Kenny Loggins could easily be labeled the busiest man in show business. At 62, the multi-genre hit-maker and single dad of five is not slowing down. He's getting ready to release All Join In, a children's album that's adult-friendly, revisiting his other adult-friendly children's album Back to Pooh Corner and adding more lullabies. He's also starting to record Christmas tunes with a big band and preparing for a summer tour.
"I think I geared back up when the divorce [from second wife Julia Cooper] came down five years ago. And of course, I had to rebuild financially, but I also had to rebuild emotionally, and there's no better place for me to do that than in the music," Loggins said.
Frederik Meijer Gardens,
June 16, 7 p.m.
$60 public, $58 member
meijergardens.org, (616) 957-1580
Loggins' success in music started in the early ‘70s with Jim Messina in their folk/pop/country duo, Loggins and Messina. The duo recorded hits such as "House at Pooh Corner," and "Your Mama Don't Dance". He then went on to have a successful solo career, collaborating with musicians such as Michael McDonald and Barbara Streisand, and producing pop hits for a slew of soundtracks including Footloose, Caddyshack and Top Gun.
He says he's told quite frequently by pilots that his Top Gun hit, "Danger Zone," is played in the cockpits of their F-14 aircrafts as they're about to take off. When asked where exactly the "Danger Zone" is located, Loggins says, "The Danger Zone' has something to do with being married."
After the Eighties, Loggins retired soundtracks, released Leap of Faith in 1991, and went on to record Back to Pooh Corner in 1994, one of the most successful children's album of all time. He followed up the album with More Songs from Pooh Corner in 2002. The goal of those albums was to be children's albums that adults could enjoy.
"... [E]verybody hears that, and they don't get it. They don't understand what I'm talking about. How can parents love music for children? But the key is, the children love stuff way more sophisticated than we give them credit for."
He promises that his performance at Frederik Meijer Gardens this month will be a greatest hits show with some songs from Leap of Faith thrown in.
"I get the feeling that my 30-something to early 40s audience loves ‘Danger Zone' and ‘Footloose', my older audience doesn't really care that much about ‘Danger Zone' and wants to hear more of the acoustic-oriented stuff," he says. "I need a bigger bag of tricks so I can change my set in mid-stream if I feel like I have a different audience ... It kind of depends on the demographics. Of course, in my situation, I would love for 30-something divorcees to show up."