Monday, November 16, 2009

Tunes for Tuesday

Tonight we are going to travel back in time to 1975 when this song was sung. The country had just been through the Vietnam War and Watergate and former Vice President Gerald Ford was now our President.

The first time I heard this song wasn't on the radio-I heard it at school in 1976. My not-so-ordinary English teacher, Mr. Farmer, played it us to on a (cough) record player as a way to explain narrative poetry, and I remember thinking that I had never heard a song so beautiful. Of course, I had an insane crush on my very young (he wasn't more than 24), long haired/mustached English teacher, partly because of his look, partly because of his avant-garde approach to teaching literary works, (I mean, we were listening to popular music in English class!) but mostly because he was the first person to tell me that I could write, and I loved him for that.

When I started substitute teaching I wanted to thank Mr. Farmer, but I found out he took a job with another school district a few years after I left middle school, so this song goes out to all of you and to Mr. Farmer, wherever he may be-thanks for your support. Now close your eyes and enjoy Wildfire, by Michael Martin Murphey.


  1. I don't know why, but I have always enjoyed this song. I like songs that tell a story. Thanks for reminding me of it.

  2. Wow! That would be a fun English class :) Love the song choice today. Great lyrics.

    Thanks so much for your kind and supportive comments about my trying to find me time and couple time! I appreciate your words very much.

  3. how have I never heard this song before?!?

    btw, Santa won't be brining Tinkerbell 2, I'm hoping the Disney Channel plays it again so I can tape it. I think we're getting Snow White instead.

  4. I am with Molly, I never heard this song before! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I never heard this song before, but I enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing! :)

  6. I also fondly remember this song from my childhood. Growing up in the pre-mtv era, this is a song that would blare out of our livingroom stereo or the car radio. I had never seen what this dude looks like before today. Pretty cool.


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