One NYC band rocks out as a tribute to cats, dogs and other animals
- Last Updated: 8:02 AM, May 6, 2012
- Posted: 7:48 PM, May 5, 2012
Meow Mix may have brought back their popular jingle this year, but that’s not the only animal tune around.
Pet-Rox, a animal-themed musical performance group, was founded in 1998 by veterinarian and Upper West Sider Jeffrey Levy (right). Made up of musicians who are also involved in the animal welfare community, the cast has evolved through the years and has featured
everyone from a sea lion trainer to an animal psychic to a pet tarot card reader who plays percussion. (More traditional roles are welcome, too; the band’s drummer is a cat rescuer.)
In addition to performing at pet-related charity events — like today’s American Cancer Society’s Bark for Life event in Riverside Park — the group has a new album out entitled “Just Sniffing Around.” All of the songs were written and arranged by “Dr. Jeff,” as he’s known, who was inspired by how city living relates to nature and pets. Here, he gives an inside look at three of his new songs.
“Raining Cats & Dogs”
Sample lyric: Toss me over here a dry towel, baby. A big umbrella’s what I need! Rubber booties and a raincoat, lady, can you help me, please? It’s raining cats and dogs!
* “Basically, it’s about what it’s like to be alone in the city when it’s raining cats and dogs, something that everyone can relate to,” says Levy, who made it to 11 of his vet appointments during the last blizzard. “If veterinary medicine doesn’t work out for me, I can go work for the postal service.”
Sample lyric: Follow me, Safari, in the concrete jungle. Adventure calls from outside your apartment door. Hail a cab, come by air, take an ocean liner. Welcome to our island show, New Yorkers know...
* “It’s about New York City being an urban jungle, and finding wildlife wherever you go,” says Levy. “Look between the cracks in the sidewalk! Look between the tires in the Gowanus Canal! There’s a lot of wildlife on the subway tracks —they’re called rats. My favorite part of this number is when we do shout-outs to all of the different neighborhoods. We’ll do everywhere from Bensonhurst to the Bronx to Queens.”
Sample lyric: I am a lost dog who’s alone. Show me the way back to my home. Don’t leave me here in the unknown. I am a lost dog left to roam and roam. Where is my home sweet home?
* “Everyone who owns a dog in New York City can relate to this one, which tells the story of a pup who slips through his collar and goes missing, then encounters everything from fleas to bugs to scary trucks. As a vet, I’ve had plenty of lost dogs brought to me by good Samaritans for treatment, and I’ve worked to find them homes. It’s really a