Perry, my cat, that is. The big guy has an infected paw, and his other three feet aren't looking so great, either. Our vet, Dr. Mike, will probably take samples for a biopsy. At the moment, I'm giving Pear liquid antibiotics (which he does not care for), and Bev and I are soaking his infected paw daily in diluted Clorox. Which Perry likes even less. He must be getting better, because he's getting much harder to hold in place. Tonight, after his oral dose, he looked at me as if to ask, "Why are you torturing me like this?" Listen, dude, we're helping you to get better.
Next vet's appointment: Thursday. Pear will be thrilled, I'm sure.
I also call him "Bear" on occasion. I hope we can get his paws back to new. The problem is with the pads. Might be an allergic reaction, might be poor circulation--doc isn't sure.
While we're hoping for Perry's paws to heal up, here are some tracks I've been meaning to post but somehow never did. We start with a 1957 version of Ugly Woman, a song that goes back to 1934. Used to be, the only version I knew was the 1963 Jimmy Soul version that used to play on the radio a lot as an oldie. This is from the Decca various-artists LP, Music from Latin America:
Ugly Woman--Beacham Coakley's Emerald Beach Hotel Orch., circa 1957. From late-Fifties Decca LP.
Yes, but what if someone can't find a woman uglier than himself? Had the songwriter considered that? Anyway, a real feminist anthem, there, for our Tuesday evening....
I think it's the first time for this Steve Allen-Bob Carroll ballad based on Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers (no Ted and Alice credited). The vocalist is Merv Griffin. Steve, Tchaikovsky, and Merv--only at MY(P)WHAE!
Love Me, Love Me, Love Me (Steve Allen--Bob Carroll)--Merv Griffin with Norman Leyden Orchestra, 1952. From RCA Victor 45.
I could have sworn I recently put this one up, but apparently not. Here are the Spydels with Big McGoon. I'd tell you the label, but Box.net's Info box (so handy for dates and other information) no longer functions, and I don't have the disc handy:
Big McGoon--The Spydels. From 45 RPM.
And here's Eddy Heywood's 1949 version of Carmen Lombardo's Coquette. I'm starting to think that jazz great Eddy Heywood invented "pop" piano as we know it--specifically, the type we associate with the post--WWII era:
Coquette (Lombardo-Green-Kahn), Eddie Heywood and His Orchestra, 1949. From Vocalion LP.
We close with Georgie Shaw's 1954 recording of Bob (Doggy in the Window) Merrill's Honeycomb, which of course became a big hit when Jimmie Rodgers recorded it in 1957:
Honeycomb (Bob Merrill)--Georgie Shaw, 1954. From Decca 78.
More possibly-won't-hear-anyplace-else sounds a-comin'!