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Kenny Loggins Headlines Oswego Harbor Fest – His 5 Best Songs

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As you may have heard, Kenny Loggins is going to be in Oswego tonight, headlining at the four-day festival affectionately known as Harbor Fest. Oswego is going to be filled with music, fireworks and all kinds of games and fun, but Kenny is making sure we don’t forget him, as the 64 year-old makes his way to the NRG Lakeview Stage Friday night at 9:15 p.m.

But, since some of us may not be able to make the 1.5-hour drive west, the next best thing to do is read this post and listen to some of his greatest hits.

 

“What A Fool Believes”

It was originally written by both Loggins and Michael McDonald, but it looks like the Doobie Brothers found more success with the quintessential elevator tune. Loggins’ version is still pretty good, though, and I actually like it.

“Vahevala”

Vahevala is a ficticious sailor’s paradise, but the song itself was not written by Loggins, but rather, his brother Dan (see next song). It’s got a good ring to it, it’s easy to dance to, and the beat makes you wish you were somewhere else. As catchy as this song is, I still hate the steel drum with the burning passion of a thousand white-hot suns.

“Danny’s Song”

This song has been beat to death by artists from every genre, though Lonestar and Anne Murray first come to mind. But, Loggins is the original and does it best. This song was written by Loggins and Jim Messina for Loggins’ brother Dan and his new son, Colin. I can’t argue with the lyrics and the song itself, since it’s awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-WArlvgR8E

 

“Danger Zone”

“Danger Zone” is synonymous with the high-five spectacular known as “Top Gun.” I hate the movie and I hate the song, but nothing says “I mean business” more than telling someone they’re about to enter “the d-d-d-d-danger zone!” The music video for this song is as awkward as the movie was.

“Angry Eyes”

Funky baseline. Great lyrics. Syrupy sweet guitar riffs. What else am I supposed to say? I don’t think it gets better than this song, which coincidentally hit #1 on the Billboard singles chart in 1973. It’s got one of the best sax solos this side of the late, great Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen fame. (Although, the only one I like more is from M83’s “Midnight City”) and a keyboard/guitar match up that will melt your ears down the side of your face like fleshy sideburns. Give it a listen and disagree. I dare you.

Next - Complete Harbor Fest Guide

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