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Tunes for a Monday Morning

It's a bit of dog-themed post today. Above: the American jazz singer Nellie McKay plays "The Dog Song" in Monterey, California, in 2008.

Below: the English singer/songwriter Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam) performs "I Love My Dog" on the BBC in the 1970s. Despite the controversial religious views he adopted later in life, I still adore this man's early music -- which got me through some very hard years in my adolescence, bless him.


Want more? Try, Nina Nastasia's "A Dog's Life":

Pulp's "Dogs are Everywhere:

And The Be Good Tanya's "Dogsong":

And just so the cat-lovers don't feel left out,
here's The Stray Cats with "The Stray Cat Strut":


Today's tunes go out to my fellow-Faery Godmother Carol Amos (happy birthday tomorrow, Carol!), who is just as sappy about dogs as me and Howard. The pointer pup in the photo below is Juno, Carol's family dog (and Tilly's BFF).

Puppu Junp 2010"In the Doghouse," photograph by Carol Amos.