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Sad Farewell to the Leader of the Band

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I woke up this morning to the news that Dan Fogelberg has died of prostate cancer at age 56. I remember that former bear Todd Murchison used to be his ski coach when he lived in Colorado. Whether you like his music or not, 56 is way too young!
post #2 of 17
He was a very special and talented musician.
post #3 of 17
I read this today, too, and paused with the shock. I grew up listening to and playing Fogelberg, and vividly remember his talent on-stage as he moved from guitar to piano as he interacted with the audience in Cary, NC... 1983, I think...

I've missed his music and there's a hole in my heart today...
post #4 of 17
One of his least popular lp's is one of my top 10 all time...Netherlands....I have fond memories of driving to Montreal from URI in the 70's in a blizzard in my Scirocco with it blasting thru my Pioneer deck with klip speakers....

Just a warm memory....

I am sorry at his loss
post #5 of 17
Okay, so I'll keep my biopsy scheduled for the 28th :
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
Back in 2001, I recited a verse from Leader of the Band at my dad's funeral. We were living in Boston at the time. A few years later, I listened to the song more carefully, and discovered these lyrics:

And I’m in Colorado
When I’m not in some hotel
Living out this life I’ve chose
And come to know so well.

Strange how music can become prophecy.

In Memory
post #7 of 17
He's audionymous with my Colorado winter of 1980 -- can't hear a song of his without thinking of driving to Steamboat (in a Scirocco!) in a snowstorm that started up in Montana.
post #8 of 17
Nolo, that's a tribute. To be remembered in a way that brings a smile and will last for years to come.
post #9 of 17
Alway though his later stuff was overly saccharine, his earlier albums, such as "Souveniers" and "Captured Angel" were more country rolk oriented and quite good. He was a top tier guitar player, making top ten lists several times in the various guitar mags.

And 56 is way too young....RIP
post #10 of 17

i saw him a couple years ago at mondavi in napa,ca

he was a MUCH better musician than i had remembered. too bad. get that psa guys
post #11 of 17
I remember a sepia-toned music video of his that featured a telemarking couple skiing in vintage garb, a cabin, cozy fire. One of my all-time favorite music videos for sure!
post #12 of 17
Yes, it is way too young. I enjoyed Dan's music as well, particularly some of the instrumentals on the High Country Snows album. He put on a great show at Red Rocks, too. Todd Murchison did speak of him as a friend, when both lived in Pagosa Springs. I know that they also did some sailing together off the Maine coast.

Quote:
May the trail rise up to meet you
May your heart rejoice in song
May the skies be fair above you
As you journey ever on
(from The Wild Places, Ever On, by Dan Fogelberg)

Best regards,
Bob
post #13 of 17
Quote:
Love when you can
Cry when you have to...
Be who you must
That’s a part of the plan
Await your arrival
With simple survival
And one day we’ll all understand...
Both the words and music struck a chord for me. I was very sad to learn of his death.
post #14 of 17
Telerod-
That video was shot right at the bottom of Red Lake Grade, just outside Kirkwood as you head toward South Shore. I was a sup at K'wood when it was being shot, and he would come into Caples Lake Resort and the Kirkwood Inn for dinner during shooting. He seemed a very down to earth guy.

(The cabin is there, to the inside of a very strong left turn as you drive away from the bottom of the grade... a couple of hundred yards from the road, but clearly visible from the road)
post #15 of 17
Mr Denslow: "You kids these days, with your Hoola-hoops, Zima and Dan Fogelberg music....."
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
I remember a sepia-toned music video of his that featured a telemarking couple skiing in vintage garb, a cabin, cozy fire. One of my all-time favorite music videos for sure!
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Originally Posted by vail snopro View Post
Telerod-
That video was shot right at the bottom of Red Lake Grade, just outside Kirkwood as you head toward South Shore. I was a sup at K'wood when it was being shot, and he would come into Caples Lake Resort and the Kirkwood Inn for dinner during shooting. He seemed a very down to earth guy.

(The cabin is there, to the inside of a very strong left turn as you drive away from the bottom of the grade... a couple of hundred yards from the road, but clearly visible from the road)
Made me look....Thanks!
post #17 of 17
Gosh I haven't seen that video in a long time. I'm pretty sure the Lady skiiing that video is Penelope Street. (My memory is not always as sharp as it use to be, teenagers will do that to you.) Well over 20 yrs ! She lived down in Hailey. Awesome skier. CANCER SUCKS!!
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