2015 has given us many gifts.
Princess Bubblegum. Caffeinated peanut butter. Music for cats. Yes, of course, you know and I know that Art Garfunkel has provided perfectly good music for cats.
But some extra-ambitious humans at the University of Wisconsin
decided “to bring real, scientifically credible music to as many members of the animal kingdom as possible.” As a result, cats may now download “species-appropriate music.”
(OK, now I’m just being silly. Cats don’t download music. They are all about vinyl. Everybody knows that.)
While we’ve not yet invested in this sonic adventure for the Tabby’s Place cats*, we may have something even better.
The top ten albums of 2015, as selected by the Tabby’s Place cats. Allow a decalogue of our residents to share their most-loved lyrics of the year.
The Lone Bellow, Then Came The Morning
“Joy comes in the morning You won’t see me crying” — selected by Carrot
Delta Rae, After it All
“I wanna run to feel again, to be no one To run under the stars of Orion And all my life I’ve been burning by the dreams I’ve had Now I want to run” — selected by Orion
Rhiannon Giddens, Tomorrow Is My Turn
“Tomorrow is my turn No more doubts no more fears Tomorrow is my turn When my luck is returning” — selected by Indie
Florence & The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
“‘Cause I’m gonna be free and I’m gonna be fine” — selected by Pepita
Dawes, All Your Favorite Bands
“I hope the world sees the same person that you’ve always been to me And may all your favorite bands stay together” — selected by Buddy & Lester
Sandra McCracken, Psalms
“He knows our every burden When darkness veils our eyes He comes with spring returning, Bringing death to life” — selected by our forever loved Peachy
original cast recording Hamilton
“I am not throwing away my shot! I am not throwing away my shot! Hey yo, I’m just like my country I’m young, scrappy and hungry And I’m not throwing away my shot!” — selected by Baloo
Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher’s Daughter
“And I’m beginning to feel the years but I’m going to be ok as long as you’re beside me along the way Going to make it through the night and into the morning light” — selected by Adelaide
Houndmouth, Little Neon Limelight
“If you wanna live the good life Well, you better stay away from the limelight” — selected by Sneaky
Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color
“Jesus is waiting on me Just as he always does Something will be coming up Just like it always does” — selected by our forever loved Colleen
On a list of their own:
Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind
“And I rage and I rage But perhaps I will come of age And be ready for you …Didn’t they say that only love will win in the end?” — selected by Queen
They did. And they were right. A musical New Year to you, kittens. We love you more than all the notes in the soundscape.
*I bet ya 500 jars of caffeinated peanut butter that someone will now email me to ask why not and/or offer to donate to Tabby’s Place to make it happen. Gauntlet officially thrown down.