Of Farms and Fables combines the efforts of professional and non-professional artists by engaging artists in farm work and farm workers in storytelling and acting. The result will be an original performance in October of 2011 which will engage performers and audience in dialogue about local agriculture, farming, and the future of small family farms in Maine.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Two very different albums that have to do with farming

1. Dirt Farmer (Levon Helm)

Dirt Farmer is good ol' folk music. It won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in February 2008. The music video for "Poor Old Dirt Farmer" also has interviews with farmers interspersed with it -- definitely worth a watch:

2. Heartland (Owen Pallett)

Heartland is the third album by Canadian indie rock artist Owen Pallett, released January 12, 2010 on Domino Records. The songs on Heartland form a narrative concerning a "young, ultra-violent farmer" named Lewis, commanded by an all-powerful narrator—named Owen. It is set in the fictional world of Spectrum. According to Pallett, the songs are one-sided dialogues with Lewis speaking to his creator. Pallett commented that the idea behind Heartland is "preposterous. I wanted to have this contained narrative that has the breadth of a Paul Auster short story." The lyrics raise all sorts of theological questions about believers’ relationship with a deity and the nature of fate, but the construct is just a blank canvas. Pallett said, "Really, it's just all about me. All records are about their singer. I was trying to play with that." (Thanks, Wikipedia!)