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MIN-OKC Musical Preview: You're Doing Fine, Oklahama

I like a lot of songs about or from Oklahoma. Here are a few:

These half dozen songs represent Oklahoma well - they are earthy, direct, and of the people. But the song I want to highlight is from a different genre entirely. It's the title song of the most important musical in American theatrical history, "Oklahoma." This, the first collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein, ushered in the Golden Age of Broadway due to its record breaking success as it pioneered using songs to advance plot and deepen character. It's a hell of a rousing tune. And it turns out it's Oklahoma's official state song.

This raises an interesting question - what is Minnesota's official state song? Here it is:

I hope the gap between the Thunder and the Timberwolves is nowhere near as large as it is between the quality of Oklahoma's state song and Minnesota's.

My 7 songs barely scratch the surface of good music from the Sooner State. Please share your favorites as well as any suggestions for what you think should be Minnesota's state song.

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