Posted March 2022
When I think back to being a preteen kid when I really started listening to music other than Elvis, listening more intently, and discovering music on the radio. I remember hearing a couple of songs that, every time I hear them to this day, I'll reach over and turn up the radio just a little bit so I can hear it and remember it all over again.
A couple of those songs are by someone who is thought of as a band but it's just a gentleman who went by the name Lobo. His actual name is Kent LaVoie. He recorded, “Me and You and A Dog Named Boo,” and “I’d Love You To Want Me.” And probably like you, every time I hear those songs, I flashback what feels like 100 years ago but it’s more like 50 or so and I remember those innocent, carefree days of my youth.
That's what makes our generation fun and meaningful - especially our music and that’s what Kent and I talk about in the interview, below. We talked about the beauty of the music of our generation and how it serves as a benchmark of our lives; how the first few notes of a song could take us instantly back decades and we can remember those things all over again.
Kent’s music as Lobo is exactly that. The reason why we talked is he's done some re-recording, remastering and re-issuing of a bunch of his music. He's big over in Asia. And we still love him here. The opportunity presented itself for us to talk and we sat down in his living room, and I sat here in the Boomerocity office, and we just talked by Zoom. I had the best time chatting with him. He’s such a wonderful guy; full of good stories and what a treasure he is to the musical soundtrack of our lives.
Watch the interview, below, and check out the re-masters and re-recordings that Kent has put together for us to enjoy and to remember once upon a time.
The Boomerocity Interview With Kent LaVoie
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LOBO REIMAGINES THE ORIGINS OF ICONIC HITS
AS IF THEY WERE RECORDED TODAY
IN NEW ALBUM
“IF I COULD DO IT OVER: THE ACOUSTIC HITS”
FEATURING NEW “DEMO” VERSIONS OF
“ME AND YOU AND A DOG NAMED BOO,” “I’D LOVE YOU TO WANT ME”
Available for Streaming on October 22 via Time Life
Along With Three Additional Albums:
“Faithful” (First Time Available in the US), “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”
And “Timeless: The Very Best”
Fairfax, VA (October 22, 2021) --- Time Life releases four digital albums from pop/rock favorite Lobo today, including “If I Could Do It Over: The Acoustic Hits.” The new collection reimagines Lobo’s biggest songs and personal favorites as if they were recorded today for the very first time. “Faithful” (previously unavailable in the United States), covers album “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and newly recorded versions (in premium quality audio) of hit songs in “Timeless: The Very Best” are also now available on all major streaming platforms, as well as videos from live performances on Lobo’s new official YouTube channel. Lobo’s dreamy love songs dominated the Adult Contemporary charts for decades with 12 Top 20 AC hits and four AC #1s and have remained popular around the world ever since with Lobo logging over a million monthly listeners on Spotify alone.
“’If I Could Do it Over’ is like opening my brain and starting again,” describes Kent LaVoie, who writes and records as Lobo. “The album concept is what my songs would sound like if I recorded demos of them today - it’s something that says, ‘yesterday today.’”
“Back when I first started writing songs,” he continues, “I had a four-track recorder, and it took me forever to make a demo. So, when I started working on this album, I thought, ‘I’m going to do these songs like I would have demoed them in the old days but with today’s phenomenal recording quality,’ thanks to the advent of Pro Tools and (longtime collaborator) Billy Aerts constantly encouraging me to use it. There are a lot of things on this album that aren’t on the original records or demos…things like more guitar parts, my voice is more in your face and it’s essentially acoustic: there’s no bottom end, no drums, no bass, but there are some synthesizers.” “For color,” adds Aerts.
“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” features the songwriter covering classics written by others including “Different Drum” (made popular by Linda Ronstadt and Stone Poneys), Paul Anka’s “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” “Let It Be Me” (popularized by The Everly Brothers) and more.
“Faithful” was originally released in Asia in 1996 (under a different name) and is best known for its title track, which was written by Aerts for his wife and has amassed more than 2 million views on YouTube. “I sang that whole song in one take,” LaVoie recalls. “I mean, ‘I’d Love You To Want Me’ took me something like eight months to get the vocal just right. This was a hard song for me to sing and I don’t know how I did it to this day. And it has the best harmonica break on it in the world.” The remainder of the songs on the album were co-written by Lobo and Aerts.
“Timeless: The Very Best” includes recently recorded versions of Lobo’s biggest songs and fan favorites that deliver the hits in the highest quality of audio possible, such as the #1 Adult Contemporary hits “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo,” “I’d Love You to Want Me,” “Don’t Expect Me to Be Your Friend” and the Top 5 “It Sure Took a Long, Long Time,” “How Can I Tell Her” and “Don’t Tell Me Goodnight.”
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