Another of my teenage idols passed away recently. Peter Tork of the Monkees. I vacillated between Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork being my favorite. Some of my earliest forays into writing fiction included Monkees stories, which would now be called fanfic. Mrs. Sherman, my sixth grade teacher, caught me passing stories to my friends. She called me up to her desk. I just knew: So. Much. Trouble.
Instead, she complimented me on my writing, but asked me to not share the stories during class.
Here’s a song from the Monkees’ third album, Headquarters. Vocals are by Davy Jones, who passed away several years ago, on the first verse; Peter sings the second verse.
You can also hear Peter at the end of the chorus, sounding lonely, singing , the title of the song: “Only Shades of Gray.” The lyrics are just as relevant today as they were when the song was released.