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“I play the drums,” says John Densmore, with tangible pride.

He may be belaboring the obvious, considering that, as the rhythmic engine of The Doors, he’s responsible for some of the most famous beats in rock history. But Densmore still bristles at what he calls the “dumb drummer” stereotype.

“The drum was the first fucking instrument,” he declares. “The reason people move and dance is that they’re trying to get back to that heartbeat. It’s the heartbeat you hear in the womb that started the whole deal. An orchestra, a four-piece rock band, whatever it is, they’re trying to get back to that heartbeat.”

The universal, ancient call of this heartbeat has been Densmore’s obsession since his childhood in Southern California.

“I took piano when I was eight, and I loved it,” he recalls. “I liked improvising on songs I had learned, rather than learning new ones. I got turned on by the piano. My teacher would give me songs to play, simplified classical and pop, and I got off on it.”

Eager to try his hand at another instrument, young John at first fixated on the clarinet. His orthodontist, however, strictly forbade him to wrap his wired mouth around any reed instruments. The world has this medical professional to thank, then, for the fact that John Densmore headed for the drums.

“I was in the orchestra and the marching band with those stupid uniforms,” Densmore recollects. “I got a rush from playing with 40 musicians, no matter how amateurish–there’s power in a marching band.”

He became enamored, in his teens, with jazz–and particularly with the playing of drummer Elvin Jones, whose evocative, muscular grooves with John Coltrane’s band influenced a multitude of rock musicians. He also became a habituรฉ of the L.A. club scene, where bands like The Byrds and Love were a foretaste of things to come.

He met guitarist Robby Krieger, and the two began writing and playing together in a band called Psychedelic Rangers. Densmore next hooked up with Chicago-bred keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who was then playing in a group known as Rick and the Ravens with his brothers and a shy Floridian named Jim Morrison, who knew Manzarek from UCLA film school.

Eventually, Manzarek’s brothers left the band, and Densmore brought Krieger in. The foursome gelled, despite lacking an element most bands took for granted. “We couldn’t find a bass player,” Densmore remembers. “We tried once or twice, but we sounded like the Stones. A white blues band. Who cares? We wanted to be different.”

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John Densmore

A very merry Christmas
And a happy new year,
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear. --J. Lennon
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Merry Christmas John, may 2022 be a better year for everyone โค๏ธ

John Densmore, I am so happy to follow a legend like you on Facebook! Best wishes to you and your family and followers on Facebook! Have a wonderful holiday season!

Merry Christmas and Break on Through to the other side๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„

Merry Christmas, John. Best wishes to you and your family.

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And to you too John! That’s my favorite Christmas song. โค๏ธ

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That’s about the best Christmas song ever- thank you & many blessings for you & your family ๐ŸŽ„โค๏ธ

Wishing good vibes, sending much Love. Merry Christmas, Mr. Densmore.


Merry Xmas to you John and your family, have a great day and enjoy

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year John

Merry Christmas and a great new year for you, John!

Happy Christmas And New Year 2022 John

Happy New year to you too John Robbie Ray and Jim and family of the doors also to everyone Merry Christmas and a Happy New year with blessings to come

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, John!!!....

Merry Christmas John!!! โค๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ’š

Blessed Yule. Thank you for making the music that still gets me through the good and bad times. The Doors changed me in the best way possible โค๏ธ

merry christmas john

Merry Christmas John and best wishes for a prosperous New Year

Merry Christmas. "Take a holiday and let the children play".

Merry Christmas! โค

happy holidays! ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐Ÿฅƒ today we are together too ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Thanks man and happy Christmas eve to you and good health

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