You’ll remember we joined most of the online music community in welcoming back that inimitable imitation of ’70s smooth sounds and the folks that made them, Yacht Rock. Although Hall, Oates, Kenny Loggins, James Ingram, and even Kevin Bacon figure into the softsational character constellation, Yacht’s anchor has always been the prematurely gray grace of Michael McDonald. Michael’s playing Blue Note in NYC this week, and Time Out New York asked him some hard hitting Qs relating to the image cultivated by Channel 101’s sketch show:
TONY: Have you ever owned a yacht?
MICHAEL MCDONALD: No, but I thought Yacht Rock was hilarious. And uncannily, you know, those things always have a little bit of truth to them. It’s kind of like when you get a letter from a stalker who’s never met you. They somehow hit on something, and you have to admit they’re pretty intuitive.
TONY: Have you at least lived near a marina?
MICHAEL MCDONALD: No, I never did. Although a couple summers ago, when I opened for Steely Dan, I’d do the encore with them and come out in a little captain’s hat, like Alan Hale Jr. We all wore them onstage.
TONY: And not one of you owns a yacht?
MICHAEL MCDONALD: Not that I know of. Well, David Crosby owns a sailboat. But I’m not sure he counts.
TONY: Okay. So what’s the craziest thing you ever did with Kenny Loggins?
MICHAEL MCDONALD: We mostly worked a lot when we would get together. Kenny, he’s one of those guys who was a more serious artist; I was just a schlub. He was like, “C’mon, let’s get this right,” and I was like, “Got any beer?”