Thursday Doors, June 9

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

19. Queen of the Highway

18. Soul Kitchen

17. Crystal Ship

16. My Wild Love

15. Alabama Song

14. When the Music’s Over

13. Roadhouse Blues (Ed stepping in for Jim)

12. Blue Sunday

11. Spanish Caravan

10. The End

9. Runnin’ Blue

8. Hello, I Love You

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

For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. cwaugh212 says:

    Great post! Lots of careful thought went into this.

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    1. Thank you for feeling it, Charles. 🙂

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  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    Great post – you go garcon! 😉
    I knew it was only a matter of time before someone actually incorporated The Doors into a door post. Congratulations!

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    1. Today I was forced to post mine before you posted yours, now I’ve added the link where it belongs. Thank you, Norm, glad you approve. 🙂

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  3. Can’t watch the videos but love the photos!!! So beautiful!!!!!

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    1. SSW, yeah! I don’t know if you’d approve but give it a listen when you’ve got a chance.

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  4. joey says:

    The doors are fabulous as always. It seems hardly fair that you should be surrounded by this door extravaganza!
    I LOVED the intro to this, loved it — with the pumps and garcon and the Renault 🙂 Funneh!

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    1. Oh, Joey, I’m so glad you got a kick out of the intro, and extravaganza is correct. And this was just seven minutes out of my three years+ over here.

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  5. Dan Antion says:

    Nicely done. I am also a fan of doors and The Doors – I like the last door the best, but not that song,

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    1. Curious about your top 5, Dan. 🙂 When you can… Thanks!

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      1. Dan Antion says:

        Top five is hard.

        Break on Through
        L A Woman
        Five to One
        Soft Parade
        Love Her Madly
        Touch Me
        People are Strange
        Light my Fire

        Are all in the running.

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      2. Thank you! 🙂 I must admit that hearing a song everywhere can diminish its power for me, which happened with Light My Fire, Riders on the Storm and in part also Break on Through. But I still love their entire repertoire. Thank you for your picks!

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  6. I would love this two times, but I’m going away….great post as always. Loving these doors. In other universe I am Ray playing the keyboard solo from Riders on the Storm……

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    1. Don’t go to far. What I found really funny is that when amore was listening to me coming up with this selection, he – who never listened to them but instead often went to Catholic church – argued that they sound too much like church music. I could not petition him with anything.

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      1. I guess the Doors were something of a religious cult to many….

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  7. I almost used a Jim Morrison quote in my post, but decided to save it for another day! Great post and awesome photos! -Amy

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    1. Great, I’ll be happy to see that quote. Thanks, Amy.

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  8. What is it about these doors that are so darn appealing? The color, the history, the age? I don’t know but I never get tired of it.

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    1. Hehe, Bulldog, it’s really a question, isn’t it? They ooze happiness, if not now then from once in the past. Thanks for your comment!

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  9. Wow! They are all so amazing especially the last one! Love The Doors too

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    1. Thanks, J! I’m glad to hear it. 🙂

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  10. I see I’m not the only person who likes that last door. I enjoyed the intro, too. The Doors are part of my musical past, too, although British Invasion music and Billy Joel were probably my favorites.

    janet

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    1. Thanks, Janet. I’m glad you liked it. Musical past is fun to revive.

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  11. Susi Lovell says:

    Fabulous collection of doors and as for the Doors…I’ll always love People Are Strange!

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    1. Susi, your comment went to spam and I’ve just found and rescued it. I’m glad you like my collection and People Are Strange. Because I can’t stop thinking about your non-story that you’ve got under ‘Home’ in your blog. The feeling is something like ‘wish I’d written that’ even though I never have these feelings.

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  12. Love your posts Manja – so full, of life and enthusiasm – a breath of fresh air! 🙂

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    1. Ah, thank you, Jane! 🙂 This is truly lovely to hear. I’m glad it comes across. Always welcome!

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  13. joannesisco says:

    OMG – I LOVE this post!! As Joey said, it hardly seems fair that you have such an extravagance of doors in your part of the world.

    #7 is very unassuming, but the most interesting. It makes me want to explore down that little walkway!!

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    1. Hehe, Joanne, stop saying that! I feel very extravagant and door-hoarding as it is! But nah, I know you don’t mean it like that. ❤

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      1. joannesisco says:

        No, I really mean it – you are door-hoarding! 😉

        … but it’s so wonderful that you’re sharing! 🙂

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