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Dan Fogelberg

31 December, 2007


I am sad to read that Dan Fogelberg died on 16 December, after battling prostate cancer. Since 1972 Fogelberg’s music, especially his lyrics, have kept me company along the way. I think his lyrics revealed a particular insight into relationships — principally romantic relationships but also, as those who know his song Leader of the Band will testify, father/son relationships.

Fogelberg understood honesty, intimacy, brokenness and poignancy in life. He didn’t write cheap lyrics. See

Fogelberg matured during the 60s music scene and managed to endure without much artistic compromise. His passing is yet another marker of the ‘dust of death’ all around us.

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