Yeah, that Kenny Loggins. The 'Footloose' and 'Highway to the Danger Zone' guy.
In 1979, Loggins was riding the wave of his second consecutive platinum solo album. Unfortunately, his father was not doing so well after a series of small strokes and the prospect of dangerous, painful cardiovascular surgery ahead of him. One day, when the elder Loggins was particularly down, instead of offering love and support, Kenny chose to channel his inner Vince Lombardi and basically told his dad, “Suck it up and take it like a man, you big weenie!” OK, maybe not in those exact words but he put those heartfelt sentiments to music with the song 'This is It' from his 1979 album 'Keep the Fire.' As Loggins himself put it:
"One morning, as we visited my father in the hospital, his talk of dying finally got to me, and I exploded. 'You've got some say over how this goes, ya know?' I demanded. 'Your attitude will determine your survival.' Dad fell silent, angry and embarrassed. I looked him in the eyes and said, 'This is it, dad. Make a choice!' He had stopped speaking to me, and I was so frustrated I just stormed out of the room, already late for my writing appointment with Michael [McDonald of Doobie Brothers fame]. When I arrived at Mike's home, my mind suddenly connected the dots and as I once again sang the lines, 'you think that maybe it's over, only if you want it to be.' I began to cry. 'I've got it,' I announced to Michael, 'it's not a love song. It's a life song.'
Call it what you want, Kenny, but it still doesn’t change the fact that you basically called your dad a pansy as he stared into the icy jaws of death then used that experience to further your own career. The song that would go on to win a Grammy Award and be used as the NBC theme song for their coverage of the 1980 and 1981 NCAA basketball tournaments.