Me Too.

I have found it takes a certain type of person to love Mr. Morrison.  I have also found that I get along with almost everybody who enjoys him and his music.  I wish I alive to see him preform live. I swear I was born in the decade. 
Newlifenewfriends Newlifenewfriends
26-30, F
5 Responses Jul 29, 2010

I may have it wrong, but that is how I've been able to put it together from what I've been told. But there is certainly a beautiful view from there!

Kurtis66: Just remember, Kurt, and if you won't take it from me, listen to Jim's CBC interview: living like that was vastly easier back in that time; getting off living on the streets and being homeless was vastly easier. Like Jim said, it took there being a middle class, a lot of relatively easy to come by money, and and basically a more relaxed, less mean, I guess (this is me speaking, now) people to be able to live like hippies did in that time. That was before the ex<x>pression "don't quit your day job" became so common. When times became harder, the experience of just not caring and living on the street became much more dangerous and much harder to overcome. It is good to not be materialistic; just don't be too reckless and throw it all in the air because it is really harder in every way, now. It might be better to be more moderately unmaterialistic.<br />
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By the way, although he was relatively unmaterialistic, Jim didn't intend to live outdoirs like that. If he had to, though, he was in a relatively good place to do it, although the air is cool at night there. Jim had a college job that he kept after college, getting paid for it for awhile, and he had a sense of responsibility to the job, and the thing was, he actually had to pay someone else to do the job because of a situation, mostly because of location and his need to be there in LA and also to be able to travel. He couldn't do this thing and also do the other things he intended to do, so he actually had to sort of "sublet" the job out to someone else, make sure that they would do it right, but because it cost so much to pay someone else to do it, he had nothing left of what he was paid, or at least not enough to pay for a place to live and to barely feed himself. This is part of the "mystery" of Jim in those early days; he kept the job because of a sense of responsibility, I believe, to the people involved. He could have called on his family for help but apparently didn't; he was young and he probably felt it was a valuable experience and everything, but he actually did not intend to do it. It just became necessary. Living on a Venice rooftop or under the pier seems very appealing until you realize that it is very cold at night on the Pacific, and it probably was a little dangerous even then as far as street crime is concerned. I think that it was probably something that Jim, as they say, wouldn't give anything for, and it probably felt very meaningful to him, at least part of the time, but it really isn't a camping trip. What concerns me is that, if young people today romanticize it and perhaps that leads them to become homeless, it is very hard to get off the streets; people get stuck out there.

Newlifenewfriends: what kind of person does it take?

I'm a little older but missed him. I was born in 1966. I have just over the past couple of years became a big fan. It is strange.......He pulls you in to learn more still to this very day. I must say what interested me the most was the fact that he got a college degree from UCLA (which is a big deal) and never bothered to pick it up and then decided to basicly live homeless just to write. It takes a very unique person to chose to not worry and not care. Just live life your way...screw the workd. I get it. Some people don't. They are the toy soldiers and they are clueless to it. BTW - I work and make a good living. But I still dream of the day that I get the balls to just leave....................Kurt

I'd Preform On Him Any Day:)