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Turtle on a Fencepost

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Another song in my "Father and Son" series. My father inspired this one with a poem. It is one of those philosophical debates one has with oneself when examining ones place in the grand scheme of things.
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I once saw a turtle that got me to thinkin
He was up on a fencepost just sittin' and blinkin'
I thought of wonders in space, distant and far
and how seldom we realize how great they are.

And wonders so close we take them for granted
Like colorful flowers that someone else planted.
And of the beautiful things that are most everywhere
And that an unseen hand must have put them all there.

Why would that turtle provoke thoughts such as this?
Causing my mind to reminisce.
Then I realized what I should have all along known
There is no way that turtle could have gotten there all alone.

I had completely lost sight of that poor turtle's plight.
Being absorbed with the revelation I'd found.
But my immediate reaction was an act of compassion
as I put the turtle down to the ground.

When we feel the touch of an unseen hand.
Does it just inspire us or make a demand?
That we pass it along and touch someone too.
Whether a turtle, a person, or someone like you.
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AllenDean said 3607 days ago (August 10th, 2009)
the intro
wow. what a killer mix of tones. the doobie brothers guitar tone, mixed with the bass following the piano run....MAN!!! this song is fantastic. i hope more people hear of you. i shall pimp your stuff as much as i can
Allen Dean
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tonestones said 3601 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
I really appreciate it. I've been writing and recording for a long time, but I've never put out any of my music for others to hear. I just do it for myself and anyone I can get to listen. I'm glad you like it. It means alot to me to hear the opinions of other musicians that I respect.
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Feter said 3607 days ago (August 10th, 2009)
Turtle on a Fencepost
Man ...you are so deep with prog ...loved this
kicks in your guitars ...with the complex timing
the vocal is good ...wonderful lyrics dont you
think you need keys here ? my biased ..but sure
the piano did great job ...very inspiring really
wish I can do such work but i m more ol timy to
do prog ...great job ..kudos ..thnx alot for
sharin !!!!
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tonestones said 3601 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
The depths of prog
Thanks so much. I love prog rock. Most of my tunes have more pronounced keyboards than this one. I consider myself a decent keyboards player, but guitar and bass are really my main instruments.
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Wummimann said 3607 days ago (August 10th, 2009)
are one of the most interresting musician here - great! only the guitar have a pod spund (a strange distortion), playing is outstanding.
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tonestones said 3601 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
I really like what I've heard of yours. I think the strange distortion may have been some clipping towards the end of the tune. I need to remix.
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Reggie_Pole said 3606 days ago (August 11th, 2009)
Isn't life strange
An arguable point, the poem. But don't let's argue. Let's just agree that this a terrific composition, with a great delivery. Very well done.
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tonestones said 3601 days ago (August 16th, 2009)
I've always been a little self conscious about the vocals in this recording. I had a cold and my vocals came out quite a bit more gravelly than normal for me. My wife really liked it so I kept it. It gives it a raw edge I think.
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MarkHolbrook said 3536 days ago (October 20th, 2009)
I love the intro build up in this... Wow man this kicks a$$ in a big way my friend. Very deep sound with a punch. Nice!
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tonestones said 3536 days ago (October 20th, 2009)
Thanks, Mark
I have a strong emotional attachment to this song. I think of my father every time I listen to it.
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TobinMueller said 3450 days ago (January 14th, 2010)
Inspire us or make a demand?
I like how your vocals are front and center on this track. Amazingly, I've had the same thoughts while watching turtles rest on logs, there nose upturned, an iconic pose reminiscent of the Turtle on whose back the world rests. That last verse is a great finish, nice writing. (In my mind's ear, I hear that vocals of that stanza to be doubled, maybe even using harmony, so to make sure the listener knows its the intellectual payoff of the whole piece). This is my fav of your Father-Son collbs, especially since the words are so up front and clear. Again, very inventive, strong music writing/arranging. Totally dig this series of songs based on your father's works.
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