By Jim Hagerty
Doing something “until the cows come home” is often a definition of crazy–unless you are a farmer from Kansas who can summons the animals by playing the trombone.
In a video that has already been viewed more than 1 million times, Farmer Derek Klingenberg sits in a field, with only his shiny trombone and starts blowing bars of Lorde’s “Royals.” That’s all it took for dozens of cows to emerge from the horizon and saunter toward the notes. Three minutes into the clip, Klingenberg is standing before a wall of beef, belting out the popular tune.
Of course, there is a secret to Derek’s success. His trombone isn’t a magic one, nor is he a particularly masterful player. Klingenberg trained the cows to come to him when they hear the horn.
“When they hear it, they know they are getting a treat,” he said, referring to a molasses snack bovines can’t resist.
Klingenberg isn’t exactly a hack. He’s been playing the trombone since he was 5. He was also part of the Kansas State University Marching Band. When he’s not farming, he records trombone parodies of various pop songs. So far, Derek has coverded Miley Cyrus, Kesha, and more. His parody of “What Does the Fox Say” has attracted more than 5 million views on YouTube.
As for the cows, Klingenberg says they are an intriguing bunch– “curious,” he calls them, “a good audience.”