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 just about all it took to inspire yet another new series here on snaptwig.com. So, without further adieu, here is the first group of songs about pets, beast ballads, creature cuts and other assort animal audios:
First, because Blacker inspired the series, it seems only fair to introduce it with her own contribution. Blacker states: “OK everyone, here’s my pet song– about my dog Beasley. It’s a download too, so I hope you enjoy!” (“Beasley” is a demo of a new song yet to be released on any album.)
Blacker elaborates on the audio’s origin: “When Beasley was a puppy, I was challenged by a friend whilst living in Lawrence, Kansas (where Beasley is from) to write a song about him. I did. While recording, Beasley barked a few times, and chewed on the microphone pretty consistently. You can hear his sounds throughout the tune!” (Yes, boys and girls, every dog does, indeed, have its day . . .)
Keith Lewis chimed in with the classic kid’s cut “Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?” This was written by self-taught composer Septimus (Sep) Winner during the Civil War using the melody from the German Folk song “Lauterbach.”
Mark Roman wondered: “Does America’s ‘Horse With No Name’ count? (If you have a horse you haven’t named yet—sure! Why not?) This is from 1972.
Eric Ott submitted Red Peters’ circa 2001 song “Ballad Of A Dog Named Stains”. (This was actually popular as it was mentioned by more than one person.)
Phil Simon added the 2007 song “Dusty Dozer and Grandpa” by The Woodbox Gang noting that it is “perhaps the saddest song ever written.”
Ken and Elise Jones offered the 1975 cut “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” by Led Zeppelin noting that there “ain’t no companion like a blue-eyed Merle.” Here Robert Plant sings about walking with his Merle dog Strider.
Lee Ann Phoenix provided a kitty cut: “Smelly Cat” by Phoebe Buffay on the famous TV show Friends. The show ran from 1994 until 2004. The character was played by actress Lisa Kudrow.
Stephen Michael Restaino favors “Good Boy (Bailey’s Song)” by his brother Rich Restaino. It’s from 2006. Restaino says the song is written “from his dog’s point of view.”
Chuck Fisher and Bill Salom both submitted one of your crusty chronicler’s favorite canine cuts: The Beatles’ “Martha My Dear”. It harkens back to 1968. It was actually a piece Paul (McCartney) penned in part due to the inspiration from his pet Old English sheepdog named Martha.
Last but not least is a submission from Tommy Dempsey. He likes Queen’s “Delilah” from 1991. Freddy Mercury wrote this one about his favorite house-cat.
So there you have it, boys and girls–the first edition of “Animal Tracks”: a list of creature cuts focused on favorite felines, canines and other domesticated animals from different decades and genres. What are your favorite animal audios? Feel free to share!
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.