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Music tames the domestic beast

There are no more BSO concerts this summer. That means you’ll be subjected to more and more of the inner workings of my brain until the fall season begins! Yay! In other words: there be weirdness ahead.

Let’s begin with another query: how do your pets feel about music? I ask because my cat Cello (try not to get confused) loves to sit in the room when my brother practices both viola and piano, and my grandmother’s old dog Patsy used to sing along to her namesake Patsy Cline. And then there’s a parrot at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park that will sing any number of old tunes (but not in tune).

How about you guys? How do your pets feel about your practice sessions?


About Jenn

Despite being the former digital marketing intern at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jenn German does not like Mozart. Beethoven could've totally beaten him up. Also she has an arts management graduate degree from American University, but this changes nothing.


3 thoughts on “Music tames the domestic beast

  1. My cats both like to hang out nearby during my daily cello practice. They will even sit next to my cello when practice time is near. And I’ve only been playing for just over a year, so it’s not like I even sound good.

    Also, my boss owned a bird that could whistle the Andy Griffith Show theme song at odd moments. Perhaps it was to cheer himself up, or others around him.

    Posted by cate | July 27, 2010, 3:45 pm
  2. Not my pet, but the accompanist I work with occasionally has a cat who has specific tastes in music! I play the violin, and was playing a Bach partita, a Schubert sonata and Wieniawski’s Legende for my recital last year – her cat sat there happily through the Bach and the Schubert, and promptly left as soon as I started on Wieniawski. It cracked me up.

    (also, love this blog – haven’t commented before)

    Posted by rdm-ation | July 28, 2010, 6:24 am
  3. I have one cat that appreciates the oboe and will actually bring me a reed when he wants me to play. I have another cat who lies to curl up next to me on the bench whenever I play the piano. Her preference is Bach. 😉

    Posted by Christine Petrolati | July 28, 2010, 6:46 am

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