76 years ago was born one of the 20th century genius. Founder and leader of The Doors, provocative and excessive, wild and dramatic, he is one of the most iconic figure in rock history.
His bewitching voice, his profound poetic words and his intellectual engagement in The Protest Song (even if he refused any political stamp) are signs of his uniqueness.
Today I toast you, Jim! Thank you for the beauty, the emotions, the strangeness, the meaning of words and opening doors.
“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large- scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first. People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality, their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with Love if they are afraid to feel ? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.”
PS: today is also Jean Sibelius’ birthday, treat yourself and celebrate him with this