One Rockin' Senator

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

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