Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy Dance Friday #88 - Michael Nesmith

Monkee Month comes to the penultimate week with a focus on Michael Nesmith, singer, songwriter, one-time wearer of wool hats, entrepreneur and former politician. I have fond memories of listening to multiple replays of "Listen to the Band" with my friend, Kenny, when I was ten, on a particular afternoon. Kenny B, this one's for you, wherever you are:

I may have been a Sweet Young Thing at the time, but still old enough to appreciate a clever turn of phrase and catchy tune, and anyone who can compose along with Carole King and Gerry Goffin is worthy of notice. Plus the Monkees and friends certainly seem to be having a good time here:

Few things inspire a happy dance more than a well written song that tells a complete story, such as "What Am I Doing Hanging Round?" Wistful lyrics play against a bouncy tune that lingers long after the sound fades away:

Was that a little down for Happy Dance Friday? Let's try Sunny Girlfriend:

Nez, as his fans affectionately call him, has kept on in his own unique style, melding thoughtful lyrics with memorable tunes, perfect accompaniment for writerly celebration. We'll close with this solo celebration of individuality:

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