This summer, above the din of the freeway, wailing sirens, and “ghetto birds” (street lingo for heliCOPters), the homestead’s front garden has been alive with “the sound of music.”

Today, we live in a digital musical age, leaving music up to the “professionals.”   What happen to the music of the “common folk?”  No more banjo picking on the front porch or sitting in front of the fire listening  to “Pa” play his fiddle, instead we turn to iTunes.     Here on the homestead, we encourage taking “steps backwards,” unplugging and enjoying music on a face-to-face level.

As the farm stand grows and customers become friends, we’ve found that many were quite musical and our front garden sitting space has become quite the hangout for homegrown talent. Remember scenes from the Andy Griffith show?  Andy, Aunt Bea, and Barney would sit on the porch at night and sing along to Andy’s guitar strumming.  It was a wonderful way to end the day. Through these musical sessions in our garden, we are trying to bring back a time when everyday folk would sit on the porch, pick at a guitar and sing after a hard day’s work.

Musicians have described their time in the garden as “magical” “inspirational”  and even  a “Disney-like bliss.” There is something about being in a garden which brings your senses to life.  The aromatic smells, the soft sounds of nature’s breezes, chirping birds, the different shades of sunlight filtering through the vegetation, and the feel of the plants  that brush up against you as you walk on by, all awaken and touch your senses.  Few things can communicate God’s glory and love like music and nature.

What a blessing to think our little homestead provides both! 

The musicians make use our garden space to orchestrate a homegrown community by teaching us the forgotten art of real music/song and face to face interaction.  What a fun, creative and enjoyable old-time atmosphere.

Front Porch Performances


This musical performance one happens to be my favorite (I’ve listened to it dozens of times already!) .  Jordanne did a great job capturing the birds, butterflies and sun light. Magical, indeed.

Did you enjoy that musical clip?  There’s more! “Front Porch Performances”

And if you are local, stop by some Sunday evening (from 6 PM – 8 PM) and join in on the fun!

UPDATE:  A few minutes after I published this post, the news reported that “Singing Sheriff”  Andy Griffith has passed away at the age of 86


  1. Nebraska Dave says:

    Awww, very sad about Andy Griffith passing. Mayberry was a great town and well Don Knotts who has also passed, Gomer the mechanic, Opie, Aunt Bee all made the show a great hit. A TV series that I really liked that isn’t mentioned was a show called “Salvage”. It was about a junk yard millionaire that built a space ship to recover valuable Apollo parts left on the moon. It only lasted two seasons but I loved it. It aired in ’79 and ’80. Who could forget Matlock. The beginning of the lawyer detective era.

    I wish the networks would bring back some family value shows to the network channels. I just never liked sitcoms or reality shows.

    Have a great day on the front porch.

  2. SouthCoastGuy says:

    sounds like a great time…wish I was on the left coast so I could visit.

  3. Kris in WA says:

    Loved this! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Ginger says:

    I grew up watching reruns of the Andy Griffith Show. I so wanted him to be my dad. Probably, that influence produced my desire for fellowship and country living. Thanks for all you do and thanks for posting this music.

  5. elaine nieves says:

    I loved watching the Andy Griffith Show when I was growing up. It was the ideal American small town. He will be missed.
    How was the turnout at the Front Porch Stand on the 4th of July? Sounds like it would draw quite a few people in. Wish I lived closer to go to these functions. Have a wonderful day!

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