"I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing"

On Sunday, beautiful and talented Sarah Rice hosted the themed open mic at the Algonquin Salon – this time, entitled “Waltzing Matilda.” Matilda is the beautiful grey Algonquin Cat, and her birthday is the 12th (her 14th). In her honor, any song in 3/4 time or having to do with cats, kittens, or other feline persuasions would be welcome.

You can follow Matilda on Twitter at @Algonqueen, if you wish!

I was excited to sing the song “Pet Me, Poppa,” a song I had in my sheet music book for years but had never performed. This was the time to do it. Vivian Blaine sang this song in the movie version of “Guys and Dolls” (replacing the original song “I Love You A Bushel and a Peck” from the stage version).

Hear the mp3 of “Pet Me, Poppa” (with Mark Janas at the piano, hosted by Sarah Rice).