Ballad of a Florida Panther
Engineer and panther forge a lasting bond

How to you make a road safe …

for the panthers (and other animals) that cross it?

Bobby Angel is a troubadour of the Nature Folk Movement (NFM)

In this Bobby Angel standard, the singer/songwriter recounts the story of a transportation engineer named Krista who was called in to help prevent panthers from getting hit by vehicles on the Tamiami Trail. It’s one of the swamp’s most scenic roads, but also one that crossing wildlife often finds itself in harms way. At some point the song veers off into fantasy with the transportation planner and panther escaping into nature and forging a relationship for life — but is it fantasy, really, or just how life should really be? To answer that question, you’ll have to watch the video and judge for yourself.

Be sure to stay on after the song to hear an interview with Bobby Angel about the song. Topics discussed include an exclusive inside scoop on the making of the smash hit, including never before revealed details on his first sighting of (what he thought initially) was a “large dog,” why they used to be more rare than seeing Ivory-billed woodpeckers, the movie magic of he videos opening scene, and how the use of silhouettes really make the video pop.

More about this song: When I wrote it some twenty years ago, it was a draft of a draft that I almost didn’t sing. Just a bunch of notes I scribbled on a paper that never really came together like I thought they might. And then came the farewell party. I caved in to peer pressure and sang the song. What else was I to do. To my surprise, everyone loved it, with testimonials ranging from “It’s your best song yet!” to many a fan embracing me in long-lasting hugs (I’ve since hired a body guard). My point: Aren’t my songs a lot like my Go Hydrology blog. Why share? Why not. The only thing you have to lose is succeeding in getting a point across.

P.S. Find out more about the singer/songwriter at his website

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