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The Twisted And Dark Reason I Became A Musician

Gary Burr | Posted 09.20.2012 | Fifty
Gary Burr

What made me want to get into this business anyway? Was it the piles of easy money? (Still looking.) Was it the respect of the artistic community? (Gave up looking for that in 2003.) Or was it something more twisted and dark?

This IS A Band!

Kenny Loggins | Posted 09.15.2012 | Fifty
Kenny Loggins

How do we find a new way to collaborate that honors each of our creative urges, while keeping this production within our modest budget? After all, this ain't "Dark Side of the Moon," ya know.

Powerful Stories Of Life's Little Victories

Georgia Middleman | Posted 09.06.2012 | Fifty
Georgia Middleman

Thanks to "Little Victories" we get to hear so many heartfelt stories after our shows. We're always blown away that we were able to break through for one small moment, to help somebody forget their pain, or at least remember that they're not alone.

Moldy Bread and Flying Panties

Gary Burr | Posted 08.29.2012 | Fifty
Gary Burr

Total strangers are telling us intimate things about their lives -- friends and families lost, ambitions forgotten or found -- and all these stories end with them saying that something we wrote or sang gave them a gift: the knowledge that they are not alone, that solutions are out there.

One More Time, With Feeling

Kenny Loggins | Posted 08.26.2012 | Fifty
Kenny Loggins

There are 55,578 new bands arriving onto "the music scene" each week, (I'm guessing here...), all young and gorgeous, all talented beyond belief, (well not ALL, necessarily), but all vying for the same shot: for your attention, your imagination, and your hard earned cash. So what am I doing here, now, at my age, still wanting you to sing along?

When You Follow Your Passion, Everything Gets Better

Georgia Middleman | Posted 08.16.2012 | Fifty
Georgia Middleman

I once met a man who said he wanted desperately to be a songwriter but "unfortunately, I have a family in Oklahoma to support so it is NEVER going to happen." He said it with such bitterness that I felt so sad for that family. Don't people know that if there's something you want to do with your life, there's no reason you can't find a way to do it on some level?

Bullwinkle, The Beatles, Hippies And Other Thrills Of The '60s

Gary Burr | Posted 08.11.2012 | Fifty
Gary Burr

I had Bugs Bunny.....hell, even better than that...I had BULLWINKLE. Not a day goes by when I don't quote or reference something from Bugs or Bullwinkle and it always makes me and the person I am talking to (if they are the right age) smile knowingly. No one quotes the Jetsons or Teenage Ninja Turtles.

How To Find The Soundtrack For Our Lives

Kenny Loggins | Posted 07.31.2012 | Fifty
Kenny Loggins

Music kept us strong through personal adversities, and we even used music at the funerals of our loved ones, too many now to mention. I myself heard "Celebrate Me Home" at my own brother's funeral; a moment I never could have anticipated nor will ever forget.

The Rejection Letter That Renewed My Sense Of Purpose

Georgia Middleman | Posted 07.25.2012 | Fifty
Georgia Middleman

I moved to Nashville in 1992 and stood in line at the famous Bluebird Café to sing one verse and chorus of a song for a panel of judges. If it goes well, you are asked to come back to play three songs several months later. The results would come in a letter a few weeks later.

Gary Burr: What I Learned From Missing The Big One

Gary Burr | Posted 07.18.2012 | Fifty
Gary Burr

Thinking that the next song I write might always be the one that wins the lottery for me makes me either a) roll up my sleeves and throw myself into each day with a renewed sense of purpose, or b) cry softly into my pillow every morning, squeezing my eyes shut against the light streaming into my bedroom.

Creative Reinvention: Learning To Share More Than Ideas

Kenny Loggins | Posted 07.10.2012 | Fifty
Kenny Loggins

Gary, and I are just two very different personalities in this situation: He watches the budget, I ignore it. He likes stability and firm ground to stand on, I like the fluidity of change and invention. Gary says, "What's wrong with how it IS?!" I say, "Nothing. I just think it could be better!"

My First Nashville Recording Session: The Stunning Lesson I'll Never Forget

Georgia Middleman | Posted 07.05.2012 | Fifty
Georgia Middleman

I remember my first recording session in Nashville. I had written an uptempo song that I thought was a smash. As I was directing the band, the piano player/band leader said, "You know, this is really a ballad." I was stunned. And I was too intimidated to speak up for myself.

Why Collaborating On A Record Is Like Dressing A Baby

Gary Burr | Posted 06.27.2012 | Fifty
Gary Burr

Imagine three people have a baby. One of them wants to dress the baby up in a pair of blue pants. One of them wants to dress him up like a sailor. I want to dress him up in something frilly yet tasteful. That is what co-producing a record is like in the studio. Co-dressing a baby.

Kenny Loggins: What I Found In The Ashes Of The Jesusita Fire

Kenny Loggins | Posted 06.19.2012 | Fifty
Kenny Loggins

As I rode my bike through the fire-ravaged hills, I was amazed to see a few small sprigs of green reaching out from the trunks of the seemingly devastated, blackened oak trees along the way.

Why I Put Myself In 'Uncomfortable Situations'

Georgia Middleman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Fifty
Georgia Middleman

I just got off stage tonight. My voice was shot, allergies were getting the best of me, but it didn't even matter. I remembered why I love music so much in the first place: because it makes me feel alive.

The Crazy Leap I Made When My Industry Changed Overnight

Gary Burr | Posted 06.04.2012 | Fifty
Gary Burr

That was a time when it felt like I would write a song on Monday, it was cut on Wednesday and by Friday it was on the radio. I liked those days very much. Very much indeed. Nothing stays the same.

Kenny Loggins: The Dream That Keeps Me Moving Forward

Kenny Loggins | Posted 05.30.2012 | Fifty
Kenny Loggins

What I now need in my life is to keep making music, to stay creative and follow the muse. There are no "laurels to rest upon." Not really. To feel productive and creative is my life-blood, and it sustains a sense of well-being that surpasses even the best endorphin high.

The Email That Changed My Life In My 40s

Georgia Middleman | Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty
Georgia Middleman

What do you do when your dreams don't work out? You redefine those dreams. You reframe them. Make new ones. Some people say the best years are in the past. I would strongly beg to differ.

Accidental Rock Star: How A Broken Leg Led Me To A Career In Rock And Roll

Gary Burr | Posted 05.16.2012 | Fifty
Gary Burr

In 1969 I went to Woodstock. The girls all around me were going crazy for the musicians on stage. If any of those players had come down off the stage and walked through the crowd they would have had girls clinging to them like dryer sheets on a pair of freshly dried socks. I wanted that.

Kenny Loggins: The Advice I'm Glad I Ignored (Plus, Free Song Download)

Kenny Loggins | Posted 05.08.2012 | Fifty
Kenny Loggins

Bobby, my old friend and trusted adviser on all-things-career-oriented, told me: "The hard truth is, you're just too old to start over." His "advice" was not easy to ignore, and I could feel the "sensible," scared part of me take his words way too far to heart.

Following A Path Beyond Logic, Where Inspiration Lives

Kenny Loggins | Posted 12.10.2012 | Fifty
Kenny Loggins

Something pushes you when you make art for a living, something beyond logic. So you look for the diamonds hiding in the grass, because that's where inspiration lives, that's where the fun is.

How Kenny Loggins Learned To Redefine Success And Reinvent Himself

Kenny Loggins | Posted 04.25.2012 | Fifty
Kenny Loggins

There's a magic that comes with being aware you're "onto something" while you're onto it. It fills you with a strange sense of purpose that seems to invigorate the project and deepen the vision, even when you feel like all you've got is fireflies to follow.

Ann Brenoff

Kenny Loggins' Third Act: Meet The Blue Sky Riders | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.15.2012 | Fifty

Call this Chapter 3 of Kenny Loggins' musical life. Typically, music-makers leave bands to try their luck as break-out soloists. In the case of two-ti...