Michael just posted this on his Facebook page –
Notes from the road — summer 2013 Monkees tour
A friend of mine out here told me a story I found interesting so I thought I would pass it on.
A famous composer and wife — along in years — recently applied for life insurance for him. They expected it would be expensive given his age.
The agent asked what he was doing these days and the composer shyly dodged the question, but she spoke up and said they were traveling quite a bit. They were going from city to city by invitation to attend performances of his works and accolades from his fans.
The agent hardly skipped a beat and said “Oh, then we can add ten years to his life expectancy. We call it the “applause” factor”.
It made sense to me. Applause is appreciation and appreciation is increase. I think it is one of the reasons gratitude is such a powerful and happy state of mind.
I’ve certainly been getting my share on this tour. The crowds have been fantastic — singing along and shouting and clapping. They seem to be having the best time. I see huge smiles everywhere we are playing — young and old. I’m trying to give back as much as I get but its hard. I don’t think I have ever been on the receiving end of so much joy. Appreciation, indeed.
It makes me very happy, too — and it makes me feel good — physically feel good. Sometimes I find myself spontaneously laughing with delight in the middle of a song. I look out at the crowds and they are beautiful. I tell them so — but the comment pales in comparison to what they give to us.
It is a nice touch.
We are in Austin starting the Texas leg of the tour. Lots of friends here and lots to look forward too.
Austin is also the “hump” for us — the point in the tour when there are fewer dates before you than there are behind you — the halfway point.
We will celebrate with Aaron Franklin’s barbecue and a friendly hang at the Hotel tomorrow — a traditional “over the hump” road party. Just the band and crew and a few friends.
Another nice touch.