JOHNNY SAMANIEGO: Welcome Blas Hernandez to Texas Boys State news. What city are you appointed to, here at Texas Boys State 2017?
BLAS HERNANDEZ: Flynt City.
SAMANIEGO: Great! So, what does Boys State mean to you?
HERNANDEZ: Boys State is an opportunity of a lifetime to really become knowledgeable of the government and to maybe find your life’s purpose.
SAMANIEGO: Now, it seems like your purpose here could also be with music other than politics. How long have you been involved with music?
HERNANDEZ: All my life. My mom was a mexican opera singer when she was younger, so she got me into it.
SAMANIEGO: Did your mom make you be involved with music?
HERNANDEZ: Well, I found that I had a passion for music, due to my mom, but she didn’t really push me into it but more like she lead me into it naturally.
SAMANIEGO: What has to be your favorite genre? Any inspiration?
HERNANDEZ: My mom, definitely, is my inspiration. Um, I was brought into rock, but, um, I got into rap recently. The poetry from Logic and Childish Gambino really captivates me. The way they are so relatable with their lyrics makes you feel their passion for music.
SAMANIEGO: How does your mom influence the meaning of music to you?
HERNANDEZ: Music can mean many things: it can be political, spiritual, romantic [...] it can mean God.
SAMANIEGO: So then, music doesn’t have a standard meaning?
HERNANDEZ: Music is what music is to that person. It’s whatever the person makes of it.
SAMANIEGO: I love that so much! But do you have any achievements from your music career?
HERNANDEZ: Thank you, man. Um, but I was my school’s music club president for 2 years; I performed in talent shows and plays; I was in the top 3 of 50 contestants ranging from the age of 6 to 40 in my hometown’s music competition.
SAMANIEGO: Wait, so you’re saying that you have no mercy towards those poor 6 yr. olds?
HERNANDEZ: Yeah! Those little guys need to learn it the hard way. If they’re always told, ‘Good job,’ and get trophies with no criticism, they’ll never succeed will they?
SAMANIEGO: Haha, I guess not.
HERNANDEZ: My mom was actually like Simon [Cowell] from American Idol. [She] is very picky; a mexican opera singer. A mexican! So it rubbed off on me. I don’t think I’m great but….
SAMANIEGO: Well let me just say that you are talented.
HERNANDEZ: Thank you. But if I never feel that I am not good enough, then I won’t get any better.
SAMANIEGO: Yes. That, I think, truly symbolizes the meaning of “Learning By Doing” here at Texas Boys State 2017. Thank you so much for speaking with us today, Mr. Hernandez.
Written by Johnny Samaniego