Seriously, the Groucho Marx Movie "Animal Crackers" was the inspiration of the title of this tune. For those that aren't familiar with this project, I've enlisted the services of some high class professionals to record some of the five concept tunes from the "Getting Into Jazz Mandolin" book. It's been a personal joy to hear the results so far (more to come!), and I'm sure you'll be as creatively inspired as me, picking the brains of some of these great musicians.
I've collected 4 of the 5 versions of Lydia and put them on the JazzMando Strings MySapce page. (I haven't figured out how to extract the audio from Ken Olmstead's You Tube version, but that adds a visual learning dimension as well.
Go to the MySpace page and compare all four versions.
If you dont have GiJM (yet...) and want the PDF file of the song here is a direct (authorized) copy from the book: