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    Singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg dies

    For me, this one hits home and hits hard. I only saw this news on the Internet a few moments ago, and tears are in my eyes because this man's music was such a part of my young adult life.

    NEW YORK - Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits “Leader of the Band” and “Same Old Lang Syne” helped define the soft-rock era, died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56.
    His death was announced in a statement released by his family through the firm Scoop Marketing, and it was also posted on the singer’s Web site.
    “Dan left us this morning at 6:00 a.m. He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side,” it read. “His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him.”
    Fogelberg discovered he had advanced prostate cancer in 2004. In a statement then, he thanked fans for their support.
    “It is truly overwhelming and humbling to realize how many lives my music has touched so deeply all these years,” he said.
    Fogelberg’s music was in the vein of fellow sensitive singer-songwriters James Taylor and Jackson Browne, and was powerful in its simplicity.
    He didn’t rely on the volume of his voice to convey his emotions; instead, they came through in the soft, tender delivery and his poignant lyrics. Songs like “Same Old Lang Syne” — in which a man reminisces after meeting an old girlfriend by chance during the holidays — became classics not only because of his performance, but for the engaging story line, as well.
    Fogelberg’s heyday was in the 1970s and early 80s, when he scored several platinum and multiplatinum records, fueled by such hits as “The Power of Gold” and “Leader of the Band,” a touching tribute he wrote to his father, a bandleader. Fogelberg put out his first album in 1972.
    Among his more popular albums were “Nether Lands,” which included the song “Dancing Shoes,” and “Phoenix,” which had one of his biggest hits, “Longer,” a song about enduring love.
    Fogelberg’s songs tended to have a weighty tone, reflecting on emotional issues in a serious way. But in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 1997, he said it did not represent his personality.
    “That came from my singles in the early ’80s,” he reflects. “I think it probably really started on the radio. I’m not a dour person in the least. I’m actually kind of a happy person. Music doesn’t really reflect the whole person.
    “One of my dearest friends is Jimmy Buffett. From his music, people have this perception that he’s up all the time, and, of course, he’s not. Jimmy has a serious side, too.”
    Later in his career, he wrote material that focused on the state of the environment, an issue close to his heart. His last album was 2003’s “Full Circle,” his first album of original material in a decade.
    A year later he would receive his cancer diagnosis, forcing him to forgo a planned fall tour. After his diagnosis, he urged others to get tested.
    Survivors include his wife, Jean.
    source:msnbc.com

    His music reminds me of my Disneyland working era. Of going to Angel games with a girl I knew in the 70's and 80's. A friend played and sang "Longer" during my wedding to my first wife. I had most of his albums...my I-tunes collection has a large Fogelberg content.

    The leader of the band is tired
    And his eyes are growing old
    But his blood runs through
    My instrument
    And his song is in my soul --
    My life has been a poor attempt
    To imitate the man
    Im just a living legacy
    To the leader of the band.
    Rest in peace, my musical friend. I cry happy tears for the many happy memories.

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    PS...And us men, yet another reminder....to get that prostate check, regularly.
    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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    Re: Singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg dies

    Leader of the Band is one of my all time favorites. It's a shame... he was still very young.

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    Re: Singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg dies

    What a bummer. Sad to hear that.

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    Re: Singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg dies

    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetie View Post
    Leader of the Band is one of my all time favorites. It's a shame... he was still very young.
    I know that his music touched, and still touches, a lot of people today. I loved "Same Old Lang Syne" which talked about his meeting with an old lost love.


    We drank a toast to innocence,
    We drank a toast to now.
    And tried to reach beyond the emptiness,
    But neither one knew how.
    We drank a toast to innocence,
    We drank a toast to time.
    Reliving in our eloquence,
    Another 'auld lang syne'......


    Indeed, he did die very young.
    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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