Holy Clarksville Batman – It’s The Monkees

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The year was 1966, and The Monkees were taking the country by storm. Beginning with “Last Train to Clarksville” in November and ending with “I’m a Believer” the last week in December, the made-for-television quartet posted two number one songs on Billboard that year.

It is hard to believe that it has been 45 years since Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Mickey Dolenz and Michael Nesmith captured the imagination of millions of teens and pre-teens – especially girls. But I was one of the young boys of that time who looked on
The Monkees as examples of what was possible for budding guitar players like me.

1966 was also the year that the campy Batman became one of the most popular shows on television. With two episodes each week, Burt Ward and Adam West brought the DC Comics hero to live for millions of viewers. Never mind that the television show was more comic than the print version, it was required television for my entire junior high class.

What triggered all of this nostalgia was the appearance of The Monkees on the Friday, July 22nd, episode of The View. Let’s just pretend my wife told me about the show. OK?

Minus Michael Nesmith, who opted not to join the nostalgia tour with the other three original members, the group talked about what they had been up to since their show ended in the 1960′s. Probably the most poignant response came from Davy Jones, who had acted on Broadway before being cast in the group, when he said that The Monkees binary options currency signals had destroyed his acting career.

Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz have both enjoyed great careers, both inside and outside of the music industry. Tork has produced stage productions in both the United Kingdom and in the United States, on Broadway in New York City. Peter Tork has performed with several groups he has put together over the years, but never found the popularity he enjoyed with The Monkees.

Watching the trio on The View stirred a lot of memories of years gone by. I thought about how much both music and television have changed over the years, and I can’t help but wonder if The Monkees ever would have been successful if they had formed in 2011 instead of 1966. I tend to doubt it.

As chaotic as those days were, in the early years of the War in Vietnam, and the heyday of the Hippy Era, there was an innocence and simplicity in those days. It was easy to buy into the slapstick of The Monkees and the campiness of Batman. The stories on those television shows had nothing to do with every day life. They were truly an “escape” that took us away from the mundane aspects of life.

Today, a television show must be some form of “reality” or filled with risqué humor, it seems, to find acceptance by the viewing public. I’m not sure about you, but I think I’m ready for a return to simpler times.

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I Thought I Had a Topic

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Why is it I seem to always have my best ideas for blog posts when I’m hovering just this side of sleep, in bed, at night? And I’m not one of those who keep a note pad and pen on the night stand to capture those ideas. For one thing, I’d never be able to read it the next day. To say I have horrible handwriting is a gross understatement.

I’ve thought about keeping my smart phone next to the bed and using the voice recording feature to capture the inspirational moments, but that is unworkable as well. I would spend five minutes trying to find my glasses, five more trying to activate the recording feature, and by that time the inspiration would probably be gone.

There is also the ability to use the smart phone to begin composing the post with the WordPress for Android application that is installed on it. But I would have to overcome the same issues listed above to do that.

All of this is on my mind because the night before last, I had a really great idea for a blog post. In fact, as I drifted toward sleep, I composed most of the post in my head. I remember thinking that it was going to be one of the best posts I have written in a while. Witty, intelligent, compelling and topical. And then I fell asleep.

Yesterday, I was busy at work and didn’t give the idea much thought. By the end of the day, I was worn out from work and didn’t want anything to do with a computer. Finally, I had time today to do the actual writing…and PRESTO…I don’t have a clue what the idea was or what I was going to say. I couldn’t even tell you what the topic was going to be. All I have left is some vague notion that I had a good idea.

Maybe that’s why I’m a middle class American, making slightly less than the national average income instead of rubbing shoulders with Warren Buffett or Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. I have a feeling none of those guys ever lost track of a good idea or an inspirational thought.

How do you preserve inspirational thoughts that arrive at inconvenient times?

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