Guess who’s in charge this month? Me!
For my first “theme” day, I’ve chosen songs about dogs, because we’re in the “dog days” of summer, given that name because the star Sirius rises during the middle of summer. Since Sirius is over 8 light years away, its effect on the weather here is pretty much nothing, but its rising usually signals the beginning of the hottest, most humid, and stormiest part of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway; it’s winter on the other side of the Equator). So, my usual public service announcement for this time of the year, for those of us in the US and Canada: get a weather radio.
So, here is my list of ten songs (some of which really aren’t songs) about dogs. I’m sure there’ll be lots of repeats today, and I don’t care.
- Walter Brennan, “Old Shep” Get the tissues out. Walter Brennan, one of my favorite actors, made a lot of records where he spoke over music, and this is one of them. It’s a story about love and loss, as are most songs about dogs.
- Walter Brennan, “Ode to a Dog” I found this one while I was searching for the last one, and liked it.
- The Real McKenzies, “The Ballad of Greyfriar’s Bobby” We go from The Real McCoys to The Real McKenzies. We learned about Greyfriar’s Bobby when we were in Edinburgh in 1979. He was a Skye terrier who guarded the grave of his master (who was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard) for 14 years until he himself died. The story is here.
- The Beatles, “Martha My Dear” Paul McCartney had an English sheepdog named Martha, who will be forever remembered because of this song on the white album. The video features clips of Paul, Linda, various kids, and Martha.
- Gilbert O’Sullivan, “Get Down” I’ve developed a certain fondness for Gilbert, who was pretty popular back in the early and mid ’70’s. This is from 1973, when it reached #7 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Cash Box Top 100 singles.
- Lobo, “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” This was Lobo’s (real name: Kent LaVoie) first single, from 1971, when it reached #5.
- “God Made A Dog” I’m not sure who did this, but evidently someone was inspired by Paul Harvey’s “God Made A Farmer” and decided dogs needed the same sort of tribute.
- Jordon Frank (Schneider), “Chasing Butterflies” This was a tribute that Jordon wrote for his late dog.
- James Stewart, “Beau” James Stewart was a great actor who took time off from acting in World War II and became a war hero. He also wrote poetry. “Beau” was a tribute to his dog, who had crossed the Rainbow Bridge. (And no, I did not include that.)
- “Siberian Husky Temper Tantrum” Seems like just about all the videos here are really sad, so I thought everyone could use a laugh.
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That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 5, 2019.