Women and Horses 

The new CD "Ride a Wide Circle" was a labor of love from any way you look at it. There is love in the songs, love from fans who helped produce the music by pre-ordering, love from my husband, Brad, who helped produce the CD and love is now coming back to us from radio stations and excited fans.  I grin when somebody tells me what their favorite song is or that the CD hasn't left the CD player since it was put in.

Fall is asserting itself and I am more than happy to start wrapping my neck in wild rags and shaking out the sweaters from storage. Our horses, Lady and her colt, Bandit, are taking on a shaggy look as their Winter coats grow in. For the first time in our family, all the boys are grown and gone only coming home occasionally for a home-cooked meal and the girls and I have had to "cowgirl up" in our chores around the place. The full weight of training our mare and colt rests on our shoulders and we comprise a happy, giggling group of horse trainers. Our evening hours in the barnyard have become my favorite time of day. We call that magic hour "Barn O'Clock."

"Barn O'Clock" means getting outside just as the sunlight decides to be spectacular. It means that barn boots really do match anything and that everything must be right in the universe when you see all that orderly stacked hay.  "Barn O'Clock" means the chickens coming to visit as we clean out water troughs and proving they are not as dumb as their reputation holds as they wait for a few oats when we grain the horses. This time outside means our dinner inside may not be very fancy but that we've all had a chance to bury our noses in a brushed mane and felt ourselves drawn into our horses world which is infinitely more simple than ours. For these four youngest girls of ten children who have been babied and spared many of the harder work for many years and for me who has had the very legitimate excuse of being too busy or too pregnant to help with the horses, this is our moment.

I am including a song, "Women and Horses" with lyrics written by cowboy poet, Dale Page.  I composed the music and was deeply drawn to the song as soon as it was written. I would love to hear from you what your favorite songs are and why.  That's the real pay day for me as an artist!

2 comments

  • Dale Page

    Dale Page My heart's in New Mexico

    You sang it just the way I imagined, Mary Kaye! I couldn't be happier with the result and I'm proud to be part of the song.

    You sang it just the way I imagined, Mary Kaye! I couldn't be happier with the result and I'm proud to be part of the song.

  • Linda Tramontano

    Linda Tramontano Escalante

    I am trying to put a short interpretive program (a talk about the area) together for my job. I was at the outfitters enjoying a good meal with some relatives and one of their friends at the end of the meal recited some cowboy poetry, this was the first time I was exposed to it and I can't get enough of it now. since I had to come up with some ideas for an Interp program I thought of cowboy poetry and started looking into it tonight. and guess what your name came came up for escalante. And then I realize you stop by to welcome us to the area. Thank you I enjoyed this song

    I am trying to put a short interpretive program (a talk about the area) together for my job. I was at the outfitters enjoying a good meal with some relatives and one of their friends at the end of the meal recited some cowboy poetry, this was the first time I was exposed to it and I can't get enough of it now. since I had to come up with some ideas for an Interp program I thought of cowboy poetry and started looking into it tonight. and guess what your name came came up for escalante. And then I realize you stop by to welcome us to the area. Thank you I enjoyed this song

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