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wonders never cease Wednesday, September 1, 2010

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st, 2010 A Dozen Songs for the World's Best Dog

Cassady Six Pix Eight years ago, in a dusty town in western Georgia, our beloved Cassady was born in the home of our saintly friend David, who had taken in Cassady's mom as a stray, unaware that she was days away from giving birth to a litter of 10 puppies. The poor mom wasn't strong enough to survive the exhausting birthing process, but she managed to find a loving soul who would care for her pups like they were his own and find suitable homes for each and every one of them. We were lucky enough to be deemed worthy of one of these tiny treasures, and for that we are eternally grateful. Today's play list is our second annual tribute to our best friend Cassady (and her brother Buster and their 8 siblings.)

1. Cassidy – Suzanne Vega
Vega covers the Dead classic for a 1991 tribute album, Deadicated. A little cultural trivia tidbit, Vega's hit song "Tom's Diner" was used as the reference track for an early trial of the MP3 compression system, making her in some ways the Mother of the MP3. Also, the song takes place in Tom's Restaurant at 112th Street and Broadway in Manhattan, which is the same diner at which Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer hang out in episodes of Seinfeld.

2. I Love My Dog - Cat Stevens
An admittedly odd choice for the first release of a man named Cat, but this simple, sweet song is heartfelt and lovely and probably sounds a lot less surprising performed by Yusuf Islam, although we're not suggesting that it had anything to do with his name change.

3. Sweet Georgia Brown – Ella Fitzgerald
This song fits Cassady like a glove – a brownish dog, born in Georgia, sweet as the day is long. And you’ll never go wrong with Ella.

4. A Dog's Life - Nina Nastasia
From the debut album of the super talented Nastasia, who sings "I wanna lead a dog's life, run in the woods, dig a hole, just him and me."

5. Long May You Run – Neil Young
Although it’s actually written about a well loved car, we feel that this classic song expresses the proper birthday sentiment for our beloved pooch, and we hope she runs as long as Mr. Young, whose newest album is set to be released later this month.

6. The Dog Song - Nellie McKay
Nellie McKay flexes her prodigious songwriting muscles in this great song that could serve as an ad for any pet adoption agency, with lines like "because I don't care 'bout your hatin' and your doubt and I don't care what the politicians spout. If you want a companion, well just go right to the pound and find yourself a hound and make that doggie proud."

7. She's My Best Friend - Of Montreal
Indie darlings from the musical hotbed of Athens, Georgia cover a Velvet Underground classic that is a fitting tribute to our lovely hound, except for the part about being better than a dog or car.

8. Dogsong 2 - The Be Good Tanyas
A sad and dreamy lullaby steeped in the Americana influences that are something of a trademark for this terrific acoustic trio.

9. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Bill Clinton's number one iPod choice, this is another perfect fit for our brown eyed girl, who always loves for us to take her "down in the hollow... laughing and a-running, skipping and a-jumping."

10. Canis Lupus - Aquabats!
Crazy costumed Californians take a break from saving the planet to record an homage to our canine companions.

11. Atomic Dog - Funkadelic
George Clinton and the members of Parliament Funkadelic delve into canine philosophical questions while having what sounds like a super fun dog party.

12. My Best Friend (The Dog Song) - Heidi Winzinger
A sweet, simple reminder to appreciate our four-legged friends. We'll take this opportunity to find the birthday girl and give her a nice long belly rub. We suggest that you find the nearest friendly dog and do the same. It's really quite therapeutic.

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