Cause for Paws – Rescue Me

Cause for Paws – Rescue Me


Some of acoustic music’s most respected and gifted artists have come together with Blue Night Records for the creation of Rescue Me! It is truly a “cause for paws.” From its inception, the project has had one driving purpose: to support the furry creatures who so enhance our lives with love and loyalty. Now, at last, that purpose has materialized with energy and joy as a 12-track compilation album of tender tunes that honor our four-legged friends. Rescue Me! is a heartfelt collection of Americana music featuring songs that are thought-provoking, uplifting, engaging, and downright funny. If you love animals and acoustic folk music, this is right up your alley and deserves all the support it can get. It’s full of well-crafted songs about cats and dogs.

The CD kicks off with “Barn Cat” by Mary Ann Kennedy, and if anyone can relate to barn cats, this will bring a smile. It is very well played and sung with some good guitar lines to keep it an interesting listen. But the enjoyment continues throughout the project with “Possum And Pearl” which is a bluegrass tune by Kathy Chiavola about finding dogs by the roadside and bringing them home to be pals, as the story goes. A track from the CD “Somehow.” And it is another good track with an under lying sense of laughter about it. It’s all feel good vibes so far, as “Our Cats” by Cindy Mangsen, from her CD “Cat Tales: Songs Of The Feline Persuasion.” This is a three part acappella track with more funny lyrics. It’s an old-fashioned ditty that has a good family ring to it. These voices are pitch perfect, as they blend like silk together. But on “Get A Dog” by Annie Lalley, things go reggae and folk combined. Her voice is excellent over the contrasting music. It’s all about suggesting people get a dog, of course. And it’s a high point so far. It’s followed by “My Old Cat” by Heidi Muller, with some older fashioned vocals and witty lyrics about her old feline. This is the funniest track on offer thus far. And it features some spicy acoustic guitar. This cat lives to a hundred, maybe even a hundred and ten. All of these songs make a good effort worth donating to this cause, and “My Best Friend” by Mark Weems, from the CD “I’m Your Dawg.” This is a bluesy song with some piano backing, and it’s one of the more serious tracks. The piano really rules this piece and you really get the feeling his dog is listening to him sing and play it. The mood keeps changing though, as on “Kitty Kitty” by Ashley Joe Farmer, and it swings like nothing else in the collection. This is both modern and oldies style music in one nice mix together. She’s the cat herself, singing meow’s and other sentiments. It’s a well arranged feisty moment. Simply one of the better tracks. On “Why, Why, Why” by Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay, is a longer track with a more prolific story of sorts. They want to know why people look like their dogs, and that about sums it all up short and sweet. This is a well-done recording, taken from the CD “Every Mile Is A Memory.” It opens the door for “Cattitude” by Efferon White, which is all about a lost loved one, but it’s still a playful song that deals with just hanging around with his cat. There is more of a country feel on this one, which comes in at the right time. Just as long as they cat around, all is good. This comes in around the top three or four songs to my human ears. It’s worth seeking out the “Yankee Dime” CD for more of this artist. “I Miss The Dog” by Jamie Anderson, is more of a sad song but balanced out with some wry humor. This one can be found on her “Home Sweet Home” CD. But don’t expect it to lyrically walk on glass, as she pulls no punches in the humor department, which includes some dire pet realities. It appears the ending was changed by suggestion, but I’m no expert on such details. But as the CD winds down, so does the style of humor.

And “The Best Dog” by Amy White, changes that course. As it comes with a lovely soft vocal and features one of the better stories told. The lyrics are worth seeking and can be found on “Home Sweet Home” CD. And “The Kitty Ditty” by Joel Mabus, closes the set with likely the most light-hearted story. And it follows the traditional token last number trappings, but to be fair it could be placed anywhere else on “Rescue Me !” It’s really all done in great fun and for all the right reasons.



Larry Toering

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