Video asks, 'What Does the Farmer Say?'
By CHRIS HUNTER
Special to the HDN
PEABODY -- The fox says, "ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding," "wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow," and "joff-tchoff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff."
But what does the farmer say?
"Work, work, work, work, work, wawork," "yip, yip, yip, yip, yip, ha" and "vvvrooom, vvvrooom, vvvrrooom, vaarooom," according to Peabody farmer Derek Klingenberg in his 25th YouTube video.
"My buddy just texted me, 'What does the farmer say?' " Klingenberg said. "I then just had the idea for the song and wrote it in my head. I started when we finished harvest. It took me 18 days, and I didn't get much sleep."
On Oct. 29, Klingenberg posted his parody of the Norwegian comedy-group Ylvis' hit, "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)," and it already has more than 740,000 views -- more than his other 24 videos combined. His brother, a Mennonite pastor in Beatrice, Neb., dances with Klingenberg in the video, and his daughters and nephew are in the video.
"I'm surprised," Klingenberg said of the number of views. "I can't believe anyone watches my videos."
The video surpassed "Ranching Awesome," a parody of the Macklemore song "Thrift Shop," which had 290,000 views before Oct. 29. The video has boosted "Ranching Awesome," which was released in March, to more than 374,000 hits.
"This one keeps going," Klingenberg said. "Usually, the video views die off after a few days. This one has bumped up all of the video."
Klingenberg grew up farming near Peabody. He got his degree in agriculture economics from Kansas State University in 2001.
Klingenberg started in music as a member of the Possom Boys, a bluegrass group that was made up of his brothers. After the group disbanded, Klingenberg was looking to continue singing.
"I had written some songs when I was with the group but I needed another creative outlet," Klingenberg said. "I made music videos and people started to notice my work. I started making videos, made a little money and bought professional gear and software."
His first song was "Bumblebees in the Hay," which was uploaded in January 2009.
"My wife and sister put in on Facebook," Klingenberg said. "At that time, I didn't know what Facebook was. Now, I have Facebook and Twitter and it is where I started to release my songs for people."
Klingenberg's favorite video is not a song but a video he made about the life of a farm cat, called "Farm Cat."
"You have to be a farmer to get it," Klingenberg said.
Klingenberg said he doesn't necessarily like the songs he parodies, including "Thrift Shop."
"I mainly do songs that are popular," Klingenberg said. "I don't like 'Thrift Shop' except on banjo, but I do like 'The Fox' song."
Klingenberg said he plans to continue making more videos, which his family supports.
"I like doing it," Klingenberg said. "My parents are supportive of it. All of my family thinks I am a little weird, but they are getting used it. My brother, who was in the video ('What Does the Farmer Say?') is all about it."