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Kenny Loggins discusses song with San Diego Zoo, writing amid pandemic, 'Top Gun 2'

Posted at 10:49 AM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 13:49:52-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Legendary rock star and singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins has done a lot in his 50+ year career in music, but he's particularly proud of his newest song.

"The Great Adventure" was specifically written for the San Diego Zoo. Loggins visited the zoo with his family in 2018 and pitched them on carrying his children's book "Footloose" in the gift shop. In the book, zoo animals are released from their habitats each night so they can dance to Loggins' beloved song from the hit movie.

"They told me about their zoo tv and their connection with the children's hospitals. And I said 'What can I do? I'd love to be a part of that," Loggins said in an interview with ABC 10News.

The San Diego Zoo has a television channel that broadcasts to children's hospitals worldwide. Loggins agreed to write a theme song for the channel. To do that, he teamed with two songwriters he admires, Lisa Harriton and Joshua Bartholomew, who won Oscars for writing "Everything is Awesome" for the "Lego Movie."

"We thought if you're a sick child in a children's hospital, you're probably going to turn the tv on early," Loggins said, describing the creative process behind the song. "So we wanted something that was uplifting, and fun, and would set a real positive tone for the day."

In addition to "The Great Adventure", Loggins donated rights for the zoo to use three of his other popular songs in wildlife videos for the channel, including "Danny's Song" and "I'm Alright."

Watch the full interview to hear Loggins talk more about his partnership with the San Diego Zoo, what the pandemic has taught him about his own creativity, and whether he has written a song for the "Top Gun" sequel due out this summer.