Today’s Tuneful Tuesday is from member Patricia Shih, and just in time for Thanksgiving! In it, she tells the story of Harvey the Turkey, and his adventures at the White House.
I wanted to write a silly Thanksgiving poem that was ostensibly about a fortunate turkey but (as what sometimes happens when I write) it morphed into something else in its deeper meaning. I posted the poem on the list serve long ago and I think it was Sol Weber who pointed out that it scanned like the tune “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, and so a song was born.
Interestingly enough, when I was searching for images to use in the music video for it I came across a real turkey farm, who gave me permission to use their photographs. Maybe it’s because the doesn’t really take a stance on either side of the issue (farming animals for food, vegetarianism, etc.) but instead poses questions and leaves the answers to the listener. I also got permission from a turkey hunter to use an image of his, again for the same reason.
For lyrics, click here.