Show Notes by Victoria Lynn Hall
I was thirteen when my older sister gave me her copy of the Jim Morrison biography, “No One Here Gets Out Alive“.
I was in middle school then and struggling to fit in. I wasn’t as into boys or clothes or gossip as much as other girls my age. I preferred reading and writing and drawing in my notebooks as well as listening to the records I would borrow from my big sister and brother, who are seven and six years older than me and technically belong to the generation previous to mine.
As my sister likely anticipated, I found a relatable and accessible hero in Jim Morrison. This was someone who had been undoubtedly cool, talented and adored in his time and he spent his teen years and beyond reading and writing in notebooks just like I did.
I stopped trying to fit in and started trying to be like Jim. I tried to read the books I knew he had read and started writing poetry and song lyrics because that’s what he had done. Yet ultimately what these efforts led to was my own self realization and the development of my unique self expression. I think that’s a pretty significant influence he had on me, especially when you consider that his bright flame burned out at the young age of 27.
And he’s still influencing me now.
Discovering the video of the 1970 CBC Morrison interview recently wasn’t quite as life changing and revelatory as reading his biography at 13 was. In fact, I’m pretty sure I had heard it before but like many things, it has taken on a new meaning in 2020. And I’m grateful for how it sparked my imagination and lifted my mind above the swirling chaos of our times to see the larger patterns at work in our culture.
I’m also grateful that Jesse gets how cool Jim Morrison and The Doors were and is so knowledgeable about American political history and those cultural patterns, so he could help me put all of these things into perspective. I hope it was helpful and enjoyable for you as well,
In this episode, Jesse referenced a clip from an interview with Marianne Williamson for The Bad Faith Podcast. You can find that clip on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/virgiltexas/status/1313209099346161664?s=20
You can go directly to the “Faves-Ask Jesse” YouTube playlist by clicking here. I’ve added to it videos for the performances of my favorite song by The Doors (“The Crystal Ship”) and Jesse’s (“Touch Me”).
The cover photo for this post is one of the last photos taken of Jim Morrison before his death, taken by Alain Ronay in the town of Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, north of Paris (source).
Watch the full episode below or on YouTube where you can subscribe to all of our video content. We would also like to thank Kim D. for contributing her fabulous song, “Corporation Coup” for use as a theme for our videos, you can find the full recording of this song at: https://soundcloud.com/wondergalaxy13/corporation-coup
A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm. Now pursuing a master’s degree in writing at NYU, he splits his time between Studio City and Manhattan. https://linktr.ee/jessecrall
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.