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Music maestro Michael Feinstein serenades vegan virtuoso and faithful felines

Michael Feinstein sings out for vegan diets.
Michael Feinstein sings out for vegan diets.
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Michael Feinstein has become famed for cherishing and championing the Great American Songbook. The talented pianist, singer and speaker has acted like a Phoenix bird in terms of bringing back to life musical legends such as George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter. What keeps this charming, witty wunderkind in top-top tuneful condition? A vegan diet and faithful felines, he told Tails Pet Media Group.

Appreciative for "the joy of sharing life with other creatures," Michael became a vegan because he doesn't believe in eating the flesh of creatures. Star of memorable creations such as "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook" (click for details) and "Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy," he feels that his health has benefited as well, improving his energy level. Michael's sleek physique and impeccable skin also showcase the benefits of his vegan diet.

When it comes to experiencing the joy that animals provide, Michael credits his kitties. He has four cats, including George and Ira (named after the Gershwins!), who are orange-colored brothers, adopted from the animal shelter. Worth noting: Michael has penned a book with a CD celebrating the (human) Gershwins: "The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs" (click for details).

Michael reflects:

I have always felt that animals have been maligned, mistreated, misunderstood, and underappreciated. They are beings with very deep emotions and souls just as we have souls. They have souls that are just as significant.

They are shepherds for us in many ways. Animals sacrifice their lives. They have extraordinary intuition. When I say underappreciated, people think of animals as being less enlightened creatures, yet in many ways they are more enlightened than we are. It pains me to see the pain that animals go through. I feel that it is my duty to do whatever I can to help any creature out who is downtrodden.

As a vegetarian with two rescue cats, we are inspired by Michael's words of wisdom. When you share your home with cats, you always know that you have, in the words of Ira Gershwin, "Someone to watch over me."

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