Music: Champagne & Cornbread

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...

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