Show: The humble Farmer

Episode: humble 2011 0403.mpg

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56 minutes.

Well received by the intelligentsia in Northern New England, this is the same old fashioned music and humorous social commentary show The humble Farmer has produced every week since April 6, 1978 for radio and now for television.

Music by: Clark Terry, Fletcher Henderson, Denny Breau, Bix Beiderbecke, Ted Weems, Louis Armstrong, John Thyhsen, Frank Sinatra, Jelly Roll Morton, and Errol Garner.

This show contains two minutes of The humble Farmer live on stage, 5.47 minutes of guitarist Denny Breau live on stage on Monhegan and an interview with Maine artist Wilder Oakes.

Most of the video over the music shows Gramp Wiley’s great-grandson pulling a 1926 Model T Ford out a barn. humble drove the car when he was in high school in 1953. The boy is a volunteer at the Owls Head Transportation Museum and enjoys working on old cars. He now has one of his own to play with.

The show is tightly scripted. It starts out with a clip of the Model T being extracted from a barn. Here's the humorous commentary for The humble Farmer show for the week of April 3, 2011.
1. How do you know when you’ve got a marriage that really works? How do you know when you and your spouse are 100 percent compatible? That your thinking is along exactly the same lines? I suppose it differs from family to family but here’s how I know I married the woman who was made to be married to me. There are two doors that lead into our bathroom. No matter which door I open to step into the bathroom, at the exact same moment my wife opens the other door and we both step into the bath room with exactly the same thing in mind.
2. I just heard that a woman I know, who had been taught how to live by herself and was therefore spared a life in an institution, had a sinking spell and had to be rushed to the hospital. Being a fan of sweet drinks she had swilled away --- until over a period of two weeks in the hospital doctors were able to pump 40 pounds of fluid out of her body. You might imagine it was like letting air out of a tire. Do you like sweet drinks? Amazing what sweet drinks can do to you.
3. When I was a kid and three people ran for selectman, it seems as the low person dropped out and the other two had a runoff election. It is the feeling of many that this avoided the election of candidates who were opposed by the majority. What do you think about doing things that way? And while I’m asking questions, what would you think about Maine having its own state bank? If you were to Google, you might discover that North Dakota is doing very well, thank you, and many attribute it to the fact that North Dakota has its own state bank. What do you think? Should Maine have immediate runoff elections when three people are running? And should Maine investigate the economic advantages to having its own state bank? You might ask yourself if having more money in your pocket and a person you had voted for running things make you happy?
4. Ever heard of Justin Bieber? If someone walked up to you and asked if you’d ever heard of Justin Bieber couldn’t you see Justin Bieber in your mind? I can. Doesn’t Justin Bieber sound like a character in a Sinclair Lewis novel? Does Justin Bieber look like Elmer Gantry? Every time I hear someone mention Justin Bieber I see a Pentecostal minister waving his arms in a tent.
5. There are people in this country who think we should have more public transportation --- that’s bus and train service --- and there are those who think we should get around the best way we can in our leased cars. Interestingly enough, the bus/train people and the own/lease car people form two camps that seem to break down along already established political lines. One man told me he’d be afraid to speak out in favor of bus and train travel for fear he’d be called a socialist. Bicycles, which are a very popular way of getting around in flat countries like Holland, probably wouldn’t work in Maine. Here anyone on a bike is no more than target practice for an SUV.
6. There’s a YouTube link going around that shows a Maine State Policeman talking with a Maine man who is sitting in a red car. The closest thing I’ve ever seen to it, except for the sound track, is a 1914 Charlie Chaplin film. Just in case you like to see interesting things, here is the web site. Yes, here it is. If you Google “youtube Maine state trooper” you’ll see the officer in blue standing by a red car and that’s the clip I’m talking about. Watching this video might make you want to give every man who wears a Maine state police uniform a raise. If you take the time to watch it you might even wonder if the Maine Chamber of Commerce produced it just to get more hits on their website. If you’ve never been to Maine, here’s your chance to meet a real Maine man behind the wheel of his car. There is no question in my mind but I have seen many of the letters this man has written to the editors of Maine newspapers.
7. Many Maine people in high places are against this DNA testing thing. To begin with, if DNA testing were required retroactively, at least one man who has been in the Maine state prison for many years might be found innocent. And then the system would have to go out and match up the DNA with any known predators who happened to be in the neighborhood at the time the crime was committed to find the real criminal. What a bother that would be. What do you think? Isn’t it better to let a man rot in jail for a crime he didn't commit than smear egg on many respectable faces?
8. Many of us will be pleasantly surprised if we don't soon have troops on the ground "to protect civilians” and the well-paid civilian contractors who will be building US military bases in yet another country. We're talking here about a threadbare scenario that has milked you and other US taxpayers for decades.
9. This is perhaps the only thing I have ever said on the radio that not one person could disagree with. It is my answer to a question I read in the newspaper that said, “Why are teenage girls becoming pregnant?" Teenage girls are becoming pregnant today for the same reason teenage girls were becoming pregnant 4000 years ago.
Thank you for considering The humble Farmer.

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