Kenny Loggins On A Book Tour
I have pictures I am posting below but having a pass to see Kenny Loggins at the MJCCA Book Festival Saturday night was a strange experience for several reasons, none of which had anything to do with Kenny Loggins who was booked as opening act of the Festival. As we all know, he is one of the great singer/songwriters of the rock era. He's done a children's book based on his song Footloose and is out promoting it.
I did enjoy the stories Loggins told during the session but it was clear he didn't take the whole promotional process too seriously. And that is fine. He performed three songs for the audience. And I have to tell you the audience would easily have given up Q & A to hear more songs. If you wish to know which song brought the house to its feet, it was Return To Pooh Corner which an amazing number of people in the audience knew by heart. I have to admit, it is a good one and was written by Loggins when he was only a senior in High School many moons ago.
My biggest hang-up with the night, and for many in the audience, was the guy who got up during Q&A and wanted to sing a song for Mr. Loggins to hear. The local fellow was already booked for major studio time in Nashville, with top people, so why he felt obligated to encroach upon everyone's time, I have no clue.
Mr. Loggins was unfairly put on the spot. It was clear he didn't want to cater to the request but at the same time he didn't want to be rude so he let the guy come up on stage and sing. The song was good but as far as the audience was concerned, we'd had rather heard another song from Mr. Loggins. Why the festival co-ordinators or the moderator didn't intercede and get Loggins off the hook is beyond me. It was a failure on their part.
I was given a gift by someone I was sitting next to during the performance. A nice gift. They said they enjoyed talking to me. I stood in line to meet Mr. Loggins and during that time some wacko - clearly not all there - who was making a 1000 mile round-trip was expressing his disappointment at Loggins only singing three songs and not understanding why Loggins was more interested in promoting the book than performing his greatest hits. A few times, people in line were taking bets on whether security was going to haul the guy away but they tolerated the situation and it resolved itself peacefully.
You forget how many hits Loggins has had until you start listening to his catalog and realize what a great talent he is. I would have to say that I'm Alright; Whenever I Call You Friend; Danny's Song; Pooh's Corner; Your Momma Don't Dance; are among my favorites. So it was a great start to what is a brilliant ongoing festival. Pictures from my Saturday night: