Animal Tracks: Origins
(Note: This is a “lost” edition of a maxi-series originally published on another, now defunct website.)
In a conversation with singer/songwriter Sarah Blacker, Blacker posed the question: “What’s your favorite song about a pet?” That was all it took to inspire this now resurrected series. So, without further adieu, here is the newest sampling of beast ballads, creature cuts, and other assorted animal audios in a revamp of the series:
“Dog and Cat”–Joe Goodkin
The song is off Joe Goodkin’s first solo outing the 2015 EP Record of Life. It’s a somewhat quiet personal piece that serves as the album opener. The platter is on his own label, Quell Records Quell is the founder of the Chicago-based indie band Paper Arrows.
“The Dogs Don’t Bite”—Cashew & Cleary
This is off of their 2015 EP Like A Rich Man Fathers Volume 2. The song is the closing cut. Written by Cleary the tune tells the tale of “a microloan agent in India who is mauled and then comes back to give seminars to prospective lenders. It’s a Kinks-style howl against amoral money lenders and was inspired by some investigative journalism” Cleary concludes.
”Put The Bone In”–Terry Jacks
This is a song about a poor woman who wants a soup bone for her recently injured dog whom she loves so much. The song is off the 1974 platter Seasons in the Sun. It’s also the B side to the hit single “Seasons in the Sun.” (Your rascally writer often sings the song in the shower, in fact.)
“The Cat In The Window”–The Taters
This song is off the band’s 2009 disc titled Menagerie. It was written by Craig Evans & Gary Walker. The song was produced and arranged by the group. The song is also one of their faves for playing at live gigs.
“Walking with Elephants (Original Mix)”–Ten Walls
This piece is by Ten Wall, a Lithuanian producer. It was first released as a digital track in 2014. The track climbed to number 6 in the UK. It also made it onto the charts in Belgium. In 2014 it was officially deemed “the most popular songs in Ibiza.”