December 17, 2007
And it’s hard to go down easy;
And it’s hard to keep from cryin’;
And it’s hard to lose a lover
In the early part of autumn.
I know Dan Fogelburg wasn't everyone's cup of tea, but when I was a young girl I owned every one of his albums. His guitar playing was gentle and lyrical, and I could put one of his records on the turntable when I was studying and just drift away to the sound of his music.
Rest in peace, and thanks for all the memories.
Posted by Cassandra at December 17, 2007 10:18 AM
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The Leader of the Band was a great comfort to me long ago when I was separated from my father by oceans and by words unsaid. I got a chance to fix it in time, but hearing that song again today tugged pretty hard.
Goodbye, Mr. Folgelburg, and thanks.
Posted by: MathMom at December 17, 2007 05:11 PM
When I was younger I thought that song was pretty sappy - the oversaturation on the radio probably didn't help much. Years later, I heard it while driving and realized what a beautiful tribute it was to his father. I just didn't have the ability to appreciate it when I was younger.
Posted by: Cassandra at December 17, 2007 06:00 PM
His music was an integral part of my listening choices in and after high school. "Longer" was the first piece of sheet music I bought for my guitar. I put "Leader of the Band" on a cassette of favorite songs for my Dad one year for Christmas. And I can't begin to explain the places that "Auld Lang Syne" takes me.
RIP Dan, Heaven's choir has gained what we have lost.
Posted by: Sly2017 at December 17, 2007 06:59 PM
Youth is wasted on the young with lyrics from Dan Fogelburg intruding on their noisy lives.
Dan touched anybody who took the time to listen.
Posted by: vet66 at December 18, 2007 11:44 AM
'Longer' was our wedding song.
And my son who was born in Kentucky has the nickname 'Thoroughbred' because of 'Run For The Roses.'
I loved his music and his lyrics and they touched me and mine.
Rest in peace...indeed. You were called home to inspire others.
Posted by: Cricket at December 23, 2007 09:00 PM