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Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?

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Subject: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: StandingBear (inactive)
Date: 19 Oct 00 - 04:39 PM

Granted, the Monkees were a fabricated pop TV show group. Granted, Mickey Dolenz had to learn the drums (he's a singer and a fine guitarist by nature). Sure, Davy Jones is a prick (I have proof of his lousy attitude towards fans). Sure, Peter Tork can't hardly get arrested (he is a fine guitar and banjo picker, though).

But what about Mike Nesmith? I have heard some of the recordings he made as Michael Blessing; folk music for sure. Down to earth, BEAUTIFUL ballads/story songs. He is a fine lyricist and a SUPERB guitar (6 and 12) and banjo picker (Scruggs or clawhammer)!!

Can anyone else besides me POSSIBLY have gotten past the wool hat and heard some of the TALENT under there?

Different Drum (hit for Ronstadt; Nesmith wrote it) What Am I Doin' Hanging 'Round?; Nesmith hit for Monkees

...there are more (I don;t have a CD or book in front of me).

Come on, tell me I'm not alone in this!!

Peace on you,

'Bear


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: mousethief
Date: 19 Oct 00 - 04:59 PM

I'm with you, Bear. I like Nesmith's songwriting.

At one time I had all the First National Band LP's and most of Nesmith's post-FNB work. Then I was unemployed for a time and they got sold to pay for groceries. Sob!

And call me weird, but I like Lucy and Ramona and Sunset Sam. And "Time Capsule" or whatever the other title is. Maybe I will fly down to Rio. Or maybe not.

Never have figured out what "Joanne" is about, though.

You have a way of making everything you say seem unreal
Are you aware that the people who care are mostly stainless steel?

Alex
O..O
=o=


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: Jim the Bart
Date: 19 Oct 00 - 05:05 PM

Geez, Standing Bear, we agree on far too many things. I've enjoyed Papa Nes since I heard the first "First National Band" album in 1968 and realized that this guy was the real thing. His version of "one Rose", which is an old Jimmie Rodgers tune (the singing breakman, not the guy who sang "Honeycomb"), is a big favorite of mine. He was experimental and eclectic, to say the least, but he knew his sources (IMHO) well enough to move the music forward a bit. His use of the steel guitar, particularly on the 1st and 3rd FNB albums was unique and for the time, groundbreaking.

A whole 'nother topic is his "Elephant Parts" video and resultant TV show. If Al Gore can take credit for the internet, Nesmith can take credit for MTV (now, I realize some people don't see this as a good thing, but that's a different discussion). The music on the video is, at times, wonderful (I don't want to nominate him for sainthood or anything).

Oh yeah, I named the band the I played with for abourt fifteen years (Cactus Jack) after a line from his song "Texas Morning" - "Cactus Jack drinks coffee black/and tells me it's my lucky day". The transition from that song into "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" is really very cool.

Have a great day
Bart


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: Quincy
Date: 19 Oct 00 - 05:52 PM

I always thought he was the "sweet one".....clever family too! Sure didn't his mother invent correction fluid and he inherited her millions!

Just thought I'd throw in some token trivia!!!!

Yvonne


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: Hotspur
Date: 19 Oct 00 - 08:11 PM

My brother and I watched the show as kids, and Mike was always my favorite, even though he didn't have Davy's cool British accent (I was an Anglophile even in the womb.) I was delightfully surprised to learn more recently, that he was a REAL musician/songwriter!


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 19 Oct 00 - 08:37 PM

Those FNB albums were among my favorites back when they came out. I lost most of my vinyl in a divorce, and hadn't heard any of it in years--then I cam across the red and the blue as CDs, and three others at Sam Goody's, in the 99 cents bin. Still great--don't forget "Some of Shelly's Blues" and the most amazing version of "Beyond the Blue Horizon" ever--


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: Jim the Bart
Date: 20 Oct 00 - 01:53 PM

And don't forget "I Fall to Pieces"


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: mousethief
Date: 20 Oct 00 - 02:08 PM

I thought that was a Patsy Cline number? Written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard (or is it Howard Harlan? southern names can be hard to decipher).

Don't forget "Runnin' from the Grand Ennui"

Alex
O..O
=o=


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: JenEllen
Date: 20 Oct 00 - 05:49 PM

I have no more than I did before
But now I've got all that I need
For I love you
And I know you love me...

He's a great singer/songwriter. Granted, the Monkees usually fall under the heading of IndustrialWaste Bubblegum, but I've never wavered on Nesmith's talents. Good stuff, and I'd be interested in hearing some of the FNB stuff too. Anybody got copies??

~Elle


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: Jim the Bart
Date: 21 Oct 00 - 01:53 PM

I didn't mean to imply that Nesmith wrote "I Fall to Pieces"; I just used it to illustrate how he has taken his sources and successfully reinterpreted them. He is a great writer and interpreter of other's work. And he can yodel a bit, ta boot.


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: GUEST,Michael Martin Murphey
Date: 21 Oct 00 - 01:57 PM

He also didn't write "Texas Morning." That was me and Boomer Castleman.

MMM


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 22 Oct 00 - 02:10 AM

Welcome to Mudcat Michael, din't lurk in the shadows, say hello as often as you can.

Don


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: Jim the Bart
Date: 22 Oct 00 - 01:07 PM

My apologies for mis-attributing a song I have dug for a very long time. I have long admired your work.

Bart


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: Metchosin
Date: 22 Oct 00 - 01:19 PM

HE doesn't suck as a film maker either. Love Repo Man.


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: Alice
Date: 22 Oct 00 - 02:10 PM

MMM, ... thank you for autographing that CD, I greatly appreciate it. - Alice in Montana


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: Thyme2dream
Date: 22 Oct 00 - 02:14 PM

That clinches it!! I've long toyed with the idea of working up a set of songs that come from artists labeled as pop/rock/bubblegum/misc.tripe/etc, but have individual songs that are worth a second listen. (Not that I include Michael Naismith in this category, but his association with the Monkees does earn him a bad rep sometimes) I think a set like that would be just the thing to pull out at a folk club when some of the "folks" are getting a bit too big for their britches in their purist attitude...hmmm, a fun project>>>any suggestions to add to the play list? (or is that another thread entirely? I'm still pretty new at this!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: Matt_R
Date: 22 Oct 00 - 02:24 PM

Great idea, Thyme2Dream! I've done it lots of times in HearMe, with very surprising result...with people thinking everything from "it's folk" or "you wrote that, right?". It's fun.


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: Thyme2dream
Date: 22 Oct 00 - 02:32 PM

(just a lil gleeful giggle) mm hmm, and you've had to defend your choices several times eh?? I saw that oasis stuff..


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: richlmo
Date: 22 Oct 00 - 11:51 PM

MMM, Didn't you write , What am I Doing Hanging 'Round ? I love to play and sing that song!


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: L R Mole
Date: 23 Oct 00 - 09:57 AM

This thread caused me to throw "Some of Shelley's Blues" on a tape I was making for the car. Nice, thoughtful song and it goes well just before Lucinda's "I Think I Lost It". Possible thread for home tapers :the best segue or three-song set you ever put on a road tape?(Creep, creep).


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 23 Oct 00 - 11:08 AM

"Some of Shelley's Blues" seems like it is the other side of the "Different Drum" relationship--


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: Thyme2dream
Date: 23 Oct 00 - 04:00 PM

Start the thread Mole..sounds cool!


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: richlmo
Date: 26 Oct 00 - 11:35 PM

Nesmith also wrote " Propenquity ". Read through a thread about that song from '99 and nobody seemed to give The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band any credit . I didn't pick up a guitar until I was about 20 or so, after I heard Uncle Charlie, and that was the first song I actually played and sang in public. The girls loved it!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 08:57 PM


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Subject: RE: BS: Mike Nesmith/Michael Blessing: Well?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 04:14 PM

I think you missed a quack there Geoff!

I always liked the Monkees anyway. Anyone who made such a good job of Daydream Believer can't be all bad, and Last train to Clarksville is a hoot on Anglo Concertina...

I will certainly look out for Nesmith from now on - I didn't know he was a closet folky but I guessed there must be sone talent in there:-)

Anyone know if there is any truth in the rumour that they were funded by the CIA to help the 'war' against the the subversive effect of the Beatles? Cheers

DtG


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