Paul Gilbert has released a new video for “A Herd Of Turtles”. The song is taken from his latest album “Behold Electric Guitar” which was released on May 17 via Music Theories.
“‘A Herd Of Turtles’ is the only song on ‘Behold Electric Guitar’ that is not strictly instrumental. But instead of singing, I am reciting a poem. My poem is about overcoming challenges. The turtles want to escape a tedious lifestyle. The rabbits want not to be eaten by the fox. And the musician (me!) wants to find a way to play music, even when faced with severe hearing loss. In my poem, we all find a way.
“I tried reading the poem in my normal speaking voice, and it just didn’t feel right. My instincts told me that ‘Ringo’ was the solution. And after I put myself in a Liverpudlian frame of mind (and voice), everything worked much better.
“The music is the most relentless rhythm groove I could think of. Normally, I can get through a whole show with one guitar pick. But this song destroys a pick in three minutes!
“On a more serious note, my challenges with hearing loss are certainly an interesting journey. The surprising upside is that my difficulties in hearing have motivated me to know my guitar fretboard better. My playing has become much more melodic and intentional as a result. My
‘Inner Melodic Generator’ is the best that’s it has has ever been! As I say in the poem, ‘I listen to the music that I can hear INSIDE.'”
“Behold Electric Guitar” track listing:
01. Havin’ It
02. I Own A Building
03. Everywhere That Mary Went
04. Love Is The Saddest Thing
05. Sir, You Need To Calm Down
06. Let That Battery Die
07. Blues For Rabbit
08. Every Snare Drum
09. A Snake Just Bit My Toe
10. I Love My Lawnmower
11. A Herd Of Turtles
12. Things Can Walk To You