Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.

And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.

When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.

So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.

Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years…

Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts…

Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

- Wendell Berry

Happy Easter!

Earth Day

Today I get to play outside beneath the red rock walls of Zion Canyon for the Earth Day Celebration in Springdale.

Normally I play solo, but today I’m lucky to be joined by some fantastic musicians. Dave Tate, who helped produce my album will sit in on electric guitar. Katy Taylor will join me with singing duties and make me sound so much better. Finally, Rachel Panitch will join me on violin. She’s the current Zion National Park artist-in-residence and is writing music based on her experiences in the park. So excited that she agreed to accompany me in my set! 

It’s also very cool that the whole show is solar powered, and I can’t wait to check out all the booths and hear the other musicians! Come say hi if you’re in the Zion area!

Crowd Funding Update

98% Funded! Okay, that should actually be 99% because I got $50 in the mail from a couple people who didn’t want to use credit cards. So that means just a couple more folks who support the album and I’m there, with two weeks left to make more and thus be able to give more to a nonprofit that will work hard to restore headwaters streams! That, my friends, is awesome.

This has been a surreal and humbling process. Someone supported the album yesterday and said to me they didn’t know they got something out of it. They just thought they gave me money. That’s been the craziest part, that people believe enough to give without incentive. 

So, just in case you didn’t know. This is not charity. This is not you just giving me money. This is you getting music, a CD, a poster, a t-shirt, even a guitar for supporting my album before it comes out. Thanks to those of you who have already, those who wish they could, and those who have helped spread the word. It is all so awesome, and I consider myself very blessed.

Thanks all for your support and sticking with me.


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