Thursday, August 4, 2011

Plea From A Cat Named Virtue : The Weakerthans

This week's message from the universe is brought to you by The Weakerthans. It's "Plea from a Cat Named Virtue" and it popped into my world twice in a very shot time frame. First, from a friend, and second, from NPR's always fan-friggin-tastic All Songs Considered podcast.

If you haven't heard it, the song is written from the perspective of a cat (stay with me) whose owner is in a funk. It's sort of sweet and definitely clever in a non groan-inducing way.

My favorite line is "I don't know who you're talking to, I made a search through every room, but all I found was dust that moved and shadows of the afternoon." The song is written in a way that's strangely believable when you think about what pets must witness from their owners.

Anyway. Give it a listen. Oh, and meet the official cat of The Musically Inclined.

(Like the Paul McCartney song, but with an extra "t" for balance.)


aaron.dethrage said...

I endlessly approve of this post.

Also, there's this followup track from a subsequent album:

I didn't like it as much at first, until I realized that "the sound that you found for me" is the word "Virtue," the cats name.

"How I'd scratch at the empties, desperate to hear you make the sound that you found for me."

It's a beautiful and heartbreaking song about how things didn't get better for the guy and how that felt to the cat.

(50% of this comment could be read simply as "Give it a listen!")

Erin Carson said...

Soooo sad, but so pretty. I miss Jett!