Last August, when I wrote about pit bulls for Salon, I claimed that Sula and I have our own song: Corinne Bailey Rae's "Like a Star." Just so you understand, here are some of the lyrics:
"Still I wonder why it is,
I don't argue like this,
With anyone else but you,
We do it all the time,
Blowing out my mind,
You've got this look I can't describe,
You make me feel like I'm alive,
When everything else is au fait,
Without a doubt you're on my side..."
It is really the arguing that made me think, "Obviously this was written about a pit bull." And then there's the "look I can't describe." Nothing could be clearer.
In any case, I'm happy to report that Zephyr and I now have our own song as well. It is called "Zephyr & I" and is the opening track on Suzanne Vega's new disc. It's not nearly as romantic as the Corinne Bailey Rae song about pit bulls. But it has a great guitar riff that sounds like something off an old Lou Reed record.
"Zephyr & I stand out on
West End Avenue
talking about the things that
all of us used to do
and the wind kicks up with the smell of rain
the kids are gone but the souls remain"
Of course, my Zephyr has never spent any time on West End Avenue, but that's okay. I have more to say about the new Suzanne Vega over at my Powells.com Q and A.