For those of a certain age, this will put a smile on your face. When I told this story at work last week, some of my younger co-workers looked at me like I was from another planet. They had no clue who the member of an iconic musical group from the 1960’s was as his face graced the cover of a senior living publication that I saw on the freebie rack at Wawa. The seasoned image of Davy Jones, the mop-top Monkee with the sweetly alluring British accent that had many girls my age swooning, once upon a time graced teen magazines on a planetary scale. He is now a happily married grandpa whose love of music continues and he performs with his own Davy Jones Band and occasionally shows up with his former bandmates Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith. A published author of three books, he also raises and races horses and lives with his family in Central Pennsylvania.
Watching The Monkees was a regular delight for this kid whose love of music was matched only by her love of books. Although the popular series ran less than 2 years, from September of 1966-March of 1968, it has lived on in re-runs and the hearts of their fans ever since. For those who have not a clue what I am talking about, the show was about 4 young men who endeavored to become successful rock stars. It followed their antics and adventures and birthed songs such as Daydream Believer, Last Train To Clarksville, I’m A Believer and I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone. A favorite episode of The Brady Bunch was centered around Marcia enticing Davy to be her prom date, since she was President of his fan club at her school.
As I am writing these words, I am taken back to a simpler time in my life, when I had no concept of being a seasoned woman myself and what that would mean, as I see people of my own generation, aging well, with passion and purpose, enthusiasm and longevity. Long may we all keep monkey-ing around!
http://youtu.be/uVFxMIxm-Rw bio info on Davy Jones
http://youtu.be/JEYNuU6Xtms Monkees Theme Song