How a man taught his students about music and Texas


Nothing is more Texan than writing a song about Texas.

When Oscar Philip Castro was working as a music teacher, he wrote one about the state flower called “The Bluebonnet Sonnet of Texas” for his music class in San Antonio. He remembers arranging most of the song in his truck before recording it in his classroom with his students behind glass, just like the “superstars”.

“It took a while,” Castro said. “I could tell that sometimes they were a little tired, but then we would take breaks and it was always a lot of fun.”

Castro said the song is “All Texas” with a mix that emphasizes the sounds of South Texas. At one point, he and his students performed the song at the state capital. They hoped that the legislature would “add song to the legacy of the bluebonnet.”

“There is a lot of history here and I just want to be a part of that history,” Castro said. “There aren’t a lot of songs on the radio about our state flower.”

Although the legislature did not pass his song, Castro said what matters most is for his students to learn and have fun. He said he would like two “Texas icons”, George Strait and Willie Nelson, to sing a duet version of his song. But he would love it even more if every kid in Texas learned it too.

“It is a dream that I would like to see come true.”

Written by Samantha Carrizal

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