As if I haven’t had enough online journals, I was compelled one day to create yet another. I figured that since I ramble so much about my favorite music groups and actors and the sixties, might as well do that all in one place. That way I can separate my real life from the generation I wish I lived in, ha.
First video post is the Monkees. You’re probably not surprised. But this video needs a bit of explanation first, in order to fully appreciate it.
So at the beginning of drum corps tour, Stuart presented us with an authentic donkey jaw that we decided to put in the show (it’s an actual instrument, predecessor to the vibraslap, no joke). Needless to say, we had a lot of fun with it. The jaw appeared on the Jumbotron at Championships, and also made its way into every group photo taken by Jolesch after quarterfinals. We practically worshipped the donkey jaw. Anyway, one day while listening to my ipod on the bus, the Monkees song “Papa Gene’s Blues” came up and I SWEAR I heard a sound just like the donkey jaw. I was pretty intrigued, but in the midst of the competitive season and the plague that was sweeping through our corps, I forgot about the song. THEN today I was going through some record albums in the studio and there on the back of Headquarters, where the band members were listed, it read: “Davy Jones: vocals, tambourine, jawbone, maracas, etc.”
In my excitement I immediately searched YouTube for a decent version of the song. A lot came up, but this is the best one I found in terms of how well you can hear the jawbone, haha. Sadly, you never see anyone playing it (for that, I happened to find another video…man YouTube is so cool), but the sound is unmistakable:
Other great things about this video:
- There’s another version on YouTube (less audible donkey jaw, though, so slightly inferior) on which someone commented, “Could Davy be holding any more maracas??” It made me laugh, because SRSLY. How can such a small man be holding that many maracas?
- The woolhat and overalls make for a great outfit.
- Mike is so cute at the end, his wink makes me melt AHHHH. Yes, I still have a really big crush on Monkee Mike Nesmith. I hope it never goes away.
I think I will enjoy this, because it means I can be all fangirly and not have to care, since that is the sole purpose for this journal.