Feb 29, 2012
Today I found Davy Jones trending on Twitter and immediately thought this is probably not a good thing. Then I found out that what I had suspected had happened - Davy Jones dead at the age of 66 from a heart attack.
The Monkees were an odd band from the sense they were manufactured by Hollywood to follow in the footsteps of The Beatles and their movie “Hard Day’s Night.” They were not musicians, with the exception of Michael Nesmith and some arguing that Peter Tork could play an instrument. The fast paced, quick edits (by 1966 standards) and the fun was all taken from the “Hard Day’s Night” playbook. They did have their detractors and were sometimes labeled as the “Pre-Fab Four”, a made for television Beatles. John Lennon reportedly compared them to the Marx Brothers and would never miss an episode, but did not mention their music.
I remember the first episode found me trying to resist liking these four who you knew weren’t really musicians, but had hit the teenage dream, “I’m in a band!” Within a matter of minutes I couldn’t stop laughing and I was hooked. Think about it, in 1966 the need and desire of many teenagers was to get a bunch of mates together, buy a few instruments, find a garage to practice in and you were on your way to fame and fortune, and do I dare say, meeting young women. The Monkees helped fulfill that dream. When you watched an episode of “The Monkees”, you could believe that if they can do it you certainly could do it and probably better. The Monkees gave all of us who had such a dream something we could hang our collective hats on and helped us believe we too could be rock stars.
Not sure why I gravitated to Davy Jones since I played guitar, he did not, he was the lead singer of his band, I was not, he had a British accent, I did not and it went on and on. In retrospect, I think it was the British accent that connected for me. With The Beatles in full swing, our dream of being not only in a band and a rock star, but some far off dream that “I can be like The Beatles.” Davy was the cute one with probably his biggest songs being “Daydream Believer,” “Valleri,” “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” and “Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow.)” Mr. Jones also had the ambition of wanting to be in the band when he stood on the wings of the Ed Sullivan Theatre and watched as The Beatles made their first appearance. Seeing the results of all the adoring and screaming fans drove home the ambition further.
When discussions ensued about their live performances and quality thereof, one of the comments made in interviews was that Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees. Indeed it is true. Also, it has been noted that Stephen Stills was one of the actors/musicians who auditioned for a part. Imagine Crosby, Nash & Young or The Monkees & Young...but I digress.
Sixty-six is too short of time on this earth, but hopefully they were sixty-six good years. Thanks for the laughs and giggles. A little bit more of our youth has been taken away today.
Feb 3, 2012
I received this in an email this morning. I had to read through it twice before I realized that I shouldn't read this if I really want to get into this camp.
WANT TO COME TO PRESIDENT'S DAY WEEKEND CAMP?
We have had a couple of drummer spots and ONE guitarist spot open up for President's Day Weekend camp February 16-20. Call Beth now, because by the time you're reading this, the spots may be gone!