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Bedtime Buckaroos: “Cowboy Sam”

Join us as we spark imaginations by hosting virtual bedtime stories with “Bedtime Buckaroos,” presented by Paycom.

Storytime plays a vital role in introducing children to the magic of books. Each week we’ll feature a new engaging Western story read by local authors, community leaders, traditional storytellers and Museum staff.

This week, listen to Jim Garling read “Cowboy Sam” by Edna Walker Chandler.

“Cowboy Sam was created especially for beginning readers who were having a hard time getting interested in the sedate activities of Sally, Dick, and Jane. The square-jawed rider on the range, Cowboy Sam, livened things up appreciably for a post-War generation that grew up on television Westerns. In the midst of riding, roping, and chasing off bad varmints, a lot of learning was instilled with Cowboy Sam. New vocabulary was carefully introduced as well as themes of hard work, duty, loyalty, and preservation of Mother Nature.”

About the Reader

Boots tap, hands clap, and grins grow like new spring grass when the native Oklahoman, Jim Garling, begins to play.

Jim loves reaching into the past not to imitate Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, the Sons of the Pioneers or Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, but to combine their sounds for just the right mix of old-style, acoustic western cowboy music and western swing.

With guitar strap on shoulder, pick in hand and a bushy mustache bordering that genuine smile, he’ll bring you and yours cowboy-era music, classics from Saturday matinee silver screen heroes, and some favorites tunes from contemporary artists who reflect on the cowboy life. In fact, Jim has recorded three CDs, reflecting each of those very styles in addition to one cowboy gospel CD.

And you can rest assured, audiences young and old enjoy Jim’s incredible vocal style, his remarkable and long-proven guitar skills and the little dose of short histories and interesting anecdotes he gladly shares about the songs he sings.

Jim doesn’t just talk about the past, which includes his great grandfather making the land run in 1889, and the family settling for generations around Norman. He takes listeners back to those days of pioneers. Jim’s a neighbor, whether you live by him, or make your home 500 miles away. Everyone soon feels like they’ve known him for years, not hours.

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