Michael C Ford

When The Doors first formed Michael C Ford was considered for the bass player position, however, it was decided that keyboardist Ray Manzarek would play the bass on his organ instead. This decision gave the Doors their unique sound. Michael went on to become a Pulitzer Prize, Grammy nominated poet while all along remaining close friends and collaborators with the band as they rose to international stardom. This album marks a reunion and the last recording for the three Doors members, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore, backing up Michael C Ford as he recites his poetry. Vocal choruses are added by Tommy Jordan (Geggy Tah) and Angelo Moore (Fishbone).

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Pre- order the CD on Amazon. Vinyl LP and Mp3 downloads available soon. Official release date is June 10, 2014.

Ray Manzarek - Keyboards | Robby Krieger – Guitars | John Densmore – Drums | Tommy Jordan, Angelo Moore – Vocals | Paul Bushnell – Bass |Dave Ralicke, Danny Moynahan – Horns | Kieron Menzies – Mixing | Brian Big Bass Gardner – Mastering | Produced by Harlan Steinberger at Hen House Studios, Venice, California

When I first met Michael C. Ford, he didn’t have a C in his name. He was just Michael Ford… but he had hair. The late, great, Ray Manzarek introduced him as one of his film school buddies. He was the first guy I d ever seen with Beatle hair. Or Rolling Stone hair. Michael said he played bass, and we needed a bass player… we thought. Then we found a keyboard bass that Ray could play with his left hand, and decided we didn’t need one. But Michael Ford already looked like a rocker. I aspired to that.

When the words started tumbling out of Michael s mouth, the C became his middle ballast. And that voice. The ultimate hipster. I defy anyone to name a cooler cat then MC Ford. His breadth of knowledge about the scene is unmatched. He knows more about jazz drummers than I do! I think this record is really good… I mean really good. I hope you listeners will dig it, cause I dug it, and will dig it for a long time… – John Densmore

This recorded and print document is dedicated to: RAYMOND DANIEL MANZAREK. Yet, a thought comes to mind on the right way to honor my fallen musical brother, here, without the patina of precious gratuitous sentiment. To be honest, without the selfless spontaneous guidance of both Manzarek and Morrison, even, beyond UCLA film school days, I might not have been more motivated to pursue and cultivate my own multi-layered craft. Throughout subsequent years, they had set two perfect examples. And as Jim, once, put it in words with clear-eyed perception: We live, we die / & death not ends it! Let me bottom line you: some of Jim’s last words indicated his feeling that there are closed Doors and Doors, still, open. So, please, allow this dedication, in Ray’s honor, to include, also, Robby Krieger and John Densmore without whose trust and tenacity I wouldn’t so fully realize the fact that friendship and brotherhood never go away. – Michael C Ford

michael_c_ford_henhousestudiosMichael C Ford was born on the Illinois side of Lake Michigan and is a Grammy/Pulitzer Prize poet . His debut spoken word vinyl {on SST} LANGUAGE COMMANDO earned a Grammy nomination in 1986. His book of Selected Poems EMERGENCY EXITS was honored by a 1998 Pulitzer Prize nomination.

His last CD FIRE ESCAPES was bankrolled in 1995 by New Alliance: produced at Sonora by Michael Campagna who also composed and orchestrated most of the charts.

He concluded a recording project: a verbal rhapsody which pays an important tribute to both the art and the history of percussion; collaborating with DOORS cofounder John Densmore at the drum kit.

MCF has participated in keeping THE DOORS open by occasionally being in the company of keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Since their milestone appearances at McCabe’s (1986-1989) they’ve been collaborating on several voice and piano recording dates {the most recent being a specially conceived track titled EXTREME UNCTION FOR JAMES DOUGLAS MORRISON for Hen House Studios anthology Vol. 4}.

Besides publishing music journalism, essays and assays on other aspects of American cultural history, he’s served as judge and panelist for literary arts organizations and publishers.

Ford’s plays have been staged internationally, and a screenplay version of a West Coast production of BLONDES DON’T BOTHER TO KNOCK is currently in production.

He’s been called into service to teach in USA county area middle-schools and high-schools through the PEN in the Classroom program: also at many nationwide universities; and to recite at various venues: many times with musical accompaniment.

“Drumming” a collaboration with Doors drummer John Densmore - Michael C Ford have and John Densmore have had a long relationship beginning at the time of the Doors original formation, when Michael passed up the opportunity to become the Doors bass player to pursue his poetry. They recently wrote a piece together entitled “Drumming” depicting the history of drumming in he USA. Michael recites the prose as john exemplifies the reflected styles on his drum set on this Hen House Studios produced video.

images-2.jpg “Goodbye Music”
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images-2.jpg “Xrteme Unction For James Douglass Morrison”
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images-2.jpg “Grounding Out In Southern California”
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Michael C Ford also appears on:
Hen House Studios Anthology Volume 2-2002Hen House Studios Anthology Volume 2-2002Hen House Studios Anthology Volume 2-2002