Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.”
It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.
The weekend has finally arrived.
The sun has set.
The evening sky has erupted.
Let's smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
Many churches in the United States celebrate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi on October 4 each year. The feast commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. It is a popular day for pets to be “blessed”.
“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.”
From Catholic Online:
“In one famous story, Francis preached to hundreds of birds about being thankful to God for their wonderful clothes, for their independence, and for God's care. The story tells us the birds stood still as he walked among him, only flying off when he said they could leave.
“Another famous story involves a wolf that had been eating human beings. Francis intervened when the town wanted to kill the wolf and talked the wolf into never killing again. The wolf became a pet of the townspeople who made sure that he always had plenty to eat."
Don’t let this religious intro fool you. In a display of whimsy, tonight, we’re having a lot of fun as we feature music of the animals.
We open with Bert Kaempfert.
Baby Elephant Walk. Reminds me of a tie from my collection.
It’s no surprise that a lot of great animal songs come from the world of Walt Disney. In one of his classics, Pongo and Perdita have a litter of 15 puppies. Cruella De Vil just loves those pups and wants them so she can cash in on their lovely dalmation coats. So she hires some crooks to kidnap the puppies and hold them at her mansion.
Decades later, Disney’s animated effort was remade into a film with humans and computer-generated dogs.
Critically not her best role, but I loved Glenn Close as Cruella.
Let’s stay with Disney and the great style of vocalist Steve Tyrell. Cool and smooth. And a testament to how great Disney music is.
I told you this would be fun.
We’ve never done Led Zeppelin on our Friday night feature and we won’t tonight. What we do have next is Deodato’s version of one of their biggies. Deodato, of course, had a huge hit with the Theme from 2001 back in the early 1970's. Enjoy this animal-related piece.
We do this every Friday night. This particular Friday night is a high school football Friday night. When I was much younger, every high school band played this at every football game.
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Look, we could go on and on and on. I never included Hound Dog, Blackbird, Too Much Monkey Business, Walking’ the Dog, etc., etc.
Maybe we just have to do this again.
We close with the following from the 70’s. As silly and goofy as it was, it’s still mightier than anything being passed off as music today.
And truth be known, oddly enough, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to include this in my weekly blog for the longest time.
Do you remember this forgotten oldie?
WHOA, WHOA, WHOA!
I forgot one!