Leah White: The Houston Zoo Muse's Eight Favorite Animal Songs

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See the video for "Beautiful Day" here.
Rocks Off does not have children, nor do we anticipate doing so anytime in the forseeable future. Frankly, the thought of being responsible for another living creature around the clock both terrifies and confounds us - just ask our cat, Neko.

However, we have crossed paths with popular Houston children's entertainer Leah White and her band the Magic Mirrors at Discovery Green and Cactus Music from time to time, and cracked a smile or two at their sunny tunes about sprinklers, carpooling and summer camp. So when we heard the Houston Zoo recently adopted White's "Beautiful Day" as its official theme song, we reached out to her for a list of her favorite songs about animals.

Thanks, Leah.

1. Three Dog Night, "Joy to the World": "Bullfrogs are the largest frogs around. Some can weigh up to four pounds. They eat almost anything... even their own kind. They are one of my family's fave things to see when we go to the Houston Zoo."

2. The Beatles, "Octopus's Garden: "I love it because Ringo wrote this song after a boating trip with his family. It was when the captain began to tell him everything he knew about octopuses, and how they travel along the sea bed looking for shiny objects and stones with which to build gardens that Ringo came up with the song.

3. The Captain & Tenille, "Muskrat Love: "Muskrats are so cute, and it wasn't until I was an adult that I realized this song was about Muskrats making love. Such an absurd song that you gotta love it.

4. Elvis Presley, "Hound Dog": Hound dogs have long, cute, cuddly ears and a keen sense of smell. However, the one Eelvis speaks of whines all the time and never catches a rabbit... a slam to any hound dog out there. Elvis' words cut deep in this song.

5. The Tokens, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight: "I sing this song at night as a lullaby to my children, and so it's a favorite.

6. Beatles, "Blackbird": "A song written by McCartney during the Civil Rights movement. I love the imagery of the blackbird taking his broken wings and flying."

7. Rolling Stones, "Wild Horses": "This started as a song for Keith Richards' newborn son Marlon. It was 1969, and Keith regretted that he had to leave his son to go on tour. I can relate to this as a mother of three that has always had a full-time job in some capacity. Leaving on business trips for weeks at a time was tough. Even Keith had a soft spot at one time."

8. Beatles, "I Am the Walrus: "Fun because Lennon came up with the idea for the Walrus from Lewis Caroll's poem 'The Walrus and The Carpenter,' which is from the sequel to Alice in Wonderland called Through the Looking-Glass."


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