House at Pooh Corner

Now that we’ve got a grandchild, I’m dusting off my rusty fingers and getting back into lullaby mode! So far, Luna’s favorite song is Kenny Loggin’s House at Pooh Corner. In the video below, you’ll see that Kenny stopped by (via YouTube) and we jammed a bit.

Story Behind House at Pooh Corner
Kenny Loggins was a 17-year-old high-school senior, staring down his impending adulthood, when he wrote “House at Pooh Corner.” The song was inspired by A.A. Milne’s 1928 book “The House at Pooh Corner,” a collection of short stories about Winnie the Pooh and the rest of the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood.

My all-time favorite song is KD Lang’s performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction of Leonard Cohen in 2006. Here’s a LINK to it on YouTube. Make sure to watch it all the way to the end. Leonard Cohen is in the audience.

What is your all-time favorite song? 


92 thoughts on “House at Pooh Corner

  1. What a lovely tune and I can see why Luna loves it so, especially with grandma playing along. I have many favourite songs but Four Strong Winds by Ian and Sylvia (or anyone else) is right up there. My favourite song right now is A Million Dreams.

  2. Leonard Cohen….gives me goosebumps every time I hear him sing. Funny story about Kenny Loggins. I saw him at a work convention a few years back. He spoke about being at a show when a big, burly guy stood up and yelled to Kenny to ‘play that bear song.’ Kenny laughed as he said the big, burly guy wanted to hear ‘Pooh Corner.’ I do love ‘Footloose.’ I can’t dance but I sure do give a try when I hear this song!!

  3. Your’re kidding right? There are so many. I do love House at Pooh Corner as well as Fire and Rain by James Taylor and Vincent by Don McClean, Pretty much anything by Carole King, Joni Mitchell or Judy Collins. Ooops! I gave away my age there. I guess my favorite right now is a song called Water by Daniel Nahmod. I love music — I’ve been known to be spotted singing on my morning walks.

  4. Enjoy seeing you strum your guitar for little Luna. House at Pooh Corner is very comforting and softly sung. I can appreciate Luna’s preference for it.
    Impossible to say which is my favorite song.
    For children I would say “Forever Young” I don’t recall who wrote it. A friend, Sally and her husband Joe, are often called upon to sing it at infrequent friends sing alongs. I live their version. Thanks for your pleasant guitar accompaniment this AM.

  5. Good job Grandmother – music so helps brain development.
    The Tallis Canon done as a round and Lo How A Rose Is Blooming ( Sang this to all my dying friends)

    I can not sing any more, I can not play piano anymore – I do not listen to music anymore. I soon may not be able to talk any more and I have been refused both of the surgeries that might remedy my throat problem and my tremor problem. I was angry for awhile – now I just prefer silence.

  6. Beautiful singing, Laurie. I love “Hallelujah” too but there’s a version by a British-American-Idol-equivalent winner that always brings me to tears. I think her name is Alexandra Steele (?) Heard it years ago and watched it many times.

    But my all-time favorite song (out of dozens that will stay with me forever) is “Over the Rainbow” by Eva Cassidy. She recorded a studio version that is “perfect” and a live version that features just her and her guitar that isn’t quite “perfect” in that I believe her voice wasn’t 100% due to a lingering cold, but the raw emotion she shared with her audience was magical.

    My conservative estimate is that I have listened to OTR well over 1000 times since I first heard it in 1999. MIght be closer to 2000 listens by now. Early on, I put the CD on repeat and listened to it over and over for hours at a time. You may remember I featured the live version in one of my 2017 newsletters. I’ll probably feature the studio version someday now that you’ve got me thinking about great music. 🙂


  7. That is one of my all-time favorite songs, too! (Until my daughter recorded a version for me :)) I think I even posted about KD’s version before. Dipped back into Note to Self this weekend :).

  8. Love House at Pooh Corner. The song is so catchy and fun. It truly evokes childhood and Winnie the Pooh. I never knew the story about Loggins writing it at 17. I’m so musically eclectic, it’s hard to pick a single song. If I have to pick one song, I’d say Let It Be by the Beatles. My two favorite pieces of music ate Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart and Arabesque No. 1 by Debussy.

    • Marian — I love YOU ARE THE WIND BENEATH MY WINGS (thank you for the link to re-remind me of how much I love it).

      I’m so excited that your at the copyeditor phase of your book. Woohoo! 🙂

  9. Dear Laurie, this was a beautiful post. Right now my favorite song is “Mercy and Grace” sung by our dear friend, Michael Peterson, who is a country western song writer and singer. Michael made a special recording for us to comfort our broken hearts about Joshua’s passing.

  10. Laurie, that’s impossible for me, I can’t pick one from hundreds that are my favorites. There is only one song that can bring me to my knees though, especially if it’s night time in the old arbor with lights shining from the rafters, The congregation’s singing “Just As I Am” will drop me to my knees every time.

  11. So many favorite songs including The Wings Beneath my Feet by Bette Midler, Neil Diamond and Barbara Streisand’s duet You Don’t Send Me Flowers Anymore, many by Lennon and McCartney including Yesterday and The Two of Us, Joan Baez singing Diamonds and Rust, and of course Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. For those Hallelujah fans here is a link to a Newsweek story that lists 60 different recordings of Hallelujah from 60 to 1


  12. I enjoyed listening to you play the guitar, Laurie, and the conversation that followed here on your post. I love many of the songs already mentioned –especially the “secret chord” of “Hallelujah.” And the Beatles “Let it Be.”

    For lullabies I have used “Summertime” and “Peace Like a River” and “Jesus Loves Me.”

    Haydn’s “The Heavens Are Telling” thrilled me when I sang it in choir in high school. I remember saying I wanted that song sung at my funeral. Not sure how the full orchestra will manage to get there. 🙂

    • Shirley — You’ve named some beauties! And I can absolutely understand why “The Heavens Are Telling” would make a wonderful song at a funeral (the full orchestra part may be a wee bit difficult to pull off though) 🙂

  13. I’ve loved this song from the first time I heard it, but certainly didn’t know any of the backstory. Thank you for sharing that with us! I love music from every decade of my life and across all genres, and try as I might, I really cannot think of just one. I can remember my dad singing “I Love Paris in the Springtime” to me when I was a very, very little girl. I think at the time Julie London was his musical inspiration. I play that from time to time, on vinyl, and feel very close to him. But I have hundreds of associations with wonderful songs that are important to me for one reason or another. Aren’t we rich in wonderful music and fabulous modes of playing and listening. 🙂

  14. I love Winnie the poo . My son bought me the complete works one Christmas. Shouldn’t it be the other way round ?😂 Your beautiful grandchild is a lucky little girl …love her name .
    My favourite is ‘Summer Breeze ‘ by The Isley Brothers.

  15. Beautiful performance. Nothing is rusty about your fingers 🙂
    I am afraid I cannot answer your question. I did try, but when I think of a song, another comes to mind.Too many favorites.

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