. I've been accused of being born in the wrong generation more than once in my life. In the 90's when all my friends listened to grunge, techno and contemporary music I found myself tuned into bands from the 60's and 70's. The Doors however are timeless and transcend all definitions and labels in music. Ray Manzarek was a founding member of the band everyone loved to hate. They were the Judas Priest and the Marilyn Manson of the 60's surrounded by protest and reviled by parents across the country. Their fusion of jazz, the blues and the spoken word gave the entire planet a double-take. The legend of their music will last forever. That mad orchestrated jazz trip even today reveals different things to me as I revisit the albums time and time again. Tonight was no different as I listened to Strange Days, Waiting For the Sun and some live rarities while I paid tribute to Mr. Manzarek, keyboardist for The Doors who the world lost today after a long and illustrious life contributing to the world of the arts. Here is my portrait which I began sketching after work tonight In Memoriam for one of my favorite musicians.
Rest in Peace Ray
|Portrait of Ray Manzarek (inks on bristol / 2013 / 5in x 7in)|