Jay Mankita | Dogs Are Watching Us

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Dogs Are Watching Us

by Jay Mankita

A rousing and humorous collection of some of the funniest folk music today, both preposterous and political, from George Bush to Captain Kirk, from Illegal Aliens to the lighter side of Death, the true meaning of cliches, and the eternal hunger of dogs.
Genre: Folk: Political
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Illegal Aliens From Outer Space
3:27 $0.99
2. When Death Comes Calling
2:59 $0.99
3. They Lied
4:37 $0.99
4. Cliche Song
7:11 $0.99
5. Tracy At The Bat
4:34 $0.99
6. Tough Guy
2:01 $0.99
7. Little Soap
2:36 $0.99
8. Big Debut
2:31 $0.99
9. Back At The Beginning
1:44 $0.99
10. From A Dog's Stance
3:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jay Mankita
..."one of the half dozen best songwriters today!" - Pete Seeger

A masterful guitarist and singer/songwriter - Jay Mankita is quirky, original, and rooted in the traditions of acoustic folk and Americana music, from blues to bluegrass, from ragtime to country swing. A natural entertainer, Jay has been playing in clubs, coffeehouses and festivals for over 25 years.
His songs are journeys through the human condition, sung with honesty, compassion, and humorous insight. Jay's concerts are moving and intimate; provocative, irreverently funny, and musically refreshing.

This album, 'Dog's Are Watching Us', is an album that really swings! It's a collection of live and studio cuts, a rousing and humorous collection of some of the funniest folk music today, both preposterous and political, from George Bush to Captain Kirk, from Illegal Aliens to the lighter side of Death, the true meaning of cliches, and the eternal hunger of dogs.

Jay's songs have appeared in Sing Out! Magazine, been heard on both NPR and Pacifica Radio, and have been performed and recorded by national touring artists such as Kim and Reggie Harris, Magpie, Tony Barrand, Dean Stevens, Nancy Tucker, and Pat Humphries.


"Jay's songs are thoughtful, humorous, provocative, and engaging. He reveals a great deal of feeling for serious issues, seasons them with a bit of humor, and weaves his own unique style of guitar playing throughout. Treat your audience to some Jay Mankita!"
- Kate Patton,
Director, Globe Theater

"...he alternates complexity, simplicity, and hilarity, leading us to the most beautifully obvious conclusion; that we're all human, we're all in this together, and it's not so bad after all."
-Margie Rosenkrantz,
Director, The Eighth Step

" ...The blending, in fact, is what makes Mankita such an outstanding performer . . . Even within individual verses of the same song, Mankita will shift his voice from a Brombergian growl to a soft and mellow falsetto; pull his tempo from allegretto to a dramatic legato; from Windham Hillian wallpaper background to a snapping fret-slapping blues style."
- Jeremy Bloom, Schenectady Daily Gazette

"...Jay Mankita is a diamond in the rough"
- The Woodstock Times



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Shana Paradis

Highly Recommended
This is a marvelous CD! The song "They Lied" is simply brilliant, not to mention timely. Howcome we haven't heard this on the radio?

mary van dyke

After hearing just one song, I had to have the CD!
The last song on this wonderful CD has the ability to make everyone laugh out loud, even cat lovers. No one could sing it better! I haven't enjoyed a CD as much as this in a long time and will play it for others at every opportunity!

Paula Youmell Schechter

Great CD! Title track is brilliant.
"Dogs Are Watching Us" is chock full of wonderful music & lyrics. A CD the whole family will enjoy, has my kids singing & dancing!

Chico Schwall

Live, lo-fi and totally brilliant
"Dogs Are Watching Us" is live, lo-fi and totally brilliant. It shines like a jewel. Not only is this guy clever, not only is he a totally amazing guitarist (in the coolest Chet Atkins tradition), but he has courage in his convictions and loves & respects his fellow humans, (no mean feat in these dark and ironic days) and it shines through in every song. Bravo!


Hooray! Mankita's back!!
I've rediscovered Jay Mankita (after not seeing him in since 1992)! My partner & I never forgot his fabulous, funny, powerful music, still playing the little cassette tape we bought at the Nassau Community College Folk Festival in '92. Tried to find him a few times online, to find CDs of his music. We read about the brave student who stood up to McCain at her NY graduation, and she quoted a J Mankita song (that I'm very familiar with from my little cassette tape: "Living Planet")! Thought for sure I'd see him on the charts, after that. He definitely belongs on the charts, way up there .... let's make that happen! "Dogs Are Watching Us" makes a great holiday gift for all your friends & family (I sent it to my two newphews, 9 & 11 ... they love it! yeah, I told them they could open it early). I look forward to seeing him in concert again....