In Roman and Greek mythology, the nine Muses were daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. Each goddess presided over the different arts and sciences, symbolizing artistic inspiration in writing, poetry and song. Some musicians found their muse in their pets. Below are 12 songs inspired by cats and dogs; each title links to the song on YouTube, so grab yourself a snack and have a listen!
Freddie Mercury, front man for the band Queen, adored cats. Most of his kitties were adopted from shelters. Mercury would call home when on tour to talk to each cat. His felines played an important role in his life and inspired his music. “Delilah” was written by Mercury as a tribute to one of his favorite cats, a tortoiseshell with an assertive personality. She was without a doubt the most famous Mercury cat. Album: “Innuendo” 1991.
If you are a fan of Nora the Piano Cat, you will love this piano piece for chamber orchestra composed and conducted by Mindaugas Piecaitis, featuring Nora on the keyboard. CATcerto was performed in 2009 by the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra with conductor Piecaitis, who composed the piece for Nora.
When we posted Fun Songs for Dog Lovers a few weeks ago, some kitties got their knickers twisted because they were feeling left out. How dare we compile a list of must-listen songs about dogs, yet not mention any songs about cats. Well…okay, I lied. Everyone knows kitties don’t wear knickers so they can’t very well get them twisted. But some feline fanatics did want to see a list of cat songs. Never one to deny the kitties their due, herewith I present a few of my favorite songs about cats. Enjoy!
“Kitty Cat Dance” is one of the funniest videos I have ever seen. It’s a compilation of great cat photos and video snippets, accompanied by a “song” that basically consists of “Cat. I’m a kitty cat, and I dance dance dance, and I dance dance dance” followed by “Cat. I’m a kitty cat, and I meow meow meow, and I meow meow meow.” There are quite a few different versions of this song on Youtube, but I think (not 100% sure) the original one was “Kitty Cat Song” by Steve Ibsen. It’s also very amusing, but in my opinion the Kitty Cat Dance video is better. Another version I like is “Cat, I’m a Kitty Cat.” It doesn’t really matter to me who made the first one – they’re all funny, and I laugh my butt off every time I watch them.
“I Love the Cat Life” is another hilarious gem of a song about cats that I like to watch when I need a little laugh pick-me-up. Cat lovers will surely see the humor in the video of the naughty kitty doing things like scratching on the brand new couch. I crack up when the cute cat sings “I make you feed me, when I go Meoooooow, Meow…” and “I love the cat life, cuz’ when it’s raining you make the dog stay out.”
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