The real price of mak­ing mu­sic

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I ap­pre­ci­ated John Dens­more’s in­sight [“Even Greats Pay to Play,” May 25]. I have ap­pre­ci­ated read­ing each of his other ar­ti­cles and in­ter­views over the years. Dur­ing that time I have even more ap­pre­ci­ated Dens­more’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to keep Doors songs out of com­mer­cials, let­ting TV and movies bring the mu­sic to the younger set. I al­ways wanted to write and thank him for that, but when we sadly lost Ray Man­zarek (who cham­pi­oned the other side of that is­sue) a few years ago it just didn’t seem right. Now, how­ever, please let me say thank you for all you’ve done in your life, John. Si­van Wall Van Nuys

John Dens­more missed an im­por­tant as­pect of “the price mu­si­cians pay.” My brother, Wal­ter Benson, played trom­bone with Tommy Dorsey’s orches­tra and died at age 50. He went to work at 6 p.m. or later and was steadily of­fered al­co­holic drinks. He sel­dom slept more than six hours a night. Har­riet Turner San Diego

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