Sow the Earth

David Wimbish and the Collection are staying in our old farmhouse this week, where they’re finishing writing their new album.  Check out this video of one of the songs that will be on the record.

After seeing them at the Wild Goose Festival we discovered (by something of a fluke) that they were in need of a place to use as a retreat this week.  I offered our old farmhouse and they were delighted to accept.

They’ll be here all week.  Definitely a first for White Flint Farm.

Whitney and a kid

Whitney and a kid

Paparazzi

Paparazzi

More information about the band is on their website (including ways to obtain their music).

I’ve been sowing seeds all week (with diligence and love, I hope).  It’s time for fall planting. We’re ready to put this crazy summer behind us.

Last night’s low was 54.  That’s not a typo.

Before this year we’ve never had kids born in August here and this month we’ve had two born.

Did the goats know, five months ago, how unseasonably cool it was going to be?

Fancy's little doeling

Fancy’s little doeling

Nellie's little buckling

Nellie’s little buckling

Our brooder experiment was a success, as our new chicks attest. It’s a delight to discover these little creatures in the morning.

SAMSUNG

SAMSUNG

Life, art, and music are bursting forth on the farm these days.

Loving it.

16 comments on “Sow the Earth

  1. It’s 45 right now in north central Minnesota, also unseasonably cool overnight temps. Crazy summer, indeed. But, the converging events at your farm sound absolutely wonderful.

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    • Bill says:

      45 in mid-August? That’s gotta be cold for this time of year, even in northern Minnesota.

      It fells great out this morning. I’m trying to stay focused on the positive. 🙂
      It’s going to be a wonderful fall.

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  2. Great song. Great video! What an interesting group of musicians to have on the farm. We are huge fans of a crowd or a party on our land… seems like a festive way to spend the day. Enjoy!

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    • Bill says:

      We’ve just come in from watching them run through a few of their new songs. Very cool. And a joy to see music being made in the parlor of the old house. 🙂

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  3. Jeff says:

    What an interesting post! I didn’t know much about Kickstarter before your post prompted me to do a bit of research. The Collection’s Kickstarter goal was $16,500 and according to some statistics that I read on Wikipedia, the average $10,000 project with a 30 day window has a 35% success rate. Since The Collection had a higher goal, I’d guess the success rate would be lower at that level. So kudos to The Collection for achieving their goal. Kickstarter (there a quite a few crowdfunding sites) is an All Or Nothing site – if the project is not funded, the money is returned to the investor. Some sites are Keep It All or Bounty, but Kickstarter is not. Now, here’s where it gets interesting: Kickstarter keeps 5% of the funds for their expenses (fair enough) and our favorite money-hooverer and exploiter of labor, Amazon, keeps 3-5% (ehhhh ….) for Amazon Payments, which processes your donations. I used to be a big fan of Amazon, but I’m not any more. I buy my books via Abe Books these days. Amazon is too big – just like Microsoft and Google.

    The whole concept of crowdfunding is really intriguing – I’d encourage others to investigate and see what this phenomenon says about the future of acting collectively to create a better future for all. What intrigued me most is how, in the absence of formal laws, the entire crowdfunding enterprise is governed.

    I hope The Collection is having a wonderful time on the farm and I wish them all the success in the future.

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    • Bill says:

      I only recently learned about kickstarter, and I’m a big fan of it. An band I like was dropped by their label, so they did a kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to record their next record. All I had to do was buy the record before they recorded it. If they had failed to raise enough money then my contribution would have been refunded. As it was I got the record and they got it recorded, without having to depend upon a label to make that happen.

      You make a great point about how this is a model for acting collectively to get good things done.

      We like making micro-loans through Kiva. Similar idea I think. Every little loan we’ve made has been repaid.

      Thanks for the great comment.

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  4. Dee Ready says:

    Dear Bill, having that group of singers there must be a thrill and they must be so pleased to see the wonder of your farm with birth and life all around. This posting just makes me happy. Peace.

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks Dee. It really has been a thrill. They’re creative, talented and inspirational young people and it’s been a lot of fun having them here. They seem to be enjoying it too.

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  5. I guess it’s diligence and love that got you to the day you’re having. Sounds like Spring in August. Wonderful.

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    • Bill says:

      It feels like mid-October, rather than mid-August!

      I love the lyric, “We will sow the earth with diligence and love.” I don’t know how good a job we’ve done of it, but it is our goal.

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  6. Curious to see how Christian Rock has morphed since I last looked in (1982? Phil Keaggy, Petra, Larry Norman, Paul Clark, etc.) Clearly they guys are under the influence of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. But that’s okay. A good tune.

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    • Bill says:

      It is a good tune, and they’re a creative bunch. But I’m sorry to say they aren’t representative of Christian Rock as I know it. The stuff on the radio (and being played by praise bands in contemporary worship) probably isn’t much different from what you heard in the early 80s. We just came in from watching them play through a few of the songs they’re working on. An eclectic mix of instruments and meters, with lyrics that are meaningful but not trite. I’ve become a fan.

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  7. claire says:

    “if we join them (400,000 young peaceniks) we can turn those adversities that are problems in America today into a hope for a brighter and more peaceful future.” Max Yasgur about Woodstock. ..Love and peace!!!!!

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    • Bill says:

      That makes me smile. Whenever I think of Woodstock the lyrics to Joni Mitchell’s beautiful song come to mind. “I dreamed I saw the bombers riding shotgun in the sky, and they were turning into butterflies above our nation.”

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  8. El Guapo says:

    Farmer, arts patron, goat photrager, chicken breeder.
    Truly, you are a Renaissance Man!

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