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Turtle Bug

by Turtlesinger

Do you like turtles? If so, you've got to have this CD. If not, you may become a turtle lover after hearing about these amazing creatures. This is original music in a variety of styles (folk, ballad, latin, etc.) Here is Karen with her turtle, Rocky.
Genre: Kids/Family: Children's Pop
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1. Turtle Bug Karen Buckley
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2. Gracie's Song Karen Buckley
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3. Leatherback Song Karen Buckley
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4. Rocky Karen Buckley
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3:28 album only
5. Galapagos Karen Buckley
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6. Song for Bart Karen Buckley
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7. Tony the Turtle or The Turtle Who Saved a Boy Karen Buckley
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8. Diamondback Terrapin Song Karen Buckley
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9. September Turtle Song Karen Buckley
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10. Turtle Goodbye Karen Buckley
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Album Notes
Welcome to the
Turtlesinger Phenomenon!
Who Says Turtles Are Slow?

Once Upon A Time there was a woman who loved music. She earned a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the Crane School of Music and a Master of Music with an emphasis in opera from Temple University. She loved to sing. She was very happily married. Her name was Karen Cunningham.

One day, while visiting her younger brother in Virginia, he stopped to help a turtle cross the road. Karen never saw the turtle, but all the way home to Brooklyn she kept asking her husband Dick, "Wouldn't it be NEAT to have a turtle!?"

Karen had caught "the turtle bug." She went to the pet store and got her very first turtle, a red-eared slider. She became consumed with learning about turtles. She left the music world and entered the turtle world! She joined the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society. She volunteered at the Bronx Zoo Reptile House and received training there for 9 months.

Then in 1989 Dick and Karen heard about a house for sale in Cape May County. Dick had always wanted to live by the sea. And the Cape May County Zoo needed a new reptile keeper at their new reptile house. They moved to Cape May County! Karen worked at the zoo for nearly 3 years and was put in charge of the reptile house. She acquired three zoo donation turtles for her own: Rocky, a three-toed box turtle, Gracie, a travancore tortoise, and Big Black Bart, a red-footed tortoise. She sang once a year as a soloist in the Cape May "Messiah" sing-along.

Then tragedy struck. Dick was diagnosed with lung cancer, and underwent chemotherapy, radiation and holistic treatments. Karen left the zoo to spend more time with him, and she left the turtle world and entered the music world again. She became a private vocal instructor. She taught all ages and abilities and walks of life. After becoming cancer-free for 3 years, Dick died suddenly of pneumonia in 1996.

After a period of great mourning, Karen met Charlie. Karen and Charlie were married in September, 1999. A new woman evolved. Her name is Karen Buckley.

Then, on May 1st, 2000, Karen's music and turtle worlds came together, and the Turtlesinger Phenomenon began! Karen started writing songs about Rocky, Gracie and Bart, and turtles she has seen around the world. She became the Turtlesinger, (and Charlie became the Turtletoter!) and she has written over 50 songs in all kinds of styles about turtles. Now, after 141 events, The Turtlesinger & Turtletoter have performed for over 12,000 turtle lovers! She is licensed by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife to bring Rocky, Gracie and Bart along, and to let you feed them! She now earns her living showing her turtles and/or singing her turtle songs for people of all ages at schools, parks, nature centers, churches, birthday parties, restaurants, fairs, street malls, and festivals. . .

. . . And they all live happily Ever after!

Would you like to be a part of this
fairy tale? Call (609) 553-5353!

Turtlesinger events are rated "A"
For Anyone And All!


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John Acorn, "The Nature Nut" (as seen on the ANIMAL PLANET chann

Thanks so much for the CD
I enjoyed the songs, and I played it for friends as well. I wish you all sorts of success as The Turtlesinger.

Professor Ed Gould, Former Curator, National Zoo in Washington,

Great lyrics...
Thank you for my order of 2 of your CD's. You're doing wonderful things for life, children and the earth...

Jean Fitzpatrick, Stone Harbor, New Jersey

I can't wait to get your CD!
I'm so proud of your fabulous songs...

Barbara Johnson, Cape May Point, New Jersey

The CD is a real joy.
Thank you, Karen. I can't wait to share it with my grandson. Thanks again.

Hildegarde Horvath, Old Bridge, New Jersey

My daughter gave me a CD for Christmas and I especially love the CD
I enjoyed the music so much and am eager to hear the next batch. I'd like to order a CD for a friend of mine who is also a great turtle/tortoise/terrapin fan...I know she's going to be thrilled with it.

Suzanne Burgett, Middleburgh, New York

Thank you so much for the CD!
Isn't there any type of music you can't sing? A good beat!!...I'd get up and dance!

Kitty Fuller, Groton, New York

"Rocky" from your Turtlesinger CD is 3-year-old David's favorite song
When David gets out of the bathtub he likes to hide under a towel and say "I'm a little Rocky turtle and this is my shell." And he often asks to listen to his favorite song on the CD, the "Rocky" song.

Susan Johnson, San Juan Capistrano, California

I've really enjoyed your turtle songs
Karen, you're quite a writer.

Bob Ippolito

Great voice, Good music, Clever lyrics.
I have 5 pet turtles/tortoises. It's all true. Can relate to most of the lyrics by personal experience with my turtles. They're sociable, kind, inquisitive and gentle.
Also more intelligent with more unique personality traits than you'd think. This CD brings that out.