My New Playlist

I was doing some “deep cleaning” in my bedroom today (re-arranging a closet and liberating the dust bunnies to a better life in the trash) while I listened to a shuffle of Rock & Roll on my laptop when I realized that I have a lot of music that is animal-oriented. Either the song is about a dog or it mentions a cat or there’s a horseback ride or the title includes an animal.

It was a perfectly good excuse to stop working and create a play list of animal tunes.

After a couple of hours combing through my music library, here’s what I’ve come up with:

Music for Animal Lovers

 Some of my favorite songs are in this group. Skylark, sung by Bette Midler, was one of my earliest exposures to what’s been called “American Popular Song.” A list like this MUST include The Lion Sleeps Tonight and Who Let The Dogs Out. I re-discovered a song that I’ve always got a giggle from, Gonna Buy Me a Dog–does anybody remember The Monkees on Saturday morning TV? And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way Bobby McFerrin revamps The Pink Panther.

But I think my all-time favorite in this list is the version of White Rabbit that Gillian Welch did live on Fresh Air. The guitar is absolutely haunting, and (for me) it’ a much more visceral vision than the tamer original done by Grace Slick. As J-Lo says, “It gives me goosies!”


 I published my play list on iTunes, and for $28.35 you too can focus on the fur babies instead of getting more important household chores done.

But I know my play list is incomplete. So tell me, what animal-oriented tunes am I missing?