November 2, 2009

One reason I love Oklahoma

Excerpt from my sister's blog.
Being a political junkie, avid lover of all things Oklahoma and having immense appreciation for all arts, you can imagine my excitement when I heard that the new chairman of the NEA mentioned Oklahoma in his speech announcing his “Art Works” tour in Brooklyn on October 21.
As I started reading through the speech, I had mixed emotions between laughing at the ignorance and pompous attitude of Mr. Landesman and having that nerve in my neck tweak as he gushed about how Obama is next Caesar (and this is a good thing?)… You could hear the thrill running up his leg.
Then I found it, Oklahoma. Here is what he said…

“I know firsthand that great art can come from the unlikeliest of places. A few years ago, I visited Eric, Oklahoma, where a museum was being dedicated to one of my idols, the great country music songwriter and singer, Roger Miller. He wrote the music for my first show, “Big River.” While driving the 140 miles from Oklahoma City to Eric, you pass the hometowns of Sheb Wooley, one of the creators of rock and roll, the songwriter Jimmy Webb, and Garth Brooks. What is in the water there? There are certainly no music conservatories, probably precious few music teachers, no colleges, no arts centers, nothing. Just an inexplicable concentration of genius.
To which she - and I - respond - O RLY???

Actually, read her full response here.


  1. I love the idea that somehow Oklahoma is an "unlikely" place to find art. **rolls eyes**

    As if only those who live in large coastal cities can appreciate and create anything beyond manufactured goods. What a jerk. Frankly, I'd argue that art has gone down hill ever since it consolidated itself in these little liberal bastions. Spread your wings art community, come meet the human race. . .

    (P.S. I love your elephant with the bow, it always makes me smile.)


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