(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.
“The Cat Came Back” — Harry S. Miller
This is a comedic cut composed by American songwriter and playwright Harry S. Miller back in 1893. It has since been recorded under several variations of the title and has become a popular kid’s song. It was first commercially recorded in 1894 by entertainer Charles Marsh.
“My Dog” — Heather Anne Lomax
This one is by Heather Anne Lomax, the artist formerly known as Michael-Ann. This distinctive ditty comparing her dog to a man is off her most recent release titled All This Time. You can learn more about this now Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and guitarist on her official website.
“Joy to the World” — Three Dog Night
Recorded and made famous by the American rock band Three Dog Night, this song is about the philosophy of a bullfrog named Jeremiah. It was written by singer-songwriter Hoyt Axton. The tune first appeared on the group’s fourth studio album, Naturally, which dropped in 1970.
“Black & White Tales, A Dog Song (For Finny)” — Annie Boxell
“I wrote and recorded this ode to the sweetest dog ever years ago, with Jeff Mangan in fair Charlestown. My sweet, sweet Finny passed on this morning – peacefully and in my arms, just after reaching his 18th birthday on June 11th. Loved by so many, Finny was meant to be my dog and I will miss him so much.”
This is a song composed by James Taylor. It was first released as a single by his group the Flying Machine in 1967. He released a solo version of the tune for his Apple Records debut disc James Taylor the following year. It was inspired by an eatery named after a night owl.