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Singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg dies
danfogelberg.com ^ | 12-16-2007

Posted on 12/16/2007 12:06:46 PM PST by lunarbicep

Dear friends,

Dan left us this morning at 6:00am . He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side. His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him.


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: danfogelberg; genx; music; obituary
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1 posted on 12/16/2007 12:06:47 PM PST by lunarbicep
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To: lunarbicep

RIP


2 posted on 12/16/2007 12:08:13 PM PST by DownInFlames (,)
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To: lunarbicep

According to wikipedia, he was only 56.


3 posted on 12/16/2007 12:09:04 PM PST by RockinRight (Fred Thompson spells gravitas B-A-L-L-S-O-F-S-T-E-E-L.)
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To: lunarbicep

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


4 posted on 12/16/2007 12:09:17 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: lunarbicep

My favorite song which he wrote and performed was “Wisteria”.


5 posted on 12/16/2007 12:09:26 PM PST by Texas Songwriter
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To: lunarbicep
Wow. I remember "Captured Angel." Fogelberg did EVERYTHING on that album, including the cover art. Wrote it, produced it, played every instrument, mixed it, probably drove the masters to the studio ...

His music was a little too femmy for my taste, but there's no doubt he was talented. He always reminded me of James Taylor, only with some actual ability instead of a heroine habit.

6 posted on 12/16/2007 12:09:57 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: lunarbicep
Too bad. I had no idea he was ill. I have fond memories of his music, mainly from the 80s. One of his songs is played frequently at Christmas. RIP...
7 posted on 12/16/2007 12:10:17 PM PST by tips up
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To: lunarbicep

Praying for comfort for his wife and family. After such a long battle, families often accept the passing as a blessing. Dan’s out of his suffering. May he rest in eternal peace.


8 posted on 12/16/2007 12:10:37 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: lunarbicep
It's "Part of the Plan".

RIP Dan.

9 posted on 12/16/2007 12:10:39 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: qam1

I am a living legacy to the leader of the band

Gen X Bump


10 posted on 12/16/2007 12:12:37 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: lunarbicep

This is really sad news. I’ve been a Fogelberg fan since “Part of the Plan” in the early 70’s. Every time a new album came out was an ocassion for me. I listened to a lot of his stuff in college, and we had his song “Longer” sung at our wedding.

Saw him in concert twice.

This is really a loss. RIP.


11 posted on 12/16/2007 12:14:55 PM PST by News Junkie (Faith and Reason)
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To: lunarbicep

Rest in peace Dan...


12 posted on 12/16/2007 12:15:13 PM PST by rockrr (Global warming is to science what Islam is to religion)
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To: IronJack

That should be “heroin” habit.


13 posted on 12/16/2007 12:15:59 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: tips up
...I had no idea he was ill...

Prostate cancer. He said he didn't get it detected early enough.

14 posted on 12/16/2007 12:19:06 PM PST by FReepaholic (This tagline could indicate global warming.)
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To: lunarbicep

ack!!! I was in mid-sentence to my son and just ended in some kind of noise.

How horrible! One of my favorites.
RIP Dan


15 posted on 12/16/2007 12:19:31 PM PST by DeLaine (Santa...I can explain!)
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To: lunarbicep
Last school year my daughter was asked to select a song that was related to heroism. I suggested “Leader of the Band” as a tribute to one’s father, but my daughter had other ideas. Fogelberg’s passing comes as a surprise. He’ll be missed.
16 posted on 12/16/2007 12:25:21 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Texas Songwriter

I loved Face the fire.


17 posted on 12/16/2007 12:25:55 PM PST by angcat ("IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM")
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To: lunarbicep
Fogelberg on YouTube
18 posted on 12/16/2007 12:27:42 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: lunarbicep

God bless Dan and his family.

The following is written by Dan from his website and imho, is very important information:

“Now for the sermon.

To each and every man....

I cannot encourage you strongly enough to get a DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) and a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test EVERY YEAR.

The medical community suggests this for men over 50, but men with a family history of prostate cancer should start getting tested at age 40.

The PSA test is a simple blood test...it only takes a minute or two. The DRE, okay, every man squirms at the thought of this exam, but hey, it too takes only a minute or two, and IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.

Prostate cancer can be very slow growing or very aggressive, but detected early while it is still confined to the prostate gland, it can usually be treated and cured successfully.”


19 posted on 12/16/2007 12:29:25 PM PST by khnyny (Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed. Winston Churchill)
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To: lunarbicep
I thank you for the music
And your stories of the road
I thank you for the freedom
When it came my time to go --
I thank you for the kindness
... and in the end, only kindness matters ... thank you for music Mr. Fogelberg.
20 posted on 12/16/2007 12:41:48 PM PST by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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To: tips up; All

I didn’t know he was sick, either! Prayers up for his family and friends.


21 posted on 12/16/2007 12:42:18 PM PST by Theresawithanh (This is my tagline. FRED!!!!!!)
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To: Daffynition

From my wedding... I needed a song that could do double duty to speak to God’s love as well as ours. My best friend sang it. Well, in a manner of speaking... she was crying so hard all anyone could hear was her guitar.

Longer

Longer than there’ve been fishes in the ocean
Higher than any bird ever flew
Longer than there’ve been stars up in the heavens
I’ve been in love with you

Stronger than any mountain cathedral
Truer than any tree ever grew
Deeper than any forest primeval
I am in love with you

I’ll bring fire in the winters
You’ll send showers in the springs
We’ll fly through the falls and summers
With love on our wings

Through the years as the fire starts to mellow
Burning lines in the book of our lives
Though the binding cracks and the pages start to yellow
I’ll be in love with you
I’ll be in love with you

I am in love with you


22 posted on 12/16/2007 12:49:02 PM PST by freema
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To: freema
What a beautiful choice for a wedding song! I was just looking at some of the lyrics of his songs and in a wonderful reverie of the gifts he gave us. I also found this quote: "Now is the only thing that exists." ~~Dan Fogelberg

That's all I need to know about this man.

23 posted on 12/16/2007 12:56:23 PM PST by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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To: lunarbicep

I saw him when I was in high school. Accoustic concert. I love Twin Sons of Different Mothers. I did not know he was ill. Rest in Peace.


24 posted on 12/16/2007 1:32:23 PM PST by ozaukeemom (Nuke the ACLU and their snivel rights)
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25 posted on 12/16/2007 1:42:04 PM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: lunarbicep

How sad. I just heard “Same Old Lang Syne” last night in the car. Great song.


26 posted on 12/16/2007 1:46:12 PM PST by inflorida (Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity - Albert Einstein)
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To: lunarbicep

This is a shock and I am grieving the loss for us all, and particularly his family. He blessed us with much beauty, and we will always miss him. My condolences and prayers.


27 posted on 12/16/2007 1:46:43 PM PST by mission9 (It ain't bragging if you can do it.)
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To: lunarbicep

This is a shock and I am grieving the loss for us all, and particularly his family. He blessed us with much beauty, and we will always miss him. My condolences and prayers.


28 posted on 12/16/2007 1:46:51 PM PST by mission9 (It ain't bragging if you can do it.)
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To: hole_n_one

Very sad: I clicked that YouTube and enjoyed it for a few minutes, remembering that he did something that is a blessing to his memory: he made beautiful and meaningful songs. Whether one is a big fan or not, in today’s world, it is worth noting with sorrow the loss of someone who tried to contribute beauty through his art.


29 posted on 12/16/2007 2:43:15 PM PST by JewishRighter (Anyone But Cankle (ABC))
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To: lunarbicep

Wow - sad news - always enjoyed his tunes - great lyrics, especially...


30 posted on 12/16/2007 2:43:52 PM PST by Hegemony Cricket (Although most dead people vote democrat, aborted babies, if given the choice, would vote Republican.)
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To: Texas Songwriter
"My favorite song which he wrote and performed was “Wisteria”."

Wisteria

31 posted on 12/16/2007 2:48:23 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: freema
"From my wedding... I needed a song that could do double duty to speak to God’s love as well as ours. My best friend sang it. Well, in a manner of speaking... she was crying so hard all anyone could hear was her guitar."

Longer

32 posted on 12/16/2007 2:51:24 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

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
Wouldn’t come through that old door frame
Where the door is
Several inches from the ground
The cold, hard ground
And it’s hard to go down easy
And it’s hard to keep from crying
And it’s 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 it’s hard to go down easy
And it’s hard to keep from crying
And it’s 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 they’ll always be another
She thinks about when nighttime lays on down
And it’s hard to go down easy
And it’s hard to keep from crying
And it’s hard to lose a lover in the early part of autumn
And it’s hard to go down easy
And it’s hard to keep from crying
And it’s hard to lose a lover in the early part of autumn


33 posted on 12/16/2007 2:53:19 PM PST by Hegemony Cricket (Although most dead people vote democrat, aborted babies, if given the choice, would vote Republican.)
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To: lunarbicep

My good neighbor will be gone sooner than later from this horrible disease.
Just had my two tests last tuesday and the came back great thank god.
RIP Dan :(


34 posted on 12/16/2007 2:56:11 PM PST by mowowie
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To: Hegemony Cricket
Go Down Easy
35 posted on 12/16/2007 3:01:50 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: lunarbicep

I had heard he had prostate cancer.

I too, found his stuff to be a bit fey in the aggregate, that’s why his most uncharacteristic single, the hard-rocking “Language of Love” was my personal favorite.


36 posted on 12/16/2007 3:06:45 PM PST by sinanju
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To: lunarbicep

RIP! Sorry to hear this.

As a racing fan, I must give a shout out to “Run for the Roses”. Which does get me every time.


37 posted on 12/16/2007 3:20:34 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: freema

RIP one of the best if not the best 70s soft rock station baladeers.


38 posted on 12/16/2007 3:31:30 PM PST by omega4179 (Bring me the broomstick of the wicked witch of the west.)
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To: Incorrigible

One of my favorites...Back in the day.


39 posted on 12/16/2007 4:14:36 PM PST by labette
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To: angcat

Thanks. That is a nice piece. Sorry he left so soon.


40 posted on 12/16/2007 4:27:37 PM PST by Texas Songwriter
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To: lunarbicep

RIP

Hubby and I are listening to Leader of the Band now.

That song always chokes me up :~)


41 posted on 12/16/2007 4:50:23 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: lunarbicep

RIP


42 posted on 12/16/2007 4:52:06 PM PST by Tribune7 (Dems want to rob from the poor to give to the rich)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Oh yes! This is very sad - I had no idea. He was so much on my mind this year with the vigils for Barbaro and how often I posted those lyrics and sang that song to myself.

I’ve heard that Derby people grew to hate the song, but I still love it, because it’s a rarity to hear it played.

Condolences to his family and his many music fans.


43 posted on 12/16/2007 5:11:31 PM PST by Rte66
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To: lunarbicep

Sleep peacefully, gentle balladeer.


44 posted on 12/16/2007 5:12:34 PM PST by JCEccles
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To: lunarbicep

Oh how sad. As a hard-core heavy metal highschooler from the 80’s, I very secretly LOVED Dan’s music and listened to him in my room late at night when everyone else was asleep. His music got me through alot of “stuff” that kids that age have to sort through to become productive adults. He’ll be missed.


45 posted on 12/16/2007 5:13:07 PM PST by coop71 (Being a redhead means never having to say you're sorry...)
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To: HairOfTheDog; ecurbh

Having gone to school in Kentucky, this is the one that gets me...

And it’s run for the roses as fast as you can.
Your fate is delivered. Your moment’s at hand.
It’s the chance of a lifetime in a lifetime of
Chance. And it’s high time you joined in the dance.
It’s high time you joined in the dance.


46 posted on 12/16/2007 5:17:15 PM PST by Corin Stormhands ( It's okay to tell me "Merry Christmas")
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To: News Junkie

I had several of his albums, and saw him in concert as well. One of the most talented songwriters and musicians of his generation. RIP.


47 posted on 12/16/2007 5:22:26 PM PST by IndyTiger
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To: Corin Stormhands

Good one. :~) We’ll have to find that and listen now :~)


48 posted on 12/16/2007 5:24:22 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

I have it...on vinyl...


49 posted on 12/16/2007 5:25:10 PM PST by Corin Stormhands ( It's okay to tell me "Merry Christmas")
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To: Corin Stormhands
Still have anything that can play vinyl?
50 posted on 12/16/2007 5:26:59 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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