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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Animal Sounds

Ya know, I love INXS for sure, but I really love songs that use animal sounds. There's more than most people think. Many animals can be just as good at singing as any humans! Some songs I really love have sounds that seem to mimic animal sounds. Especially birds. Ever hear Baltimora's "Tarzan Boy"? Toward the end of the song, they have what sounds like either parrots or elephants sounds mixed in the music. Then there is Billy Joel's "Downeaster Alexa", during the middle instrumental section I'd swear I could hear the mournful shrills of whales! Awesome!!! On Ace of Base's "Don't Turn Around" if you listen carefully, throughout the chorus and instrumental bridge of that song, I swear I could hear what sounds like the underwater calls of weddell seals. It also sounds like a spaceship taking off. LOL!! Then there is "Fly Away" by Lenny Kravitz. Throughout the chorus, that sort of loud aquatic dripping sound reminds me a lot of the sounds of oropendolas. Oropendolas are South and Central American relatives of blackbirds and orioles. I once saw some at the Woodland Park Zoo and heard them calling out and I swear to GOD it sounds just like that weird dripping sound on that song!! I don't know if Kravitz meant the song's music to sound like these birds, but it sure does to me!! But that makes the song more fun to listen to.

INXS should try something similar to this! Birds are excellent candidates to contribute sounds. So are whales or primates. I think these animalian sounds added to songs just makes the songs sound so much more exciting!! As a lover of music, and animals, my most favorite animals are the ones that can sing! That's why I love whales, primates and birds so much. Wolves and coyotes also sing very well! Cats and panthers try to sing, (and I emphasize the word try) but they sound like Lucille Ball on "I Love Lucy" with a clogged throat! Really, I heard Lucille Ball was a good singer, but on "I Love Lucy", she's supposed to depict a housewife with no talent. Lions, specifically, sound like the flushing of a toilet. That's what the felines sound like to me. Ugly all over, even their voices!

However, when a bird or primate calls, they can make even the simplest sounds sound very euphonic. I think sifakas have the cutest little calls!! They make a sound kinda like a kiss and a "pok" combined. I've always referred to primates as furry songbirds for this reason. Well, I am not one to tell INXS how to write their music, but this kind of stuff in a song I think makes it more exciting.
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