One of my favorite concerts that I haven’t been to (yes, you read that correctly) was David Foster’s Hit Man duo of concerts, filmed for PBS in 2008 and 2011 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, in which people parade in to perform their hits with David Foster, who is credited with helping their songs become just that – hits. Never is the nepotism level higher than a night of watching David Foster and Friends belt it out.
So it happened twice.
And it was AWESOME!
One thing about David Foster that I may have touched on when I wrote about his song Winter Games-several months ago is that this man is responsible for many songs you already know – he’s written for the likes of Earth Wind and Fire, Chicago (it really was the greatest concert I’ve actually been to), Michael Buble (seen him), Josh Groban (too expensive), Peter Cetera, Michael Bolton (mom saw him in concert), and Kenny Loggins.
Kenny Loggins, better known as “Allison’s OTHER Current Music Addiction.” And also what brings me to the topic of this article.
You’re probably thinking, “Oh thank goodness, she has a point!” and you’re right, I do!
For Christmas several years ago, I decided my mom was worthy of some David Foster CDs. My parents?had gotten me hooked on the music he had written (which apparently happened years ago, and without me knowing it), and both parents even got me to sit and watch his two concerts during a PBS pledge drive. As I recall, my dad stopped on the first concert because he saw Boz Scaggs singing, and he wanted to watch. We wound up sitting there for over two hours, getting caught up in the music. And when PBS aired their newest edition of this concert in 2011, I REALLY wanted to buy this for them.
Well, it turns out that as much as I love them, $250 pledged to my local PBS station (WHYY in Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE) is more than my parents would ever let me spend on them for anything. So the following year, I hunted Amazon, and lo and behold, I found the $12 CD/DVD combination sets of both concerts.
My mom is a lucky woman, let me tell ya. She got these for Christmas that year. No pledge to PBS needed.
We’ve watched both concerts twice straight through – two-and-a-half solid hours of good music. I think I left the room once the last time we watched, and it was actually during a segment I didn’t need to see more than once. I was on the phone, so I don’t remember which one, so obviously it really wasn’t important.
Now, as the title suggests, this article is about Kenny Loggins. Loggins and Foster collaborated some years and several wives ago (who would of thought these talented men, one of well-written music, the other the king of 1980s soundtrack glory, would be married and divorced multiple times?!) on some pretty good songs. I have quite a few favorites from the Loggins Songbook of Awesome, but one of them is the 1985 song “Forever,” from the album Vox Humana?(which has this great title track I only “discovered” last year). The song was the second to be released from said album, and was yet another notch in the Top 40 belt of Kenny Loggins.
So I’m sure you’ve seen the music video for the song, right?
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But oh, there is a STORY behind this song. And wouldn’t you love to hear it from the two men who made it possible?
Start the video, and watch up to the point where Loggins-begins to sing, then pause it and keep reading.
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What show offs, don’t you think? “Yup, we totally wrote this song in a half hour!” Shutup! Stop being so talented and humble about it!
Would you want to be in a dinner party where these two are among the attendees? Wouldn’t you want to see the genius that fills that location? Could you handle that much genius in the room?!
And when he hits that high note? This is what makes me cry. Stick me in the front row of his concert, and I guarantee tears and screaming.?And I’m just going to say it – Kenny Loggins is HAWT! It’s not how I feel about his Jesus Christ Kenny Loggins Days, but in his Soundtrack King Days and even now – heck, this concert was five years ago – he was/is HAWT!
And if you’d like to see the whole concert, minus the pledge breaks, Warner released both David Foster and Friends concerts as combination DVD/CD sets. I highly recommend them – lots of stuff you like, and you may be surprised at what David Foster was responsible for. This particular clip is from Hit Man Returns: David Foster and Friends.
Allison has this unending love and appreciation for the genius of Kenny Loggins (and David Foster!). If you like what she shared here, come visit her blog, Allison’s Written Words, where you can see similar fangirl musings. You can follow her blog on Facebook, and give her a tweet and follow on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.
She’s listening to “Forever” as she writes this. She’s a puddle right now.
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