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Kenny Loggins Kenny Loggins singer. songwriter. sonic pioneer.

During nearly four decades as a singer-songwriter, Kenny Loggins has established himself as many things to many music lovers, with his enduring hit songs and genre-defining children's albums. [www.kennyloggins.com]

“Brothers” by Kenny Loggins

The essence of our purpose is to be alive, and our aliveness is invigorated by the connections we make.

When I begin my day with gratitude, who am I thanking? I’m making a connection with spirit, which is in me and also around me and outside of me. And if I’m willing to feel – not only happiness, but all of it – then I stay even more connected with myself. I feel more honest and am therefore more capable of making an authentic connection. As I go about my day, I’m constantly checking in to see what I’m feeling, to make a connection that’s authentic.

My music is a way of making a connection, because when I connect to my muse, I’m forced to connect to my heart. And if the song is authentic it connects to other people’s hearts and affects their lives, whether it makes them feel happy and liberated or brings up sadness that forces them to take a look at their lives and perhaps notice whether or not they’ve been sleepwalking. Being on stage is one of the important ways I remember who I am. It’s healing for me and is one of the ways I regroup and reconnect. I come as close to experiencing a Zen consciousness on stage as anywhere else, because I completely surrender to the note in the moment.

I also find gratitude and connection through being a dad. I love all aspects of being a dad. As a Type A personality, I need to feel as though I’ve accomplished something in a day and being with my children completely satisfies that for me, even if all I do are the mundane, everyday things, like playing ping-pong and putting dinner on the table.

With each connection I make I experience more gratitude. For instance, I share my creativity with my daughters, who are both singing on a new album I’m in the process of making. I’m writing a song with a friend of mine whose child has become a musician. One of the lines of the song is, “You’ve fallen in love with the love of my life.” The song is about recognizing the love of music taking hold in our children at an early age and how that unites and connects us even more deeply with our children. I’m grateful to share my career with my children and to hear their beautiful voices.

The essence of what keeps me on track is simple: Connect. Live. Be grateful.

– Kenny Loggins

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