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#568153 - 12/16/07 11:26 PM Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer  
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Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer

He was definitely one of my influences

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&q=DAN+FOGELBERG&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tab=wn

here's the article from USA today
Singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg dies

Dan Fogelberg lost his battle with prostate cancer. He was 56.

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Dan Fogelberg, one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the '70s and '80s, died Sunday at home in Maine at age 56. He had battled advanced prostate cancer since being diagnosed in 2004.
Fogelberg was a key component of the golden age of the confessional singer/songwriter, joining the likes of James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne and more in turning pop music's focus inward after the '60s' explosion of social commentary. He had started as a rocker in bands around his hometown of Peoria, Ill., but began performing solo while attending the University of Illinois.

There he met a local booking agent, Irving Azoff. He and local band REO Speedwagon became Azoff's first managerial projects (prior to managing the Eagles). Azoff secured Fogelberg a contract with Columbia, but first album Home Free made little impact. 1974's Joe Walsh-produced Souvenirs, however, hit the top 20, thanks largely to hit single Part of the Plan, and Fogelberg embarked on a two-decade run that would include nine top-30 albums (including three that hit the top 10).

His best-remembered songs include his biggest hit, the affecting ballad Longer; The Power of Gold, a collaboration with flautist Tim Weisberg; Leader of the Band, a tribute to his bandleader father, Lawrence; and the evergreen seasonal standard Same Old Lang Syne, which originally hit the top 10 in 1980.

In later years, he ventured into new musical territory, recording a successful pure-bluegrass album, High Country Snows, in 1985, and tackling broader political, spiritual and environmental issues in his songs. His last album, Full Circle, was released in 2003.

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The most apt summation of his life's work likely comes from Fogelberg himself, when he said, as quoted in his online biography, "You've got to just follow your heart and do your best work Ö There is no doubt in my mind or heart that everything I've done is exactly what I intended to do."


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#568159 - 12/16/07 11:52 PM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Ande Rasmussen]  
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Bummer!

I'm very sorry to hear that. Dan Fogelberg was a musician and writer of great depth and talent, much more than the general public granted him. I suppose he'll mostly be remembered for the sugary "Longer" which was a great tune, if overplayed. But he was a marvelous songwriter and musician, very eclectic and also a formidable guitarist who could tear down the house.

I played his "Looking for a Lady" at my high school talent show, a duet with my girlfriend...I'll never be able to thank him enough for that one...suddenly I became popular with girls. grin

RIP, Mr. Fogelberg.

#568166 - 12/17/07 12:22 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Mark Kaufman]  
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His music had an elegance and depth that really moved me. The harmonies and vocals were exquisite. His legacy will live on in the music world, in the hearts of those who love his songs.

May he rest in peace.

Emily

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#568169 - 12/17/07 12:32 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Emily Sanders]  
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Dan Fogelberg was definitely one of the folks whose music influenced me in my earlier years. He said things that mattered and it was one of those things that touched me..made me realize how powerful music really could be in touching those places deep inside and saying what most people can't seem to find the words to describe. We all have the need to feel as though others have had similar experiences...and Dan's music helped us know that somewhere...someone else had been thinking the same things. I am so sorry that his life and gift were cut too short. He leaves a legacy in a lot of hearts. Mine is saddened tonight.

Rest easy my friend...

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#568170 - 12/17/07 12:35 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Emily Sanders]  
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My favorite was "John Sutters Mill" from the "High Country Snow" LP.

#568175 - 12/17/07 01:24 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: ben willis]  
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God bless Dan and his family. What a talent, a blend of "feel" and musicianship. I love the Nether Lands album. I'll go listen to it now.


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#568184 - 12/17/07 01:56 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Mike Dunbar]  
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We are heartbroken. Dan Fogelberg was one of the greatest influences on our music - his first few albums were the soundtrack for my teen years. He was real. What a beautiful soul - rest in peace, Dan.

#568185 - 12/17/07 01:59 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Cher Klosner]  
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www.danfogelberg.com news

Prostate cancer is allegedly one of the most treatable of cancers. It is detectable by a simple blood test and most treatable when detected early.

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#568194 - 12/17/07 02:24 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Gary E. Andrews]  
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Makes us think of our own mortality, I enjoyed all of his work and even covered a few of his songs. We are the same age.

#568195 - 12/17/07 02:27 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Gary E. Andrews]  
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Unfortunately many Doctors do not perform the blood test unless you ask for it and it is only recently that men under 50 have begun to be tested.
I was diagnosed when I was 60. My(EX) family Doctor never did the test and I did not know about the test. I only found out I had Prostate cancer because we had to change Doctors because of insurance. The first thing the new Doctor did was do a PSA test. That's when I found out I had Prostate cancer.
If we had not had to switch doctors I would probably be joining Mr. Fogelberg very soon.
My cancer was caught early enough to be treated. But just barely. And I still ain't out of the woods yet. Only time will tell.
Advanced Prostate Cancer usually attacks the skeletal system (that's bones) and is not a fun way to go.

56 is pretty young to die from Prostate Cancer. He must have had it for quite some time before diagnosis. Prostate Cancer is usually a very slow growing cancer but once it escapes the Prostate gland there is no cure. They can treat the symptoms and slow it down but it will eventually kill you.

So, if you don't know your PSA and you are over 40 I would recommend you get the blood test.

I was treated in 2005 at Loma Linda Medical Center in California with 44 Proton Radiation treatments. So far my cancer is in remission and I am due for a routine follow up blood test in January to confirm it is still in remission. I don't use the word cure because cancer is never "cured" once you get it you have it. It can always come back.

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#568200 - 12/17/07 02:45 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Bill Robinson]  
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My condolences to his family and his fans...It always hurts to lose a truly talented person. He without a doubt made a big impact on this industry.


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#568215 - 12/17/07 03:05 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Bob Cushing]  
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To all you guys out there over 40...please go and get tested!!! Thank you Bill for posting your experience with this. If only more men would take the time to have the test run. More lives could be saved.

Hugs,
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#568223 - 12/17/07 03:25 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Bobbie Gallup (D)]  
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Yes mam.

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#568235 - 12/17/07 04:10 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: John Hoffman]  
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I certainly will be thinking of him this New Year as I listen to "Same old Lang Syne" If only I could write a song that good.


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#568371 - 12/17/07 04:02 PM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Samuel Harris]  
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I was NOT prepared to see this. Wow.

He was a monster influence in my music. As a matter of fact, a song I wrote a couple of years ago in an effort to emulate Dan's music about his love of the land was just released on a compilation CD last month.

I was lucky enough to meet him twice while living in Nashville and twice more, here in Taos.

If any of you out there DON'T know how brilliant the man was, get your hands on ANY one of his first four albums. Or go to iTunes and download his song, "Netherlands". It still makes me weep.

Dan, my friend, I'm truly saddened by this news, but I'm also very glad to know your pain is over. Rest in Peace. And thank you so much for sharing your incredible gifts with me and so many others.

Ted

#568414 - 12/17/07 07:09 PM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Ande Rasmussen]  
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Wow! What a shock! This is terrible news. Thanks for letting us know Ande.... frown

Chuck

#568419 - 12/17/07 08:21 PM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Chuck Crowe]  
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I heard this on the news on my way to work. God rest his soul and may his family be strengthened in order to bear their loss.

Bill, my prayers are with you as well. Take care of yourself.


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#568446 - 12/18/07 12:06 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Jean Bullock]  
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All I can say about it is

Real men know their PSA.

I know mine of course, but do you?

In this day there was probably a good chance he could have been given many more years on this planet had it been caught early.
Once it gets out of the Prostate it is incurable. That means 100% fatal guys.

Caught early enough 15 year cure rates are well into the 90% range. It goes down from there
I was told my cure rate was about 67%.
Hey 2 out of three ain't bad. I'll take it.


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#568453 - 12/18/07 12:22 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Ande Rasmussen]  
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here's what Bob Lefsetz wrote about Dan

Fifty six is too young to die.



I remember my mother saying people in their forties were young and my sisters
and I laughed. Youth is about exuberance, a sense of invulnerability, you
believe what has happened to the rest of humanity will never happen to you. If
you're lucky, you get old. But some don't get that benefit.



My father died at seventy. I thought he had a pretty good ride. Now I'm
frightened that my life will be snuffed at the same age. In my prime, when the
world's wisdom has finally come to me.



I always wondered how these songwriters could be so insightful in their
twenties, how they could know so much about life, and love.



Some people find the right person in grade school. They grow old together.
Still others search for so long, they ultimately give up, the pain is too
severe, they tell themselves they're fulfilled as they eat dinner alone in front
of the TV. And then there's the rest of us. We live with one person, get
married to another, we don't know whether to stop where we are or to break up
and begin anew. We hear talk of soulmates, we hear of people shooting
significant others. Does everybody really just live in between? So close to
that line of exasperation, with satisfaction just outside our grasp?



We've got moments. With others. But do they really love us? Are they going to
leave us? Can we trust them? Can we trust anybody?



I've trusted the music. I know the notes on the records never change, the
insights remain. They get me through times of despair, when I've got more
questions than answers. They make me feel like I'm not alone in this world.
"Same Old Lang Syne" makes me feel like I'm not alone in this world, that I'm
part of a continuum, part of humanity. True love may be professed in the media,
at cocktail parties...but for most of us, it's elusive. Maybe because there's
no such thing. Just a continuous string of moments. As one moves forward. But
occasionally, you move backward.



They course through your memory. You wonder if you reconnected...would your
life work? Was she the one? But when you bump into them, it's awful. Because
although you share something, you're no longer the same people. And now the
pristine memory has been shattered by this interaction, with someone who's
gotten older, just like you.



I was hung up on some woman I met in high school. She called me years later
when she was in L.A. We sat in the lobby of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. She
looked the same, but somewhere along the line, she'd taken a left turn, we could
no longer connect.



The last time I saw my ex-wife, she treated me as if I was a stranger. And
after forcing her to stay and have a conversation, she revealed that all her
hopes and dreams had not come to fruition. She asked me for money. Could this
be the same person I was married to?



You reel after the experience. After meeting that old high school classmate, I
let go of her memory and started a new romance. Breaking up with this woman
after years of living together just about killed me. But when she e-mailed me
two decades later, I kept my distance. She was searching for something. I
could not go back there. A week later, I met Felice.



And we're both battered and wounded from our previous relationships. Yet we
soldier on. Together. We have each other. But what if you lose your
significant other? What if they don't break up with you, don't dump you, but
die. Dan Fogelberg died.



I'd be lying if I said I was a fan. He was just a bit too wimpy. But in the
early nineties, I had a change of heart. When his live album, "Greetings From
The West", arrived in the mail. When I put "Same Old Lang Syne" on endless
repeat.



"Met my old lover in the grocery store

The snow was falling Christmas Eve

I stole behind her in the frozen foods

And I touched her on the sleeve"



Can't you just SEE IT? That's great songwriting, universal because it's
personal. Usually, when I see an old acquaintance, I run. I give Dan credit
for making the effort, for making the connection. He touched her on the sleeve,
he surprised her. You can feel that youthful exuberance.



"She didn't recognize the face at first

But then her eyes flew open wide

She went to hug me and she spilled her purse

And we laughed until we cried"



You want to believe they remember you, that you haunt their memories too. I've
been researching an old camp girlfriend since the advent of the Internet. It's
hard with women, if they're married they don't have the same last name. Is one
of those single women around the country with the same appellation her? And, if
so, does she think back to when she was eleven?



"We took her groceries to the checkout stand

The food was totaled up and bagged

We stood there lost in our embarrassment

As the conversation dragged"



After the rush of excitement, then what? It's been years. How do you explain
who you are now? You shared something back then, but that was a long time ago.
You don't want to run, you want it to be comfortable, but it's not.



"We went to have ourselves a drink or two

But couldn't find an open bar

We bought a six-pack at the liquor store

And we drank it in her car"



Conversations in automobiles are real. There are no distractions. You can't
play the radio, you're afraid of running down the battery. You dig down deep,
and get to the bottom of things.



"She said she'd married her an architect

Who kept her warm and safe and dry

She would have liked to say she loved the man

But she didn't like to lie"



Do you do what your parents want you to? Play it safe? Or go with your gut?
Felice's grandmother was completely unsupportive of her daughter's marriage.
Musicians were not the right choice for matrimony. But Felice's father's world
famous works resulted in this condo we're inhabiting in Colorado over a decade
after his death.



"She said she saw me in the record stores

And that I must be doing well

I said the audience was helping me

But the traveling was hell"



I always think of my sister Wendy when I hear this verse. Because we both
believed it was HEAVENLY, but on the original recording it's HELPING ME! And
that's what the audience does, help you get through. But they can't travel for
you. You enjoy the adoration of thousands for two hours, then you're alone, on
the road again. Fame truly isn't all it's cracked up to be. The more famous
you are, the more you yearn for normalcy. To be able to shop without being
recognized, to leave the house without putting on your look, to [naughty word removed] up.



"The beer was empty and our tongues were tired

And running out of things to say

She gave a kiss to me as I got out

And I watched her drive away"



And as their taillights fade, you wonder if you'll ever see them again. Think
of all those old friends, both romantic and platonic, who you swore loyalty to
forever. They've faded away. If you reconnected, you'd have almost nothing to
say. But once upon a time, you were thick as thieves.



"Just for a moment I was back at school

And felt that old familiar pain

And as I turned to make my way back home

The snow turned into rain"



That's what romance during school days is full of...pain. The unrequited
crushes, the unfruitful dates. You've got a plan in your head, but life never
turns out that way.



"We drank a toast to innocence

We drank a toast to time

Reliving in our eloquence

Another 'auld lang syne'..."



We were innocent once. Our whole lives were in front of us. We lived and
laughed. Then loss crossed our path. We couldn't make sense of what life dealt
us. We became beaten down. The goal is to make peace with the changes, to
realize that life's about keepin' on, that you never know what's going to appear
around the bend.



But Dan Fogelberg no longer has that option. His wife is now a widow. His
flame was snuffed in the prime of life. It's not fair.



But it's truth.



My heart sunk, skipped a beat when I read of Dan's passing on the Net last
night. Based on his Website, I thought he might come back. It appeared he'd
beaten his cancer. I was hoping he was retired to enjoy life, that he was no
longer battling this deadly disease.



But that was untrue.



He didn't O.D. He didn't drive too fast. Life just got him. Nipped him in the
bud.



My father lived a lot in his seventy years. But everybody deserves more. But
not everybody gets more.



So where does that leave us? With more questions than answers. Pain. It's the
human condition.



Dan Fogelberg wrote about the human condition. In "Same Old Lang Syne" he
captured the pain of reconnection and high school romance. I can't think of
another number that comes close. I quote the lyrics to myself all the time.



Maybe it's fitting that Dan died during the winter season, just before Christmas
Eve. So we'll remember him at this time. When we're not out on the beach being
fabulous, but inside in front of the fire, thinking.



Dan Fogelberg thought. I became a fan long after his last hit. It just took me
that long to discover his eloquence. I will continue to play "Same Old Lang
Syne". But now it will sound even more bittersweet.





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#568462 - 12/18/07 12:43 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Ande Rasmussen]  
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Whew...that article pretty much says it all. Thanks for sharing that.

Bobbie


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#568469 - 12/18/07 01:06 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Ande Rasmussen]  
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Ande,

Wow, does it ever....I always turn up "Same Old Lang Syne" when I hear it on the radio..it's just one of those songs that says so much...and Dan Fogelberg says it so well.

Thanks for posting that article.

Kristi


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he must be. -- Abraham Maslow, American Psychologist
#568485 - 12/18/07 01:39 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Kristi McKeever]  
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And while I realize it was one of his biggest commercial successes, it's one of my least (OK, LESSER) favorites of his.

Check out tunes like "Old Tennnessee", "Morning Sky", "The Reach", "Phoenix", "Live In the Country", "Captured Angel", "To the Morning", "Next Time", and just about ANY song from the "Souveniers" or the "Netherlands" album, etc. The list goes on and on and on...

OK, check out ANY album of his up to and including "High Country Snows". Can only speak for one album of his after that (his follow up with Tim Weisberg to "Twin Sons..."), and it's really nice; but it's the earlier stuff I will take, in my heart, to my grave.


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Ohhhhhh.... I'm sad to hear this.
Deep sigh.
My sister's a HUGE fan and so I cut my teeth on his music... she had nearly everything of his, I believe. She played a lot of his songs on the guitar, so sometimes I hear her voice singing in my mind instead.

Originally Posted by ben willis
My favorite was "John Sutters Mill" from the "High Country Snow" LP.


And this one: THIS one, Sutters' Mill, STILL runs through my head from time to time. I catch myself singing the chorus. And I haven't heard a recording of it in eons. Not THAT'S songwriting.
Amazing.

~sigh~
May he rest peacefully, and the rest of us be comforted.
God bless.

Linda


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you're welcome

This one is one of my favorite Dan Fogelberg songs
I first heard it when one of my old girl friends put it on a mix tape.

Nexus

Across the vein of night there cuts a path of searing light
Burning like a beacon on the edges of our sight
At the point of total darkness and the lights divine divide
A soul can let its shadow stretch and land on either side, either side

And balanced on the precipice the moment must reveal
Naked in the face of time, our race within the wheel
As we hang beneath the heavens, and we hover over hell
Our hearts become the instruments we learn to play so well

(Chorus)
Wealthy the spirit that knows its own flight
Stealthy the hunter who slays his own fright
Blessed the traveler who journeys the length of the light

Outside the pull of gravity, beyond the spectral veil
Within our careful reasoning, we search to no avail
For the constant in the chaos, for the fulcrum in the void
Following a destiny our steps cannot avoid

Across the vein of night there cuts a path of searing light
Burning like a beacon on the edges of our sight
At the point of total darkness and the lights divine divide
A soul can let its shadow stretch and land on either side

(Chorus)

In a spiral never-ending are we drawn toward the source
Spinning at the mercy of an unrelenting force
So we stare into the emptiness and fall beneath the weight
Circling the Nexus in a fevered dance with fate

(Chorus)


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this one too

Go Down Easy

Linda lost a lover
In the early part of autumn
And she moved out to the country
Hoping all would be forgotten

The last time that I saw her
She was making sure the winter
Wouldnít come through that old door frame
Where the door is
Several inches from the ground
The cold, hard ground

And itís hard to go down easy
And itís hard to keep from crying
And itís hard to lose a lover in the early part of autumn

Well she learned to cook the meals
And she learned to start the fire
And she learned to make jewelry
Out of stones and precious metals
She sits down to the table
With her friends and several others
And she tries real hard to never be alone

And itís hard to go down easy
And itís hard to keep from crying
And itís hard to lose a lover in the early part of autumn

Now the winter wind blows cold
Upon a fair and gentle soul
And she feels as if her time is passing easy
But her friends are sometimes lovers
Though theyíll always be another
She thinks about when nighttime lays on down

And itís hard to go down easy
And itís hard to keep from crying
And itís hard to lose a lover in the early part of autumn
And itís hard to go down easy
And itís hard to keep from crying
And itís hard to lose a lover in the early part of autumn



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#568720 - 12/18/07 09:52 PM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Ande Rasmussen]  
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oooohhh my...... When I was young, I was learning guitar and trying to make emotional connection to my music...and then HE came along. Dan Fogelberg...he a was tall, thin beautiful looking man, with his long hair flowing down his back. (I'm not gay, but this was a good looking man, no doubt)...and he played and wrote and sang like an angel. Souvenirs, Netherlands, The Innocent Age...so close to my heart...when I want to escape I can just put one of those on and I'm transported to a place only Dan and I know...I once got the pleasure of seeing him play solo at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago (A gorgeous european style theatre with velvet seats and composers names etched in gold all around the stage) He treated us to 2 hours of just him on piano and guitar...I can picture it now like it was yesterday...I had 5th row seats. I wouldn't trade that memory for anything. It was one of those "once in a lifetime" moments...after the show, my friend and I sat there for like 20 minutes...not talking...just absorbing what we had seen. I was so innocent then, it was SO long ago. I can't believe he is gone, only 6 years older than I am. It makes me feel my own mortality. Sad sad sad...That article was great, too...He wrote SUCH personal songs, that you felt you knew him...I strive to write just like that. His music was never really commercial at all. His songs were long and wordy and often moody. "Longer than", his big hit was probably his worst song to me. Goodbye Dan, the world will miss you, but your music will live on. Here is one of my favorites...the words alone cannot do the song justice, he could give music such beauty in his presentation and emotion.

Loose Ends

Climbing a mountain in darkness
Stranded alone on the ledge
Every attempt that I make to hold on
Pushes me nearer the edge
Sensing the changes impending
My thoughts are diffused by despair
I feel like I'm swimming straight up underwater
Desperately racing for air
I'm racing for air
(Chorus)
And the chords struck at birth grow more distant
Yet, we strike them again and again
And we plead and we pray for a glimmer of day
As the night folds its wings and descends
Exposing the loose ends

Surrounding myself with possessions
I surely have more than I need
I don't know if this is justice hard earned
Or simply a matter of greed
A matter of greed
(Chorus)
Repeat (Chorus)

I will be performing Same old lang syne tonight at open mike
Here it is for any of you that want to try it, it's a challenge
I play it with a capo at the seventh fret and then I sing it low. It's the only way, I couldn't possibly hit the high notes like he did.

Dan Fogelberg Same old old lang syne (capo 7) C- Am-C-Am-D7/f#-F-G
C Am C Am
1 Met my old lover in the grocery store The snow was falling christmas eve
2 We took her groceries to the checkout stand The food was totalled up and bagged
3 She said sheíd married her an architect Who kept her warm and safe and dry
4 She said she saw me in the record stores And that I must be doing well
5 The beer was empty and our tongues were tired And running out of things to say
C Am D7/f# Fmaj7 G
1 I stole behind her in the frozen foods And I touched her on the sleeve
2 We stood there lost in our embarrassment As the conversation dragged.
3 She would have liked to say she loved the man But she didnt like to lie.
4 I said the audience was heavenly But the traveling was hell. 4 > C
5 She gave a kiss to me as I got out And I watched her drive away. >5
C Am C Am
1 She didnt recognize the face at first But then her eyes flew open wide
2 We went to have ourselves a drink or two But couldnt find an open bar
3 I said the years had been a friend to her And that her eyes were still as blue
5 Just for a moment I was back at school And felt that old familiar pain
C Am D7/f# Fmaj7 G
1 She went to hug me and she spilled her purse And we laughed until we cried. 1 ^ intro
2 We bought a six-pack at the liquor store And we drank it in her car. 2>C
3 But in those eyes I wasnt sure if I saw Doubt or gratitude. 3 ^4
5 And as I turned to make my way back home The snow turned into rain >>>end (down)
Am F G Am
c1 We drank a toast to innocence We drank a toast to now
c2 We drank a toast to innocence We drank a toast to time
Am F G
c1 And tried to reach beyond the emptiness But neither one knew how. c1^3 4^c2
c2 Reliving in our eloquence Another auld lang syne... ^5

End >>> Cmaj7- Dm6- Dm/g---F-G (2x)C {sounds like old lang syne}

I couldn't get the chords in the right places, you'll have to push them over yourself


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#569079 - 12/20/07 12:55 AM Re: Dan Fogelberg died of prostate cancer [Re: Herbie Gaines]  
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It's worth posting again, here...


"Once in a vision I came on some woods
And stood at a fork in the road
My choices were clear, yet I froze with the fear
Of not knowing which way to go
One road was simple acceptance of life
The other road offered sweet peace
When I made my decision
My vision became my release."

Dan Fogelberg, "Nether Lands"

Here's to the road less traveled and to Dan's release.

Ted

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Good one Ted---Here's one more

Lost In The Sun

Every night I ask myself that same old question why
And every day the answer seems more distant
I always knew the final truths lay just beneath the lies
But I never thought they'd be this hard to find
I never thought they'd be this hard to find
Every time I try to put this puzzle in to place
There always seems to be a piece that's missing
And through the eyes of someone else I look in to my face
And can't believe the sorrow there I see
I can't believe this lonely man is me...
(Chorus)
The faster we run, the futher away the dreams that we chase become
And lost in the sun, spinning and turning, blind in the burning light of day
We have to turn away
Every night I ask myself that same old question why
And every day the answer seems more distant
I always knew the final truths lay just beneath the lies
But I never thought they'd take this long to find
I never thought they'd be this hard to find
(Chorus)


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