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Category: The Monkees

“Love Is Only Sleeping”: 7/4 Time Can Be Catchy

22 Words has a fun piece that identifies 6 prominent pieces of pop propelled by unusual time signatures, the most famous likely being Pink Floyd’s “Money,” whose opening bass line is played in 7/4 time. I’m always surprised when the topic of The Monkees comes up in conversation, and I

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“Daily Nightly”: Mickey Dolenz, Moog Pioneer

The rap on the Monkees I remember growing up was that “they didn’t play their own instruments.”  While it is often true that seasoned session players provided much of the musical backing behind the Monkees’ vocal tracks, it is inaccurate and unfair to say that the Monkees didn’t bring their

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Charlie Smalls: Guest Music Instructor on The Monkees

Once in the late 90s I picked up a CD anthology of rare funk & soul singles at Midnight Records, just down the street from the Chelsea Hotel.  I purchased disc 1 of a 6-volume series entitled Funkaphonix:  Raw & Uncut Funk 1968-1975.  Amusing to learn that one of the

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