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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:28 AM

What makes a farmer?? A Stan Rogers trilogy...

OK, I didn't watch the S-Bowl this evening. I don't have a TV here. But I observed the bruhaha on DU over the God Made A Farmer commercial and thought I'd better check it out. I watched the commercial.

Then I checked out the U.S. census data: There are over 3 million 'farmers' in America. And there are 85 million truck owners in America (2002). Seems like God made a lot more trucks and truck sales people that she made farmers.

I became a farmer ... well, at least a grower, of blueberries... 21 years ago. We left California and started a different life in Oregon, while still maintaining our 'other jobs' - my wife as founder/CEO of an animal health company and me as a software developer. Oddly enough, one of the influences for our life change was music, songs about farming life.

So, as a counterpoint to the Dodge truck commercial, I offer you a few songs about life, associated with farming. First, three by Canadian folk legend Stan Rogers:

Field Behind the Plow
, as performed by Stan's son, Nathan Rogers:



and Lies performed by Stan:



finally Night Guard, Stan again:



and just for icing on the cake, David Francey doing Torn Screen Door:




Watch the field behind the plow turn to straight dark rows,
Put another season's promise in the ground.






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Response to DreamGypsy (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:23 AM

1. K&R! These are wonderful and thank you for sharing your story...

Blueberries are my favorite!

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Response to DreamGypsy (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:01 AM

2. K&R for the late great Stan Rogers!

I saw him in concert twice in the Philadelphis area a few years before he died. What a loss!

PEACE!

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Response to DreamGypsy (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:12 AM

3. Thank you! I LOVE Stan Rogers

I have gone to the Stan Fest a couple times as well, which is held in my grandfather's home town of Canso NS.
These are some of my all time favorite songs

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Response to DreamGypsy (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:02 AM

4. Very moving songs

The best time to be a farmer is in the late winter when you make all your plans for the new season.

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