Today, those two threads come together.
It’s not a new video, having been posted almost six years ago, and it leaves a few questions unanswered: “Was the second cat seen at the end inspired to take up the theremin too?”, “Did anyone think to get the cat lessons?”, and most importantly, “Why aren’t there any more videos showing the evolution of this cat’s musical prowess?” There is one more video of the same cat, but since it was posted the same day, it doesn’t give us much insight into how the cat developed its skills.
Whoops, correction: there is a later video, posted two years later:
Given how quickly the cat loses interest, I think it’s safe to conclude that the cat’s human didn’t make any effort to keep the cat engaged: no lessons and no regular musical sessions. A shame. The world needs more feline involvement in the musical world.
Andrew Lloyd Webber aside, not much attention has been paid to offering cats opportunities to develop their musical skills. Oh, there are a few in the rap world, and a few more in rock and even in improvisational jazz:
But it’s actually easier to find music by humans for cats than it is to find music by cats.
Of course, no discussion of cats and music would be complete without a mention of the famous Keyboard Cat.
Consider him mentioned. Personally, I find him demeaning: the feline equivalent of a white actor performing in blackface. If you disagree, and you need more Keyboard Cat in your life, ThinkGeek has the official Keyboard Cat toy in stock. As I write this, it’s even on sale.
Still, we’ll always have Nora the Piano Cat:
And remember: Dreams Are Real