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Old 08-13-2008, 09:36 AM   #1
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As many of you may know, we lost Dan on December 16th of last year (not long after Barry Harvey) to prostate cancer.

Today, August 13th, would have been his 57th birthday. In rememberance of that, his widow Jean had designed a limited edition pin that can be purchased at the Prostate Cancer Foundation website, www.pcf.org for $10 (US) plus shipping. All proceeds to go to prostate cancer research.

Just throwing this out there for anyone that may want to support this worthy cause in the name of a talented singer-songwriter who cites Gordon as one of his influences and in his last studio cd, "Full Circle" penned a song "Whispers in the Wind" in tribute to Gord's style of song writing...and get a pretty neat looking pin!

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Old 08-13-2008, 09:51 AM   #2
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thanks Diane..I was thinking of him the other day when "Longer Than" was on the radio on our drive to Halifax..
he was too young to lose..
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:17 PM   #3
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Thanks Diane, I just ordered one as a surprise for my wife. She's one of his many #1 fans. And she's scheduled for the test in a few weeks (TMI ?) Anyway it was nice of you to put up the link.

Bill

I was going to delete this but maybe I need to learn humility, so I'll leave it as is. Man I can be dense.

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Old 08-14-2008, 03:45 PM   #4
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You're welcome, Char and Bill.

Bill. since your wife is a big fan, you might want to sign up to get the newsletter that Jean sends out once in a while. That's where I found out about the pin and there's some other interesting "Dan facts" that she shares. Like the one that on his last studio album, although there's a list of musicians, it was Dan that played all the instruments. She illustrates how he came to choose each "musician" name. Quite funny.

Here's the link to his official website, www.danfogelberg.com, then select "News", the sign up is there.

Okay, um, I must be misreading something...your wife is going for a prostate exam in a few weeks?
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:06 PM   #5
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Okay, um, I must be misreading something...your wife is going for a prostate exam in a few weeks?
I was wondering the same thing, but was afraid to mention it due to BILLW's tough guy reputation.

To your knowledge, is that the only album on which Fogelberg gave credit to non-existent musicians ?

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Old 08-14-2008, 04:56 PM   #6
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Okay, um, I must be misreading something...your wife is going for a prostate exam in a few weeks?
Didn't I ever mention that she was Norwegian ? Sorry, my mistake. Yeah that's quite funny now that you point it out. I'll share that with her when the pin arrives.

Yes she has a test scheduled but not that one, LOL. I'm actually ROTFLMAO as the kids might say. (not that I think cancer or prostates are funny mind you - I'm laughing at the idiot at the keyboard).

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Old 08-14-2008, 04:58 PM   #7
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I was wondering the same thing, but was afraid to mention it due to BILLW's tough guy reputation.
Thanks for the discretion but sometimes I need a good kick in the ***. Oops sorry that's not a good choice of words in this thread.

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Old 08-14-2008, 05:38 PM   #8
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Bill, I wish your wife all the best with whatever exam she is having. None of them are fun.

And I'm glad you set the record straight. I was beginning to wonder...

Ron, I am not aware of any other phantom musicians that Dan "employed" but that doesn't mean they don't exist?

Wait...isn't that a contradictory in terms? lol

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Old 08-15-2008, 01:21 AM   #9
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Dan has always been on my "Gord doesn't have a new album out and I've listened to each CD 200 times.... I gotta listen to somebody else that sounds or writes something like him...LIST" Thats how I discovered Dan Folgelberg in the 70's.

One very interesting album is all instrumental. Its called, roughly "Twin Sons of Different Mothers" and features Dan, and a studioMusician who now records solo successfully I believe "Tim Weisberg" - who plays, at least, the flute. The two did this album, and all the instruments in it, nary a word sung, and it is an impressive study of Dan's flamenco-like classical-guitar excellence, and Tim's modern pop-sounding use of the flute, not unlike

- who's that guy that plays the oboe-like smaller instrument, wears the hat, and dominated the light-jazz muzak-like stations for a year or two ? Not much to go on there I know duhhhh.. I keep thinking Yanni, but thats not it, and its not the Latino par excellence who plays the horn either, can't remember his name either. I can't remember my name. Who wrote this thread ? What am I doing..... LOL


Joke: its tasteless, shameless, sad, but funny: Do you know what you call having Alltzheimer's symptoms just some of the time ? - Partzteimer's disease lol I am SORRY.

Anyhoo - the album by Dan and Tim - is a great, instrumental experiment, had no radio-play, I don't think they expected it too. I think it was for the love of music. And THAT folks, is passion for what you do - I am impressed. I am saddened to hear of the loss of Dan, too.

First album by Dan I heard had the haunting song "Wysteria" on it, and had a hand-drawn charcoal-esque rendering of Dan's face. There was a beautiful song about a grove of trees, too.

Geez I sound like that SNL skit where the hefty fellow that died recently - who idolized John Belushi, and made the movie Tommy-Boy, well he's in this skit on SNL where he has a guest-star, and he tries to remember names and movie titles, etc, gets flustered, and says, for example, to Paul McCartney of the Beatles and Wings, "you know when the uhm, Beatles were like.... on Ed Sullivain and all the girls were screaming and crying.....? Paul looks quizically at him and says hesitantly - yesssss. and ..? To which he is told "wasn't that AWESOME?, did you see that?" And Paul responds again, with tolerance "yes... I remember... I saw it... I was...uhm...there"


Whats that hefty fellows name again ? He was AWESOME funny. You know ? Did you see that skit ? It was AWESOME. I can't remember his name.... and I feel real stupid. Which is why I am parodying the SNL skit. My memory is down the **it** tonight.

Dan and Tim were AWESOME. Very sorry to hear of his loss -seriously. I wish I could remember that jazz instrumentalist that played the woodwind instrument. He, and his signature song, became the calling-card for almost all light-adult-contemporary music or light jazz stations....the album cover showed a distorted photo of a circus-mirror-like stretch of his instrument, and it was called ( )-waves.. It was awesome... LOL.

Another musician who is noted for playing all the instruments on the album, each album, I believe, is Todd Rundgren, of "Real Man" fame. Great album , 8 or more instruments. Awesome.

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Old 08-15-2008, 02:09 AM   #10
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Geo Steve -
The comedian you are thinking of is the late Chris Farley and the "light jazz" musician sounds like an apt description of Kenny G. A very apt description to all jazz purists!
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Old 08-15-2008, 08:15 AM   #11
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Thats it ! Kenny G. ! And Chris Farley ! And his motivational speaker character, who lived in a "van down by the RIVER ! - seemed to be his definative character that just made audiences die laughing - and apparently him . Poor guy looked like a heart-attach waiting ti hit him. I always wondered of his name was a take-off on the Beavis & Butthead comedy level flame of Charles u. Farley, or "Chuck U, Farley" - the at-the time in junior high name joke was hilarious in its less-than-sophomoric level of wit... but all teen-age boys were there at one time..and I suspect girls, too.

KennyG. - I can hear those riffs of that signature song of his... so many FM stations need only play that for 5 seconds to get listeners to think they know what they'll get and turn to the radio. Guy was a live billboard; a characiture of an ad for the "serioud Starbucks and al fresco crowd in wifi cafe's with piped-in vanilla muzak off the shelf. Got to admit the tune was pleasant, but somehowlacked soul and consciousness. I can almost hear the dentist's drill and smeel the tooth being drilled into when I hear that song, too. Its like musical laughing gas, but danged of it isn;t genre-defining and good. Just ......somehow too generic. And why do that kind of Jazz musician feel the self-conscious nedd to be different and where eclectic clothing with the hat, the black tennies and the twee sport jacket over a t-shirt.... and in the process of trying to be different, comically wind-up dressing like every other light-jazz musician in the same get-up, defeating the attempt to be different by creating a de rigeur uniform ?

Thanks for reviving my flailing memory tonight. At least someone did not call it a "senior moment" at age 50 !! like another time I was displaying apparent partzteimers.....lol

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Old 08-29-2008, 08:53 PM   #12
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"Hickory Grove" - That was the name of Fogelberg's beautiful song on the album with "Wysteria", and the cover art of the charcoal-drawing-looking face of Dan... He was FAR to young to have died, a sad loss indeed. He had a pad around here in Colorado, for long enough outside of Boulder that he was a well-known fixture to see at the bar in the restaurant half-way up foothills road. climbing Steadily UP ! out of Boulder, and having dinner there, at the second of the two best restaurants in town, had a regular crowd there that was a living who's who list of the powerful, the rich, the intellectually-famous wild-haired professors from CU, the "lets do lunch - calll me and we'll say words" power-broker lunch is for wimps Gordon Gecko crowd, too....

"The Overlook' restaurant - gotta double-check that.... Merry and I could only afford to eat there once, or so my sanguine Scotsman's thrifty pocket said anyway.. and we DID have Dan pointed out to us - remarkably young looking.... at the bar....at a time that if I reconstruct it date-wise - he likely knew at that point, its so sad to think of knowing that..... he'll indeed be missed. Very talented. I think his "Run for The Roses" - which has a Stonewall/TJ157 vistory on it as I recall, was written at commission for the Kentucky-Derby "Triveka ?" B.O.D., I believe. One of Merry's favourite songs, as it was about a horse. Memories of Dan. The day I "turned my Monk-to-be" friend "ON" to Lightfoot - Don Quixote LP notably -that same day he "turned me on to" Dan's album with "Wysteria" and "Hickory Grove" as well, by coincidence. Such beautiful orchestration , too, with a real string section, as DQ and I, and several others have reminisced about music in the 70's, of Gord's et al, when one could get union musicians locals to play strings et al.

I also think Dan was classically-trained in music if memory serves, by no means pre-requisite, but as Dawn Minstrel said, and Gord, it helps.
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:01 PM   #13
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His Colorado ranch is for sale:
http://www.christiesgreatestates.com...tes/view_7796/ - 15million

it was for sale in 2005:
http://www.luxist.com/2005/06/10/mountain-bird-ranch/ - 17.5million
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Old 08-30-2008, 09:49 AM   #14
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Steve,

Great story about Dan and his local watering holes. How lucky for you and Merry to have seen him. I did see him in concert twice, but then that is not the same as seeing him out and about like a regular guy.

BTW, Dan was not classically trained. (Although his dad was a musician as well and likely as not, gave some home-schooled lessons. lol) Not unlike our resident hero, Gord, Dan showed an extraordinary interest and natural talent for performing and writing music as a youth. Had several bands. He did attend college for a short time, however majoring in drama and painting, not music. He continued performing in small bars, etc, though until Irving Azoff spotted him and the rest...as they say...is history.

The WSJ reported that as of this June the ranch had a buyer.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1213...al_real_estate

Diane

P.S. Bill, did you get your wife's pin? I got mine. It's gorgeous.
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