I had a whole other idea for a post today, but then I saw my brother’s Facebook post yesterday saying goodby to Mike Nesmith…aka Wool Hat and spent the rest of the day down the Monkee hole of memories. Their songs were on repeat, episodes were watched on You Tube and I remembered the days when their poster hung on my wall.
I wasn’t even born when The Monkees came on the scene in the mid-sixties. But as I got older, I knew their music and occasionally saw an episode of their television show. I was totally influenced by my older brother and sister’s music, so along with my Sesame Street records, I listened to The Beatles, Queen, Elton John and The Monkees.
Then came the 80’s, which is the best decade for music (don’t fight me on this, LOL.) And I discovered my own taste in music…Duran Duran, Madonna, Tears for Fears, The Bangles, Depeche Mode… MTV in its glory days! Flash forward to 1986. I am 15 years old and in February The Monkees hit MTV with a marathon called Pleasant Valley Sunday…all the episodes. I was in heaven!!! I went to Sam Goody and bought their cassettes and a poster to hang on my wall. (yes, I get obsessive sometimes)
With a new interest in their music, they went on tour with a bunch of other bands for a 20th. year reunion. Well, I just had to go…HAD TO. Being a baby sister has its advantages. Meaning…my brother went down to the ticket master to buy tickets for me, my friend Susan, our friend Frank and himself. Of course, when he came home, I had to hear how everybody else was on line for Billy Joel’s “An Innocent Man” concert, but nooooo…he had to buy Monkees tickets for his sister. Thank you, Donnie, and you know you had a good time!!!!
I even headed over to Security Square Mall to wait in line to meet them and get an autograph picture. Mike was not part of that tour and Davey was back at the hotel afraid he would get mobbed. So, I had a picture of Davey, Mickey and Peter with only 2 signatures on it, but that’s ok, cuz Mickey was always my favorite.
Still listening to them today. Right now, the song “Valleri” is on…my sister Valerie hates this song. I have to laugh, because we talked about this song yesterday. Hates how the name is spelled, how they sing the name, which means, of course, I started singing it over the phone…she started laughing hard, but not hard enough to bring out the Sulpazo snort…I guess I have to try harder next time. Actually, it might be happening right now as she reads this…hope so.
I will always remember the fun I had (and still have) when I listen to their music and watch the show. It was light and silly and always puts me in a good mood. Music is a magical thing that can bring out all the emotions. I will definitely have more to say about music in future posts, but for today, I will just say goodby Wool Hat.
***Question for the comments…Do you like The Monkees? (If not, its ok) Who was your favorite? Any particular favorite song? And if you have no idea who I am talking about…go directly to You Tube and find out.
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