till the stars fall from the sky {for you and I}

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Im-gonna-love-youMoonlight-Drive

Nobody says it better than Jim Morrison.

No matter where my musical tastes take me, there are certain bands I always find my way back to. The Doors are one of them. Dark. Moody. Dreamy. Poetic. The perfect soundtrack for those late night, head clearing drives to nowhere, with no other company but the music. Those long solo drives used to be a huge outlet for me when I just needed to get away from everything.

There were times that I drove all the way to Wisconsin or even Iowa, through miles and miles of farmland and darkness, with no intention as to where I was going to end up. The destination wasn’t really the focus, it was just the act of being alone in my head, out of the suburbs and beneath a canopy of stars.

With the price of gas now, going on a three-hour road trip to nowhere seems a lot less appealing, but when I could fill up my gas tank for twenty bucks it was some of the best stress relief money could buy. In retrospect, thinking back to how horrible and unreliable a lot of my former cars were, it’s a miracle that I never ended up broken down and stranded on the side of the road two hours away from home.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to do a couple of really simple lyric illustrations, a bit outside of my usual style. The idea for the first one had been bouncing around my head for a while, and after I finished it the other picture came together in a few minutes. I think they’re kind of in the same vein, mood-wise.

Weird random fact of the day: did you know that the keyboards in the song “Moonlight Drive” were recorded normally, then played back in reverse to get that interesting sound effect? I learned that reading Ray Manzarek’s memoir “Light My Fire: My Life With the Doors.” I would definitely recommend it if you’re a doors fan, or have any interest in the 60’s counter-culture. It’s a great read.

Do you have any go-to bands for when you just need to clear your head? What are they?