Had no clue, until deciding to take a walk this morning over to view the placards in the large picture windows of the building opposite the downtown Clearwater Starbucks, that Jim Morrison had a connection to this place. A report from the Florida zone indicates that he lived in his grandparents’ house both as an infant/toddler in the mid 1940s, and then again when he was a junior college student in the early ’60s. Here was the home, at 314 N. Osceola Avenue.
The house was torn down in 2005, prompting this great retrospective piece in the St. Pete Times entitled Mary and Jim to the end. Next time I take a stroll down Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach I’ll think of Jim and his first love, Mary Werbelow, walking the same pier.
From the Best of the Doors, though there are tunes and lyrics mostly linked to our adolescence in the late ’60s, what resonates now is the lyric from Waiting For The Sun: “Can you feel it, now that Spring has come, that it’s time to live in the scattered sun.”