Paying tribute to Mr. Mojo Risin’.
Today, July 3rd, 2017 marks the 46th death anniversary of the original rock frontman, Jim Morrison. We are in a day and age where Rock music has lost relevance amongst mainstream audiences. However, some artists and musicians remain iconic despite the passing of time. Performers like Jim Morrison will always be iconic, for they were not only performers but also trendsetters. They paved the road for generations of artists to come. It’s safe to say that if it weren’t for Morrison’s rich baritone voice, we would probably never get to see other influential singers such as Eddie Vedder or Scott Weiland. However, there was one thing that was larger than Jim Morrison’s on-stage persona which was his off-stage persona.
Jim Morrison brought danger and sex appeal at the same time to rock and roll music. The whole idea of the ‘rockstar’ did not even exist before Jim Morrison. With his leather pants, hard-partying ways and poetic talent, Jim Morrison stuck out in a time when the people was far more conservative than today. His impromptu spoken-word performances in the middle of sets would always stun audiences. Nobody knew what to make of him. He was good looking but super weird and intelligent. He would charm audiences with his performances and then proceed to fake his death on-stage, only to get up laughing.
Most people tend to forget Morrison’s musical contributions and focus on his status as a pop-culture icon. However, the main reason he was so charismatic was his ability to sing in his rich, deep, baritone voice which served as the perfect accompaniment to the psychedelic blues music of The Doors. The Lizard King may have been dead for a long time now but he continues to reign on as one of the most influential and iconic rock frontmen. While the relevance of rock and blues music amongst mainstream music may be dwindling, his brief but impactful presence will forever live on in the music and art he inspired.