ASCAP “We Write the Songs” 2013

The Carolina Chocolate Drops perform “Country Girl” at the 2013 ASCAP “We Write the Songs” concert in the Coolidge Auditorium.
Photo/ Abby Brack Lewis

 

On Tuesday night the Library of Congress hosted the annual ASCAP “We Write the Songs” concert that celebrates the Library’s partnership with The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, a non-profit organization that handles licensing and royalties for songwriters. In 2010 the first “We Write the Songs” concert was produced as a celebration of the Music Division’s acquisition of the ASCAP archives and the tradition has continued on an annual basis since that first show. Songwriters come and perform their own hits after providing some insight and anecdotes that reveal something about their own songwriting process.

Jim Weatherly performs “Midnight Train to Georgia” at the 2013 ASCAP “We Write the Songs” concert in the Coolidge Auditorium. Photo Abby Brack Lewis

 

The ASCAP concert is always a fun evening at the Library of Congress, so I considered myself lucky to work at the event last night and see the show. ASCAP President Paul Williams kicked off the evening as Master of Ceremonies by singing “You and Me Against the World” and warming the crowd up with his infectious humor. Performances ranged from a touching rendition of “The Way We Were” by the song’s award-winning lyricist Alan Bergman to rousing music from the Carolina Chocolate Drops and everything in between. Jim Weatherly entertained us with the story of how a phone conversation with Farrah Fawcett about her taking the “midnight plane to Houston” sparked what would become his smash hit “Midnight Train to Georgia” recorded by Gladys Knight and the Pips. And of course, we were all uplifted by Siedah Garrett’s performance of “Man in the Mirror.” Countless other stories and performances made up what turned out to be a lovely and fun-filled night in Coolidge Auditorium.

The concert was recorded and will be accessible as a video on the Library of Congress YouTube channel in the coming months; until then, enjoy videos of the ASCAP “We Write the Songs” concerts from 2010, 2011, and 2012, and check out a few photos from this week’s event!

Siedah Garrett performs “Man in the Mirror” at the 2013 ASCAP “We Write the Songs” concert in the Coolidge Auditorium. Photo/ Abby Brack Lewis

Charles Strouse and Liz Calloway perform “Tomorrow” at the 2013 ASCAP “We Write the Songs” concert in the Coolidge Auditorium. Photo/ Abby Brack Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Comment

  1. John Edward Hasse
    May 16, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Congratulations to the Library’s Music Division and to ASCAP. You hit it out of the ballpark–a stunning evening!

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