FREMONT -- Maybe Jimmy Buffett was on to something.
While many music groups in the late 1970s were singing about cutting a
rug at a local disco, Buffett had a hit with "Cheeseburger in
Paradise," a song in which he expresses his desire for a double-thick
Now, almost 30 years later, as musicians of today sing tunes of anger
and frustration among other things, one local man is singing about
burgers, too, only from the perspective of a cow.
Former Newark police Capt. Lance Morrison, a self-proclaimed musician
at heart and longtime vegetarian, recently completed his first CD,
titled "Pasture Prime," a 15-track album in which he examines the
carnivorous world through the eyes of animals.
"I wanted to get out all the thoughts I've had and share the
complexities of living in a meat world," said Morrison, who retired
from the Newark Police Department in 2006 and has since taken up a
post with the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office.
From a barnyard discussion between two cows who have witnessed their
cousin's slaughter, to a cat who fears for his life every time his
owner's refrigerator begins to go bare, the light-hearted album
delivers track after track of Morrison thinking outside the box.
In the month since Morrison completed the album he has received lots
of messages through his Web site, http://www.vegantunes.com , and sold
copies of the CD to people as far away as the Philippines, Peru,
Africa and Europe.
For more information or to purchase a CD, visit
http://www.vegantunes.com . Two dollars from each sale is being donated
to the SPCA of Contra Costa County.
Staff writer Ben Aguirre Jr. covers police and the courts for The
Argus. He can be reached at 510-353-7011 or