Monday, January 29, 2007

Oklahoma CenTUNEial Celebration!

Howdy, folks,

Sorry to let the blog go unattended for so long. I have no real excuse. But I have been working hard on several new projects, a couple of which I'm ready to tell you about.

Firstly, I've been writing like a fiend and I have a new batch of songs about Oklahoma's colorful history. I feel like I could write a hundred more! Over the past several months I've learned way more about this state than I ever learned in my high school Oklahoma History class. There's a lot of fascinating stuff to know.

Anyhow, today was my first "Oklahoma CenTUNEial Celebration!" performance, at Charles Haskell Elementary School in Edmond, OK, of all places!

I say "of all places" because Charles Haskell Elementary was named after our first state governer.

Also, because Charles Haskell Elementary is where America's most decorated gymnast, Shannon Miller, went to school. I just found that out today, and I have a verse about her in one of my songs! Pretty cool.

I did two shows and they both went really well. I must admit that I was a bit nervous - I don't think I've ever debuted so many new songs all at once at a school. But I've been preparing for a long time, and it went pretty smoothly. I think the kids really had fun and I know the teachers enjoyed it. I already have several requests now for a CD with these songs. My work never ends!

Here's the lineup... The songs are by me unless otherwise noted.

1. In Oklahoma We Say "Howdy!"
2. Oklahoma Land Rush, 1889
3. My Oklahoma Home, It Blowed Away, by Bill and Sis Cunningham
4. Boom Town
5. The Wind Energy Song
6. Oklahoma Heroes at the Library
7. Oklahoma, by Rodgers and Hammerstein

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