Convicting the 60 Blog

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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.



Singing the 60 Blog

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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?