It might be easy to say with nonchalance that songwriting essential is poetry, but in calling all songwriters poets, you would be doing Jim Morrison a grave disservice. With a depth and clarity that implies the ability to conjure ancient deities, insight riots and orgies, and form movements or religions, his lyrics rise well beyond the heights of rock and roll intellect, placing themselves amongst the words of humanities greatest thinkers. Add to this the immaculate accompaniment of Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, and Robby Krieger and you have much more than just your typical rock band, you have The Doors.
Enjoy them on whatever level your little pea brain will allow. Part of their greatness lies in transcending intellectual boundaries so even the dummy can enjoy their music, however the educated listener certainly benefits most. To help my more meager minded friends, I’ve compiled a list of their 5 best albums. Don’t get discouraged by big scary words and unfamiliar concepts, just relax, put some headphones on (or ear-buds in) and zone out. After all, atypical and deviant as they may be, they actually exemplify rock and roll.