Long distance adventurers need the patience of an executioner and the hide of a battleship. And so do songwriters who want to publish their work on iTunes. It took four excruciating months to get the puppy up! song up since Apple has cornered the market on music downloads but baby, we're live!
What started out as a simple phrase that I came up with before Hudson and Murphy and I set out on our 2,300 mile journey to keep us motivated and remindful of Malcolm's spirit and that of all those touched by cancer became a battle cry for people all over. I get 'Puppy ups' every week from all over the world... Africa, Croatia, Australia, Israel, Canada and it's amazing that this grass roots movement that began with just me and two fuzzybutts has touched the hearts of so many.
While walking through New Jersey I met a veterinarian oncologist named Joshua Louis who in addition to devoting his life to companion animal cancer is a singer and songwriter, too. It was trail magic when our paths crossed and we began collaborating on a 'Puppy up!' song to share the inspiration from our travels. Dr. Joshua, as he's known, is a gifted pianist, soulful singer, and helped capture the spirit of our mission. He wasn't able to walk the final mile in Boston so I took his place on the stage and gave er all I got.
How You Can Listen
It's available on iTunes for 99 cents to download and having never owned an i-Pod myself and only recently an i-Phone user I was totally unfamiliar with the process of even downloading an i-Tunes song until now. For those of you who know how to do it just search 'Joshua Louis' and the song is at the top of his recordings or you can follow this Link. For those like me who don't, you'll have to get the iTunes app first on your desktop or PDA if you don't have it and you'll be able to download it then.
Supporting the Cause
Dr. Joshua and I jointly own the copyright to the puppy up! song and I am donating 50% of my half to 2 Million Dogs in their mission to eradicate cancer in people and pets and he has agreed to donate a percentage of what he makes from the song, too.
The Music Video
If you love the song and are anywhere near Manhattan September 16th, come be a part of the filming of the music video. Dr. Joshua will be performing the puppy up! song live at The Delancy Friday at 8pm and god willing, I'll be there. Hudson, too and perhaps a new puppy to put the puppy in 'Puppy Up!'