Kenny Loggins gets ‘Footloose’ in Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek, CO Colorado
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” As the king of movie soundtracks, Kenny Loggins has written plenty of songs adults recognize. The title song from “Footloose” and “I’m Alright,” the theme song from “Caddyshack,” come to mind.
But even though he’s always been popular with adults, Loggins has been working on music for the whole family lately.
“I was approached by Disney about a year ago to make a children’s album and we talked a lot about it,” Loggins said. “They really wanted sort of a parents’ album that would appeal to children as well.”
The result is his latest project, an album titled “All Join in.” With covers of songs by the Beatles and others, plus some original material, the album is due out in June. All five of Loggins’ children were involved in recording “All Join In.”
“My 11-year-old, Hana, sings with me on a couple of duets in the new album,” Loggins said. “All my kids sang on this album. It’s very much a family venture.”
Loggins has evolved through many stages over the years: songwriter-for-hire, half of the ’70s duet Loggins and Messina and soundtrack guru. His show at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Wednesday will be a mix of Loggins’ classics and new material.
Although Loggins is in the midst of a successful solo tour, he plans to team up with Jim Messina in August or September for a reunion tour.
“I’ve been touring a lot as a solo artist the past few years and I thought it would be a good idea to give it a rest and give the Kenny Loggins imprint a rest for a while,” Loggins said. “Jimmy and I had been talking about doing another reunion so the timing just seemed right to get together for this year.”
Loggins said he looks forward to the nostalgic element that come with dusting off Loggins and Messina tunes.
“Primarily the stuff that I do with Jimmy I wrote when I was 18 years old so I can see the style of songwriting that I was into when I was a kid and the simplicity of it, songs like ‘Danny’s Song’ or ‘House at Pooh Corner.’ We do the original version of that. It’s a completely different style of writing than what I got into later.”
‘For the fun of it’
Since his early songwriting days, Loggins has earned a solid place in pop culture. He attributes the enduring success of recordings like “Danger Zone” from “Top Gun,” “Footloose” and “I’m Alright” to the lasting popularity of the movies themselves.
When it came to landing so many spots on hit soundtracks, Loggins said he was simply “at the right place at the right time.” He said ‘Footloose’ screenwriter Dean Pitchford approached him about writing the title song. And as for “It’s Alright”?
“I had a little bit of a melody on that one and then when I saw the movie I applied it to the situation because it fit perfectly, but I didn’t have any lyrics or anything. The lyrics were designed for the movie.”
Despite having 13 studio albums under his belt and two Grammy awards at age 61, Loggins shows no signs of retiring any time soon.
“I really enjoy what I do,” he said. “I like to write. I like to perform. I’ll probably keep going. I won’t tour as much as I have in the past. Hopefully I can cut back a little on that and just do it more for the fun of it.”
High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2938 or email@example.com.
What: Kenny Loggins
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek
Cost: $85 to $155
More information: http://www.vilarpac.org or 888-920-2787