I'm happy to announce I have been able to cross off another item on my bucketlist. Visit the Morrison Hotel.
As long as I can remember I have always enjoyed the music from the band The
Doors. If you don't know who The Doors were click here for a quick bio. I truly enjoy listening to their music, but it is there fifth album that I am most intrigued with. The Morrison Hotel sometimes referred to as Hard Rock Café from the title of the first side of the LP, whose second side is titled Morrison Hotel.
The cover photo was taken at the actual Morrison Hotel located at
1246 South Hope Streetin . The band asked the owners if they could photograph the hotel and they declined, so the band went inside when nobody was looking and took the photograph. The rear cover features a photograph of the Hard Rock Café on Los Angeles 300 East 5th Street, Los Angeles. The founders of the later and otherwise unrelate Hard Rock Cafe chain used the name, having seen iton the Doors' album. The original cafe is no longer open for business.
Seeing that I live in
Two weeks later on Saturday 02/04/12 my two best friends and I drove to what was once The Morrison Hotel. Not far at all from my home in
East Los Angeles. We mapquest the address and off we went. We arrived at about 10:00AM. It's located not far from the Convention Center. We stayed there for about 20 minutes. Took pictures but of course right when we started taking pictures the memory cardwas full. I totally forgot to check the memory on the card before leaving. Ugh! I hate when I do things like that. We had to use our phones to take pictures. The building is now closed. There is really nothing to see but the outside of the building. Once we were done, we headed to the Hard RockCafe. The bar is located in skid row, not far from The Morrison Hotel. However, unfortunately there were too many homeless people around. First we couldn't find parking and second we felt uncomfortable getting off and taking pictures of what seemed to be a liquor store surrounded by homeless people. It was skid row; I don'tknow what I was expecting. So we drove away. Despite not being ableto get off we had a great time exploring these “landmarks.” Even though this was my “thing” to do, I’m glad that both my best friends enjoyed it as much as I did.
It was a little adventure, and so close to home. As I stood there posing for pictures I thought of The Doors and of Jim. Imaging how they were once there and what had become of the hotel. But above all I thought of all the people who love The Doors and pass “The Morrison Hotel” day in and day out and not even know it.
|What was once the entrance to the hotel....Peace!|
|With the BFF Karla.|
|Being silly and trying to do our version of the Abbey Road cover from The Beatles...lol|
|This car was sooo annoying me. It HAD to get in the way!|
A big special thanks to my two best friends Yadi and Karla for joining me. You girls made it so much fun!
Thank you for reading.