Writings about Music

We Are Our Music

Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison and Dick Clark

On a rainy Sunday, glad to be reminded of how brilliant my friend Ray Manzarek was by his response to Dick Clark on July 22, 1967 asking, "How do you characterize your music - does it have a name?

Ray replied, "Well, it's impossible, really, to put a label on it because of where we are in the music. Being on the inside, you're only of the music, and all categories have to come from the outside, so someone else is going to have to say what our music is rather than us because we are our music.

It was also raining the day I met Robby Krieger at the Beverly Hills Post Office.

- Michael Robinson, March 2023, Los Angeles


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Michael Robinson is a Los Angeles-based composer, programmer, pianist and musicologist. His 198 albums include 151 albums for meruvina and 47 albums of piano improvisations. Robinson has been a lecturer at UCLA, Bard College and California State University Long Beach and Dominguez Hills.