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Why cats like guitarists

Genie 30 Jan 09 - 02:26 AM
Will Fly 30 Jan 09 - 04:54 AM
GUEST,Jonny Sunshine 30 Jan 09 - 05:21 AM
bankley 30 Jan 09 - 08:21 AM
Valmai Goodyear 30 Jan 09 - 09:27 AM
Richard Bridge 30 Jan 09 - 10:01 AM
GUEST,leeneia 30 Jan 09 - 10:34 AM
Alice 30 Jan 09 - 10:41 AM
topical tom 30 Jan 09 - 10:44 AM
black walnut 30 Jan 09 - 01:11 PM
Becca72 30 Jan 09 - 01:30 PM
Ebbie 30 Jan 09 - 01:42 PM
Genie 30 Jan 09 - 03:36 PM
JennieG 30 Jan 09 - 07:14 PM
Charley Noble 30 Jan 09 - 08:49 PM
Genie 30 Jan 09 - 09:18 PM
GUEST,iancarterb 30 Jan 09 - 10:54 PM
VirginiaTam 31 Jan 09 - 01:53 AM
Charmion 31 Jan 09 - 10:52 AM
McGrath of Harlow 31 Jan 09 - 01:32 PM
NormanD 31 Jan 09 - 02:08 PM
Ebbie 31 Jan 09 - 02:33 PM
Genie 01 Feb 09 - 02:15 AM
Barbara 01 Feb 09 - 11:01 PM
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Subject: Why cats like guitarists - Captions?
From: Genie
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 02:26 AM

OK, I guess you could move this to the BS section, Joe, but it really is music-related, don't ya think? *G*

Opportunistic cat with guitarist human

Maybe some of yez got a good caption?

Genie


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: Will Fly
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 04:54 AM

Wonder if cats would like fiddlers...


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 05:21 AM

He ought to learn some appropriate songs, how's about Stray Cat Strut for starters...


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: bankley
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 08:21 AM

depends if your using cat gut for strings..


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 09:27 AM

On lute strings cat-eaten'
Thomas Master(s), 1604- 1643

Are these the strings that poets feign

Have clear'd the Ayre, and calm'd the main?

Charm'd wolves, and from the mountain crests

Made forests dance with all their beasts?

Could these neglected shreds you see

Inspire a Lute of Ivory

And make it speak? Oh! Think then what

Hath been committed by my cat,

Who, in the silence of this night

Hath gnawn these cords, and marr'd them quite; 10

Leaving such reliques as may be

For frets, not for my lute, but me.

Puss, I will curse thee: Mayst thou dwell

With some dry hermit in a cell

Where Rat ne're peeped, where mouse ne're fed

And flies go supperless to bed

Or with some close-pared Brother, where

Thou'lt fast each Sabbath in the year,

Or else, prophane, be hang'd on Monday

For butchering a mouse on Sunday 20

Or mays't thou tumble from some tower

And miss to light upon all four

Taking a fall that may untie

Eight of nine lives, and let them fly.

Or may the midnight embers singe

Thy dainty coat, or Jane beswinge

Thy hide, when she shall take thee biting

Her cheese clouts, or her house beshiting.

What, was there ne're a rat or mouse

Nor buttery ope? Nought in the house 30

But harmless lutestrings could suffice

Thy paunch, and draw thy glaring eyes?

Did not thy conscious stomach find

Nature prophaned, that kind with kind

Should stanch his hunger? Think on that

Thou cannibal, and Cyclops cat.

For know, thou wretch, that every string

Is a cat-gut, which art did spin

Into a thread; and now suppose

Dunstan, that snuff'd the divel's nose 40

Should bid these strings revive, as once

He did the calf, from naked bones,

Or I, to plague thee for thy sin

Should draw a circle, and begin

To conjure, for I am, look to't

An Oxford scholar, and can doo't:

Then with three sets of mops and mows

Seven of odd words, and motley shows

A thousand tricks, that may be taken

From Faustus, Lamb, or Friar Bacon 50

I should begin to call my strings

(My catlings, and my minikins)

And they, recalled, straight should fall

To mew, to purr, to caterwaul

From Puss's belly. Sure, as death

Puss should be an Engastranith;

Puss should be sent for to the King

For a strange bird, or some rare thing,

Puss should be sought to far and near

As she some Cunning Woman were, 60

Puss should be carried up and down

From shire to shire, from town to town

Like to the camel, lean as hag,

The elephant, or apish nag

For a strange sight, Puss should be sung

In lousy ballads, midst the throng

At markets, with as good a grace

As Agincourt, or Chevy Chase

The Troy-sprung Briton would forgo

His pedigree he chaunteth so 70

And sing that Merlin ? long deceased

Returned is in a nine-liv'd beast.

Thus Puss, thou seest what might betide thee -

But I forbear to hurt or chide thee

For maybe Puss was melancholy

And so to make her blithe and jolly

Finding these strings, she'd have a fit

Of mirth, nay, Puss, if that were it

Thus I revenge me, that as thou

Hast played on them, I've played on you 80

And as thy touch was nothing fine

So I've but scratched these notes of mine.


British Museum, Harley Ms 6917.


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 10:01 AM

That's how cats learn to fly!


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 10:34 AM

That's delightful, Genie. Thanks for posting.


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: Alice
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 10:41 AM

Oh, that's hilarious! Thanks for the video.


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: topical tom
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 10:44 AM

That's a pussy with an ear for music. Cool!


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: black walnut
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 01:11 PM

Ohh.....wow!

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: Becca72
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 01:30 PM

Killing two birds with one stone!


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: Ebbie
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 01:42 PM

That is so funny. Wish the camera angle had allowed for the cat's face when s/he/it stretched out its neck.

My dog likes music too but my cat, archy, (as in 'archy and Mehitabel')twines and winds himself around any player as well as trying to climb into my lap to share the space with my guitar. You suppose it's the rhythmic motion of the hand that attracts them?


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: Genie
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 03:36 PM

I should think various creatures might be drawn to a rhythmically moving hand. ; )

Genie

PS,
I just learned a new (well, really, pretty old) word: "beshiting"   
I think it's a keeper!


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: JennieG
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 07:14 PM

Our lovely late lamented ginger cat Belle (who crossed the rainbow bridge in the middle of last year) hated my guitars. As soon as she saw me with a case and/or a guitar she would head for the hills, not easy when one is an inside cat at the time. And as soon as she heard a noise from the guitar strings she would find somewhere even more inaccessible to hide. The two remaining cats don't mind it at all.

Critics.....I scorn them!

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 08:49 PM

Very nice, Genie.

My cats are sometimes intrigued with banjo music but mostly they like to snuggle up to me while I'm playing. They don't seem to appreciate the concertina.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: Genie
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 09:18 PM

I think the concertina could be a source of concern for any critter with a tail, Charley.

So far, I haven't found any of my cats taking advantage of my strumming to get some free stroking. However, on many an occasion if I left a guitar case open or gig bag unzipped I soon found it inhabited by a feline.

G


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: GUEST,iancarterb
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 10:54 PM

Genie, ditto on the open instrument case. I have pictures of a cat from 30 years ago in the guitar case, and a Current Occupant in the mandolin case. This one likes to climb up on my lap via the adjacent chair when I play the mandolin, but I've never seen the like of that video:). THanks-
Carter


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 31 Jan 09 - 01:53 AM

My Squeaky was always very interested when I played guitar too. She was usually right in the middle of it. Little paws up on my knees, taking swipes at my strumming hand or at the strings. Come to think of it, she enjoyed walking along the piano keys too, especially when I played.

She didn't like me singing in the shower though. Thought I was in distress. She would march up and down outside of the tub mewing and occassionally peek around edge of curtain at me, complaining loudly. If I put my hand outside the curtain she would lightly take it between her teeth and pull.

She didn't mind my singing when I was not in the shower. She didn't mind me showering if I didn't sing. It was the combination made her think I was in trouble and needed rescuing.


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: Charmion
Date: 31 Jan 09 - 10:52 AM

"Cat in guitar case" is an entire genre of domestic photography, right up there with "naked baby on rug".

Bill the beast (20 pounds and counting) will crawl into my lap while I'm playing the mandolin and shove his hind end right under the edge of the instrument. He seems to like the vibration against his lower back. He doesn't like me to be reading from a tunebook, however; if there's one lying beside me on the arm of the sofa, he'll fling it off. I guess he disapproves of dots -- a folkie snob in fur. Who knew?


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 31 Jan 09 - 01:32 PM

Here's Nora who likes to play the piano


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: NormanD
Date: 31 Jan 09 - 02:08 PM

Allez Relou!

When I started learning guitar a few years back, our cat, Mister, was the harshest critic. As soon as I plucked a note, he would pick himsef up (even from the deepest sleep) and walk contemptuously out of the room. Can't say that I blame him. Cats apparently have very sensitive hearing. I tried to tell him that I was playing steel strings, not cat gut, but no use.


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: Ebbie
Date: 31 Jan 09 - 02:33 PM

Makes one wonder about transmigration!


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: Genie
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 02:15 AM

That's priceless, McGrath! LOL

(Actually, she probably plays better than I did when I first started piano lessons.)


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Subject: RE: Why cats like guitarists
From: Barbara
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 11:01 PM

My old friend from Sausalito, Minette, lived on a houseboat and played concertina. Her cat, a considerable hunk well named McCavity would begin to yowl and howl whenever she started playing, and would go from that to clawing her legs, and attempting to attack the box and her arms if she continued.
It was funny to watch, but it cut short the music sessions. She'd remove McCavity from the premises, put him on deck, and shut the door, whereapon he'd howl outside and "entertain" those in the neighboring slips.
Blessings,
Barbara


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