Weaving a Tale of Two Farmers
As I began to watch Chris Soules’ journey to find love on ABC’s The Bachelor Season 19, each tractor, combine, silo, or field scene, brought back vivid memories of days gone by. Has it really been three years since Season 3 of CMT’s Sweet Home Alabama?
While the concept is similar to The Bachelor, CMT added the twist of pitting country contestants against city contestants, to win the heart of the lead, Paige Duke. One farmer from Clarissa, Minnesota, Jeremiah James Korfe, put his whole heart into it. Because that’s what farmers do.
Being from Minnesota and the upper midwest, I found myself fully invested in both Jeremiah and Chris’ journeys. Despite the three year gap in time, their storylines overlapped and blurred in my mind, like the weaving of threads in a tapestry.
While farming is deeply embedded into every fiber of Jeremiah’s being, music speaks to his soul. He can’t stop the words from flowing…from his heart…to paper…to guitar strings…to our ears.
But farming is a full-time job. And so is a music career.
Chris is a fourth generation farmer, who takes great pride in feeding the world. While agriculture is his lifestyle, he also has an adventurous and open heart. A heart looking for love.
When Chris and Jeremiah are away, they feel the strong pull of farming. There is a responsibility to family and work that doesn’t end.
Opportunities arise, but passion for the land is a part of their heritage.
Midwestern values are a way of life, but new adventures can change your life.
Harvesting crops runs in your veins, but following a dream pumps blood to your heart.
Eventually, the roads of dreams, opportunity and adventure lead back to the farm.
Because farming isn’t just a job, it’s a way of life. It’s not just a heritage, it’s building a future.
The sound of silence echoes loudly in a house built for family.
The desire to find a soulmate is strong, but it isn’t an easy task.
Hand in hand with the desire to find a soulmate goes a seed of doubt. Is it possible to find a woman that can adapt and adjust to small-town farm life?
To carry on generations of blood, sweat and tears, takes commitment.
Just when they least expect it, their diligence pays off. With cautious optimism, they see the sun shining brightly on the eye of the needle.
As Chris Soules’ journey to finding love comes to a happy end, a thought creeps into my consciousness. It enters without invitation and refuses to leave.
For me, the continual intersecting of the two farmer’s lives happens for a reason. I begin to wonder how I can weave a piece of each story into one tapestry, in a way that will honor them both.
And then it comes. An idea takes root and grows until I can no longer set it aside.
The way I can honor them is to create a music video, that combines Chris and Whitney’s journey on The Bachelor, with Jeremiah’s rich tone and heartfelt music, melding the two into one.
In my mind, the song, Sweetest Distraction, was created solely for this purpose. It’s written and performed by Jeremiah James Korfe and features Meghan Linsey, who is currently on #TeamBlake on NBC’s The Voice.
I created this video for Chris and Whitney as a gift of gratitude, for sharing their journey with me and millions of people across the world.
I created it for Jeremiah James Korfe, to say thank you for changing my life with his beautiful voice and lyrics. Once you hear his music, I know your life will change too.
You don’t want to miss the interview and video I posted of Jeremiah singing his latest song, “Work”! Click here:
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