ON OLD TIGE BY JIM REEVES
— I first heard Old Tige as a young child. My dad would come in from the pub on a Sunday afternoon and play his favourite Country and Western ballads on his record player and one of these songs was Old Tige by Jim Reeves and I’ve cried to this particular song ever since.
Our relationship with dogs is often very close and this song epitomises that bond.
I’m often saddened by the tragic stories in the news of people who have made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting their dogs. I’ve collected some stories from around the world that exemplify the strength of our relationship with our beloved dogs and how, when tested, that bond goes beyond any concerns for the self.
This song is dedicated to Snowy, Sheba and May.
Michael Landy was born in London in 1963. Recent solo exhibitions include National Portrait Gallery, London (2011); South London Gallery, London (2010); Nathalie Obadia, Paris (2009); Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam (2008); and Sabine Knust, Munich (2008).