Grammy-winning folk-pop music star Kenny Loggins took a one-day break from touring to advocate for copyright protection and musical education at a Grammys on the Hill event Wednesday afternoon. Members of Congress were in attendance, including Reps. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., and Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., who kicked off the meeting by serenading the audience with the chorus from one of Loggins' most popular tunes, "Danny's Song." The singer-songwriter followed up by performing a few of his other hits including "Conviction of the Heart" and "This Is It," which Loggins explained was about his father going under the knife for a special kind of surgery.
"So my dad is up there on the table prepped for surgery and he's saying, 'Should the worst happen, I'm prepared to go.' " To which Loggins replied, "Right, Dad. You'll be all right -- for your hemorrhoid surgery."
After the performances, Reps. Crowley and Mack spoke about the intangible contributions artists bring to education and stressed the importance for their work to be protected.
"We produce what the rest of the world wants a piece of," Rep. Crowley said about America's robust music industry. Kenny echoed this sentiment and said, "Nothing speaks as eloquently of freedom than [American] music."
He also talked about the disappearance of music from the public school curriculum and urged attendees, including members of the Recording Arts and Sciences Congressional Caucus, to keep music in the schools.
"Music is not a luxury, it's a necessity," he said.