Remember Nick at Night? Back in the 90’s, if you weren’t watching Nick at Night, you would have been ostracized as some kind of weirdo. And you know what Nick at Night included? The Monkees! For those of us who were too young to remember The Monkees the first-time around in the 60’s, we got our own special chance to fall in love with all four of these mop-topped musicians.
My niece and I watched every single episode together – it was our thing. And when there was a marathon? We would lose sleep to watch every single episode, sometimes staying up all night. We knew many by heart and up until this day, saying things like “It was the magic necklace!” still makes us smile and giggle.
But there was also the music. I had just started college and was expanding my musical horizons. But there was something so simple and special about The Monkees’ music that I had to collect every single vinyl LP that they’d done. I even have “Head,” which most would classify as the “experimental” album. It was music that always made me feel happy.
Needless to say, the news of Davy Jones’ death today has affected me. I immediately pulled up those albums I had not listened to in years on Spotify and re-discovered some of the magic I felt that defined those years when they were on Nick at Night. I laughed, I cried, and most of all, I remembered.
In 2008, I had the opportunity to see Davy in concert and it still remains one of the highlights of my life. He was vibrant and full of energy and sang all of my favorites.
Thank you, Mr. Jones, for making the world a happier place. The Monkees will always be a part of who I have become and will always ALWAYS make me smile.