We, the American people, are getting a true treat from the world’s most extensive library, the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress has collections of every form of American life since its inception. It is unparalleled as a world resource. The collection holds more than 144 million items including 33 million cataloged books. But, the Library of Congress is also home to”the world’s largest collection of legal materials, films, maps, sheet music and sound recordings.” Which now will include Al Green’s, “Let’s Stay Together.”
For a long time, we have held Al Green in high regard with “Let’s Stay Together” being our quintessential “jam.” And now the entire world will understand what we have felt all along about this song. It captures the soul of music and the overall message of love and understanding that should be conveyed in our interactions with our loved ones.
The song was chosen by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who is charged annually with the difficult task of selecting 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and at least 10 years old. He is advised by the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) and nominations are gathered from the board as well as the public. The NRPB is made up of leaders in the fields of music, recorded sound and preservation.
Now Al Green’s hit and 25 other classics will always be available to the American public and the world. Read more here on this most historic event.