Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Jim Morrison’s Grave
Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise

The Greek inscription on his grave, KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY, is a cryptic message Morrison’s father ordered that can mean both “Faithful to his own spirit” and “by his own demon self.”

As a teenager in the ‘60’s I was a huge fan of Jim Morrison and the Doors. Hearing that he was performing at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York in September 1968, my girlfriend and I hitchhiked from Massachusetts to see them. At that time you could buy lawn seats at the outdoor amphitheater for $2 but halfway through the concert, a couple left and handed us tickets to the fourth row! My friend was convinced that he meant it when he sang “Meet me at the back of the blue bus” and we spent quite some time after the concert trying to find it. His performances never disappointed, as much theater as musical, although sometimes his theatrics on and off stage got him in trouble with the law as in New Haven in 1967 and Miami in 1969.
He died in Paris on July 3, 1971 at the age of 27. He was an amazing poet/singer/songwriter and appropriately is buried in “Poets’ Corner” in the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery. Although small, as far as monuments go, forty-three years after his death fans still leave flowers and tokens at his grave.

 

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"In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away" Shing Xiong. My quest is my passion to find beauty in all things. To remember to try to live in the moment, to really “see” and hopefully to capture the beauty that surrounds us in everyday life. I aspire to transcend traditional ideas and to creatively through my photographs express my own unique point of view.
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  1. Pingback: Monuments- photo challenge #poetry #photography #Washington | Moondustwriter's Blog

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