Kenny Loggins. Fangirl love. Frequent topic of articles. Blah, blah, blah. What a fool believes is that I’ve never written a Kenny Loggins-themed article for the Retroist.
Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald
A Kenny Loggins/Michael McDonald collaboration is not new or novel. Their association dates back to 1978, when the two wrote “What A Fool Believes,” each recording their own version (Loggins as a solo artist, McDonald with The Doobie Brothers for their 1978 album Minute By Minute). The song debuted on the charts on January 20, 1979 at #73, reaching #1 on April 14, 1979, and remaining there for one week. For Loggins, the song appeared on his 1978 album Nightwatch. I should note that Loggins’ version is the first recorded version.
The pair first recorded together beginning with 1979’s Keep the Fire (if you’ve heard “This Is It,” then you’ve heard Michael McDonald’s backing vocals). The duo still make concert appearances together, and even co-collaborated with Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner for his 2017 album Drunk.
Surely you’ve heard this amazing song, “Show You The Way”? It definitely calls back to the days of Loggins and McDonald in the 1970s and 1980s.
I blame my friend/fellow friend of Retroist (and Michael McDonald fan) Claire for introducing me to this song:
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If you can get past the “mad man surfacing from beneath the dark waters” album cover, Thundercat really knows how to collaborate!
Outside: From The Redwoods
Outside: From The Redwoods is a 1992 concert filmed for PBS (it aired in 1993), shot in an outdoor venue among giant redwood trees. The concert features reworked versions of Loggins’ songs, as well as appearances by R&B singer Shanice, and yes, the co-subject of this article, Michael McDonald.
I haven’t had hair envy this bad since I saw Chicago at the Greek Theatre. Chicago Circa 1993 was a hair party, but Kenny Loggins clearly has them beat.
And seriously. Michael McDonald. Has he changed in the last 25 years…or ever?
What A Fool Believes When He Is In the Redwoods
Shocker of all shockers: I had no idea this version of “What A Fool Believes” existed. I like listening to random Kenny Loggins shuffling on my Amazon Echo Dot while I’m writing or playing Nintendo Switch. This version happened to come up one night last month while I was listening out of excitement of buying Kenny Loggins concert tickets.
Shocker of all shockers #2: I have yet to see this concert. I’ve been trying to watch newer live performances to get an idea of what to expect from a Kenny Loggins concert. This one is on my short list, so never you worry, I will watch it!
Anyway, this version of “What A Fool Believes.” It’s beautiful, moving, and Kenny Loggins has pretty hair.
Have a listen!
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The use of Xylophone is amazing. How did this one fly under my radar?!