Patricia Kennealy-Morrison

Photo Courtesy of Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
Photo Courtesy of Patricia Kennealy-Morrison

My earliest recollection of hearing a Doors song was at the wedding of some people we knew in the church circles my family moved in. As near as I can piece together, the wedding took place sometime in 1970. I was all of around 11 years old and really hadn’t broadened my scope of music beyond the occasional Elvis record.  But during that particular wedding, I was introduced to Jim Morrison and the Doors.

The groom was, and is, a very gifted composer and singer of gospel music. One of the aspects of the marriage ceremony was a song that he arranged and recorded that was played at a certain part of the vows. I can’t tell you much about the rest of the song he sang to his bride, but I distinctly remember that in the middle of the medley the groom so seamlessly strung together were these lines from The Doors’ “Touch Me”:

I'm gonna love you
Till the heavens stop the rain
I'm gonna love you
Till the stars fall from the sky for you and I
I'm gonna love you
Till the heavens stop the rain
I'm gonna love you
Till the stars fall from the sky for you and I

For some strange reason, that one section of the song stuck in my prepubescent brain. Go figure. I do know that the groom went on to become an award-winning gospel songwriter and producer who produced some of the biggest names in gospel music in the 70’s and early 80’s. One of his songs was even sung at Elvis’ funeral

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