Kenny Loggins: And even though we ain’t got money, I’m so in love with ya honey. And everything will bring a chain of love. And in the morning when I rise, you bring a tear of joy to my eyes, And tell me everything is gonna be alright.
I took today off. Lunch with some friends. Dentist. Shopping and preparation for hosting bunco tonight. A four-day week this week. Three days next week.. Four days the following week. I’m attending a concert on a weeknight and I’m not 25 any more. I scheduled the day off so I could relax during the day. Take my time getting to the venue. Park close. Take my time getting to my seat.
Back in my 20s and 30s, a small group of us would attend concerts all the time. Once or twice a month during the spring and summer months. And this was before you could buy your tickets online, so we’d camp out in front of Tower Records waiting to spend our cash on tickets from the clerk, who probably didn’t know some of the artists appearing that season.
Now, Kenny Loggins is appearing at one of the concerts during the two weeks of the Orange County Fair. We’ve probably seen him in concert two dozen times, including a trip to Laughlin and other points south and north. In his Footloose heyday, Kenny was touring everywhere and we’d follow him everywhere we could. He would recognize us if we sat close to the front rows, we’d sing “back up” during Danny’s Song. We had our own way of letting Kenny know that we were in the audience when he sang this:
Love the girl who holds the world in a paper cup, drink it up,
Love her and she’ll bring you luck.
And if you find she helps your mind, buddy, take her home,
Don’t you live alone, try to earn what lovers own.
Oh, it’s a secret, and I can’t tell you how we did it, but one time, Kenny stopped dead in the middle of the song. He knew we were there and it was a moment we will never forget. Maybe he’ll remember us again on the 12th. We’ll see how brave we are 25 years later. How many of you can say you interrupted a concert?