The Music of Texas, and the Rest of Us
March 7, 2015 4 Comments
[First a programming note, the Newman Lecture for this week hit a technical snag, and so will be delayed, likely till next Saturday. I followed the live Tweeting and I think it worth waiting for, so we’ll merely delay it. Stuff happens!]
So my self-imposed penance for that, and for forgetting the fall of the Alamo, we’ll just present some of the music of Texas.
That Mexican Army that was delayed at the Alamo got itself surprised at San Jacinto with a bit of help from an unlikely source.
Yeah, I know that this is the cleaned up Mitch Miller version but, I suspect we all know the story, and like this one. Something about those Texas girls, isn’t there?
Then came the big war, and over Sam Houston’s objections, Texas cast its lot with the South.
Those of us that keep up with history will notice something in that song, in the English speaking world revolutions are fought to restore rights that government has taken away. It’s a tradition that reaches back, at least, 800 years to Magna Charta, and it still lives.
Back in 1898 in that “Splendid Little War” with Spain, well there were a lot of cowboy boots that went up San Juan Hill, with those Yalies.
And you know, it just going on, there were a fair number of those boots flying in those Mustangs and Fortresses, back in the Forties as well. To the point that one officer in the Eighth US Air Force provoked a protest from the Ambassador from Ireland when he commented that the Allies would have lost if it weren’t for Ireland and Texas. But he may have been right, although he actually meant the Irish-Americans.
But you kind of have to feel for the Mexican Army, they’ve always done there best, and twice they’ve won engagements fought to last man but both times the glory has gone to the losers. The first was the Alamo, and the second made this unit famous.
Who are of course no one but the French Foreign Legion