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Animals' response to music

Hollowfox 23 Mar 02 - 04:22 PM
bob schwarer 23 Mar 02 - 01:26 PM
Kim C 22 Mar 02 - 02:32 PM
Jim Krause 22 Mar 02 - 02:00 PM
Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 22 Mar 02 - 03:21 AM
Hrothgar 22 Mar 02 - 02:35 AM
nager 21 Mar 02 - 11:10 PM
JennieG 21 Mar 02 - 07:51 PM
katlaughing 21 Mar 02 - 06:23 PM
GUEST,ciarili 21 Mar 02 - 01:44 AM
JenEllen 05 Nov 01 - 12:38 PM
Bearheart 04 Nov 01 - 08:21 PM
Chip2447 04 Nov 01 - 04:09 AM
GUEST,Rana 03 Nov 01 - 10:28 PM
Mudlark 03 Nov 01 - 10:08 PM
Jeri 03 Nov 01 - 08:28 PM
GUEST,Anon in Northwood 03 Nov 01 - 07:41 PM
GUEST,Bat Goddess 03 Nov 01 - 07:26 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 03 Nov 01 - 01:28 PM
Kerstin 03 Nov 01 - 01:09 PM
GUEST,petr 14 Feb 01 - 02:32 PM
GUEST,Elise 14 Feb 01 - 02:58 AM
GUEST,Elise 14 Feb 01 - 02:56 AM
Shuffer 13 Feb 01 - 07:26 AM
RichM 12 Feb 01 - 02:38 PM
Naemanson 12 Feb 01 - 02:25 PM
SINSULL 12 Feb 01 - 01:50 PM
MMario 12 Feb 01 - 01:35 PM
Mrrzy 12 Feb 01 - 01:23 PM
hesperis 12 Feb 01 - 01:18 PM
SINSULL 12 Feb 01 - 08:49 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 12 Feb 01 - 08:36 AM
English Jon 12 Feb 01 - 08:26 AM
wes.w 12 Feb 01 - 08:12 AM
GUEST,Blind desert Pete 11 Feb 01 - 05:40 PM
Hotspur 10 Feb 01 - 10:04 PM
hesperis 10 Feb 01 - 07:16 PM
GUEST,Phil Cooper 10 Feb 01 - 05:14 PM
Ebbie 10 Feb 01 - 05:03 PM
Marion 10 Feb 01 - 12:15 AM
James in Cape Breton 01 Nov 99 - 10:34 AM
_gargoyle 01 Nov 99 - 06:06 AM
June Burton 01 Nov 99 - 04:41 AM
lamarca 31 Oct 99 - 11:23 PM
Phil Taylor 31 Oct 99 - 08:52 AM
katlaughing 30 Oct 99 - 09:36 AM
DonMeixner 30 Oct 99 - 08:48 AM
Little Neophyte 30 Oct 99 - 07:38 AM
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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Hollowfox
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 04:22 PM

from Mark Twain's autobiography, referring to three kittens he knew during a summer visit to Dublin, New Hampshire in 1906: "Hardly any ats are affected by music, but these are; when I sing they go reverently away, showing how deeply they feel it." and from earlier in the paragraph: "When I read German aloud they weep...i shows what pathos there is in the German tongue."


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: bob schwarer
Date: 23 Mar 02 - 01:26 PM

My wife's African Grey will dance to certain music and ignore what she doesn't like. She'll whistle the tune from "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (Colonel Bogey March).

My White Fronted Amazon ignores everything except he raises hell when the TV is shut off. If he gets covered while the TV is on he'll go down on the floor of his house to watch.

Bob S.


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Kim C
Date: 22 Mar 02 - 02:32 PM

How did I miss this the first time around!!!!

We had a formerly-stray cat named Buddy who LOVED the pennywhistle, even as lousy as I played it. He'd come running and jump up in your lap, and proceed to rub his face against your face, and the whistle. You could also just whistle, and he'd do the same.

Thumper, our other cat, hates the pennywhistle, and would cry when I started to play.

When our old dog Zenith was a puppy, she barked at the guitar the first time Mister got it out. She got used to it. Then we got an accordion, and she barked at that too.

We had a budgie that liked my singing and would sing along with me. The girls I used to sing with didn't want to come practice at my house because the self-proclaimed "leader" of the trio thought Cactus was a distraction. Cactus was also extremely fond of Michael Martin Murphey's first Cowboy Songs album.

Nowadays, we just have Zenith, Thumper, and Belle (our other dog.) They are pretty indifferent to our playing, but they don't all leave the room at once. :-)


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Jim Krause
Date: 22 Mar 02 - 02:00 PM

We have a cat of unknown breed. Once in a while, the Missus will start humming a song, maybe even sing a verse or two. The cat hops onto her lap, does the kneeding action with her paws purring all the while.

I get out my guitar and sing a song or two, and the cat ignores me. I get out my fife and the cat goes to hide somewhere. Same with my fiddling. I don't get no respect.
Jim


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 22 Mar 02 - 03:21 AM

my hamster likes Bob Dlyan.


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Hrothgar
Date: 22 Mar 02 - 02:35 AM

Oh, sorry! I thought this was about gigs in pubs.


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: nager
Date: 21 Mar 02 - 11:10 PM

My (late) dog used to lie down and listen intently whenever I sang and played the guitar and then thump her tail up and down on the floor vigorously at the end of each song... I liked to think it was applause... my wife says the dog was expressing joy that the song had finished!!


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: JennieG
Date: 21 Mar 02 - 07:51 PM

My son is a jazz drummer and our cats head for the hills when he starts playing - the drums don't bother them too much, it's the cymbals they don't like. Belle doesn't like my guitar either - just seeing me get out the case is enough to send her outside! The other 2 don't mind it so much. They will even stick around while I play.
Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Mar 02 - 06:23 PM

Great stories, ciarili! Thanks for reviving this thread and for sharing with us. And, welcome to the Mudcat!

kat


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: GUEST,ciarili
Date: 21 Mar 02 - 01:44 AM

I have an adorable grey pussycat who has two african dwarf frogs (yeah, I feed them!). Singing seems to have no effect whatsoever on any of them, but when my friend comes over with his octave mandolin and I break out the harmonium, the frogs just go nuts! They might have been placidly floating in the water balanced on a toe, or lying on the bottom, but they flit rapidly between the surface and the bottom for a while when we first start playing.

An African grey parrot once played an intriguing game with me. He wouldn't say or sing anything until I left the room (he was shy). But as my friend and I were about to leave the her boyfriend's house, Dirtybird whistled a few notes. Just for a lark (har!) I whistled them back. Then he whistled some different ones, which I whistled back. He kept going, and would change the pattern each time. I finally messed up on the 7th or 8th series of notes, which he repeated! so that I could get them right, after which he went on to another new series! It was one of the neatest things I've ever experienced, and I was sure sorry to leave!

My cousin's son looked at me with that deer-in-the-headlights expression when I sang him songs in gaelic. His father speaks Spanish to him, and my cousin only knows English, so he wasn't sure what was coming out of my mouth, but you'll never see a baby concentrate harder....Happily, I was present at the birth of the newest one, and the first thing I did was sing him a Scottish lullaby as he cooked in the warmer - almost the first sounds he heard outside the womb, and certainly the first music!

ciarili


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: JenEllen
Date: 05 Nov 01 - 12:38 PM

The wildlife here is sort of getting used to musical intrusion. The deer peek out of the trees at the spring and gaze at the house with that blank deer look that leads me to belive my playing is just short of the noise made by an oncoming truck....

The younger cat dearly loves the piano, and will snooze on top when I play. She's quite fond of Chopin and will purr along. The older cat is as patient as a cat can be with my learning guitar. He will jump up to wherever I am sitting and rub along the neck of the guitar (hell for keeping in tune) then he'll lay and listen. It's funny, but if I work on one piece for something he determines is too long a time, he'll start to swat my notebook and turn the pages. (enough of this...isn't there anything else in here??)

The dog, he really is more of a bodhisattva than a dog, is a musical nut. He'll lay, crossing his front paws and watching the proceedings before being lulled to sleep. What he likes best is to 'help'. Typical syncophantic dog behaviour, I know, but it is so damn cute, I can't help but encourage him. His most recent favourite is to sing back-up. Truly hilarious, he does a rather fine job with 'Proud Mary', complete with cartwheels. I'm thinking of taking it on the road...*g*


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Bearheart
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 08:21 PM

The deer in our woods like drumming.

Of our six cats, most are indifferent, but Cougar (white and fuzzy) and Rainbow (the tabby) and Romeo (Black and white and fuzzy) all come and sit in my lap when I play the harp, and Cougar tries to help. But if I whistle, she bats me in the face till I stop (those high frequencies).

Both cats and dogs (we have two presently)aren't driven away by it. But it doesn't seem like they respond too much aside from the above mentioned; Of course there's almost always canned music playing if someone isn't making it. Maybe they are just too accustomed to it.


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Chip2447
Date: 04 Nov 01 - 04:09 AM

Feather, the inherited parakeet dances to the warner brothers cartoon song, the only tune I've ever seen dance to, that is when she's not wolf whistling at me to get my attention.
Chip2447


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: GUEST,Rana
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 10:28 PM

Laika (seeing eye yellow lab) always seems to have a good time at the Cloud in Toronto - see this "article"

laika

Rana


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Mudlark
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 10:08 PM

I have 3 corgis...the first sound of a latch being undone on my guitar case has them converging on me from whereevr they were, waiting expectantly until I start playing...then they all settle around me and stay til I'm done. My dulcimere does not illicit this interest, and my efforts at the harmonica were given up years ago as just getting it out of the drawer causes Emily to bark nonstop.

I play often on my front porch, with a yard full of ancient elms...and it is no coincidence, I think, as it happens every time, that within a few minutes playing I'm competing with voluminous birdsong, especially in the summer. Makes me smile, every time.....


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 08:28 PM

I vote for Gargoyle's first selection, but I agree more information would be helpful.

For some reason, I wouldn't describe A Place in the Choir as 'lovely', but that may just be me...


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: GUEST,Anon in Northwood
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 07:41 PM

Isn't that "critters?"


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: GUEST,Bat Goddess
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 07:26 PM

Or Bill Staines's song "All God's Creatures Got a Place in the Choir"?

Bat Goddess


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 01:28 PM

Kerstin, greetings from sun-drenched Phoenix

Three different and wonderful songs come to mind
1. All Gods Creatures Gotta Shine, Gotta Shine (folk) 2. All Creatures of Our God and King (hymn - St. Francis of Assisi) 3. All Things Bright and Beautiful (hymn - Childrens)

Can you post a tiny bit of verse or notation?

Your humble servant,
Gargoyle


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Subject: Lyrics All Gods Creatures
From: Kerstin
Date: 03 Nov 01 - 01:09 PM

Hi there I have found this lovely song, but as usual I have problems with the text Can anyone help me? Thank you from a gray and rainy Sweden. Kerstin


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: GUEST,petr
Date: 14 Feb 01 - 02:32 PM

Charlie Parker once played his sax to a cow in a field during a trip. (hed heard about the milk production theory) I dont know what the cow thought of it.


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: GUEST,Elise
Date: 14 Feb 01 - 02:58 AM

My kitty hates my percussion instruments. She hides when the zils come out, and gives me dirty looks when I play my dumbek.

She does love to be sung to, especially if the word kitty is in the song. She knows it's for her. Her favorite is Kitty's a-gone to Hilo. Yes, the cat likes sea chanteys.


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: GUEST,Elise
Date: 14 Feb 01 - 02:56 AM


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Shuffer
Date: 13 Feb 01 - 07:26 AM

I have a Jack Russel that loves Melodeon. Sits by the case until I play and then howls to all the tunes. Only does it to live music though, completely ignores recordings with Melodeons playing on them. In fact he did this so much we named our band after him. "The Howling Jack Russel Ceilidh Band"


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: RichM
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 02:38 PM

Not strictly music, but dance is related, isn't it?

Near Ottawa, Canada where I live, my wife and I stopped one summer evening in a national park. We walked into a large clearing and suddenly met a doe and 2 half grown fawns.
We shushed each other and tried to walk slowly closer to them, but they were having none of that!. They kept walking away from us, gradually increasing speed.

In a moment of inspiration, I remembered someone's advice about wild animals: Do something unexpected!

I began singing and dancing in crazy circles like a bunny on speed---and it worked. The deer stopped, and then began to walk back towards me! They stared until I couldn't dance anymore. When I stopped, they stood still for a minute and then slowly walked away, looking back over their shoulders, until the doe shooed her fawns into the bush away from us.


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Naemanson
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 02:25 PM

The White Cat spends most of her time pretending an active disinterest in anything I do. However when I sit down to play the guitar if she isn't napping upstairs she will come and rub herslf around my feet and meow loudly. If I continue to ignore her she will leap up on to my shoulders, walk out and sit on my right elbow to watch my right hand pick.


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 01:50 PM

Cute! Hell! It's that or deal with his bulimia. He is a difficult cat. Huge 25+ lbs.and a big baby.


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: MMario
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 01:35 PM

blickie to the harmonica playing elephants


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Mrrzy
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 01:23 PM

Anyone can do a blicky to the Elephant Music thread, not quite the same idea?


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: hesperis
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 01:18 PM

English Jon - LOL!

SINS - That is so cute!


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 08:49 AM

I sing "Homey Is My Darlin" (Charlie is My Darlin')to Homey the cat when he is upset (being neurotic he is upset a lot). It soothes him and he gloats in the direction of the cats "See. She loves me more!" The others have songs too.


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 08:36 AM

When I sing, mice throw themselves onto the traps! [(c) Les Dawson]
RtS


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: English Jon
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 08:26 AM

Corrrr. I have to put up wiv all sorts of shitty ole fings. Corrr. That bleedin' 'ninglish Concertina. Corrr wheeze wheeeze honk farrrrt. Donlikethatatalll. nooo. Corrr, then theres that hurdygurdy. Thas alright 'till he starts playing the dog. Corrr. I hate dogs.... Melodeon'z alright...Corrr, Jonz fiddle though...skweeky ole git. Fink if i've got to listen to all that ole folkee crappo then the guitar is problee the best of the bunch, although it would be nice if it woznt in such a stupid tewning. corrrrrr. An he does play thunk thunk thunk. Tinkle tinkle is much better reallyyyyyy. corrr. noizee ole sod. I'll gettim. corr. wherez my cafoo?

English Jon's Cat


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: wes.w
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 08:12 AM

Over the past 30 years, I've found that my cats and dogs can tell the difference between anglo and duet concertina. They don't object to the duet, but most have hated the anglo. Anything with a similar method, like melodeon or harmonica seems to annoy them.


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: GUEST,Blind desert Pete
Date: 11 Feb 01 - 05:40 PM

Fezmo, a 22! year old siamese,would wake from her 20 hr per day nap and come into the living room to listen to the old time tunes. Then she would get into the lap of a banjo or mando player and put her head against the instrument. we suspected these were the only sounds she could hear.


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Hotspur
Date: 10 Feb 01 - 10:04 PM

All I know is, my cat will hunker down and sleep if i sing "Hush Little Baby", but goes psycho if i try to play any recorder, pennywhistle, ocarina, etc. I think he's commenting on my musicianship. Or lack thereof.


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: hesperis
Date: 10 Feb 01 - 07:16 PM

Great thread!

Sweetie was scared at first when I used to practice French Horn, but I took her out of her cage, showed her the horn, let her crawl all over it, and then played it very, very softly, and after that she liked it. And she really liked trying to climb it. Sometimes when I'd play it she'd come to the front of the cage and ask to come out.

One time I was singing along to a CD, and I started playing with her. She was crawling on my shoulder, having fun. Well, when I stopped singing for a second, and the sound was still going, she got the most puzzled and scared look on her face! It was so funny! I held her up to the cd player so that she could see where the sound was coming from, and then she wasn't scared anymore.

Sweetie also plays keyboard by walking over the keys and pressing down on selected ones.

If the hamsters are asleep, they stay asleep, unless I'm too loud. If they're awake, Sweetie wants to play, and Selkie just wants to run in her ball.

Selkie hasn't gotten into music yet at all. She hasn't heard me sing much, and she thinks it's weird... Tolerable, but weird. She doesn't like it when LH plays guitar here, though his singing is tolerable to her also!

I put Selkie on the keyboard and she just tried to see if the wire music stand was edible. Walked right over the keys without pressing any of them down in the process, too.

Maybe she'd prefer accordion?

~*sirepseh*~


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: GUEST,Phil Cooper
Date: 10 Feb 01 - 05:14 PM

My first cat, Hendrix, disliked the bowed psaltery. He also once leapt from the ground to my forearm as I played the tin whistle (he did give fair warning by meowing several times and rolling on the floor before hand). My significant others' cats also didn't like the psaltery. I took that as a hint and didn't practice it around them. The cats do like the guitar, the lower register stuff the best. One really likes tunes played in CGCGCD tuning.


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Ebbie
Date: 10 Feb 01 - 05:03 PM

When my daughter turned 7, I bought her a harmonica. One day in the woods she and I stopped to rest and she hauled out the harmonica and began blowing. Back down the trail from a bush we had just passed, a doe stuck out her head.

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Marion
Date: 10 Feb 01 - 12:15 AM

I am refreshing this because there is a current thread on dogs' taste in music. And because I like it. And because I still don't know what a psychic pet is.

Marion


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: James in Cape Breton
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 10:34 AM

The dog appears indifferent.

The cat, however, ... When number one daughter was still young enough to be sung to at bedtime, the cat wasted no time joining & would purr along. I think her favourite (the cat's that is) was "Georgia on my mind". (#1 Daughter's favourite was "Somewhere over the rainbow."


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: _gargoyle
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 06:06 AM

Mockingbirds like to sing accompanyment, expecially in the Spring.


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: June Burton
Date: 01 Nov 99 - 04:41 AM

I've heard that there is a strong similarity between the ways different cultures call their cattle to water. My Dad always called "Soooo-Cow" (sounds like "Sue"). Also when moving cows from one field to another, we'd call "hie-on little calvies", "hie" is an archaic word for "go" that we never used in other situations.

Whenever I sang in the presence of cattle, they stopped dead and looked at me for as long as I would sing. Stopped even chewing their cud. Guess they thought I was crazy.


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: lamarca
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 11:23 PM

I have an 18 year old, tiny Siamese cat who has been a life-long music critic. I don't play an instrument, but she seems to regard my singing as cries of distress. When my husband and I rehearse, she'll sometimes stand on my lap and "Maaaaah" into my face piteously. She doesn't like my husband's singing either, and has, on one or two occasions, jumped in his lap and bit his (steel) guitar strings while he was trying to play. If we show no indication of stopping our horrible noises, she curls up on the sofa and looks miserable until we're done.

We hosted a singing workshop taught by Jerry Epstein at our home several years ago, and Val didn't fuss about anyone else's singing; just mine... (our human friends seem to like our voices just fine, so maybe she's just pickier. I actually think it's part of her general jealousy of any activity that ISN'T paying 100% attention to the World's Cutest Kitty Cat.)


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Phil Taylor
Date: 31 Oct 99 - 08:52 AM

Two deerhounds - Strathie and Ruin - don't care for music much. They wake up (deerhounds spend most of the time either sleeping or running at 50 mph) and look mournful (another thing that deerhounds are very good at) then come and poke the musician with a cold nose.

Four cats mostly ignore music, apart from one who always responds to whistling (with the lips, that is). When I whistle, she runs over, jumps on my lap and stands up, rubbing her cheeks against my face. I don't know whether this means "I love you maestro" or "for God's sake shut up that awfull racket", but it's kind of cute.

Phil Taylor


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 09:36 AM

Sourdough! Nice to see you, again! Missed you here!


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: DonMeixner
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 08:48 AM

Our old and saddly departed Golden Retriever named Schooner was a truly a wonder of a dog. He was deaf to most entreaties but was in the kitchen at the fall of a souffle. He could hear a marshmallow being eaten to yards away and some how was able to deduce where you might be planning to go and fall asleep in the doorway between you and your destination.

After a hand inury when I coudn't play anything with strings I took up the harmonica again. The sound of the reeds would make Schooner whimper and cringe. Being the considerate soul I'd move away from him to a diferent room. Schooner would get up and follow and lay down at my feet and whimper some more. As the fingers got better my ambitions got larger. A button Accordion. Schooner followed the same routine. Only louder.

I image he was pleased when I was to play strings again.

Don


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 07:38 AM

Sophocleese your bagpipe story reminds me of an incident that happened to a friend of mine who also plays the bagpipes. A few years back my friend Pat was playing in Central Park NY when a big german shepherd dog appeared near by, no owner in sight. At the time there were few people around so it was basically my friend and this big dog. The dog started circling slowly around Pat which made him very frightened fearing he was going to be attacked at any moment. The only thing that kept Pat calm was to continue playing his bagpipes. After a few minutes the dog stopped circling, sat down directly in front of Pat and began to howl along with the music.

Wonderful thread Marion, very happy you pulled it down from the attic

Little Neo


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: mountain tyme
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 04:56 AM

Forgot to say...my banjo (especially when playing twin with another) does seem to attract drunks from miles around...some of them act in ways that makes this post particularly pertinent to this thread.

Sophocleese mentioned above an instrument? I had not heard played "live" before this summer. After listening carefully to the tones and drones I was thankfull to realize it was not odourous.


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Subject: RE: Animals' response to music
From: Sourdough
Date: 30 Oct 99 - 01:27 AM

Fadac and Art:

Concerning singing to a field of corn:

What do you think about trying Pop music?

Sourdough


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