Whenever I Call You (My Other) Friend

Yes, this is about Kenny Loggins.

Did I mention I have OTHER Kenny Loggins articles on this site?

Kenny Loggins (And Michael McDonald)…on PBS!

Kenny Loggins and David Foster Brag, Then Perform “Forever”

And the Only Way to Start Your Set at a David Foster Concert? Heart to Heart!

I started to write this in the middle of listening to a triple threat of Kenny Loggins songs – “Playing with the Boys,” “Heart to Heart” (my personal favorite Kenny Loggins song), and the song that serves as this article’s title (ok, this is a play on the song’s title), which was the song that set off the whole triple threat. And this article.

Who says you can’t find inspiration in the strangest of places? Though if you ask me, iHeart Radio is a perfectly fine place to draw inspiration from!

“Whenever I Call You ‘Friend'” is a single from Loggins’ 1978 album Nightwatch. The single was releasd in July 1978, and reached #5 in the fall of that same year. It was co-penned by Loggins and singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester, and was inspired by their chance meetings in various places and pairings at televised awards shows. They managed to keep running into each other, and Loggins asked Manchester to write a song with him.

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And so they did. The result of that collaboration (and a salute to their chance meetings) was Whenever I Call You “Friend.”

But they never actually sang it together.

No really, they wrote it, but they apparently never had a chance meeting to record it together.

The actual story behind why this never happened all comes down to record labels – Loggins was signed to Columbia Records (still is), and Manchester was signed to Arista Records. So if they wanted to collaborate, their labels would never have allowed it to happen.

So Loggins found a “friend” who could record with him – Fleetwood Mac’s own, Stevie Nicks.

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This is their version.

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Oh, and he did this version with his band. And it doesn’t sound bromance-like at all.

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Meanwhile, Melissa Manchester recorded a separate version with Arnold McCuller.

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I don’t know, this version just doesn’t do it for me. Maybe it is the Kenny Loggins bias, but I really like the version everyone seems more familiar. Manchester chose not to include it on her 2012 retrospective, Playlist, citing that she doesn’t feel like her version is satisfactory as compared to Loggins’ version. However, her version was more critically acclaimed, with AllMusic saying Manchester’s version is a far more “elegant and supple song.”

Which version is forever doing it for you?

You’ve never seen such a beautiful site, until you’ve seen Allison’s blog, Allison’s Written Words. You can also follow her blog on Facebook, and call her “friend” on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut. 

Go on, give her a reason to carry on…with her writing!

Kenny Loggins (And Michael McDonald)…on PBS!

So…did I ever talk about how much I love Kenny Loggins’ music?

Kenny Loggins and David Foster Brag, Then Perform Forever

And the Only Way to Start Your Set at a David Foster Concert? Heart to Heart!

Oh.

Well then.

Ok, so I love Kenny Loggins music – I know, I know, tell you something you don’t already know – but this was shared on my Facebook timeline the other day (thanks to Claire M. for making sure I saw this).

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And it was accompanied by this explanation, as written by Michael McDonald…

“Yacht rock smooth” takes “Other Worldly Funk” prisoner back stage at PBS taping of Kenny Loggins Soundstage performance!… Lol! Kenny, Steve ( aka Thunderkat!), and me. This young guy is ridiculously talented! A real inspiration! Had a blast doing the taping in Chicago! The performance chronicles the amazing career of my old friend, recording artist, performer, and composer extraordinaire, Kenny Loggins.

After I picked my jaw up the floor and stopped screaming (within, since I was at work) like the untamed fangirl I tend to be in these situations, I tried to find some information about when this will air. I’m not a fan of PBS (I only watch the David Foster concerts that originally aired there), but you best bet my TV will be tuned in that night!

I haven’t found any information yet, but I promise as soon as I do find out, I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops!

And another thing you best bet?

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#WhitePeopleGrooving

Allison loves her music. She especially loves anything that has to do with Kenny Loggins. For some reason, he is her current music addiction (besides Chicago, of course). She’s never seen Loggins in concert, but she has seen Chicago perform. She brags about that AND has plenty to offer on her blog, Allison’s Written Words. You can also follow her blog on Facebook, and she’s on Twitter @AllisonGeeksOut.

Allison is capable of #WhitePeopleGrooving.

And the Only Way to Start Your Set at a David Foster Concert? Heart to Heart!

So, you probably read that article/fawning I wrote about the time Kenny Loggins and David Foster bragged about their songwriting prowess when it came to Loggins’ 1985 single “Forever.” And if you’re like me, you watched the source material video at least twice.

Don’t judge me!

If you haven’t seen this concert, there’s actually a song Loggins sang prior to bringing down the house with that incredible high note, and yes, it’s an equally good song to “Forever.”

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Loggins performed his 1982 song “Heart to Heart” as the first part of his set during Hit Man Returns: David Foster and Friends.I won’t bore you with the details of the song itself (I wrote about it last year over on my blog – feel free to take a look at that post), but I will show you Loggins nailing it almost thirty years later…and live!

For the uninitiated/Non-Kenny Loggins fans among us, “Heart to Heart” is from his 1982 album “High Adventure,” where it was cool to look like Indiana Jones crossed with Dennis Miller.

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And while the live version isn’t as great as the studio version, I only blame the lack of Michael McDonald backup vocals.

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But what it has is plenty of Loggins proving he still has it. He takes the song and totally feels the music. I expect conviction with nothing less than what any great artist can give,

You know what else this clip has? This husband and wife.

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Conviction. Catch the excitement!

And you know who else is feeling it?

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Kenny G and his sax. And the guy sitting behind Kenny G…and his sax.

Conviction!

Loggins also sang this song live with another famous face – and the guy behind the backup vocals on the original version – Doobie Brother himself, Michael McDonald!

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This one is amazing and funny at the same time – they sound and look terrific together on stage, and it’s worth sticking around to watch Michael McDonald forget the words and acknowledge it, while Loggins just laughs.

I’ll admit, this is one of my favorite (or damn close to it) Kenny Loggins song, and no matter who is on backing vocals, it’s a great song. I love the peppiness and meaning of the song, and let’s face it, white people jamming in the audience at a concert make it…even more white.

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Once more, with conviction!

Allison enjoys crafting these pieces with all the conviction of a white couple jamming in the audience at a David Foster concert. If you want to see more of that conviction, you can head on over to her blog, Allison’s Written Words, and you can also follow her blog on Facebook, and give her a tweet @AllisonGeeksOut.

She wrote this with conviction.

Kenny Loggins and David Foster Brag, Then Perform “Forever”

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.

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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?

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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?!

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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!

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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.

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Hit Man Returns: David Foster and Friends (Amazon Listing)

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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