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The House of Representatives on Pooh Corner
It had been a while since the cops shut down one of my parties.
OK, decades, actually.
But there I was, back in January of this year in the Capitol at our "GRAMMYs on the Hill welcomes the new Congress"event. Kenny Loggins was kind enough to come in and perform, and as you can imagine, the place was standing room only. From young staffers to senior members of Congress, the room was packed to hear the artist of such hits as "Footloose,""Danny's Song"and "The House on Pooh Corner."
Kenny was into it. Kenny was rockin'. And Kenny was loud. By the third song, the U.S.Capitol Police were at the door. Apparently, "the neighbors"were complaining (I won't divulge which congressional office was the buzz kill). We promised this was the last song and got off with a warning.
But the purpose of the event was an important one: the re-launch of the Recording Arts & Sciences Congressional Caucus. This is a group of representatives that works closely with The Recording Academy to advance the issues of music makers, co-chaired by Reps.Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). With each new Congress, the caucus must be re-established.
Now, with 20 caucus members (and growing), we are in the process of planning our educational briefings in California during GRAMMY week. Many of the caucus members have said they will join us to hear directly from the music makers about the issues important to the music community. And back in D.C., Reps. Bono Mack and Hoyer are interested in continuing to do more "musical briefings"on Capitol Hill. We’re honored to be working with them and agree that bringing music to the Hill is a great way to keep our issues top of mind.
But next time, I'm thinking acoustic.