(Note: This is a new edition of “Animal Tracks”, a series originally published on another, now-defunct website.)
In a conversation with independent 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 “Animal Tracks.” So, without further adieu, here is the newest sampling of beast ballads, creature cuts, and other assorted animal audios in a revamp of the old series.
This time we horse around a bit with an all-equine edition!
“All The Pretty Little Ponies” — Kenny Loggins
This song was written by Ambrosia’s David Pack and soft rock singer Kenny Loggins. It’s off Loggins’ eighth studio album, Return to Pooh Corner which was released in 1994. The song features David Crosby and Graham Nash. The album also features tunes by John Lennon, and Paul Simon.
“Dark Horse” — George Harrison
Next is the lead single and title track off the English rocker’s fifth studio platter Dark Horse. The album dropped in 1974. It became a top-20 hit in the US. It featured Ringo Starr on drums. (The phrase “dark horse” has a unique meaning to natives of Liverpool.)
“Wild Horse” — RaeLynn
This is a tune co-written by American country singer and songwriter RaeLynn, Blair Daley, and Hillary Lindsey. The song presents a musical metaphor and appears on the artist’s premiere platter WildHorse. The CD was released on March 24, 2017. The work debuted at number 20 on the Billboard 200.
“Wildfire” — Michael Martin Murphey
This somber song was written by Murphy and Larry Cansler. It first appeared on his 1975 vinyl Blue Sky – Night Thunder. The tune was the lead single and became the artist’s highest-charting pop hit in the USA. It reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“Runaway Horses” — Belinda Carlisle
Finally, there is this song co-written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley. It is the fourth single off American singer Belinda Carlisle’s third solo album of the same name. The single was released in 1990. The album, which included work by numerous other artists including Bryan Adams and George Harrison, hit the stores in 1989.