NEW YORK (PRWEB) January 13, 2005
Renowned singer/songwriter and canine enthusiast Murray Weinstock, whose new CD, Tails of the City was featured recently on NPRÂs All Things Considered and was a holiday favorite on Amazon.com, is now available for download on the iTunes web site around the world.
The whimsical CD featured in the New York Daily News, the San Francisco Chronicle and Billboard magazine contains a dozen original songs that address pressing life issues such as whatÂs for dinner, how best to while away a lazy afternoon and what itÂs like to be bad to the boneÂall from a canine point of view.
Weinstock, a fixture on the New York City music scene whose work includes collaborations with Manhattan Transfer, Esther Phillips, Richie Havens, Don Covay, Buddy Miles and Kenny Vance & the Planotones, says the CD grew out of a 15-year love affair with his late dachshund Sparky. ÂIt came out of just hanging out with Sparky, trying to express musically what was going through his mind as he sniffed his way around Manhattan.Â
For Tails of the City, Weinstock called on a variety of friends and musical colleagues, including New Orleans superstar Mac Rebbenack (aka Dr. John), multi-talented jazz vocalist Phoebe Snow, Soozie Tyrell of Bruce SpringsteenÂs band, Johnny Farina of Santo & Johnny, NRBQÂs Joey Spampinato, Barbara Harris of the Â60s girl group The Toys, RainbowÂs Joe Lynn Turner and former LovinÂ Spoonful lead singer John Sebastian, with whom Weinstock sang and played keyboard on the theme song for the Â70s TV show Welcome Back, Kotter.
Weinstock ÂborrowedÂ the title for the CD from San Francisco author Armistead Maupin, whose Tales of the City was the basis for the Showtime miniseries of the same name. In fact, when Weinstock sent a copy of his Tails to Maupin, the writer liked it so much he responded: ÂYour humane, free-wheeling, feel-good soundÂalong with the life-enhancing honesty of dogs themselvesÂhas helped me survive the Republican Convention. IÂve been playing Tails of the City every morning, bouncing around the house with Sophie, my Australian shepherd mix, who identifies with your work completely. And thanks for paying tribute to my own work this way.Â
Hear samples from Tails of the City and order the CD at http://www.amazon.com and retail stores everywhere. Hear Murray WeinstockÂs NPR interview with All Things ConsideredÂs Melissa Block at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4209226
Murray Weinstock is available for interviews. He can be reached at: 1-866-DOGTUNE