Your crusty chronicler is an individual who generally does his own thing. Still, when Examiner asked for support for their new “List” format, it was nigh impossible not to be open-minded about it. The good folks at Examiner are usually pretty tolerant of your screwy scribe’s scribbles and so it seemed that the polite thing to do was to try to somehow utilize their new favorite format in some way. So, with that spirit of unity and teamwork in mind, your rockin’ writer presents this series—“Animal Tracks: Songs About Animals”.
In a recent conversation with Sarah Blacker, singer/songwriter for The Blacklisters, Blacker posed the question: “What’s your favorite song about a pet?” That was all it took to inspire yet another new series here on zoomdune.com. So, without further adieu, here is the most recent sampling of songs about pets, beast ballads, creature cuts and other assort animal audios:
“Cat In The Window”
Ted Wulfers’ “Cat In The Window” is a track off the singer-songwriter’s 2014 disc titled You Are Here. Wulfers shared the tune with your rockin’ writer quite some time ago. In fact, at the time it was not yet fleshed out and recorded for the album. It was only a live audience favorite.
Blues singer and previous contributor Michele Lundeen submitted “Whole Dog” by Roxy Perry. She likes the live version linked here. It’s off Perry’s CD Back in Bluesville from 2007. (Lundeen chose well as live versions often have a refreshingly raw edge to them and an obvious air of spontaneity as well.)
“And I Already Miss You”
Singer-songwriter James Halifko submitted his song “about bidding farewell to a loving pet.” It’s titled “And I Already Miss You”. It’s a heartfelt song dedicated to a late, four-legged friend and family member. This one was released online in 2012. It’s a heartfelt and no doubt cathartic song written after his cat passed on.
“Somebody Stole My Dog”
This was another dog-related song no doubt recorded and released by Rufus Thomas in hopes of following in the footsteps of his previous dog song discussed in an earlier edition of this series. “Somebody Stole My Dog” was put out as a single backed with “I Want To Be Loved” on the Stax label in 1964.
“Charlotte Doesn’t Care”
Musician/singer-songwriter John Tabacco has a song he wrote “about (singer-songwriter) Marci Geller’s now deceased cat called ‘Charlotte Doesn’t Care’.” The track is off his album Tell Me Why Then! and harkens back to 1997. He recalls:
“In an hour of total boredom, when the next part of my “life play” was being assembled, I jotted down most of the words to this song. It is merely an accurate observation of Charlotte the ‘studio cat’ . . . I was never a cat person until I started to live in the same house as Marci Geller. Marci is a major ‘cat’ person so there was no escaping her influence.”
So there you go, pets and petters, the latest edition of “Animal Tracks”: a list of creature cuts from different decades and genres focused on favorite felines, canines and other domesticated animals from different decades and genres. What are your favorite animal audios? As always, feel free to share!
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