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!
Delilah – by Queen
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.
CATcerto – by Mindaugas Piecaitis
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.