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Musical assistance for the raccoons needed

Dorothy Parshall 01 Dec 11 - 09:05 PM
GUEST,leeneia 02 Dec 11 - 02:23 PM
Jack Campin 02 Dec 11 - 06:28 PM
GUEST,999 02 Dec 11 - 07:13 PM
Dorothy Parshall 02 Dec 11 - 08:37 PM
Crowhugger 02 Dec 11 - 09:17 PM
GUEST,999 02 Dec 11 - 11:11 PM
katlaughing 03 Dec 11 - 12:10 AM
Charley Noble 03 Dec 11 - 08:56 AM
SINSULL 03 Dec 11 - 10:25 AM
Dorothy Parshall 03 Dec 11 - 07:52 PM
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Subject: Musical assistance for the raccoons need
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 01 Dec 11 - 09:05 PM

Having just discovered the thread of funny animal videos, I hope there will be some interest in this project.

A group of people who rescue or otherwise care for and about raccoons, and other animals, are trying to produce a video to be used for improved public relations for raccoons. The catalyst for this is a raccoons "coon hunt" held annually in Tennessee in mid April. Raccoons are pursued by dogs and hunters and.... This is even more distressing if you realize that mid April is birthing time; killing mothers at that time will leave all their young to die of starvation, not a nice way to go.

Trying to find music to use on such a video is a balancing act. What music will best increase the effectiveness of our message? I am suggesting very traditional fiddle or bluegrass, as a soft background. I feel words might detract from the message. The music needs to be palatable to the widest possible audience.

Any ideas that I can pass along to my dear group of raccoon lovers??


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Subject: RE: Musical assistance for the raccoons needed
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 02:23 PM

It seems to me you are going about this the wrong way. First find people who are willing to play the music for you, then ask them what they can play to go with the footage provided.

Avoid copyrighted stuff, if possible.


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Subject: RE: Musical assistance for the raccoons needed
From: Jack Campin
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 06:28 PM

Shouldn't be too hard to find people to play country/old-time/bluegrass.

You're trying to change the attitudes of the hunters, so the music needs to be something they can identify with. Can you work out what that might be?


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Subject: RE: Musical assistance for the raccoons needed
From: GUEST,999
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 07:13 PM

"Any ideas that I can pass along to my dear group of raccoon lovers??"

I assume your group of raccoon lovers don't have a gastronomic interest. (And, imo, they shouldn't. Raccoons taste like sh#t.)

Leeneia is right in terms of the musical approach. Why not run it by the bluegrass (country) guys and gals at Namasthe and see what response you get? I'd be happy to help with such a project, but I don't take directions very well, so maybe just let me proof materials or stuff like that.

'The hats are out of style,
And the meat just ain't worthwhile,
Twenty pounds of garlic ain't enough,
To cover up the taste
Of what would otherwise be waste
If times were not so lean and skint and tough.'


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Subject: RE: Musical assistance for the raccoons needed
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 08:37 PM

I know what you like to say about my sweet friends, the raccoons, 999!!

Trying to find something palatable to wide range of humans. Since I first posted, I been thinking an instrumental version of Amazing Grace would be nice. It seems to suit almost everyone. I was not going to ask anyone to do something special but hoped to find something already done that we could have permission to use.

But sitting here listening to Bobby Dove...?   But it would be better not to have to get into recording situation. We can make the pics fit the music. We seem to have a pro volunteering for that part. But some of the music suggestions from group member were, to put it nicely, off the wall.


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Subject: RE: Musical assistance for the raccoons needed
From: Crowhugger
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 09:17 PM

There's only the remotest chance any of the coon kits will starve to death; the likely way of demise will be as food for all the predators who are now habituated to this annual free lunch. IMO those predators are the ones that'll suffer from the unexpected lack of food if the hunt should suddenly cease.


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Subject: RE: Musical assistance for the raccoons needed
From: GUEST,999
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 11:11 PM

Given that the raccoon is a bit tougher than a lone fox, I'll lay 75/25 on the raccoon.


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Subject: RE: Musical assistance for the raccoons needed
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Dec 11 - 12:10 AM

While it may be the way of nature, I don't think some of you are being very sensitive to Dorothy.

Dorothy, I think some kinds of guitar pieces, ala Will Fly (he's got lots up on youtube) would be neat. Also, some ragtime, i.e. Scott Joplin, though I don't know if its in copyright now. Something jaunty might catch their eye, so to speak.

Good luck,

kat


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Subject: RE: Musical assistance for the raccoons needed
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Dec 11 - 08:56 AM

Ragtime sounds good to me. However, when I've listened to raccoons crooning I thought they were more into jazz or rhythm & blues. But that's the raccoons, not the coon hunters.

Good luck.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Musical assistance for the raccoons needed
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Dec 11 - 10:25 AM

How about the Beatles' Rocky Raccoon?


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Subject: RE: Musical assistance for the raccoons needed
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 03 Dec 11 - 07:52 PM

oh Sinsull! I'll have to check that out.

Kat" good suggestions! I will look. As for the nature of things - it is only to be expected! Being food to natural predators is one thing, Being ripped to pieces by dogs, chased by human animals with guns and dogs for "sport" .... I believe every animal has a right to life.

Charley: You got it! raccoons have some lovely sounds which could fit nicely into those categories. Every sound they make has meaning. We were amazed by the communication skills of our two kits.

I did not tell y'all that I consider them incredibly beautiful creatures, far more interesting than any dog or cat. But I also believe they deserve to live their lives as raccoons, not house pets.

Here I go to look some more.


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