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 ventwing.com. So, without further adieu, here is the most recent sampling of songs about pets, beast ballads, creature cuts and other assort animal audios:
(Please view the pictures to see the songs)
Alex Sweeton offers up the first animal audio this time around, folks. She chose the ditty “Dog Dream” by Jonatha Brooke and The Story as one of the best canine cuts “hands down”. It appears on the 1993 album Christine Lavin Presents: Big Times In A Small Town-The Vineyard Tapes.
Johnny Wood enjoys “Mr. Bojangles”, “particularly the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band version” although other artists have covered the cut. It was written and first recorded by country crooner Jerry Jeff Walker for his 1968 platter of the same name. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band covered it for their 1970 LP Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy. The next year their single made it to number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
John Barber submitted “Fluffy” by the new Hope, PA-founded, alternative rock band Ween. The song is of the thematic album 12 Golden Country Greats. This was their fifth album released in 1996. The song itself was a slightly overwrought audio about a dying dog out on the porch. It was basically a musical, melodramatic genre parody.
Richard Peck is big on the tune titled “Toad”. It’s an instrumental by Brit band Cream and included on their 1966 debut disc Fresh Cream. Drummer Ginger Baker wrote this and it is essentially a five minute drum solo with a short guitar and bass intro. It’s also noteworthy because it features one of the first drum solos in the history of rock.
“I Need A Dog”
Last but certainly not least, is the indie number “I Need A Dog”. This is by singer-songwriter Michele Lundeen. It’s the closing cut off her 2004 debut disc Song Inside Me. It’s a blues rock piece that is initially surprising but works well in the overall mix of the music on the album.
So there you go, pets and petters, the newest 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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