After the sunburn of the day handling a pitchfork at a hayrack,
After the eggs and biscuits and coffee,
The pearl-grey haystacks in the gloaming
Are cool prayers to the harvest hands. . .
Oh prairie mother, I am one of your boys. . . .
To a 17-year-old boy from Germany, these folksy, windy lines from Carl Sandburg's Corn Huskers looked 100% American. Five years ago, Composer Lukas Foss, a German-born boy with prodigious energy and an engaging grin, set to work putting Sandburg's verses to music. It was a labor of love for the adopted country he yearned to understand and be a part...