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"Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again..."

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Location: Tampa, FL, United States

Friday, November 24, 2006

Dan Fogelberg

I saw singer/songwriter/guitarist/piantist Dan Fogelberg in concert twice--once as an acoustic solo act and the other time with a full band. When? Probably in the late 70s or early 80s. In this recent video clip--Leader of the Band--Dan's voice is clearly not what it used to be. One particular event I vividly recall from seeing his concert was the flashlight-toting roadie ushering a cigarette-smoking Dan onto stage. As Dan reached the top stair step I could see him flick the cigarette to the ground and snuff it out with his shoe. I was taken back how someone so vocally gifted could inhale cigarette smoke, especially when making significant bling off his voice. Addictions are wicked slave masters. Addictions don't generally respond to man's wisdom. I can imagine a doc telling me to stop drinking espresso if I ever was diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus. Ouch. That may require chains and shackles. This clip from Leader of the Band testifies to Dan's voice undergoing a premature undoing. The cigarettes certainly played a big role.

Having said that, the emotion in this song is rich and manifold. One can't help to wonder if when Dan sung this song, written for his father, if he wasn't also thinking of himself a lot too. It was written when he was "young" but now being sung when he too has "leader of the band" status (i.e. borderline twilight years) Whereas Dan was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004 ( Dan Fogelberg's web site), and no longer under the influence of that indestructible spirit that afflicts many young people, he is certainly more keen to his own mortality now. He claims his touring and recording days are over. It's his audience's loss too.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry that Dan Fogelberg has cancer. His lyrics are so inspired and his music too wonderful for words. I was thinking of him tonight and said a prayer for him. May God use all of his struggles to lead Dan to the Source of all of his gifts. May God heal and restore the sick one so that his lyrics may reflect the beauty of the Creator of all Dan sings about.

-Laurie

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