On May 10th, The ASCAP Foundation and the Library of Congress jointly celebrated the third anniversary of the ASCAP Collection at the Library of Congress – the gift by The ASCAP Foundation of original manuscripts, photos, lyric sheets and other materials.
For the third straight year, a musical concert at the Library's Coolidge Auditorium called "We Write the Songs," produced by ASCAP's Karen Sherry, served as a living illustration of what the ASCAP Collection represents – the creative efforts of the men and women who create American popular music. Participating in the show, introduced by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, was a group of ASCAP members: Jackie DeShannon, Barry Eastmond (with vocalist Freddie Jackson), Tom Kelly & Billy Steinberg, Lyle Lovett and the Nashville songwriting team of Brett James, Hillary Lindsey & Gordie Sampson. Also on the bill were ASCAP Foundation Board members Bruce Broughton (with his wife, violinist Belinda Broughton), Hal David and Dean Kay, with ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams as Master of Ceremonies. A number of senators and congressional representatives joined in to introduce the performers from the stage: Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Sen. John Cornyn (RTX), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) and Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY). "We Write the Songs" has become a Washington tradition for legislative and cultural dignitaries who crowd the historic Coolidge Auditorium for an evening of classic songs and the stories behind their creation.