STORM CENTER: Special section preview

“You’ll remember me when the west wind moves

Upon the fields of barley

You’ll forget the sun in his jealous sky

As we walk in fields of gold.”

– Introductory lines to the Sting song, “Fields of Gold.”

The following Sting song was playing on the radio while I was driving past Stoneburg on June 11.
I was making my way from covering the Wansai International martial arts demonstration at Freedom Life Church in Bowie to the Chisholm Trail Rodeo Arena in Nocona.

It was an unexpectedly busy Saturday afternoon in June, and the sports editor – as always – attempted to be in two places at once.

So, the first few lines of the song were broadcast while scooting on by Joe Corpening Field, the man whose name bears the football facility at Gold-Burg.

“Fields of Gold” was released in 1993 as part of Sting’s “Ten Summoner’s Tales” album.

The track made it to No. 2 on the Billboard Magazine adult contemporary chart.

This soft rock piece actually fared better in the United States than in Sting’s home country of England, where it climaxed at No. 16.

The track is sweeping featuring small pipes, a Brendan Power harmonica solo, and even the lute on a re-recorded bonus track version from 2006 on “Songs From the Labyrinth.”

This song will be providing the backdrop for the football portion of this year’s special section, “Fields of Gold.”

This was not the original plan. I had thought of using the theme, “The Defense Never Rests,” but then this happened – and that changed everything.

Read more from this column in the July 30 Bowie News print and electronic editions.

Editor’s Note: The Storm Center column is the expressed written views of sports editor Eric Viccaro and not The Bowie News.

Hubert Boner, mask and all, mows the grass at Joe Corpening Field in Stoneburg on Thursday. Boner was preparing the field for the first day of practice, which is set for Aug. 1. (News photo by Eric Viccaro)