In my poem, “Married With Cows”, I take aim. I hope the poem hits your funny bone. Here’s some background.
While I was on the ranch, I gave it my best shot to be part of the Canadian music scene. My ability to write about my experiences is one of my strengths. For this, I was hired by Ian Tyson. He was looking for a performer to represent the cowgirl at his Cowboyography Show during Expo ’86. Writing songs about cows and fencing had an audience…and now I had permission to write more!
For his show, I wrote four songs of which there was time for three. After twenty-one shows that week, I was geared up to play my spurs on both sides of the border! What a wonderful time. So many beautiful “salt of the earth” people to be around. Like me, they were expressing themselves and their worlds.
Later I wrote “Married With Cows” to put into perspective all those phone calls I’d had on the ranch. There I made cold calls to agents and managers I had heard of.
Life is more satisfying when you can see the funny side of things. Especially when you don’t have to make it up. Even though…it meant I would never be part of the Canadian music scene or on the radio. When was the last time you heard spurs played over the air?
Not Just My Experience…
“Married With Cows” was on at Poetry poem. While it was there, I heard from several men (husbands). They wanted me to know the same events had happened to their wives. They felt bad about it.
So this is what I found to be true as a folk performer.
Everyone loves a good song and a sincere presentation. Everyone loves to laugh and learn a little about the country they are visiting.
So after the cowboy gatherings, I started performing for bus and rail tours. I no longer aimed for agents or managers. From my homeland, I sang to the travelling world about the wonders of the Cariboo as a “singing cowgirl”. Spur playing included and I also taught the Cariboo Yodel!
As a folksinger, it doesn’t get any better than that. To sing about your country in your country. My handle was Katie, the Cariboo Song Rider. You can check me out on facebook and here is a link to my music on sound cloud.
Here Is The Poem
Married With Cows
I wanted to be a singer
and sing my own true songs…
They wanted to know my measurements,
was I a redhead or a blonde?
And just how old are you?
And before you send your tape…
Send us a great big picture
and for the last five years – your weight.
“We’re not signing married women –
their husbands make them quit!
With years and years of experience –
our investments have to stick!”
So I didn’t send that picture,
my hair type or my weight.
I didn’t bother fooling them –
and I never sent a tape.
For the rules, they were describing
I never could kowtow…
so I told them, “I ain’t single,
I’m married with cows!”
©Katie Kidwell, 1997
Previously Published by Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine
Vol5 No.2, 2001
From My “Hay Days”
One of the songs I wrote for Ian’s Show – “The Cow-Boss Yodel”
You can practise for the next time we meet…
©Katie Kidwell, 2019, The Living Of Loving Blog
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