There's a concert I'm looking forward to nearby in Laguna Beach this Saturday.
Thirty years ago, it was seemingly everywhere: the earnest, feathery voice of a soft-spoken Texas balladeer, Christopher Cross. The charts back then featured a galaxy of stars and soon-to-be-legends; Blondie, Queen, Elton John, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. But Cross' thoughtful, simple, self-titled debut made its mark — big time.
In 1981, he took home five Grammys. Since then, there's also been an Oscar and a Golden Globe, not to mention about nine million worldwide album sales.
Cross practically invented the "adult contemporary" genre on the strength of songs including "Sailing," the Michael McDonald duet "Ride Like The Wind" and "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)."
Until recently, Cross hadn't released a new studio album in 12 years, though it's not like he wasn't busy. He tours all over the world and guests on the records of others. But the latest collection of songs hearkens back to some of his most memorable work.