Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Dear Dan

I was going to write a lengthy tribute (I have corrected, Mr. Foo!) to Dan Fogelberg, but Jimmy at Sticky Doorknobs has written a touching post that I couldn't top if I tried. Here's a bit of it:

Dan Fogelberg spent a lifetime giving us the gift of appreciating our planet, our surroundings, our loves and the concept of peace and the wonder of family and heritage through song. He wrote some of the most timeless melodies we will ever have, and he is most well known for "Leader of the Band," a tribute to his band conductor father; "Run for the Roses" and "Same Auld Lang Syne," all of which came from the same album, 1981's "The Innocent Age."

Go read Jimmy's post, peruse his list of 25 great Fogelberg songs and see what other choices you think would make the A-list.


Foo said...

Erm... long sort of implies lengthy, doesn't it? Okay, I admit I'm picking grammatical nits to distract me from the sinking sense I get from your post that I've missed something bad in yesterday's news.

Some of my favorites: "As The Raven Flies", "There's A Place In The World For A Gambler", "Old Tennessee", "Captured Angel", "The Last Nail", "Scarecrow's Dream", "Loose Ends" (and pretty much all of the Nether Lands album).

In 1981, I had the opportunity to see Fogelberg perform in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He was just getting over a cold, and it was his birthday. He did a two-hour show, as I recall – half with Russ Kunkel and the rest of the band, and the rest by himself, at the piano. That night's rendition of "There's A Place In The World For A Gambler", for which he recruited the audience to fill in for Glenn Frye and the usual suspects as his backing vocalists, was incredibly stirring and something I'll always remember.

Cowtown Pattie said...


Yes, Dan passed away from prostate cancer.

How wonderful to have a great memory of Dan's music! We are big Fogelberg fans at our house, and it is sad to lose someone so talented so young.

DarkoV said...

CP, You well know my feelings about Mr. Fogelberg, but it is a sad bit of news to read that he has dies, as you said, at a relatively young age.

I will keep my Dan-opining to myself for at least 3 months.