May 11, 2010: Event marks first anniversary of The ASCAP collection at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Tracy Chapman, as an ASCAP member, performed 2 songs: “Fast Car” and “Give Me One Reason”
The ASCAP Foundation presents WE WRITE THE SONGS, a unique live musical evening of legendary songwriters performing their smash Pop, Rock, Country and R&B standards from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. They will also provide insights into the process of making a song a standard, from inspired creation of words and music, to recording, to hit record.
The invitation-only event, hosted by ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams, marks the first anniversary of The ASCAP Collection at The Library of Congress, a gift by The ASCAP Foundation to The Library of Congress of original manuscripts, lead sheets, lyric sheets, photos, letters, and non-commercial audio and video materials of some of America’s greatest creators of words and music.
An event highlight will be Members of Congress introducing the songwriter/performers. Confirmed thus far are Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Rep. Ted Deutch, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Sen. Barbara Boxer, Rep. Howard Berman, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito with Speaker Nancy Pelosi set to deliver remarks at the Opening Reception.
- Paul Williams – ASCAP Foundation President (“We’ve Only Just Begun”)
- Alan Bergman (“The Way We Were”)
- Tracy Chapman (“Fast Car; Give Me One Reason”)
- Hal David (“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”)
- Dion DiMucci (“Runaround Sue”)
- Albert Hammond (“It Never Rains in Southern California”)
- Wayland Holyfield (“Could I Have This Dance”)
- J. D. Souther (“The Best of My Love”)
- Bill Withers (“Lean On Me”)
- Elisabeth Withers performing with Bill Withers
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
7:00 PM: Performance, Coolidge Auditorium
The Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First Street, SE
About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org