Casaubon's Book

Waking Up and Getting Growing

There are a few snow showers still falling around here, so that means it has been snowing here continuously since Tuesday morning. We have a little less than 4 feet of snow on the ground. Which makes it hard for me to remember that spring is nearly here – in fact it has been warm through the whole storm, which makes everything heavier and wetter, but is a sign of hope (soon we’ll be rid of this white stuff and get floods and six inch mud…woohoo.)

In the face of this, I need some inspiring music for spring. One of my favorite goof-off games is the combining of good music on related themes into arrangements that have a particular synesthesia – so along with my Long Emergency Mix (I’m particularly fond of the way Macy Gray’s “”It Ain’t the Money” merges seamlessly into Dolly Parton’s “Nine to Five” – I like a good ironic musical effect), I need a good agrarian mix with lots of energizing songs about food, gardens and farms. I have some ideas, listed below, but I’m inviting my readership to help put together a really good album.

The rules. 1. Not too much hippy music. No offense to them that like it, but painfully sincere folkie stuff is permissable in very small doses, but only surrounded by things that are less sincere. 2. Symmetry and synthesis is the name of the game, and it is most fun if you can put things side by side that don’t ordinarily go together. 3. Country music is fine, but it can’t be all country. 4. Points if it is lovely or funny.

Here’s a couple of songs to start you off – I’ll list the final combinations when I get around to it, and those whose songs are included will be credited and get to be momentarily famous, or as famous as anyone gets around here ;-).

Ok, some starter stuff:

First, Genesis, back when it was musically interesting, had Peter Gabriel and before you had to look at the reflections off of Phil Collins’ head. Gotta love “The Return of the Giant Hogweed”:

On a very different musical note, Hank Williams Jr singing about the Farm. It sounds just like all Hank Williams Jr. songs, but hey, gotta enjoy that!

For a more traditional and old fashioned form of country music, I found this “Green Beans in the Garden” by The West Girls, who are just getting started – it is very sweet:

Finally, from the amazing album “Red Hot and Blue” David Byrne performs Cole Porter’s “Don’t Fence Me In”

More to come as I think ’em up. Please leave your suggestions!



  1. #1 Jen
    February 28, 2010

    Okay we are BIG fans of The Weepies and “The Simple Life” is such a great song for a agrarian mix. Actually ALL of their music is like spring floating through the air, they are just so refreshing.

  2. #2 Kate@LivingTheFrugalLife
    February 28, 2010

    Oh, THANK YOU for that last video. Red, Hot, and Blue is an old favorite of mine, and Byrne’s track is certainly one of the best on that stellar album. I never even knew there was a video for it. It’s so typically Byrne, but also fits into the spirit of the entire album.

    I’m not at all sophisticated when it comes to music, and taste is so very individual. So the only thing that comes to mind is Adrienne Young’s album Plow to the End of the Row. It might or might not fit into what you’re trying to do; it’s quite sincere, mellow bluegrass. But here’s a link if you want to check out the title song:

  3. #3 Jen
    February 28, 2010

    Too Wet to Plow” by Dusty Drake is obviously country, but definitely appropriate for your area! Google it and you can hear it on lala, but it may be inappropriate for the kids;)

  4. #4 Sena
    February 28, 2010

    Luke Bryan’s song “Country Man” is pretty good.

  5. #5 Jen
    February 28, 2010

    U2’s Wild Honey
    And one of our family faves the kids will love it at least mine do.

  6. #6 Lynne
    February 28, 2010

    When I think of gardening and farming I always smile at how little control we have over anything, so with that in mind:

    Leonard Cohen “If It Be Your Will” sung by Antony

  7. #7 k.b.
    February 28, 2010

    On a very humorous note…

    “Last Saskatchewan Pirate”, by The Arrogant Worms.

    It’s what happens when farmers are forced to leave their farms 😉

  8. #8 Nancy
    February 28, 2010

    Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” is probably not what you had in mind, but it does have a certain appeal;).

  9. #9 Apple Jack Cree
    February 28, 2010

    Oh, DEFINITELY the Last Saskatchewan Pirate! Perfect for a laugh (and to sing along with!).

    Great Big Sea’s “Summer” is another inspring tune:

  10. #10 sealander
    February 28, 2010

    Just gotta have “Cows with guns” 😉

  11. #11 owlfan
    February 28, 2010

    I was thinking about “Cows with Guns” too, but I didn’t know if it really fit (or if anyone else would know it), but my kids love the song (and DH and I think its pretty funny too).

  12. #12 steve
    February 28, 2010

    You have to add some permie rap

  13. #13 Claire
    February 28, 2010

    The Green Acres theme song, of course …

  14. #14 Gene
    March 1, 2010

    Anyone have an online source for Giant Hogweed seeds?

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    December 21, 2011

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