We got the sad news this week that we’d lost a bright light from the music world. Peter Tork was a member of the iconic 60s band, The Monkees. While the television show ran from 1966-1968, the band itself continued performing until 1971. And they continued to pop up now and then after that.
The group was a pre-fab boy band in its day, and much has been said about the fact that the members weren’t initially allowed to actually play their own instruments. But the reality is, pre-fab or not, the members of the Monkees were/are actually talented musicians. Not the least of which was Peter Tork, who played guitar, keyboard, bass, and banjo, among other things. He was also an accomplished songwriter.
I loved watching The Monkees when I was a kid. Back then, it was mostly about the silliness. And Davey Jones, I won’t lie. Boy bands are my guilty pleasure.
As an adult, though, I came to appreciate the music. The songs, many of them written by Boyce and Hart, in a lot of ways encapsulated the times. Like now, the 60s were about change, discontent, and disunity.
Through the years, The Monkees continued to get together from time to time. We lost Davey back in 2012. And now Peter is gone.
But happily, we still have their music. For tonight’s serenade, I picked the original television version of Pleasant Valley Sunday, The Monkees’ pop anthem against the hypocrisy of the banal.
Kids. They always know everything. I remember when I knew everything, LOL. The Monkees probably do, too.
In addition, I’ve added a more recent version of the song, a solo acoustic rendition by Peter Tork.
I hope this final February weekend finds you well. Be sure to hug those you love.
Happy Saturday night!