T. Byron K. (studioappal) wrote,
T. Byron K.

The Celebration of The Lizard

I still believe that Jim Morrison was a poetic prodigy in his generation, much like Rimbaud, who wrote imagistic and visionary poems in a short period of his life before disappearing into Africa, Jim carried the ideas of the French symbolists into the 20th century. In fact when one of the first comprehensive Rimbaud anthologies was translated into English by Professor Wallace Fowlie of Duke University, Jim was one of the first to write him about the book. Jim got an early start in Florida reading at the Beaux Arts Coffee house where beat poet Jack Kerouac was known to have read and his challenge to traditonal music formats later on with the addition of his poetry was surely inspired by the beats. Jim was also inspired by the musical theater of Anton Artaud, which was also interactive with the audience, attempting to make it merge with the performance. I remember being almost lightning struck by listening to the End and later hearing The Celebration of The Lizard and it changed what I thought was possible for a musical performance. The poetry is captivating, haunted and transcedently beautiful, otherworldly and really life changing. Jim wanted to challenge the "limited ways the people see and feel" but he also understood the connection between poetry and the eternal.

"The entire piece was originally intended to be recorded and released as one full side of the band's third studio album, Waiting for the Sun, in 1968. However, record producer Paul A. Rothchild and the other members of the band thought that the extended poetic sections and overall length of the piece made a complete recording impossible."


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