When one thinks of 60s music, one can point to a broad array of sounds that graced the radio waves during that entire decade. In fact, music evolved very quickly in that time of history. What was the signature sound in the early 60s, soon became passe after short while. Restless music fans were always wanting a new sound and there was no shortage of artists that were willing to give it to them.
As Rock and Roll from the 50s drove the parents wild, the 60s did even more so. Once a certain sound became mainstream, it was out. And it didn't take long. Technology was partially responsible. But on the other part, I would call it a "renaissance of creativity". In the late 60s, one band fit this mold as good as any. The Doors.
The sad thing about their short career is the way that Jim Morrison was not able to handle the pressure of becoming a superstar, as quickly as he did. I am sure the drug use didn't help much, but underlying the whole meltdown was a deep depression. I think his lyrics, many times bear this assessment out.
The first song has been a staple in the music world for years and is one of the more recognizable melodies that can be done by any kind of musician, in any genre, and still sound good. Here is a live version of Rolling Stone's #35 Greatest Song Of All Time, Light my Fire:
Next up comes one of my favorites, if I had to pick any. The song blended an outstanding arrangement of the background instrumentation that had yet to be perfected at that time. But this really pushed the boundaries, so much that horns and strings became more frequent, after this next performance was aired on prime-time TV. It's one that really showcases the deep musical talent of the musicians in the band. Here is Touch Me:
When I wander into some strange situations, often this next song comes to mind. Strangely enough, it's a depressing set of lyrics set to a happy-sounding tune. Hmmm...very strange, indeed.
Here is People Are Strange:
Just when it looked like the creativity had already reached its natural crescendo, then came the transition to the 70s, particularly 1971.
One of the best songs I think I had heard up to that point in my life was off the LA Woman album. It was a relaxing little tune that I would sometimes hear late at night on the radio, in my room, playing cards with my younger brother before hitting the sack for the night. But, once I learned the lyrics were about a serial killer, it got an eerie feel to it. (Didn't listen to it at night so much, after that.)
Had the lyrics been about anything different, you'd think that the new age genre was being invented, with that song. Here's Riders On The Storm:
Enjoy, and have a safe holiday weekend.