…you’d be surprised there’s so much to be done

Born in Everett, Washington in 1948, Kenneth Clark Loggins was the son of a traveling salesman who eventually brought the family to Alhambra, California where the talented young Loggins would form his first band while still in high school. After graduation he had a short guitar gig with The Electric Prunes and managed to have some of his songs recorded by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Columbia Records took notice and after signing Loggins to a contract assigned him to an independent producer so that he could record a solo album. That producer was Jim Messina, a former member of Buffalo Springfield and Poco, and the two recorded a number of Loggins’ compositions in Messina’s living room.

But Messina’s influence was so great that by the time the album was released in 1971 it was entitled, “Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin’ In.” What’s more, the chemistry was so strong that an inadvertent duo had been born, Loggins & Messina.

Written while Loggins was still in high school, today’s selection was, of course, inspired by Alan Alexander Milne (and the stories he wrote for his real-life son, Christopher Robin in the 1920s). The song was first recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, a year before Loggins and Messina recorded it on “Sittin’ In.”

TODAY’S SONG – Thursday 23 February 2012

House At Pooh Corner

 Christopher Robin and I walked along

Under branches lit up by the moon

Posing our questions to Owl and Eeyore

As our days disappeared all too soon

But I’ve wandered much further today than I should

And I can’t seem to find my way back to the wood.

So, help me if you can I’ve got to get

Back to the house at Pooh corner by one

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

Back to the days of Christopher Robin and Pooh

Winnie the Pooh doesn’t know what to do

Got a honey jar stuck on his nose

He came to me asking help and advice

And from here no one knows where he goes

So I sent him to ask of the Owl, if he’s there

How to loosen a jar from the nose of a bear

So, help me if you can I’ve got to get

Back to the house at Pooh Corner by one

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

Back to the days of Christopher Robin and Pooh

So, help me if you can I’ve got to get

Back to the house at Pooh Corner by one

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

Back to the days of Christopher Robin

Back to the ways of Christopher Robin

Back to the ways of Pooh

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