Thursday, March 01, 2012
CINDYBIN’S VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK: DAVY JONES OF THE MONKEES, MAY HE R.I.P.
Davy is gone! Waaaahhh!!
I was in the car yesterday when I heard the news on the radio. Former Monkee and teen heartthrob Davy Jones was dead at age 66 of a heart attack. I couldn’t believe it! I almost had to pull over to the side of the road! How could he be gone?? He wasn’t even that old! I didn’t even know he was sick! And this meant that the group would never be complete again—they could never have a full reunion! All four were no more!
The Monkees were such a major part of my childhood, or ‘tween years. I remember the Beatles well, but I was a bit too young for them. When the Monkees came along a few years later, however, I was at just the right age—a dreamy ten-year-old girl glued to the TV every Monday night watching and giggling and grooving away to her favorite group. I bought their first record and even had a teen magazine with the Monkees on the cover. I still have these items! This was a big deal to me back then! On the back of their album, I wrote “Love him” over each guy’s photo. If you look closely at the scan above (click to enlarge) you can see just where I wrote my words of endearment!
Actually Mike was my favorite; I look back and realize that Davy really did have the cutest face and I loved his English accent, but he was too short and boyish. Peter was too nerdy, Mickey was okay I guess, but Mike was a real man—tall, dark and cute. And I liked his personality and how he was kind of the leader of the group. So Mike it was.
I loved them all, though. I’d dream about how one day I just might “look over my shoulder and see them standing there.” Oh what a thrill that would be! Face to face with The Monkees? It made my ten year old heart flutter with excitement.
I was crushed when their TV show was cancelled. How could they do this? They didn’t have any taste whatsoever! Didn’t those network people understand how important these guys were to us? But then I remember that strange movie “Head” came out, and the Monkees got kind of too weird for my tastes and I outgrew them.
But I actually did see Davy in concert a few years later, in 1971. By this time I had fallen in love with Mark Lindsay, lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders. He and Davy were touring together and came to our town. (I plan to write more about Mark in a blog next week, when he will be turning 70!) I was 14 when I saw Davy then, and remember that he put on a good show, just sang by himself and was kind of funny—the girls were whistling and cheering and he was pretending to blush and be embarrassed and saying things like “Aww shucks”.
Even though I attended that concert to see Mark, I look back now and realize that I’m glad I saw Davy, too! Just think, I was actually in the same room with him, and breathed his air. It was a rather small auditorium and not anywhere filled to capacity; by this time the Monkees had disbanded and Mark’s group wasn’t together much, either, so they were both sort of “has-beens” and just trying to make a living. Davy would have been only 25 then. Wow. A 25-year-old boy. So young!
Anyway, it really was a shock to hear the news yesterday. When I got home, I mourned on the phone with a friend my age who was as stunned as I was. I got a few emails from others about the news—both much younger than me and “second-generation fans”, but fans nonetheless. Even though I temporarily outgrew the Monkees in my youth, I now realize that I will never forget them. Several years ago I bought the entire DVD set of both seasons of the TV show and periodically watch them. Or I will sometimes view clips on YouTube, just to get a “Monkees fix.” It always takes me back to such an innocent time (even though I know they weren’t all that innocent in real life). But the show was fun and totally different and unique for its time. The DVD set is well-worth the money if you don’t have it, and the interviews and commentary with the guys are so insightful and entertaining! And I never tire of their music. I could listen to it over and over. I know they were hired for the show and didn’t form in the traditional way, but they were a great band.
Rest in peace, Davy! We will miss you.
Here are a couple of YouTube videos that you might want to check out:
Monkees and Davy Jones singing Valleri http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNqUufWLfZc
Monkees and Davy Jones singing She Hangs Out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQjA5rDFMjo
Monday, February 27, 2012
EXTRA! EXTRA! MORMON FAMILY GUY SEEKS FRIENDS AND FAMILY ON THE INTERNET!
This guy is looking for his family. And he may have found at least some of it—on the Internet!
“Davidlory”, also known as “Mormon Family Guy”, makes YouTube videos to connect with those who relate to his values and ideas—in this life, before we were born, AND in the afterlife.
“This channel I’ve made for you--people who live the gospel and people who pursue political and social truth,” he says on a recent video. “I’m looking for people with courage and guts, who identified with me before we were born and we just come here and continue to identify with each other. If you come to these videos and you connect with me, you were my family before. Through the Internet, we can find one another again.”
A lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and father of five, David isn’t afraid to tackle controversial subjects and speak his mind. His real name is David Vanderbeek (his middle name is Lory), he studied as a political science major and even ran for Nevada state assembly. A therapist by profession, he began on YouTube by making what he thought would be a single video about religious prophecies and the LDS church. But he received so much flack and so many questions from “anti-Mormons” attacking the church, that he realized more needed to be done.
“I got tired of responding to the same irrational arguments OVER and OVER, so I made videos responding to them for quick reference, and that’s how all this started,” he explains.
We see him in his home office, usually in casual clothes and often in a backwards baseball cap, with his neatly trimmed beard and wearing an ancient Nordic rune necklace symbolizing strength and good health. Sometimes you can hear one or two of his children laughing or squealing outside the closed door. He faces the camera, looks you squarely in the eye, and talks. And talks. And talks. All in one take, and usually right off the top of his head. A lot of videos are only twenty minutes or so, but some well over an hour.
He now has hundreds of them, separated into four channels: Mormon Family Guy Original, Mormon Family Guy Religion, American Therapist, and Mormon Family Guy. Subjects range from church doctrine and history to government corruption to happiness in marriage and how puppies make good therapy. He even covers health topics such as medical marijuana and vaccinations.
Most people know nothing about Mormonism, David says, but a lot of Americans have a “lust of the ear” which is why he will sometimes use anti-Mormon titles to attract those looking for dirt or gossip about the church. One example is his video called “Exposed Bizarre Secret Mormon Temples Rituals and Ceremony.”
“They see a juicy video title and click on it to see what it is. So, I reel people in that way who are looking for anti-Mormon ammunition and then spin them around. I like reversals of fortune. Sometimes I freak out Mormons who are too quick to judge. They see my titles and think I’m the opposition. They respond without watching the video. I always try to straighten things out with them.”
Most of his videos are straightforward and informational views on politics and religion, but he often goes into funny voices and facial expressions, or “alter egos” which crack me up. He’ll do parodies of anti-Mormon videos and make up silly characters that remind me of something Adam Sandler or Jim Carrey might do, all in hopes of “offending the self-righteous and amusing the truth-seekers.”
Poking fun and using sarcasm, he says, is “good medicine” for those who put down the church and whose arguments are irrational and usually based on distorted information.
“I think we are way too serious about religion and politics. I don’t think God is that serious. Religion is a laughing matter and I am a reverent person. Hopefully, there is something here to ‘offend’ or amuse everyone.”
And offend he does. People have left all kinds of nasty and often profanity-laced comments on his message boards. He used to monitor the posts but has since given up, explaining that he prefers to leave them there to show others what people are like. And he is not offended himself at what people may say about him. He just laughs when someone describes him as a “30 something poorly-shaven pseudo intellectual attention fiend who is unsuccessfully trying to become an Internet celebrity.”
And on a recent video entitled “Help Me Stop Using Internet Pornography!” someone wrote:
“You realize you’re the laughing stock of the Internet, right? You look like a homeless crack head that makes fun of teenagers for masturbating (which is equivalent to making fun of men for having a penis). I would suggest that you stop before you dig you and your church into a deeper hole, but your videos are so full of ignorance that it is quite a good source for comedy. So keep ‘em coming you silly lil brainwashed fanatic!”
Positive comments abound as well, including one fan who says “your channel rocks. Wish I knew you personally, you have a great spirit and way of teaching.”
Another viewer wrote:
“I very much appreciate your candor and the willingness to go in front of the entire world and defend your faith. There are very few people like you out there, be they Catholic, Baptist, Independents, or Mormons. So few people have the ability to do this and the ones that do seem to fall off track so fast and chase their own vain pursuits, starting huge churches with all the worldly distractions of fame and fortune. The world needs more people like David Lory.”
Indeed, he has been known to wonder aloud why he is the one to devote so much time to this endeavor. While there ARE others on YouTube and various websites who stand up for the church, David invites more people to join in and make similar videos. “Why don’t YOU do it?” he says to the camera. And he means it!
But when asked why he continues talking to Internet-land, he admits that it is in part as much for himself as it is for others. Besides confounding and thwarting anti-Mormons, he feels he is also helping to wake up “sleepy Mormons.”
“Once I started doing these, I really felt like I was supposed to continue, because there are so many Mormons out there like me that are starving for a deeper and better conversation,” he says. “This is a way for God to hold on to me.”
I don’t agree with everything he says, and I haven’t had time to watch all his videos; educational and inspiring and entertaining and adorable as he is, there are hours and hours of David and only so many hours in the day for me. And I don’t like sitting at the computer for such long periods of time. I wish he’d make a CD boxed set that I could play in the car (even though I’d miss the funny faces). I’m also thinking of putting my husband’s laptop by my sewing machine so I can at least get something done while listening.
But if you have the time, any time at all, he wants you to listen. And find him. After all, you might become his friend, or even part of his long-lost family! You’ll know it if you can see that his main focus remains on being genuine and honest and helping people come to the gospel if they are ready.
“This is me,” he says. “This is who I really am. I’m not here to represent the church officially. I’m just talking to you as a Mormon family guy. So when I do a video, I just send it out into the world looking for my true friends and family, the people who gravitate to the truth. All others, if they get something out of it, they do, if they don’t, that’s fine. They can go on with their lives and pursue something else. But I’m here for people that I want to connect with, and to reach out to people.”
Here are links to a few of David’s videos if you’d like to check them out:
MORMON FAMILY GUY: A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING (Video about anti-Mormon titles he uses, etc.)
MORMONS AREN’T CHRISTIAN: (A great example of one of David's "characters", fun for everyone, whether you are religious or not!)
PUPPY THERAPY FOR THOSE SUFFERING LOSS OR ABANDONMENT: (Cute puppies!)
EDITOR'S NOTE: IT'S NOW FEBRUARY 2013 AND I JUST FOUND OUT THAT DAVID BLOCKED ME!! I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY! HE IS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR OF NEVADA AND HE WANTS TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA. I DO NOT AGREE WITH THAT, AND HE'S ALSO SAYING SOME FAR-FETCHED THINGS ABOUT OBAMA AND THE GOVERNMENT THAT I AM HAVING A HARD TIME ACCEPTING BUT I WAS TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HE IS SAYING. AND THEN I FIND OUT HE BLOCKED ME. AFTER THIS NICE, GLOWING ARTICLE I WROTE ABOUT HIM! JERK.