Wild Kingdom


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A dog and his man. Photos: Gregg Goldman

A dog and its man at Laurence Square. photos: Gregg Goldman

 
 
Wild Kingdom
Louisiana Music About Animals
 
Wild Kingdom

 
 
 
 
 
 

We love them and they love us — those goofy, sly, elegant, crazy, joyous, brooding balls of fur that share our homes and our lives. Anyone with a pet knows the bond: unconditional love in exchange for some kibble and a walk now and then. Or a box to hide in. Or a sunlamp to warm your scales.

We think they live in our shadows, but perhaps we have that wrong and we live in theirs.

They’re there for birthdays and breakups, parties and quiet nights, births, deaths, and all the days between. And it’s their wagging tail that assures many of us that we’ve made it back home.

And we’re not just talking dogs and cats. We form bonds with rabbits and snakes and the squirrels in our yards and the birds that migrate through town to layover at our feeders. And those of us who live on farms know very well the responsibilities of caring for livestock and the help a good dog and a few cats can provide.

Music is not immune to the charms of the feathered and furred set, which is good, because it gives us the chance to celebrate our second-favorite creatures: the birds, the hounds, the cats, and the horses (the list goes on) — all performed by Louisiana musicians.

Seán Collins, producer

 

 
 
 
The complete playlist of songs on this program is available for you to download (.pdf) and take with you to your local record store. Many of the cuts are available for you to stream to your desktop or your handheld device. Enjoy the music!
 
 
 
 

 
 

WEB EXTRA

BONUS TRACKS
 

Here are a few great tunes we were not able to include in the broadcast. We love them too much not to share them.
 
 
See You Later, Alligator
Bobby Charles
See You Later, Alligator
 
 
She Left Me A Mule
Sonny Landreth
She Left Me a Mule
 
 
Pet Step Sitter’s Theme Song
Terence Blanchard
Pet Step Sitter’s Theme Song
 
 
 
 

 
 
YOUR PALS
 

We asked our friends on Facebook to share some pictures of their favorite animals. And we were treated to shots of the elegant Bella della Porta, a poodle with a noodle who listens to us in Washington, DC; Tucker Smiley, who works like a BOSS in a studio in Springfield, MO; Jack (O’ Lantern) — the tabby with some serious whiskers; Maximus and Spartacus, a comedy team that inspires their lady “to be gracious and kind;” Duchess and Queenie, a pair of neglected hunting dogs who were looking for a new place to call home; and a chow named Peluche who some days looks like a teddy bear and some days like a lion (depending, we presume, on his mood) and who has some deeply soulful eyes and the turnout of a great dancer.

Check out the snapshots (click to enlarge) and imagine the sheer weight of the love these pictures represent. Thanks to all our friends for sharing their pics. They were a great inspiration.

And thanks to all who work to provide homes for neglected animals.

 
 
 

Bella

Bella

Smiley

Tucker Smiley

Jack

Jack

Maximus & Spartacus

Maximus & Spartacus

Duchess & Queenie

Duchess & Queenie

Peluche

Peluche

 
 
COVER PHOTO
 
The image on the home page was shot for us by Gregg Goldman on Lake Maurepas.
 

photo: Gregg Goldman

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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