If I had to choose just one chorus which lifts my spirits higher than any other upon listen then it would be from the Monkees – Daydream Believer:
Cheer up, sleepy Jean
Oh, what can it mean that
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen
It is also projects me back to simpler times even to those epochs before Mummy and Daddy did their thang. Oh, the zeitgeist 60’s – ‘How I have missed you my whole life‘. Daydream Believer is one of the most popular and commercial big hits from that era. It was No1 in the US for 4 weeks!
As the composer of the song John Stewart described it – “I remember going to bed thinking, What a wasted day — all I’ve done is daydream. And from there I wrote the whole song. I never thought it was one of my best songs. Not at all”.
Canadian singer Anne Murray who my Mother listened and wept to ad-nauseam recorded a cover version of Daydream Believer for her platinum-certified 1979 studio album I’ll Always Love You. It’s amazing Stewart was dismayed by the unlikely success of the song. It is said he was thrilled, stemming from the fact a folkie with a guitar following in the humble Woody Guthrie tradition could pull off a major pop hit. He wrote it just in a few minutes, but he lived off it for more than a year. ‘It is happy. It’ll always be “happy.”
Stewart added: ‘Write early in the morning when you first wake up — take your guitar to bed – before the critical voice kicks in’.
I grew up with this song…I went to a U2 concert and the guitar player…The Edge sang it. It is a well written pop song and one of the many very good pop songs that the Monkees recorded. I love the song.
You wrote an article on this song as well if I remember correctly. Other than this I hardly know any other songs from them or their background or impact. That’s interesting about the Edge. Good concert?
Your Dodgers are giving Carrasco a hammering lol
Yes a great concert…that song was a big surprise coming from them…I didn’t expect that one. You may know Last Train To Clarksville by them…
Yes they are and I love it. Only a month and a half to go so they have to keep it up.
Yes, I have heard that song. I didn’t know they did it. Cool.
I didn’t picture you a big U2 fan. What year was that?
This MLB season has gone by real quick! Bellinger is crushing it!
It was around 92-93…I travelled to Birmingham Alabama to see them…. It was really good.
They were at their peak then. Good timing.
I miss going to concerts…last one I went to was in 2016 to see the Who I believe.
Do you have plans on going to an upcoming concert? My last big one was Dylan in 2007 in Melbourne. I’m afraid I haven’t seen many. I always preferred seeing local groups at taverns etc.
No plans right now…the older I get the more picky I am. I will catch Dylan when he comes here though. I’m thinking about going to the Stones in October…they are coming here.
Sweet Max. Is Bob touring again?
The never ending tour will never end Matt…lol. Looks like he might be gearing up for a tour.
It states in the article he won’t be touring for the rest of the year. I hope he resumes again soon enough.
How did I miss that Matt? Well I know how…this is the first time this weekend I have not been working…well that answers my question! No Dylan this year. I have to wonder though how long will he continue to tour like he does.