Caught this NPR interview with Ray this afternoon (from 2008), at least the last half. Excellent stuff, whether you like the Doors or not: Manzarek was extremely well-spoken, and knew his shit, musically. His description of how Light My Fire
came around is simply outstanding: Coltrane? Bach? Seriously? Yes!
At the time of this interview, Manzarek was ~70, but he sounds like a kid, lots of energy and enthusiasm.
Sometimes you just think music comes out like a turd, fully formed and without thought, completely smooth, but the process and influences of how it really is made is worth the listen.http://www.npr.org/2013/05/24/185827139/remembering-ray-manzarek-keyboardist-for-the-doors