How do wildlife photographers do it?

So if I go ONE DAY without a picture of Henry, someone has to complain. And then other people are complaining that I never mention Tallulah anymore. So just now I was in the kitchen and saw Henry drinking out of Tallulah's bowl while Tallulah watched so I took this:

Lulago

Tallulah had been looking up at me so nicely until I got the camera. Irritating. So I called her over and tried again.

Henrygo

This time I get Tallulah with one eye half shut like I have just shot her up with a tranquilizer gun, and Henry is leaving. I was about to give up when I opened my pictures and found this, which I don't even remember taking. I must have shot myself with that tranquilizer.

Henluzzz

They are best friends. Aren't they supposed to be natural enemies?

Anyway, Marvin wants me to ask you for help. I am on the party committee at work and we are having a 4th of July party. I am in charge of music and told Marvin I need America songs. I already thought of that dreadful Neil Diamond song, "They're comin' to America. TODAY!"

I also already thought of Jimi Hendrix playing the Star Spangled Banner. Apparently Ray Charles sings America the Beautiful, so we'll throw that in. What else?

And we can't do America, F*** Yeah from South Park. But thanks for thinking of it.

52 thoughts on “How do wildlife photographers do it?

  1. As much as I am NOT a Bruce Springsteen fan, how about “Born in the USA”?
    Do band names count? Could you just play a whole “America” CD? And put everyone to sleep? LOL! How about Kansas? Are there any other state name bands?
    Sorry, got off on a tangent there. I’ll look back with interest to see what everyone else posts.

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  2. How about Lee Greenwood’s God Bless The USA (I had to pause a moment there because as soon as I typed Lee Greenwood, I couldn’t remember the name of the song at all! I had to stop and google it! How sad!)

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  3. Doesn’t Lee Greenwood sing “God Bless the U.S.A.”? I hear that song on the radio all the time when July 4th comes around. Toby Keith sings “American Soilder”. Country music has many patriotic songs so that would be the best place to look. I don’t even listen to country music that much but I’m in Texas and it’s manadatory here. They test you.

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  4. Hey, I heard Lee Greenwood does “God Bless the USA” hahahaha, I always think that’s funny when there are all these posts about the same thing. Kinda like your Brooklyn accent and smoker’s cough.
    All that said, I have nothing helpful to contribute to the song list. Why not Karaoke?

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  5. Hey, my husband is IN the US Navy Band! Want to fly us in from Japan?
    Simon and Garfunkel’s “America” is great, if a little slow for a party. Pretty much anything by Bruce Springsteen or John Mellencamp will fit the bill, no?

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  6. July 4th is my anniversary, you could just throw a curve ball and celebrate my anniversary and everybody could be all like “what?”
    Or maybe just go with Jan’s idea with the spiked drinks.

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  7. I’m going to join the throng and suggest Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA. I remember I had to sing it for a piano recital when I was 5, and we had to wave little dollar store flags while we were singing it.
    If you can get away with slightly religious songs, you could try God Bless America? Then again, I guess if God Bless the USA is being suggested, then God Bless America shouldn’t be much of a problem.
    Oooh, you could do the songs for the different branches of the military.
    At my parents house, I have a pamphlet of patriotic songs, because it’s the go-to theme when you can’t think of anything else for small children to sing. It was made on a ditto-machine, so after 15 years it’s pretty faded.

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  8. Nobody dittoes anymore. Sad.
    Yeah, I am thinking I want to avoid anything that could seem religious. I’d like to avoid being fired due to my musical selections. Instead I’d like to be fired for commenting on my blog at work.

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  9. “Yeah, I am thinking I want to avoid anything that could seem religious. I’d like to avoid being fired due to my musical selections. Instead I’d like to be fired for commenting on my blog at work.”
    June has her priorities in order.

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  10. “This Land is Your Land”. My kids came home singing that this year, learned in music class. I love their music teacher. Who else would teach kids how to sing “Ah-b-yo-yo” (phonetic spelling, I don’t have a clue how it is really spelled) or Mary Poppins tunes or “Do-re-mi”?

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  11. I like the idea of Born in the USA, R-o-c-k in the USA, and then do a song that mentions each state. Here in Texas damn near everything has Texas in it.
    New York, New York
    Goin’ to Carolina – by James Taylor
    California Dreamin’ – Mamas & Papas
    Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Oklahoma OK!!!
    Hotel California – Eagles
    Arizona – Paul Revere and the Raiders
    Georgia – Ray Charles
    Stars fall on Alabama
    Kentucky Rain – Elvis
    Tennessee Waltz
    You get the idea. I bet google has a ton of songs that we have all forgotten.
    Look forward to see what you end up with!

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  12. Songs:Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
    Philadelphia by Neil Young
    Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith
    R.O.C.K. in the USA by John Mellancamp
    God Bless America by LeeAnn Rimes
    American Girl by Tom Petty
    Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Pink Houses by John Melancamp
    Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow
    Centerfield by John Fogarty
    Only in America by Brooks and Dunn
    Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen
    Small Town by John Mellancamp
    Fight the Power by Public Enemy
    Freedom of Speech by Ice-T
    Naked and Famous by The Presidents of the United States of America
    Story of my Life by Social Distortion
    Mad World by Gary Jules
    Home Sweet Home by Carrie Underwood
    All-American Girl by Carrie Underwood
    Blue by Eiffel 65
    World by Five for Fighting
    Two Lights by Five for Fighting
    Superman by Five for Fighting
    Know Your Enemy by Green Day
    American Idiot by Green Day (okay, maybe not)
    Sunny Hours by Long Beach Dub All Stars
    Kids by MGMT
    Dani California by Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Beverly Hills by Weezer
    The Good Life by Weezer
    Boys of Summer by Don Henley or the Ataris
    Private Idaho by the B-52s
    Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Kalifornia by Fatboy Slim
    Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa by Vampire Weekend

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  13. How’s about ‘What’s Goin’ On” by Marvin Gaye
    or “Hawk and Dove” by the Indigo Girls.I’ve been feeling a might racial lately and all green in an earthy way. There’s one by Melissa Ethridge, too, about American Girls or women or something…
    But I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

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  14. Wow. That was hard to find. Took me all of twelve seconds…”All American Girl” by Melissa Ethridge.
    Y’all are KILLING me with all the crappy country.
    Lisa seems to be your American Angel in Shining Armour, huh?

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  15. I still remember all the words to “Fifty Nifty United States” from my fifth grade class concert. It is so kind of you to offer to fly me out to sing it for your party – this will be my first gig! And let me tell you, I’ve been shopping around that cassette for YEARS.
    It is a very patriotic song. It names all the states, but doesn’t even mention those pesky territories because they would just throw off the rhyme scheme in the title there. There is also a spoken “rap” section in the middle with some hand-claps, very hip right now. Oh! And as a bonus, I will substitute “North Carolina” in the part where I have to say (sing) which state is the best. I know how to treat my friends right.

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  16. “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue” by Toby Keith is a good one. And that “America F**k Yeah” song is from Team America World Police, not South Park. Same creators though.

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  17. Love all the suggestions! LisaPie and Lisa really went to town for ya, and I do hope that Sharone’s idea of 50 Nifty gets included. I could totally see it.
    One more: Stars and Stripes Forever. It’s patriotic without words. Hard to get offended at wind instruments. Oh! Also Aaron Copland wrote great musical pictures of America… try Gershwin, Louis Armstrong too.

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  18. Crap, I didn’t mean Proud to be an American earlier. I meant Courtesy of the Red White and Blue, which has since been mentioned.
    Had to clarify.

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  19. TELL me about it. We need to ask wildlife photographers how many frames they have to throw out.
    I have ferrets and they are even more impossible to photograph. I have 57 kajillion ferret butt shots.
    (Oh and ferrets? You know how spunky they are? The minute you break out a VIDEO camera forget it! All they do is walk lazily around and sniff things.)
    My cat was sleeping on my side while I was in bed sleeping myself. My mom got the camera. The cat moved before she came back. My mom left. Cat came back. ARUGH!
    I LOVE interspecies snorggling. I love how Henry and Tallulah are best friends. That is so beyond cute and precious.

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  20. How about “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park” by Tom Leher? He always makes me laugh in a twisted depraved sort of way. And yes, i’m putting in another call to my therapist for my compulsive commenting today…

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  21. …Saturday…in the park…I think it was the fourth of July…. doo doo doo doo…
    Gotta have that one by Chicago!

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  22. Oh just play some John Denver tunes or some from that skinny chick Karen Carpenter.Anything but Lee Greenwood aagh.

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  23. Must say that I think Tallula and Henry are absolutely lovely. Wonder if its’s because they have the same coloured fur. :o)
    I would play “I Still Call Australia Home” By Peter Allen and totaly confuse the peeps at the partayy. Just saying……

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  24. So I guess “I Am Not American” by the Arrogant Worms isn’t what you were looking for?
    My husband actually has (or had) a whole “American” mix cd; I’ll see if he can find it, or at least remember what was on it. I know I listened to it once, and I quite enjoyed it.

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  25. It is really weird to me that you asked about American songs because this morning I had a song in my head that we all sang at a fifth grade recital, it goes:
    …and I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me and I’ll gladly stand up, next to you and defend her still today….
    I don’t think anyone actually sings that song, just school kids at recitals.

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  26. Well, being right in the middle of the Bible belt, I don’t think anyone would be particularly upset with anything with a religious theme. All those nice southern people would just loovvveeee Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA. Personally, I would prefer 1812 Overture with cannons firing in the background. Now that’s my kind of music. 🙂 Oh yeah, you could sing the Star Spangled Banner and just as you are singing “…home of the brave” you could have fighter jets fly over. Now, that would impress the boss. LOL!

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  27. Caveat emptor: While I do get on the guest lists to a lot of concerts here in LA, I have heard “This Land is Your Land” at the last three since my station is all about the children.
    First off JCC, if you play “Kids in America” you have to choose The Muffs version. If you’re going for “American Pie” you can always opt for the cover by the Brady Bunch. I’d suggest it as a great way to clear the party at the end of the evening. Though the Silver Platters kill on the dance floor! Ooh, I also just got an old vinyl rip of “The Theme from the Justice League of America” and boy is it swingin’!
    But, the old standby of course is Schoolhouse Rocky & his friends. You can go retro, but there are some amazing cover from the “America Rock” theme:
    “No More Kings” – Pavement (one of my favorites)
    “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” – Ween
    “Rock the Vote” – The Virtuals
    “I’m Just A Bill” – Joan Osborne & Isaac Hayes
    “Sufferin’ Til Suffrage” – Etta James
    “The Campaign Trail” – Bob Dorough
    “The Preamble” – John Popper
    “Do You Wanna Party?” – Essra Mohawk & The Killer Groove Band
    “Fireworks” – The Sugarhill Gang
    “Three-Ring Government” – The Roots with Jazzyfatnastees
    “Get To Know Your Electoral College” – Spicy T & Shihan
    “Messin’ With My Bill Of Rights!” – Grady Tate
    To end with two additional non-childish suggestion:
    Graham Parker – “I Discovered America”
    Liam Lynch – “My United States of Whatever”

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  28. Dear Lisa Spice,
    I emailed you this a.m. but I think my email probably went into your spam, as my emails often do because my email address ends in “blog.” At least that is my theory. Anyway, if you posted a large list I did not delete it! I hardly ever delete comments. It just must not have gone thru, which sucks because it sounds like you made a big list!

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  29. how about a slice of (bye-bye) “american pie” by don mclean?
    breakfast in america by super tramp
    american girl by tom petty

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