Daydreaming of Davy Jones

By Matt bajkowski
Sports Editor
With the death of musician, Davy Jones, I recently started listening again to one of the best pop groups of the 60’s, The Monkees.  There are more than a few songs Jones sang throughout his time with the Monkees, since he was one of two members to carry the band on after the original line up was broken.  But when I think of the songs that Jones sang, one always comes to mind, “Daydream Believer” from The Monkees’ ’68 album, The Birds, The Bees, and The Monkees.
I believe this is Jones’ best vocal in his entire career, and easily one of the best vocals on any Monkees song ever recorded.  Jones sings softly and melodically throughout most of the song, until reaching the chorus, where he is joined by band mate Micky Dolenz, singing backing vocals, to create a rich harmony.
Jones’ voice is also complemented throughout the song by various instruments, playing a melody arranged by Monkee Peter Tork, who would only appear on this song for the album.
As the song builds towards the final chorus, sting and horn instruments crescendo, building the anticipation for the final measures of the song.  Similar to Jones’ singing in the verses of the song, a soft, melodic flute solo can be heard as the final chorus fades out.
Everything a beautiful, catchy, great song needs is in this song, so if you want to celebrate the life of great musician Davy Jones, there is no better way to do it than by listening to “Daydream Believer.”