The Playlist

The Playlist: Make Your Own Bed Well

Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Admiral William H. McRaven, who has famously advised students to make their beds, was named the sole finalist to be the next University of Texas System chancellor. So, we start this week's playlist with Dr. John's "Make Your Own Bed Well."

The Playlist: Quittin' Time

University of Texas President Bill Powers speaks to Provost Gregory Fenves during a board of regents meeting on July 10th, 2014
University of Texas President Bill Powers speaks to Provost Gregory Fenves during a board of regents meeting on July 10th, 2014

It was an intense week at the University of Texas System, culminating with the resignation of University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers. To mark the occasion, our playlist starts with Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Quittin' Time."

The Playlist: Trail of Tears

Gov. Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw, speak to media following a tour to a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children in Weslaco, Texas June 23rd, 2014. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to commence surge operations to help combat crime along the border.
Gov. Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw, speak to media following a tour to a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children in Weslaco, Texas June 23rd, 2014. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to commence surge operations to help combat crime along the border.

After Gov. Rick Perry warned of a "trail of tears" from Central America this week, we decided to start our Texas news-inspired playlist with "Trail of Tears" by Austin's own Eric Johnson.

The Playlist: The Winner Takes It All

State Senator Dan Patrick at runoff election party in Houston, Tuesday May 27, 2014
State Senator Dan Patrick at runoff election party in Houston, Tuesday May 27, 2014

The state's primary election season finally came to an end after the runoff elections this week, so we start our news-inspired playlist with ABBA's "The Winner Takes It All."

The Playlist: I Choose You

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro at the LBJ School of Public Affairs graduation on May 17, 2014. Castro is rumored to be President Obama's Cabinet pick for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro at the LBJ School of Public Affairs graduation on May 17, 2014. Castro is rumored to be President Obama's Cabinet pick for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

President Obama has officially nominated San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to become the next secretary of housing and urban development, so our playlist inspired by Texas news kicks off with Andy Grammar's "I Choose You."