Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday Special: Pretty Kitty

Sometimes beauty is found in the strangest places, like in my big, dim, sweet tomcat who clearly misses his mommy.  I am certain that he believes that if he kneads long and hard enough, that pillow will produce milk.


Faux sheepskin pillow cover courtesy of Pottery Barn. Ivan (aka Flopsy) gets a fresh one every year.

Oh, and word to the wise: If you think smooth leather will prevent cats from pretending it's a tree (digging in their claws for a good stretch) guess again. Let's just say all my leather is prematurely "distressed." *sigh* Next time I will get the fabric sofa and chairs I really wanted.


11 comments:

  1. Adorable. May I ask who the singer is please?

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    1. Hi, GreatSheElephant. That's soprano Gemma Bertagnolli singing Psalm 112, Laudate pueri RV 600 (Excelsus super omnes (andante)) on the album Vivaldi: Vespri per l'Assunzione di Maria.

      If you find clips online that don't sound quite like what's in my video, know that Psalm 112 is almost 24 minutes long, and it waxes and wanes, but it never loses that big, warm sound.

      If you are interested in following up, the label is Naïve [30475]. It's an enormous 2-disk album with 68 pieces coming in at over 2.5 hours. It's invigorating morning music, and it reminds me of a marriage between Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat, Purcell's Ode to Cecilia and Scarlatti/Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with a bit of Lully thrown in. I downloaded it, but I understand there's a limited edition CD that includes a booklet with a reproduction of Vivaldi's original manuscripts. I'd look on Arkiv Music (where I buy much of my hard-to-find classical stuff) instead of Amazon.

      My cats have a thing for the Baroque period. None of us much cares for opera outside that timeframe, though we like Mozart and don't mind Bizet. :^)

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  2. Thank you. The reply to your reply script is playing up. She has a remarkable voice - at first I thought it might even be a counter tenor. I'm not terribly familiar with Vivaldi outside of 4 seasons and an opera extract or two and I was trying to figure out whether it was Handel, Purcell or Monteverdi. I shall follow it up - it was quite lovely.

    My cats tolerate music barely - I've never quite got over the guilt of seeing their heads wobble as kittens when I had some Wagner cranked up loud.

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    1. LOL! Kitties traumatized by Wagner. Mine went through something similar with prog rock, but this recent feline batch was raised on Classical. We have it playing softly in the background, even if my earbuds are blasting PJ Harvey while I am working. :)

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    1. I'm not sure, Tracy. He came out of the woods behind our house and adopted us. I'd guess somewhere between 5-7.

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  4. This is awesome!!!!!!!!!! He is gorgeous! We have a brown leather ottoman that is beyond distressed at this point.I also did a kitty post today, but not nearly as elegant as yours!

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    1. Maybe so, but I can't see Ivan's tonsils. ;)

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    2. But would you really want to?! Ivan has far more dignity that Zeus the degenerate!

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  5. It's so..........cute.It's also quaite.

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  6. He's so big and fluffy!!! Reminds me of the maine coon kitty my parents had; he was HUGE (seriously big-more like a small dog), sooo fluffy, but had a teeny tiny lil meow - so funny to see. Thanks for posting this, I love seeing the quirks of other peoples' pets!

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