I know it’s sometimes not cool to acknowledge a really good pop song, but “Daydream Believer” certainly was one, and the death today of Davy Jones, lead singer of The Monkees, reminds us of this song, one of their biggest hits. Enjoy the innocence of this song, and this group, and this slightly cheesy video:
The song was written by John Stewart, who was one of the members of the Kingston Trio, and had a wonderful solo career. If you’ve not heard his best record, California Bloodlines, you’re really missing out. Here’s a lovely video in which he explains how he wrote
“Daydream Believer,” why the Monkees changed the lyric, and how it paid his rent for the rest of his life.
And here he sings it on Ralph Emery’s Nashville television chat show.
Finally, here’s a short snippet in which Anne Murray sings the song, which was a #12 Billboard hit for her. I m an unabashed Anne Murray fan — technically she’s as perfect singer as you can find, she has a distinctive voice, and — if you’ve ever met her — you know she’s a really nice person. And she knows how to pick a hit!
Let’s all of us believe in our daydreams, and make ’em come t