Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Songs for Dogs' Is a Hit Parade Howl Musicians Create a CD for Canines

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Songs for Dogs' Is a Hit Parade Howl Musicians Create a CD for Canines

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THE STORY FIRST broke in The New Yorkie News (you know the publication . . . the one whose motto is "All the news that's fit for prints").

What has set tails wagging is the release of a new entertainment product for music-loving mongrels: "Songs for Dogs (and the people who love them)."

The gift album boasts 10 original tunes in a variety of styles, from rock to country, Latin to blues, even a New Age meditation. There's also a delightfully illustrated 48-page booklet that includes sing-along lyrics and brief biographies of the canine crooners and their musical influences. There's Chi-Chi, the "glamorous blond Cocker Spaniel" songstress, who is inspired by the musical talents of Gloria Estefan and Charo - as her rendition of "Do The Doggie Salsa" clearly suggests. Equally apparent is the influence of George Jones and George Gershwin on Waylon, a "big old sleepy hound" from Nashville, whose lazy rendition of "I Been Cryin' All Night Since You're Gone" could cause a Doberman's eyelids to droop. While the story and the stars of this production may be fiction, there are certain elements of truth to the tale, beginning with the two canines who inspired it. Their names are Dottie and Kram and they belong to Ellen Bernfeld and Anne Bryant, two dog-loving friends who are also professional musicians. "What happened," said Bernfeld by phone from the team's recording studio near New York, "is that we both got these two English springer spaniels simultaneously - they're brother and sister - and we noticed that we would sing to them all the time, kinda' like what people do with kids." Since these particular people were professional songwriters, they wrote down what they were singing. The first song was the puppy lullaby, "which Anne wrote to kinda' calm them down," said Bernfeld. Next came Bernfeld's "training song," called "Follow The Bone Lady," which is sung hauntingly by The Bone Lady herself, Dr. …

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