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August 20, 2004

Dan Fogelberg announces he has prostate cancer

Dan Fogelberg has announced that his 2004 Tour cancellation is due to his recent diagnosis with and treatment for advanced prostate cancer. I want to add my wishes for a full and speedy recovery to those of other long time fans as he and his family navigate their way through his illness and treatment.

I have been a Fogelberg fan since I was a college freshman and he played Purdue University's Elliott Hall of Music in 1978, back when big name musicians still played on college campus'. He had just released his fourth album Nether Lands and was on tour to promote its sales. To be honest I don't think I had the slightest idea who he was when I bought the ticket from a guy in one of my classes. But I loved the idea of seeing someone perform live so I spent the money, what would it have been $15 or so (probably my entire disposable income for the month) - ain't inflation wonderful, and went to my first big time live concert. I sat in the first or second balcony by myself, slowing leaning more and more forward as I became more engrossed in the words of the songs and fell in love with the music.

Since 1978 I have seen Fogelberg live 10 or 11 times. I've seen concerts in huge enclosed arenas like the former Market Square Arena, Indianapolis; huge open-air arena theatres like Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville IN; small indoor venues like Grand Victoria Casino, Rising Sun IN; and small outdoor venues like Indiana State Fair Grandstand as part of the former Indianapolis Summer Music Series, most recently at Echo Basin Ranch, Mancos CO my favorite venue so far.

Last summer I desperately wanted to take a road trip/vacation, something my hubby and I had not done in years, and after 3+ years of graduate school and a very trying 2002 - family deaths - I needed to get away. So I gave him two choices we could go hear Fogelberg on tour in New Orleans, a city we both love and have previously visited, or we could go to Colorado, the choice fore which my fingers were crossed. Thankfully he chose Colorado, probably saw me holding my breath after I said that venue and knew it was my first choice - he's like that.

Under the banner of attending the concert, we spent four wonderful days driving from Denver to Durango (and back via a different route), riding the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, watching the 4th of July fireworks from the Walgreen's parking lot, and generally wandering around. Then we went to the concert, which was the most outstanding musical evening I have attended - sitting under the sky in the shadow of the mountains where most of the songs I love were written and/or recorded was amazing. Click here for a picture of the Echo Basin concert venue. During that trip hubby and I both feel in love with southwestern Colorado and now, beyond planning a trip back for later this year, we joke about buying a ranch in the mountains when we win the lottery. Next trip I want to check out Fort Lewis College maybe they might have a future slot for a visiting computer-mediated communication scholar.

Fogelberg's music has often played as the soundtrack of my life, with a 20 album discography recorded over 31 years there is a lot of music covering a variety of life phases from which to choose. For example - I have played A Voice for Peace quite a lot in the last couple of years. The song played continuously in the mix (along with Harry Chapin, Seals & Crofts, and Nancy Griffith) on Sept 11, 2001 while I talked to kids in the chatrooms who had family and friends missing in the World Trade Center. Listening to peace songs kept me centered and focused firmly on my values while the discussion of violence went on around me, and reminded me that I was not alone in the view that violence rarely solves anything.

I have three favorite Fogelberg songs. Two of which are wonderful romantic songs, that as memory serves was written for his first wife: Dancing Shoes from the 1977 release Neder Land and Wysteria from his 1972 debut album Home Free. As I was looking up links for this post I have found that both of these songs have been covered by the Indigo Girls on one of their albums, nice to see good music being continued on through time. I have also grown very fond of Don't Lose Heart, from the 1997 Portrait (Box Set), is a wonderful mature inspirational song that certainly chronicles many of our roads through the middle of our lives.

My use of Fogelberg's music as the soundtrack of my life continues into the future. I have even joked that I will have to give him an acknowledgement in my dissertation since his music plays constantly when I am doing research and writing papers. There is no doubt in my mind that the words I hear embedded in such soulful music have influenced what I have researched and how I have structured my discussion of my topics. For that I am thankful for I can think of no better mediator then Fogelberg's insightful words.

One of the fan sites, The Living Legacy, has started a page to gather "prayers, positive thoughts and support [for] Dan, his family and friends as he battles his illness." To read posts click here. To send your own wish click here for the mailto submission.

I wanted an informal picture of Fogelberg to go with this post, something not concert or promotional picture-ish, I found this picture on the Courier Journal site. It was taken during his attendance at the 2001 Kentucky Derby. I should add that his song Run for the Roses is the official song of the Kentucky Derby.

Fogelberg related information:

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The Fogelberg Page

Dan Fogelberg Official Page

Posted by prolurkr at August 20, 2004 04:59 PM

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Loved reading what you had to say about Dan, especially your favorite songs. Hope you have Dancing Shoes and Wysteria by Amy & Emily. If not, I can direct you to a webpage which should give you access to them. My wife & I were fortunate to hear Don't Lose Heart in his first public performance of the song, and she believes Dan wrote it for her. Thanks so much for posting the picture. We didn't have it, and thanks to you, we now have a little more Dan in our lives.

Again, thanks for the enjoyment we derived from your efforts.


Posted by: Alvin Grisham at August 25, 2004 10:24 PM