Brad's Doors Paper (revised)

Brad's Doors Paper (revised) - Brad Finley November 5, 2010...

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Brad Finley November 5, 2010 Rock I: Joe Matson The Doors: Rock The Doors are a perfect example of the negative social and moral force of Rock music. This unconventional Rock band had a unique sound which is evident in their songs. This distinctive sound made The Doors stand out among their contemporaries, and it helped bring thousands of followers in a relatively short amount of time. The character of Ray Manzarek in the film, The Doors, comically summed up the band’s rise to fame after hearing lyrics Jim Morrison was working on, saying “Let’s get a Rock and Roll band together and make a million bucks.” The pair goes on to join with John Densmore and Robby Kreiger and proceed to do just that. This fame brought more and more fans that were subject to a number of negative influences demonstrated by the band members. All of the members used drugs and, especially Jim Morrison, used them in excess. The lyrics of the songs, which in their many interpretations often have sex, drug, and death related meanings, were also bad influences on their fans. The Doors’ song “Break on Through (To the Other Side)” has multiple interpretations, none of which could be considered a positive moral/social influence on listeners. This song was released as The Doors’ first single, but it reached greater popularity over time (songfacts.com). It is of a more traditional length than many of The Doors’ songs and was popular for a few reasons. Ray Manzarek’s keyboard playing gave it, and many of The Doors’ songs, a very unique sound. In the beginning, a unique drum sound, on the part of John Densmore, is joined by an organ solo played by Manzarek. Manzarek’s baseline seems to be about the same throughout
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the song, giving it another distinct sound that helps make it immediately recognizable. It has relatively few lyrics and has a catchy chorus. The simplicity of the lyrics is shown by the large amount of repetition (including the phrase “break on through” being repeated fourteen times). It is also shown by the prevalence of very simple lines like “yeah”. However, it still contains a poetic feel characterized by pairs of lines like, “We chased our pleasure here” and “Dug our treasures there”. The mention of “pleasure” and “treasure” could easily be drug or sex references, as could “break on through to the other side”. However, it seems more likely that “the other side”
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This note was uploaded on 07/10/2011 for the course MUS 1301 taught by Professor Marshak during the Spring '11 term at Minnesota.

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