Christopher Robin and Pooh, the danger zone, your mama don’t dance, playing with the boys are all too familiar words and can be identified with only one of America’s best known and loved singer and songwriter Kenny Loggins. His extraordinary singing and songwriting abilities have earned him gold and platinum albums and he has been asked by many artists to write songs for them. One of those was Jim Messina who was originally with Poco and Buffalo Springfield. Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina went on to be two of the hottest duos of the 70s. Kenny Loggins also wrote the song “I Believe In Love” and was sung by Barbara Streisand in the movie “A Star Is Born”. Ove the years, Kenny Loggins has found success in anything he is associated with. And as a solo career, he has skyrocketed to amazing heights on the song charts. And when The Hudson Gardens And Event Center introduced their summer lineup and Kenny Loggins was listed on the concert line-up, the day the tickets became available was the day the tickets sold out. Kenny Loggins performed Sunday night, August 16 to a sold out audience.
Kenny opened the night by performing “Conviction Of The Heart”, “Danny’s Song” and “Return To Pooh Corner”. As Kenny Loggins introduced “Return To Pooh Corner”, he had a joke about the last time he introduced the song the rain was coming and threatening the audience. “As I stood speaking with the audience, I saw these horrible clouds beginning to unleash a lot of bad weather on us. As I sang the lyrics ‘You’d be surprised there’s so much to be done. Count all the bees in the hive, chase all the clouds from the sky’ and once I said those words, the clouds begin to dissipate and move away. They did not want to come anywhere near us and they scattered like hell”.
Kenny Loggins presented the fans at The Hudson Gardens And Event Center a beautiful night of music. He sang a lot of his No.1 hits and many favorites of the audience. The fans loved every minute that Kenny and his band commanded the stage. And as for the weather, the clouds did threaten a little bit but nothing serious. The sprinkles came and as Mr. Loggins took the stage the clouds did dry up and provide a great evening of music and entertainment.
As the Examiner walked amongst the fans at The Hudson Gardens And Event Center and got a take on their favorite songs, the choices were many. Dan Mitchell of 99.5 The Mountain radio station in Denver listed his favorite as “Danny’s Song” and had a little story to go along with it. When his wife started to go into labor, Dan called his friend and co-worker at an old radio station here in Denver and with excitement in his voice exclaimed to Jo Murphy that he was going to be a father very soon. As the baby was born Jo played “Danny’s Song”. Michael Murray listed his as “I’m Alright”. Keith Tragon says he has many, but if he had to pick it would be “Playing With The Boys”. 6-year-old Cassidy loves the song “Return To Pooh Corner” because her “mommy played it every night for her going to bed”. Her mom, Marla Kittle says she likes that song but if she had to choose a favorite it would definitely be old school “Your Mama Don’t Dance”. Kristi Manz who is the Concert and Special Events Manager has a favorite “This Is It”. Murray Froelich who helps out keeping the shows running and making sure the bands are taken care of, says (with a lot of respect for Kenny Loggins and his songwriting) that his favorite is “Conviction Of The Heart”.
Yes, Kenny Loggins is 67-years-old but has the voice and heart of a much younger man. His talents are spread over many artists history as he has been an inspiration to many as well as an inspiration to his millions of fans. The Hudson Gardens And Event Center had an enjoyable night of music and a sold out audience. And the fans, well they showed their appreciation of the man by singing along, dancing, listening and reminiscing as they heard more than one of their favorites by Kenny Loggins. Up next at The Hudson Gardens and Event Center is the music of Boyz II Men this Sunday August 23rd. There are still some tickets for that and then ending the summer with another favorites of The Hudson Gardens And Event Center is Chris Isaak on Sunday August 30th. Unfortunately that concert is sold out.