Yes, I was a fan of The Monkees when I was a kid.  Would you like to know what my very first school lunchbox was?  Yep, it was a Monkees lunchbox, just like the one to the right here.  Same Thermos, same white vinyl with the picture of that cool GTO on one end.  I loved that lunchbox.

I was among all those young people who’d tune in every Saturday to see what kind of hijinks The Monkees would get into on the television.  Micky Dolenz was my favorite singer of the four, Mike Nesmith wrote the best songs, Peter Tork was mainly the goofy funny guy, and Davy Jones was the Monkee all the boys wished they could be like — the one who got the girls all the time.

So, yes, I was saddened on Wednesday to see that Davy Jones had died at age 66 from a heart attack.  It was like another piece of my childhood had died.

What Davy’s death did was to bring back a flood of pretty fond memories for a lot of people.  So why not relive some of them here?  Thanks Davy!


2 thoughts on “My music playlist for today (March 1, 2012 edition)

  1. to davy, my english hanuman


    when you were a simple monkey
    asked to deliver a single bud,
    you brought a field of asian amber flush.
    your unbridled devotion
    thrust you to monkey god.

    now, you divinely intervene
    and bring me messages of him.

    i find him in a soup kitchen
    baking apple bread in a
    t-shirt depicting two quarreling
    monkeys captioned,
    “double talk.”

    he loves me and focuses on
    monkees rerun marathons
    late into the night preserving
    our chaste, intimate love.
    tonight’s virgin viewing is
    in your honor
    and cinematic eulogy,

    humming your swanee river,
    i shiver with relief that
    my heart no longer attacks.

    thank you,
    for the anthem bouquets
    of my youth.

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