I’ve mentioned my penchant for playing an internal soundtrack based on whatever is going on around me.
Just like clockwork ? or calendar-work ? June 1 of each year brings a rock-solid guarantee that the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “June Is Bustin” Out All Over,? a raucous celebration of the turning of the seasons, will flit through my mind for at least a brief spell.
The song comes from the great American show “Carousel,” which holds a place in my heart as the first musical I ever saw performed on stage. And of course it led me to wonder, “Do we “have that???
No single place can ?have everything,? but if any place comes closest, it is probably the Library of Congress.
Sure enough, a quick search of our Web site turned up the finding aid for the ?Richard Rodgers Collection?: 2,700 items on 20 feet of shelves. It includes many of the works on which Rodgers collaborated ? including the complete score to “Carousel” and the aforementioned “June Is Bustin” Out All Over? in Rodgers? own hand. (Box 3, folder 21, for those playing at home.)
I don’t think that exact item is online, although if I went down the hall to the Performing Arts Reading Room I might be able to see it in person. I did, however, find another R&H treasure in digital form: a 1949 holograph of ?Some Enchanted Evening? from ?South Pacific.?
Who knew during all those countless hours around the piano when I was younger, or on stage in amateur productions when I was a little older, that I would someday be literally surrounded by these original and important works of American creativity?
Did I mention that I love this place?
(Image from Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog)