When I was a kid we would always go to the antique show at the fairgrounds every month. I was always looking for new Monkees things that I didn’t have, whether it be records, trading cards, or anything really. I was pretty young when my Dad bought me my first music book at this antique show. It was for The Monkees’ third LP, Headquarters. I definitely didn’t realize how important this book would be to me in my life at the time, I thought it was just another awesome Monkees thing to collect. I never had any music lessons but this exact Headquarters music book was what I used to teach myself how to play guitar and how to read music. For some reason, the songs on the album are out of order in the book. The first one is my Dad’s favorite Monkees song, “Shades Of Gray.” I never did become a very accomplished piano player but this song is just about the fanciest thing I can (kinda) play.
I’d like to thank you for getting me that first music book. And for everything before and after that of course. I don’t know where I’d be without your constant support and encouragement for all of these years. I hope you have a great birthday, Dad! I love you!