Mike Nesmith's Farewell to Davy Jones

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By now you're no doubt well aware that Monkees lead singer Davy Jones died today at the age of 66 following a heart attack. His bandmates have each posted their goodbyes: Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith, the Monkee with deep Dallas roots.

The Thomas Jefferson High School graduate didn't embrace his band's legacy as profoundly (or as profitably) as his bandmates, who would record and tour without him for decades following the demise of the so-called Prefab Four. (The closest he came to performing a Monkees song during his July 1994 performance in the West End was when he did his "Different Drum," hastily goofed through during this 1966 episode.) And yet for all his forays into country-rock and moviemaking, Nesmith was and will always be a Monkee man as well. And so, on this day he offers these condolences, from which I pull this excerpt:
While it is jarring, and sometimes seems unjust, or strange, this transition we call dying and death is a constant in the mortal experience that we know almost nothing about. I am of the mind that it is a transition and I carry with me a certainty of the continuity of existence. While I don't exactly know what happens in these times, there is an ongoing sense of life that reaches in my mind out far beyond the near horizons of mortality and into the reaches of infinity.

That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it does many of you. I will miss him, but I won't abandon him to mortality. I will think of him as existing within the animating life that insures existence. I will think of him and his family with that gentle regard in spite of all the contrary appearances on the mortal plane.

David's spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us.

I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels.
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Rickc34
Rickc34

Finding the words to match our true are difficult at best to convey at the lose of a loved one a friend or even a complete stranger. It is hard to fathom what a person is feeling lose anger bitterness or any combination. I believe Mike did his best saying goodbye to an old friend. But we all face the same journey , leaving our loved ones and friends behind to pick up the pieces and whip away the tears.

Rhett
Rhett

I remember watching The Monkees when their tv show premiered. I enjoyed the show because it was entertaining. I always admired Mike and Peter, because they seemed real and talented. May Davy rest in peace. We don't lose someone when they die, we just have to use our hearts and minds, instead of our ears and eyes to remain in contact.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Coming from a man who is mainly private, I am impressed. Well said.

Toepfer6705
Toepfer6705

can you tell me what Mike does these days ?? 

Rooster
Rooster

Why is Corby buried in the sand next to Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith?...

Barbara Skweres
Barbara Skweres

Mike Nesmith has always been my Favorite " Monkee"......Handsome, Intelligent and Talented......But Damn, He is out there !!!

Bheadarn
Bheadarn

May god bless all the good people of this earth past or present.

Corina Lanemann
Corina Lanemann

I am in complete shock and very sad by the news of Davy's death. I have been a Monkees fan since I've been 6 years old and its just a shot to the heart. Its heartbreaking and even though I wasn't a part of his family, he feels like a part of mine. 

Wildcat
Wildcat

Are you sure the Volkswagen didn't roll over Nesmith's head instead of Meatloaf's?

Mike
Mike

The reason Mr. Nesmith might seem like a banker is he inherited a lot of money, tens of millions from his mother, a famous inventor, at an early age after leaving the band. His career is more what a creative person does if he never has to work, but has the discipline not to make himself a freak show. Tork, Jones, and Dolenz had to stay in the game that is the music industry.

Barbara Ann Van Eenennaam
Barbara Ann Van Eenennaam

I thought it was a very well done and Mike did a really nice condolence.   Mike and Davy might have had differences in the past  but I heard they settled that.   They would never be best friends but Mike remembered him with a nice little homage to him.   Don't bring Mike down for it.  He spoke from his heart and the memories he had of Davy.  It was very sweet.

W W
W W

Am impressed with Mike's eloquence.

Thomas
Thomas

Sorry, make that junior year.

Thomas
Thomas

Uh, I don't think Nesmith graduated from TJHS.  He was in my class, and I believe he dropped out in his sophomore year and joined the Air Force.  

Ltb3105
Ltb3105

I thought Mike grew up in Houston?

Ed D.
Ed D.

Wikipedia says, "An indifferent student, he nevertheless participated in choral and drama activities during his years at Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas. [...] Before graduating from high school, Nesmith enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1960."

Chickenpants
Chickenpants

Nesmith is and has always been a nut. And contrary to what my son says, the Monkees don't suck

Keithdylan
Keithdylan

Underrated band.  Given short shrift due to the sitcom origin, but albums 3 and 4 were group efforts and very strong and I will always believe that More of The Monkees is one of the greatest pop albums of all time.

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

 Went to the website for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ... searched Monkees ...

Results 1-15 of about 4290

Which means nothing .. other than yeah, the band had some staying power.

Jolly777
Jolly777

I am getting tire a famous people getting off dead!! I was 5 year old when I use to watch the monkees on Saturday Mornings. Mike was always my favorite. I remember when I was little I was at the record store with my mother and I ask the guy it he had any Monkees records and looked at me like I was nuts he said "NO!"  He was in his 30's  this was back when teenagers did not run record stores.I didn't get a album till I got to Jr. High school. Then a few years later TVland or was it nickleoden  or how ever you spell it. I also like it when Davy on on the Brady Bunch! Davy Hope to see you In Haven one day! I had thought Mike would have died first I thought I had heard he had a illness! I have not heard any thing on Micky or Peter. I thought is was funny when I heard. Oh Micky your so fine. By Toni Basil that it was that Micky! The Rest of you Guys Take care and Wait to die at a Really old age 66 is not that old! Monkees Fan! Randy  P.S. Davy I Was short to till I took Grow Shots!!! I got taller and Fatter!

Coreyallenburns
Coreyallenburns

Funny, Davy Jones recently said in an article that Mike Nesmith now looks like a German International banker and that he could not immagine performing and having a good time with Nesmith.  Nesmith is probably a douschebag when you get to really know him. 

guest
guest

Mickey Dolenz said Nesmith was really flakey and easily angered.   On one tour he just walked out on the rest of them without a word.  Another time Mickey upstaged Mike and Mike quit either that night's performance or the tour.  VERY touchy.  You'd think with his mother's money he'd relax.

GrassDog
GrassDog

As someone who also looks like a German International banker, I must declare that there is nothing wrong with appearing that way to the rest of the world.  It is a quite handsome look, if I do say so myself!

Mike in Boston
Mike in Boston

LOL Excellent and true. Thanks for that. Made my day.

janesoutham
janesoutham

Um, Nesmith was the most talented musician of the bunch, writing "Different Drum" and going on to have the most successful career after the breakup of the group.

Jan Chilton
Jan Chilton

Actually I disagree with this. Each had his own particular kind of talent.  Tork was the best musician instrumentally...at least in recent years.  Micky had the best comic timing and a great voice.  Davy had.the best showmanship, appreciation of fans, and also a great voice.  Of them all, Michael may have had the most business finesse, and wrote great songs if you liked that country edge that he had.  But not for one minute would I agree that he was one bit more talented than the rest of them.  As a package their sum was bigger than their parts.

Coreyallenburns
Coreyallenburns

Was he more talented than Peter Tork? He was the most successful, but it was like he spends a lot of energy not being a Monkee any more.  He needs to get over himself a little, say "yeah, I was a Monkee, it was fun, we took ourselves a little too seriously at times and at times the producers just didn't understand, but, it was a good experience over all."  He just seems so ashamed of that time in his life. And, I was quoting Davy Jones, so things weren't great between them.  Nesmith seems a little less than genuine in his statement and I wonder if he really meant what he said or does he just like to hear himself be philosophical. 

A Fellow Mike in Boston
A Fellow Mike in Boston

Live your own life and let Mike live his. A lot of us out here love him.  He's one of the most underrated talents in rock and he's made millions happy. Mike's comments on Davy Jones passing were as eloquent, unexpected, unorthodox, and refreshing as we have come to expect from him over the decades. Thanks Mike.

Jan Chilton
Jan Chilton

 I have to agree with this.  Nobody else seems to see it...but it angers me somewhat. They didn't seem to deny their feelings of disdain for each other...and I would rather he had just said something short and appropriate instead of all the "guru" affectations.

Texasnuecse
Texasnuecse

Davy always brought a smile to my face. 

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

This is sad, even sadder is the news reported in the Houston Chronicle. Edna Milton passed on in Arizona. She was the last madam of the Chicken Ranch, which was moved to Greenville Ave. in 78'.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

sad news. Nez handles it with class.

Ruth A
Ruth A

What contrary appearances on the mortal plane?

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

I hope someone expresses words even half as beautiful as these when I'm gone.

Guava98
Guava98

seems like he's just been whited -out... 

Jan Chilton
Jan Chilton

 You may be kidding, but it really does seem that way to many Davy fans.

Lawrence Boyd
Lawrence Boyd

Touching tribute to Davy Jones from his former bandmate, Dallas's own Mike Nesmith. I also admired his admitted uncertainty about the "meaning" of death. His inner turmoil about the exact nature of the afterlife exuded profundity compared to the sanctimoniousness of some of our media-grabbing political candidates. Vaya con Dios, Davy.   

jmc
jmc

You even made that political?

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