Finally, a confession: The reason why I love Thursday Doors challenge so much is because of my Doors habit. As in the band. Today you get my top 20 Doors songs and a door photo for each.
No matter how much I like seeing doors as such, the love of the band came first. I had every song they recorded on tape and knew most of them by heart and sang the lyrics, and the instruments, when we were driving to Paris via Côte d’Azur and the Loire castles with two friends in 1991, my first parentless trip abroad. In a short time I learned that:
- Chinese food is not half bad (their noodles were just like my grandmother’s!) and they are open even when all the other restaurants are closed.
- Yugoslavia is seen as something truly poor – random people kept giving us little gifts!
- Germany will NEVER recognize Slovenia as an independent state (uttered by a hostel manager in Calw, a little town that we discovered by accident and where we had dinner in the house where Herman Hesse was born). And yet it was among the first countries who did just that later the same year.
- Germans have not been swimming in their rivers any more for a while now, at least not around Stuttgart.
- French is HARD, but if you make an effort, everybody is so kind.
- “Garçon” does NOT mean “girl” (discovered after making a phone reservation of beds in a multi-bed hostel room).
- After just having passed the driving test, French 3-lane roads are tricky because you must pay attention at all times to remember whether it’s traffic in your direction that has two lanes at the moment or in the opposite direction. Also, it’s not necessary to drive as fast as a Renault 5 is able.
- It’s better to pack a flashlight and a knife than high-heeled pumps (especially since you are not allowed into a casino before hitting 21 – not all of us had).
- There is something like too many churches and too many museums (but I truly loved the Panthéon, the impressionists at the Orsay and the modern art at the Pompidou with the crazy fountains in the square outside that I realise now were designed by none other than Niki de Saint Phalle). Rarely too many Doors though.
- Oliver Stone and Val Kilmer and Meg Ryan and all the rest did a good job, and there was something special watching the film after just having seen the Père Lachaise Cemetery with all those grand names. Here is the end of the movie (with the famous ta-da-da-ta-da-daaaa adagio into which I’ve been known to burst randomly).
And what it says below is true: I prefer a feast of friends to the giant family as well, that’s why I post long, fan-based, me ne frega niente posts that only rare kindred spirits will drive home and appreciate. Thank you for that!
Where there is no video, the link in the title leads there. Door numbers tried following the ranks but it got impossible immediately because I’ve got two #1 doors and zero #20.
These doors are situated in the town called Civitella Marittima. I had a feeling that we only had a short walk through it and I checked: all these photos were taken in the space of seven minutes. That’s what I mean by “overdoored”.
20. End of the Night
18. Soul Kitchen
17. Crystal Ship
16. My Wild Love
15. Alabama Song
13. Roadhouse Blues (Ed stepping in for Jim)
12. Blue Sunday
11. Spanish Caravan
10. The End
9. Runnin’ Blue
7. L. A. Woman
6. Love Her Madly
5. Soft Parade
4. Shaman’s Blues
3. People Are Strange
2. Love Street
1. Peace Frog
There’s blood in the streets, it’s ugly, and it’s not televised. We’re going to need to take the power back.
Photo: a © signature mmm production