Look who's playing music critic: U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, who today engages in a little Texas music history lesson with this piece about our state's "Rich Musical Heritage." In it, he writes:
In recent times, Texas has produced originals in virtually every musical genre, from country (George Jones) to blues (Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown) to rock and roll (Roy Orbison) to jazz (Jack Teagarden) to tejana (Selena). What do classical pianist Van Cliburn, country great Willie Nelson and rock legend Janis Joplin have in common? They’re all from Texas.
I really thought the former Texas Attorney General, who chairs the Senate's Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship subcommittee, would have better things to do -- like, oh, kill the immigration overhaul bill the White House is all fer. Guess not. The mind reels. Oh, and I always thought it was tejano. Maybe "tejana" is the, um, feminine version? Other Cornyn fun fact: His favorite movie is Jerry Maguire. --Robert Wilonsky
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.