First some good news:
Onstage Blog recently placed UCO in the “Top 10 B.M. Musical Theater Programs 2018-19”. The blog cited the availability of scholarships and the fact that in 2018, the University of Central Oklahoma was identified as one of the Great Value Colleges for undergraduate music majors.
Now a story:
As the son of a contractor during the housing boom of the 1970’s, my family built, moved into and sold houses at a rapid clip. By my 19th birthday, my childhood CV included 18 addresses. We would live in an apartment while building a house, move into the new home, immediately put the house for sale, then move into another rental when the new house sold. These cycles of uprooting and re-rooting occurred among the black loam fields of the upper Midwest. I remember standing in the freshly dug basement of one of these homesites outside Hutchinson, Minnesota. The striated walls of earth loomed over my head; 6 feet of ruddy clay topped by jet-black dirt. The new Judson Woods subdivision was carved into a virgin section of near-boreal forest. After clearing the trees, the rusted yellow bulldozer sliced into the soil of the lot, exposing more than 24 inches of rich, dark, peaty loam. The smell in the trench was rich with the fecund musk of decomposing leaves, plants and organic matter. The soil itself seemed to hum with the possibility of growth. Growing up in Iowa and Minnesota, the scent of black earth being plowed in spring was part of the progression of the seasons. The aroma of freshly turned, northern fields still has the compass-like power to direct my mind to childhood memories. . . .