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Why We Cowboy CD

(4 customer reviews)


14 Cowboy Poems by Rik Goodell

Hear a sample from Why We Cowboy.

Poem: Landed Legacy

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“Why We Cowboy” is Rik “Yonder” Goodell’s debut CD.  These poems are an addictive, thought-provoking, trail of stories in rhyme. These are intimate, realistic, and authentic journeys reflecting the cowboy (and cowgirl) life that you’ll want to listen to over and over again.  The themes are both historical and present-day, explanatory and sentimental in content. Bonus! This CD includes a 16-page, “Poetry Prologues” booklet describing the inspiration for each poem and a copy of the original art painting that helped bring it to life.

  1. Why We Cowboy
  2. Ridin’ For The Brand
  3. Mornin’ Pard
  4. A Starpacker’s Lot
  5. Campfire Schoolin’
  6. Die First – Then Quit
  7. The Cowboy Way
  8. The Fencin’ Crew
  9. Experience Is Priceless
  10. A Good Way To Grow
  11. Handles And Horse Thieves
  12. Grace Of The Draw
  13. Drawin’ Two Of A Kind
  14. Landed Legacy


Reviews 4

4 reviews for Why We Cowboy CD

  1. Steve Elrod

    Loved it!. Rik’s a great story teller. Excellent writing and Rik’s voice makes for a perfect presentation. Played it thru 4 or 5 times already and looking forward many more.

  2. Bob & Barb Willard

    Have greatly enjoyed reading Rik’s poetry, but hearing it is so much better. His voice is perfect for the stories he tells. “Die First-Then Quit” was a favorite. His tales make you laugh, tear up and ponder.

  3. Michael Rozell

    This collection of Rik’s poems was inspirational and thought provoking. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have heard his poems in his own voice. We ride for the same brand.

    • yonderm8 (verified owner)

      Thank you Mike. You inspire me onward!

  4. yonderm8 (verified owner)

    In the Winter Issue, 2023, Rick Huff wrote the following review of two CDS’s:
    “Why We Cowboy” & “SaddleBorne Lessons” ….
    [Yonder’s] poems come off as being
    accurate, authentic and exceptionally
    well crafted. Then there is his delivery
    to consider. Goodell’s experience as
    an actor serves him well. I have to say
    he is one of the best interpreters of
    verse I have ever encountered.
    Frankly I am hard-pressed to name
    specific “picks” from among his
    gems, but I’ll try. First from “Why We
    Cowboy” we’ll choose the title track,
    “”Ridin’ For The Brand,” “Campfire
    Schoolin,’” “Die First Then Quit,”
    “The Cowboy Way” and “Handles &
    Horse Thieves.” Then from “SaddleBorne Tales:” “Moose Ropin’,” “Gift
    From A Lusty Holstein,” “Hearing
    Gratitude” and the double-meaning
    parable “The Wide and The Quick.”
    His CD “Why We Cowboy” contains
    an annotated booklet providing
    backstories for that album’s works.
    The other album offers no such guide.
    Maybe Goodell took his own Harleyinspired advice “if I have to explain,
    you wouldn’t understand!” But all
    together, Goodell and his works are
    a cut above in all departments. Both
    CDs have fourteen tracks, both are
    very highly recommended.

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