There were a lot of poet/filmmakers at the UCLA film school. Of course, Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek, but also Michael C Ford who met Ray Manzarek at the UCLA film school. When The Doors were first formed, Ford was considered as a bass player for the band. Ford went on to become a well known poet achieving some of the poetic accolades Jim Morrison had envisioned for himself (he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award). Michael C. Ford was also friends with the other members of The Doors, he appeared with Jim Morrison and Robby Krieger at the Cinematheque Theater 16 readings. Manzarek liked setting music to poet’s words, he appeared with and released CDs with Beat poet Michael McClure (see related articles below). This June 10th Ford has a new CD, “Look Each Other in the Ears” coming out. Manzarek, Krieger, and John Densmore all play on the CD.
You can listen to a sample of the tracks on Amazon. Ford recites his poems which have a very jazzy feel and the poems are crafted into songs. All three surviving members of The Doors played on all the tracks (the CD was obviously recorded before Manzarek’s death last May), and Tommy Jordan of Geggy Tah and Angelo Moore of Fishbone add choruses. The track listing has some very cool names “For Openers,” “A Simple Ode,” “Waterfalls,” “I Don‘t Wanna Go,” “Mars is America,” “Sleeping Underwater,” “Making Out,” “An American Bomb,” “Wartime Carol,” “Whatever Happened to the Orange Groves Grandma,” and “Float of Drive.”
“Look Each Other in the Ears” is coming out June 10, 2014. You can pre-order and listen to samples of the poem/songs on Amazon.
- Jim Cherry