Does your city have country roads? That question is more than the title of our new blog; it’s also the hook to my Dad’s latest song. We make our living in the suburbs of Atlanta on the five-acre dairy farm many of you know as My Dad & Me Family Farm, but we also play a little music. My Dad’s been writing songs about farming and family for over twenty years, and it’s just simple living room music that’ll probably never make the Top 40. Music is more than just the latest hits though; our songs are part of who we are and they tell the story of our thoughts.
Somewhere along the way we’ve been sold a bill of goods, folks. As we race into the 21st Century, Technology has been heralded as the Savior of the Future, where we’ll save so much time with the latest and greatest gadgets we’ll have nothing but leisure to enjoy. Where’s the time we’ve saved?! Where is the life of relaxation?! America is overrun with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, gluten allergies and a host of other maladies from a food system more inspected, more industrialized and more removed from simple farming in our backyards than any other country in the world. In the midst of this space age life, Mom and Dad both work stressful jobs but it’s still barely enough to cover all the bills. Everybody’s a got a cell phone and shiny cars doing 90 miles an hour, but we still don’t have time to enjoy playing baseball in the backyard as a family. We’ve got more fast food in this country than ever before, but who has the time to sit down and enjoy a homegrown meal together? What happened?
I can’t answer those questions in a few paragraphs; the answer is what we’ll be trying to write about in this blog.
The song my Dad wrote is a probing one, begging you to question where the country has gone, in the midst of everyone being more and more dependent on a greed driven, private property rights consuming city. Our culture, our way of life in this 21st century, isn’t producing God-honoring, enjoyable, healthy lives. We ought to be striving for independence from an out-of-control government and more interdependence on old-time community based, agriculturally grounded living!
I grew up on a half-acre lot in Mableton, now I’m farming with my Dad on five acres full-time with a wife and two kids, all with dreams of moving to Alabama on 60-80 acres to further pursue our dreams. Does Your City Have Country Roads?
Comments are open below so please let us know what you think of the song and what it means to you!