I’m A Daydream Believer, Davy

As everyone probably already knows, Davy Jones of the Monkees is dead.

I am not too young to care.

The TV news shows are only playing two songs–“Daydream Believer” and “I’m a Believer.” These are great tunes, believe me, but if you only know those and the Monkees theme song, you’re missing out.

When I was a kid my dad had a great tape that was some sort of “best of” the Monkees and we listened to it fairly often. It’s “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You.” I loved “Valleri” and I wanted to take the “Last Train to Clarksville,” and I sure didn’t want to be anyone’s “Steppin’ Stone,” though I wouldn’t have minded having a “Pleasant Valley Sunday.”

It took me a while to understand that “Kicks” was about drugs, and then I couldn’t really imagine why anyone would want any, because drugs were so obviously bad. My opinion on this hasn’t really changed a lot. What can I say? “That Was Then, This Is Now.”

And who can forget “The Girl That I Knew Somewhere“?