QuickTurtle Book’s® Wake’s Day is now available in the iBook Store. This is the first book in The QuickTurtle Fun and Learning Series for young readers.
Wake is a young QuickTurtle® with a busy day. He has things to do and things to see. Join him on his QuickTurtle® journey into help and play.
Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books®.
` Howie Burn from CCB’s Radio Show “Tune In, Not Out” was scheduled to pick up the band at the airport. The QuickTurtles had just left the Philippines and Howie was to meet them when they touched down in Seoul. They had an interview set up at the restaurant in the hotel.
Unfortunately TBone was in one of his more meditative moods when they debarked. He commandeered Howie to drop QT and Robbie off at the hotel and then directed Howie to head for the ocean minus a camera man. Howie really didn’t mind, if he could get a few questions answered on the drive. He could then write his article in the air-conditioned rental car while TBone traipsed around in the heat.
“I heard your new song, The Blue Guitar.” Howie remarked.
“Creepy,” TBone replied as he looked out the window at Seoul.
When nothing further was offered, Howie plowed ahead. “Are you having Alcohol issues, TBone?”
“See that pagoda with the green roof?” TBone asked, “I think that is the place QT and I ate the last time we were in town. They have great Korean Barbecue.”
“You hungry?” Howie asked.
“Not now. I want to get to the beach and look for materials for this instrument that is rattling around in my head.”
“That song, TBone, are you doing okay?”
“Howie, I’m doing great. It was just a song. It was at the end of our tour. We were stuck at the Limbo airport with nothing to do. I wasn’t drinking or standing at urinals all night except in my imagination. That’s what song writing is about. We make it up. We create something that’s not there.”
“Art imitates life,” Howie said.
“No, life imitates art,” TBone replied and set out to build an instrument that mimicked the chirp of the yellow birds that had been hanging around the hotel courtyard while the band was in Manilla.
TBone built what he dubbed “The 3 String Wheezer”. After several aborted attempts he was able to pick the bird’s notes almost perfectly on it’s strings. Now those damn birds keep showing up in strange hotels in places like Norway or Iceland. Makes you want to chuck a handful of sunflower seeds just to appease them.
Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books®
Built by the famed instrument maker and Stand Up Bassist of The QuickTurtle Band, TBone Ditty. This bass made it’s first appearance in the initial recording of The Diagnostic Symptoms Blues. It is now a part of Robbie Slades arsenal of instruments. TBone built the bass at the St. Andrews Estuary while picnicking with QT Magnolia the band’s lead singer.
QT in a recent interview with Howie Burn from CCB Radio talked about TBone and his music making prowess.
“That was truly a glorious weekend,” QT recalls, “we had just finished our European Tour and needed to get out from under our road weariness. We were having a nice little picnic when TBone spotted the bass’s soundboard calling out to him from a pile of sea strewn debris. After a little more searching he had his little pile of gems all laid out on our blanket. Not only did TBone build the bass right there on the spot, he wrote the lyrics to The Diagnostic Symptoms Blues after hearing from one of our fans that there was an epidemic of ADHD drugging of young QuickTurtles at his alma mater WestBank Elementary School.”
“Right into create mode!” Howie exclaimed.
“It was. We arranged and wrote the music that same day. It was recorded the very next weekend.”
“I understand TBone builds all of his instruments by hand?”
“Yes he’s a naturalist. He has great hands and an abundance of patience. He also has a fabulous ear. It’s a good thing because he needs it when it comes to me.”
“Thank you, QT. Anything new on the horizon?”
“I’d just say, hold on to your toupee there Howie!”