Things I tell my cat

for voice and piano


Last spring a feral cat moved into my backyard. I love her very much, obviously. I premiered this with Jonathan Smucker at the Center for New Music on December 18, 2021.

Hello, darling

Hello, sweetheart

You’re looking mighty cute today

Would you like a treat?

Would you like something to eat?

A piece of liver or a salmon snack?

Would you like a scratch right behind your little ears?

Would you like to climb into my lap?

Oh, cat! You don’t have to stalk that bird!

You don’t have to climb that roof!

Oh, cat! I love your wild ways

You have expanded your territory into my heart