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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 19 Apr 2011 7:55 AM

Today in the roundup: Tough times for museums, debating Texas music and losing the piano player.


RILED UP OVER WESTERN SWING: A housewife from Boerne is doing her best to make Western Swing the official music of the state of Texas, and she’s even got a San Antonio senator helping her to get the legislative resolution passed. The state already has a state bird, state food, etc. Why not a state music? The answer, according to people interviewed by, is that picking one form of music disregard’s the state’s diverse musical landscape. (Even Ray Benson is against the idea.)

TOUGH TIMES FOR MUSEUMS: A new report says that more than 70 percent of U.S. museums were under financial stress last year because of decreased government and corporate funding. The report, which was put together by the American Association of Museums, also says that half of the museums in the survey reported an increase in attendance. The AP has more.

ADIOS, PIANOS: If you’ve been in a Nordstrom (like the one at the Galleria), especially on a weekend, you’ve probably noticed the live piano players. And you’d better enjoy them while you can – the Los Angeles Times reports that the department store is cutting back on the live music. A spokesman for the store says that the company has, “learned that most customers like the energy and environment that a more contemporary, recorded music offering helps create.”