BOZEMAN, Mont. — When Justin Horak’s daughter, Kira, 6, saw the video of him singing about being a snow plow driver, she knew it would be a hit.
“She said, ‘You should post that to YouTube,’” Horak said.
Horak made a video of himself singing about his job with Gallatin County to the tune of Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman” with original lyrics to share with his brother — who is also a plow driver — as a joke. He shared it with a few coworkers and posted it on Facebook, not thinking much of it.
Since it was posted last week, a number of radio stations around Montana have picked it up. Gallatin County also shared it on Facebook, and YouTube views of the song continue to climb.
“I never thought some silly little song would bring all of these people together and they would enjoy it,” Horak said.
The lyrics may be silly, but Horak’s voice is not. He said he grew up loving music and remembers singing with his dad on backpacking trips in the Bob Marshall wilderness. He studied music at both Montana State University and the University of Montana.
Horak now performs with the Bozeman Symphonic Choir and has had parts in a number of opera productions with Intermountain Opera Bozeman. He’s been rehearsing lately to audition for Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.”
Horak’s professional training is obvious in his song about plowing.
The lyrics are not only a fun play on Campbell’s song, but offer some advice to drivers who encounter plows on the road. He sings about seeing people texting while driving, gesturing to him rudely and passing him on the wrong side of the road.
“Oh, I know you’re in a hurry. I’ve been late once or twice,” Horak sings. “So if you see me out plowing, please allow for more time.”
Horak started working for the county last spring and said some of his co-workers have been plowing Bozeman’s roads for years. He said those guys are the “real heroes.”
Even though Horak is shy about the popularity of the song and wishes he spent more time on the production of the video, he’s happy with the result.
“I’m glad I did it. It’s a fun way to do a public service announcement,” Horak said.