♫ Touch Me ♫ (Redux)

I have played this one other time, but it’s been a couple of years ago.  The Doors were never my favourite band, but they had 3-4 that I liked a lot, and this is one such!


Doors guitarist Robby Krieger wrote this song as “Hit Me,” based on fights he had with his girlfriend. They lyric was, “C’mon, hit me, I’m not afraid.” In a rare show of restraint, Jim Morrison insisted on changing it to Touch Me.  At the end of the song, Morrison chants “Stronger than dirt!” The line is from an Ajax commercial popular at the time where a white knight rides around destroying dirt. The last four chords of the song were also lifted from the commercial.the doorsMany critics claimed this was a sellout, as the horn and string sections were not typical of The Doors. The band admitted they were trying to broaden their audience and achieve commercial success with this album, which they did.

The sax part was played by Curtis Amy, who was a popular session horn and flute player who got his biggest exposure playing on Carole King’s famous Tapestry album. Jim Morrison remarked that the song was the first rock hit with a jazz solo.jim morrisonSomething that was news to me when I was researching this song tonight … this song was popular around the time Jim Morrison was arrested in Miami for indecent exposure. The song had nothing to do with Morrison’s arrest, apart from an unfortunate title, but some radio stations refused to play it as a result. Morrison was convicted and sentenced to six months in jail for the incident, but he died while the case was being appealed. In 2010, the governor of Florida pardoned Morrison, believing that the conviction was politically motivated and that no conclusive evidence showed that the Doors frontman exposed himself.

Touch Me
The Doors

Yeah!
Come on, come on, come on, come on
Now touch me, baby
Can’t you see that I am not afraid?
What was that promise that you made?
Why won’t you tell me what she said?
What was that promise that you made?

Now, I’m gonna love you
‘Till the heavens stop the rain
I’m gonna love you
‘Till the stars fall from the sky
For you and I

Come on, come on, come on, come on
Now touch me, baby
Can’t you see that I am not afraid?
What was that promise that you made?
Why won’t you tell me what she said?
What was that promise that you made?

I’m gonna love you
‘Till the heaven stop the rain
I’m gonna love you
‘Till the stars fall from the sky
For you and I
I’m gonna love you
‘Till the heavens stop the rain
I’m gonna love you
‘Till the stars fall from the sky
For you and I

Today’s Snarky Snippets …

I’m feeling snarky today.  “What’s new?”, I hear you asking yourself as you shake your head.  Nothing much, I suppose, and I have a feeling I will continue feeling snarky for at least the next 16 months, probably longer.


A double standard?

Peter-YarrowIn the news this morning, I read that Peter Yarrow of the famed folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, was to perform at a 2-day music festival in Norwich, Connecticut in September, but that his scheduled appearance has been canceled.  Why?  Because of an “indecent liberties” conviction in 1969.  What happened was two teenage girls, sisters aged 14 and 17, snuck past hotel security and went to Mr. Yarrow’s room, seeking his autograph.  When he answered the door, he was naked.  Yep, that’s all.  He did not touch the girls, did not invite them in, did not “grab them by the {ahem}”.  For this, Yarrow was convicted of taking “indecent liberties” and sentenced to three months in jail.  In 1970.  Again, he did not know who was at the door, the girls went unannounced to seek his autograph, and he did not touch either of them.

While I think answering a knock on your hotel room door while stark naked is a really stupid thing to do, I also think sneaking to a celebrity’s hotel room is a stupid thing to do.  I am a supporter of the #MeToo movement, and make no mistake, I think every sexual predator should receive the Lorena Bobbitt treatment.  However, I do not see this as a case of sexual assault, abuse, harrassment, or anything more than stupidity.  Fifty years later, Mr. Yarrow is still paying the price for an episode of bad judgment.  But, on the other hand …

At least 17 women have accused Donald Trump of varying inappropriate behavior, including allegations of sexual harassment or sexual assault, the latest being a credible accusation by E. Jean Carroll who has provided details in her autobiography of the assault, which took place in the mid-1990s.  He has cheated on all three of his wives.  He has admittedly gone into dressing rooms of underage girls to view their naked bodies.  And then there was his infamous mic-drop moment when he bragged that “when you’re famous, they let you do it … you can grab them by the {ahem} …”  And yet, nearly half the adults in this nation are willing to allow this ‘man’ to sit in the Oval Office, are willing to ignore or overlook his words and actions … words and actions that far exceed Mr. Yarrow’s on a scale of atrociousness.

Peter Yarrow, when informed of the decision to drop him from the roster of the Norwich festival, bowed out with grace.  When Trump hears criticism based on his sexual exploits, he responds with rants and vitriol.  Make of it what you will.


Say WHAT???

I realize that not everyone is a history buff, and some people have never read a book of history since leaving that European History class in their senior year of high school.  No problemo … we all have our own interests.  One of mine happens to be history, primarily U.S. history and post-WWI European history.  However, I cannot imagine anybody in this country whose jaw didn’t drop when, in his speech yesterday, Trump, speaking of the time of the Revolutionary War, said …

“Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over airports, it did everything it had to do.”

In case there are any Trump supporters reading this who may not understand the gaffe … the Revolutionary War ran from April 19, 1775 to September 3, 1783.  Wilbur and Orville Wright flew their first airplane on December 17, 1903.  Doesn’t it seem that, even if he didn’t know the exact dates, he would have realized the airplane did not exist at the time of the Revolution?  120 years later, after the end of the war …

Y’know … I don’t mind so much if the president of the country makes a bad decision that gets us all killed, as I mind that such an ignorant person has my life and yours in his hands.  Just imagine how much danger such ignorance puts us all in.  Sigh.  At least the meme-makers had fun with it.

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And my favourite …

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Have a great evening, and remember friends …

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