8 questions with Kenny Loggins

We catch up with singer in advance of 17th annual charity concert this weekend at Fraze

How to go

What: 17th Annual Celebrity Concert for Charity featuring Kenny Loggins

Where: Fraze Pavillion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering.

When: 7: 30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3

Cost: $22 lawn and terrace in advance and $28 day of show.

Tickets are $30 to $41.92. They can be purchased at the Fraze FanFare Store in the Town & Country Shopping Center, 300 E. Stroop Road, online at etix.com or by phone at 800-514-3849.

The man behind so many of the hits from the movies of our lives will headline the 17th annual Celebrity Concert for Charity at 7: 30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Fraze Pavilion.

The concert has raised more than $700,000 since 1998 for Cystic Fibrosis research and Dayton’s Children’s Hospital.

“It is a great cause,” Loggins said during our recent chat with him about his upcoming show. He has performed at the Fraze, a Kettering owned venue located at 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering.

Lawn and Terrace seats are $22 in advance or $28 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased at the Fraze FanFare Store in the Town & Country Shopping Center, 300 E. Stroop Road, online at etix.com or by phone at 800-514-3849.

The Grammy winner and Oscar nominee plans to play his hits: “Footloose” from the movie of the same name, “I’m Alright” from “Caddyshack,” as well as “Danger Zone” and “Playing With the Boys” from “Top Gun.”

“I do the hits that people have come to expect,” he said.

He and Jim Messina received worldwide acclaim in the 1970s for their work as Loggins and Messina. Their hits include “Danny’s Song,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” “Angry Eyes,” and “House At Pooh Corner,” to name just a few. The pair parted ways in 1976, and it wasn’t long before Loggins’ solo star began to rise.

Since 2010, Loggins has performed with the country trio Blue Sky Riders with Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman.

The band had launched a Kickstarter campaign to make its next album. It offers backers everything from Kenny Loggins on your voicemail to T-shirts to digital downloads of songs to personalized songs to in-home concerts to a chance to sing on the album.

He started off in a band in high school.

“You have no idea what your career is going to be,” he said. “I has been 35 (years) for me or more for me now.”

Below is part of our recent conversation with Loggins. Visit DaytonDailyNews.com to hear more from Loggins.

Q. How do you come up with songs for soundtracks?

A. “For soundtracks you are delivered a visual. Motion is inherent in the visual. You fit that into what the act is and write a song based on that.”

Q. Do you watch the movies beforehand?

A. "You watch the movie. Like with 'Caddyshack,' I saw a rough cut that didn't have an ending yet. They had to film the ending. You kind of get the idea of what it is. I laughed my … off when I saw 'Caddyshack' for the first time and I wanted to do everything I could."

Q. Are there songs from movies that inspire you?

A. There have been from time to time. My taste is pretty varied. I had two older brothers who raised me on everything from rockabilly to country to folk music to rock ‘n roll to R&B. My brother loved everything. I have five kids who love everything from rap to Miley Cyrus. I am inundated with all kinds of music. When “The Matrix” was out, I loved the Rage Against the Machine cut that closed the first “Matrix” (“Wake Up”). I loved what Eminem did on “8 Mile,” and I still love “Up Where We Belong” (from “An Officer and a Gentleman”).

Q. You started in high school in a band. Did you ever imagine you would have this career?

A. You have no idea what your career is going to be.

Q. Did you think you would be a musicians or did you want to do other things?

A. I never wanted to do anything else. I am one of the lucky ones.

Q. If you were not a musician, what would you be?

A. I would be a carpenter. I loved working with wood when I was a kid, and I actually cut my hand open wood carving — which is when I stopped wood carving. I had to choose between being a guitarist or wood carver or a one-armed wood carver. “

Q. Do you have a favorite song of your own?

A. It depends on the mood I am in. For live performances, I've always loved "Footloose" because it gets them up and dancing — which is a great way to spend your evening. What other guy goes to work and all the pretty girls get up and dance for him? And of course I love "Conviction of the Heart" because lyrically it speaks to me every night, and it makes a really strong connection with an audience. And of course "Danny's Song" and "House at Pooh Corner" because of the legacy of it.

Q. Was there a song that you wrote that you are surprised was not a smash hit?

A. I had a number of songs in my career that disappeared because the timing wasn’t right. “Vox Humana” was right after “Footloose” and should have gotten more attention than it did, but it did well. It just wasn’t “Footloose.” “Celebrate Me Home” the first solo album and the song “Celebrate Me Home” never got attention at the beginning because it wasn’t Loggins and Messina. And the album never got a good review. Now it is considered quintessential. It is interesting how things change in time. The song that I really thought would get more attention, and of course I was being unrealistic, was a song called “Just Say Yes” from the new “Blue Sky Riders” CD with my new band. When I mixed it, I was chuckling because I thought this is so radio friendly. It has got to get some attention, but of course we had no promo staff. We self-release. We couldn’t afford to spend $200,000 promoting a record.

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