It’s uncanny how large Jim Morrison looms in the vortex of my life! From my first time in Paris to today when I booked my apt for my next trip to Paris in Montmartre, the place where Morrison first haunted me in 2014. Today, I confirmed that I was going to see Peace Frog in Venice Beach, California for an afternoon gig. Peace Frog is a tribute band to The Doors, the band fronted by Morrison. Next thing I know, I’m booking an apt in Paris for 2018.
This trip will mean going over to Pere Lachaise to visit Morrison’s grave for certain and mayhaps visit the SOUL KITCHEN CAFE in Montmartre to say hello. I accidently stumbled upon this place my first time in Paris when I got lost and took it as an omen to pay my respects to the Lizard King.
Morrison kept haunting me all over Paris, even got into into my iPod and stuck it on my selection of The Doors’ songs over and over and over. without knowing it, my apt was on Rue Muller not far from the stairs of the Sacre Coeur where Morrison used to hang out and people watch. Still sends shivers down my spine to think about that.
While at Pere Lachaise in 2014 I met a young singer by the name of Nelson Vard who was also there to pay his respects to the Lizard King. Vard offered to put my ODE TO JIM MORRISON on his gravestone along with white roses and baby’s breath as well as my brother’s ashes in a canister. Vard also sang a few of The Doors’ hits and reminded me of Donovan, “Try To Catch The Wind”, and found his demeanor pleasant. Toward the end of the meeting, Vard told me that he had won a slot on Nouvelle Star which is similiar to American’s Got Talent. At the time, I didn’t know that Vard had picked up a heart shaped stone there and would use it to channel Morrison while he belted out “Light My Fire” on Nouvelle Star. He was a hit with that performance and lasted into the final round, but as all French know techno pop gets signed and not rock n’ roll. Rock n’ roll is assigned to the underground music scene that abounds in Paris and for a consideration Paris Mojo will squire you around to the club scene that is a vibrant part of Parisian nightlife.
So here we are today, going to Venice Beach to see Peace Frog perform The Doors’ hits and hopefully channel the Lizard King. And now, I’m going back to Paris to read Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast” at Shakespeare & Company and revel in the essance that is Morrison’s Paris.