kayln rock Sings for Elephants on ‘Rosie’s Song’ (Premiere)

 

In addition to her love of candy and lowercase letters, singer and songwriter kayln rock has a fondness for elephants — so much so that the Hudson, N.Y., musician wrote a song about them for her latest EP, “Heart Contagious.” The tune, “Rosie’s Song,” takes its title from the name of a retired circus elephant who found a permanent home at Hope Elephants, a rehabilitation center for pachyderms in Camden, Me.

“I empathized with Rosie that she had spent her whole life traveling and performing and now needs a home and stability more than anything,” said rock, who learned about Hope Elephant when she found a brochure in the daycare center in Camden where she was working a few years ago. “I wrote a song about Rosie, and contacted Hope Elephants to see if there was any other way that I could help out. Hope Elephants is now home to two elephants, Rosie and Opal, that I can’t wait to visit soon.

The song is one of rock’s loveliest, as she sings in wistful, quavering tones over a mix of piano, accordion brushed drums. Check out two other songs from “Heart Contagious” here. Or better yet, go see rock when she plays solo on Aug. 30 at Tight Knit Markets in Troy, N.Y.; or with her band opening for the Oarsmen on Sept. 23 at the Middle East in Boston.

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