Serenade for Animals !

Music has many uses in our lives – a music box or a lullaby can calm a restless baby, and eventually put it to sleep; a fast, steady techno music playing on your headphones can motivate you to sweat more at the treadmill. Music in the movies can arouse a whole spectrum of emotions in us – from fear and suspense in “Jaws” and “Psycho,”  to tenderness and sentimentality in “On Golden Pond” and “Somewhere in Time.”

I myself cannot cross the portal to Dreamland if I do not have soothing music playing on my MP3 player. Funny but it’s also true that many students cannot study well or concentrate on their reading if there is no music playing in their earphones, or at least in their room.

Music is so commonplace in our everyday lives that most of the time, we just take it for granted. But we know its importance that’s why poets and sages have praised it for ages. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  wrote “Music is the universal language of mankind – poetry their pastime and delight.”  William Congreve wrote “Music has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” But some people think “Music can sooth a savage beast” as well. Let’s take a look how music soothes a walrus, a leopard seal, and a herd of cattle,

[source: Walrus enjoys relaxing flute performance by alizbarharp on Rumble]

At the Dolphinarium Aquatoria in Crimea, Alzibar plays the flute for Samson, the walrus. It seems he is enjoying the free performance.


Steve jazzes it up with his saxophone to entertain Casey, a leopard seal at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia.


Peabody, Kansas farmer Derek Klingenberg knows his cattle very well, as much as his cattle know his trombone.


Some animals aren’t as appreciative to music, as we can see here:  Derek’s brother playing “Home on The Range” on his trumpet to his chicken. He probably should have played “Reveille” instead.

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The Perpetuum Jazzile (Slovenian Pop Vocal Group)

I found this sensational singing group via the Youtube about two years ago – the Perpetuum Jazzile. I thought they should be seen and heard by more people because they’re so good that their YouTube video of “Africa” has more than 13.7 million views as of this posting. (update – as of July 2, 2014, this video has 16.6 million views)

This humongous vocal ensemble from Slovenia was formed in the early 80′s under the name of Gaudeamus Chamber Choir. Its repertoire encompasses pop, jazz, bossa nova, to funk and soul music. The choir performs exceedingly well in both a cappella and with instrumental accompaniment.

The Perpetuum Jazzile has performed in the USA, Canada, Eastern Europe, and Germany. It has released at least 6 albums. Their version of “Africa” sure made first-time viewers instant fans of Perpetuum Jazzile.


Here are some of the group’s other wonderful performances: