Above: Dan Fogelberg back when we were neighbors in Colorado.

As I write this entry, I’m listening to an album called “The Innocent Age,” by singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg.  Back in my college days, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dan was one of my favorite singers and I owned most of his albums.  Dan lived high in the San Juan Mountains, a branch of the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Colorado and the place where I spent six summers working as a ranger for the Bureau of Land Management in the 1980s.  We lived in the same place at the same time, and although we never crossed paths, we both loved the Rockies.  From his music, I could tell that we were like kindred spirits.

I hadn’t listened to Dan's music much over these past few decades, to be honest.  But about a month ago, as I was going through my MP3 music collection, I stumbled across his albums and decided to play some of them.  Listening to his voice again brought back a lot of good memories – and a few sad ones.  When I heard, “The Same Auld Lang Syne,” a bittersweet 1981 song about two former sweethearts who meet by chance on Christmas Eve (based on his true-life experience), I thought about a similar event in my life back in those days.  Every time I’ve heard that song, whether in 1981 or 2020, it's brought a tear to my eye. 

Hearing Dan’s music again really lifted me up, so I Googled his name to see what he was up to these days.  Then I was shocked to learn than Dan had passed away of prostate cancer in 2007 at the age of 56.  Knowing he was gone – and had been for many years – deeply saddened me.  All these years I figured, vaguely in the back of my mind, that he was still out there somewhere singing his songs and that I’d probably see him in concert someday. 

As he wrote in one of his early songs, I suppose it was "Part of The Plan."  But my, how fleeting and precious life is.  Here's a concert video of him singing one of my favorite Fogelberg tunes:  There's a Place in the World for a Gambler.




Home          About          Contact Me          Privacy