Al Gore called this the “unofficial anthem of the environmental movement” when Loggins performed it on Earth Day in 1995 at The National Mall in Washington, D.C. The song has become one of Kenny Loggins’ signature tunes.
We saw Kenny Loggins in concert last night, accompanied by the Pacific Symphony. The first 30 minutes was the symphony itself, which was beautiful. They played some jazz and some pop music (“The Lion Sings Tonight!”) and encouraged the audience to sing along. Many of the concert-goers seemed to be there just for Kenny, so they didn’t get in the symphonic spirit; I thought it was terrific!
Kenny then came out with some band members, backed up by the symphony. As Kenny explained, his music takes on a whole new sound and meaning when it’s backed by an orchestra and I was thrilled with the combination.
He started the night with a story about “Danny’s Song” and the new verse he wrote now that he’s a grandfather. (You could truly hear the audience gasp! Just yesterday, I asked Alexa how old Kenny was and I was surprised to learn he is 69. When we followed him around 30 years ago, we were all in our late 20s/early 30s, and he was 40.) Now Kenny’s son has a son and he wrote a new verse, which is so new that I couldn’t yet find it on Google!
He sang other classics, including his famous movie soundtracks, and “Conviction of the Heart,” a B side song from his 1991 Leap of Faith album. The song is still extremely relevant:
One with the earth, with the sky
One with everything in life
I believe we’ll survive
If we only try…
How long must we wait to change
This world bound in chains that we live in
To know what it is to forgive,
And be forgiven?
It’s been too many years of taking now.
Isn’t it time to stop somehow?
Air that’s too angry to breathe, water our children can’t drink
You’ve heard it hundreds of times
You say you’re aware, believe, and you care, but…
Do you care enough
To talk with Conviction of the Heart?
He ended the night with “Forever” and we were afraid he wasn’t going to hit the last high note. He modified the key a bit from the early days (30 years ago) and he still sounded terrific! Kenny Loggins, still going strong at the young age of 69.