"Dear Dan" Letters
Dan: I wanted to send you this message to wish nothing but the best as you continue your treatments. I am from Galesburg, Illinois and I have listened and seen you over the years perform while living in Houston, Texas. You are my hero and inspiration as far as music is concerned. I hope and pray for you that you will have complete recovery from prostate cancer and that we will all be able to enjoy your live performances down the road. Until then my friend, continued good health and positive spiritual strength. God will get you through this! Sincerely ~ Robert D. Johnson
Thank you for educating people about prostate cancer. My father was diagnosed a few years ago. Fortunately, he was diagnosed in the early stage and is doing very well. I hope and pray people listen to your message. I have been a fan of yours since I was in high school. "Part of the Plan" was the song our class sang at graduation in 1976. We had to fight the faculty to have that as "our" song and not sing some of the lyrics. (It is Catholic girls prep school so that is understandable.) I cried when I played it on your website. I am so happy that you are doing well. Your music has been a wonderful part of my life....but I still want more. Prayers and good thoughts.
Dan, I've been a fan of yours since your career started. And you've brought me through many tragic and heartbreaking times of my life. When you played Red Rocks - I was there - perhaps the oldest fan in the crowd. "Seeing you again " brought me thru the death of my husband at 52 . I must have played it a million times. You played Fiddlers Green - I was there. I moved to California - you played House of Blues - I just sat there and absorbed the music. You have brought so much joy into my life, I felt you were my son. In fact he looks a lot like you. So I wish you all the blessing of God in your life. May He hold you safely in the palm of His hand ~ jean m pait
Hi Dan, I remember the first time I ever heard you--back in 1973; I was 17 and a young "intellectual" with lofty ideals and a passion for living. It was in the midst of the post-hippie era, and I believed that connections with those like-minded who were willing to go out on a limb and work hard to achieve their idealist dreams could actually change the world. As seamless as it may appear, maybe we did, or at least maybe we bought some time over the years. This is what I admire you for most. I don't think that you actually intended to be an icon....now, you would probably say you didn't, but you were. And I appreciate that. But, it was much more than that. I miss you, and I will always love you. I think of you so often...wondering how you are and wanting you to know how much I care for you. Don't ever forget that. I will be 50 in two weeks. It's hard to believe. I am still challenging and dreaming, even though I have determined that the younger generation will have to take that burden soon and leave me to the beach and art. I wish that I could have actually had the opportunity to talk with you and see you at the same time! Perhaps one day I will. Till we meet again...love and faith ~ Gayle Garner
You have touched so many lives with your lyrics and you are an incomparable artist, poet and wonderful soul put here in this earth to give musical pleasure to those who listen to your music. Your music has carried so many people through many difficult times and your music is timeless. I have only seen you in concert once in Birmingham, AL some years ago but I will never forget that you commanded the stage and captured me and your audience. I stand in awe of your awesome, God given talents. My prayers are with you and Jean and my wish is that your recovery will be fast and complete. Thank you for bringing your music to this world. ~ Shirley
Dan, What can one say to someone who touches one's heart, mind and soul? Thanks, and be well. ~ Randy Anzalone, Houston, Texas
Dan, I still remember getting goose bumps, and with tears in my eyes, having to pinch myself when I heard you for the first time in concert many years ago. That memory will always be there and could NEVER be duplicated by any other artist. You are SPECIAL, not only to me and your fans, but to GOD. Keep HIM at the top, pray often, He is LISTENING. My prayer is for complete recovery that only He can accomplish, so that you may have the STRENGTH and PASSION to return to the stage, just you and your guitar, to feel the MAGIC once again. In CHRIST ~ Susan (Lincoln, NE)
Dan . I was attending GA Southern College (now University) in the fall of 1974 in Statesboro , GA. A friend in the apartment complex asked me if I wanted to hear the best album in the world. I said yes and asked who it was . He said , ' Dan Fogelberg ." I was a bit baffled and repled that I wanted to hear it but that I had never heard of the guy! The album was Home Free and my friend was right . I had never listened to music that moved me like that album did. I couldn't play it enough. Then came Souvenirs, Captured Angel, Nether Lands , and ... you know the rest . It was almost as if you were writing a sound track for my young adult life . I cannot tell you how many times I turned to you and your music for comfort, encouragement, peace, and or just plain joy. The first time I saw you perform was at the Fox Theater in Atlanta in 1976. My hometown was about 2 ½ hrs. away. There were two back to back concerts that I wanted to attend . Peter Frampton and you. My parents would only allow me to drive to one - I chose yours. It was an incredible experience ; I remember that during the acoustic set that girls were literally crying in their seats. As all of us grew up through the years, you did, too. Not so much crying anymore but a great mutual admiration society of performer and life-long fans.
Now I am a teacher looking at 29 years of service . I hope this generation will have a DF to sing them through their lives .I have held you in my thoughts and prayers since I heard of your illness . It is wonderful to hear that you are progressing well. Bless those who have loved you and supported you on this journey . May each day be a better one than the previous . You are greatly loved by so many. May God continue to bless you and yours. ~ Debbie Joiner
Dan, Just wanted to pass along a realization. I have always been a fan of your music, and like many others, feel that your music has had an impact on my life. What I didn't realize until today, was that although I miss seeing you in concert, It's not the music I miss. It's knowing that this beautiful person is sharing a day of my life with me. I miss the person that you are, not just the music that you make. You have a soothing spirit that is wonderful to be around, and I appreciate all that you've done to share it. Please work hard to take care of yourself and your family, and know that you're in our prayers. ~ Chris Shafer
Dan: Terry Hummel here, former Publisher of Rolling Stone magazine. We've never met, but share a common friend in Michael Strickland whose Bandit Lites worked with you for many years. I first learned of your illness from Irving Azoff, while sitting in has office with Michael shortly before you made your public announcement. Of course, we are all at the age now where life changes are occurring with people we know and love, and I have to tell you that even though we have never met in person, I completely understand why your fans really do feel like they know you personally. Your music has so deeply and profoundly touched their lives, in ways that only your loved ones usually can, that your fans really do feel like you are a close friend. That is how I felt when I heard the news of your illness, and I should have sent you this note then, because I am one of those fans. Perhaps the story I am about to share now will make you smile.
The first seeds for my future career in music were planted back in the mid-70's when I booked concerts for the student union at Davidson College (NC). When your second album "Souvenirs" was released in 1974, I became a huge fan and tried desperately to book you at Davidson. Unfortunately for us but happily for you, your career exploded with the release of this album and we were simply not big enough to book you, as our largest venue only seated 1200 people back then. As fate would have it, however, I met and instantly fell in love with my future wife Maureen that New Year's Eve 1974, while home in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on a break for the winter holiday. The story of our seemingly chance encounter on Ft. Lauderdale beach earlier that day is good one, and proved to be anything but chance with a good dose of cosmic synergy and predestination ---and even a group of Hare Krishnas thrown in, for good measure! However, I will save that story for later, as it was you who sealed our fate much later that night. You see, we went to a New Year's Eve party at a friend's house that night, but huddled off in a corner, talking non-stop, completely smitten. Some time long after midnight, we took a drive up A1A along the beach in my brother's borrowed El Camino, and it suddenly hit both of us: I would be heading back to college in NC in only a few short days, leaving Maureen behind in Florida with 750 miles between us. We both stopped talking and, in the silence, I turned on the FM radio, to old WSHE (which was a great AOR station back then). Of course, you know what was playing. "Part of the Plan". It is such an incredibly beautiful song in its own right, and a smash hit that I know millions of people love, but I have to tell you that at that instant it became our song. My wife, with whom I will so gratefully mark 30 years of marriage this coming June, used to tell me that she hated when we would have to part ways at the end of my college breaks, and I would say, ".just go listen to Part of the Plan". Now, three decades later, no matter where we are, when we hear that song we both still get goose bumps, and with deepest gratitude share a knowing glance --- because, we know there truly was a plan, and it started on New Years Eve 1974, in an old El Camino, with Dan Fogelberg singing to us on the radio. It doesn't get any better than that. Dan, Maureen and I both were heartened to read your note last Fall of progress made (or at least progression slowed) in your battle against prostate cancer. We truly hope that the love and support of your family and friends, and millions of fans like us to whom your music has meant so much, will help you continue to fight the good fight and beat that terrible disease. Thanks for sharing your story with the men of our generation, as well, as your admonishment to get tested surely will save countless lives. Be well, old friend, and know that we are thinking about you and are so grateful to you for sharing so freely with all of us. ~ *Terry*
Dan, shortly after I learned of your battle with cancer we discovered that my son had Leukemia. So our families have probably gone through very similar times in the past couple of years. Your strength in the battle of cancer is such a key. I am rolling into my 48th birthday in a couple of months and I will make sure I get the necessary tests done. When I asked my doctor recently about those tests he said I shouldn't worry about it til I turned 50. I sent out a holiday letter with a story about my son and I'd like to share it here.
Many times in my life I've heard other people asked who their hero was. I have never been asked that question. I've always wondered what I would say. A lot of responses you hear are athletes, musicians, political activists and especially parents. As many of you know, my 7 year old son Jackson was diagnosed with Leukemia in October 2004. He started intense chemo treatments immediately and our family was in for a very tough year. The intense chemo ended in June and by the middle of July Jackson was starting to grow his hair back and looking more like a normal kid. He played Baseball and Soccer last summer. Due to the treatments he had lost his hair, a lot of weight and muscle tone. He was a fraction of the little active boy he had been, but he played with twice the heart. Jackson's first baseball game was on a hot summer day in June, with high humidity and the temperature in the 90's, in May he spent most of the month in the hospital. I remember wishing that it could have been a little cooler. His first time up to bat he strikes out, on his next at bat he hits a slow roller toward the third base line and takes off running to first base. You could just see the determination on his face as he was running; he beats the throw to first base. But the ump calls a foul ball, he says the ball hit Jackson's foot in the batters box. (I didn't think so and Jax said it didn't). But I didn't say anything to the ump, I just told him to go bat again (I was coaching 1st base). So he goes back and hits the ball to almost the exact some place only this time he is a little slower getting to first, the previous run down to the base really took a lot out of him. But he keeps running as hard as his muscle depleted and chemo filled body would allow him to go. He is safe by split second. Later while he was playing the outfield I see him bend over and vomit. Being a concerned coach and parent, I ask him if he is OK. He says, "Yes, I feel a lot better now." Now if I'm ever asked "Who is your hero?" I have an answer** I finally found my HERO that day. You're in my prayers! ~ Tim
Dear Dan, I am praying for you. I just found out yesterday about your illness and wanted to join your well wishers to include my heartfelt words. Like so many others whose lives you’ve touched, I am holding you in my prayers. You’ve been a part of my life since, as young girl, my parents fulfilled my Christmas wish with The Innocent Age. While my friends were listening to Madonna and Wham, I was off in my solitude steeping myself in your soulful words—and drawing. Such inspiration remained with me as I grew up, becoming an artist, and always having one of your songs in my head. As a high school senior, I made a charcoal drawing that was inspired by the words to "Nexus", and in a poetry class, I chose "The Reach" to recite aloud, simply because it moved me so much. Cancer has touched my life more than once, and Hodgkins Lymphoma took away my 39-year-old husband in 2001. Your outdoor concert in our hometown had been one of our first dates. You, alone on stage with your guitar and piano, the perfect summer air and even a shooting star; memories I will hold forever. "Longer" was played at our wedding, and it was the one thing I could focus on insisting we have at his funeral. All else was a blur.
Now I am struggling to make a living as a painter, remarried and still, in fact more than ever, drawing inspiration from my favorite music—yours. My husband, a fellow artist (photographer) enjoys surprising me with your c.d.’s. I look forward to unwrapping the magic and true masterpiece of each one. My latest gift was Greetings from the West. Though we’ve never met, I feel, as silly as it may sound, as though we are the closest of friends—you have been a part of my life for so long. I believe in prayer and you, Dan, your wife, and your total health are now a permanent addition to mine. So here is love from a stranger that might touch a little place inside you, in return for all you have given me. Love and prayers ~ Jennifer Jennings
Hi Dan, I have been a fan of yours for many years, ever since I first heard "Longer" from your Phoenix record. I am 49 and will always refer to a CD as a record. The Innocent Age is one of my all time favorite albums, but this isn't about your incredible talent as a song writer, but about you as a person, an individual, just another member of the human race. Being almost 50 myself I sometimes think of my pending exam I will have to endure, but as you mention on your Home Page it can save your life. In closing, I just want to add this one sentence, from one person to another. I wish you well, happiness, longevity and joy in your life and I have added you to my thoughts. ~David Schneider
You are a treasure. I wanted to let you know you are in prayers all over the world. Take care. God Bless. ~ Annette
Your health is in my prayers and you're wished a full recovery...Nothing would be better than to hear you're on tour, spreading that wonderful music you sing so well!! Get well VERY soon.. ~ sheila
Dan, I've loved your music since the mid-seventies and have played your albums and CD's all along. As a guitar player myself I know you have more talent in your little finger than I have in my whole body. Thanks for the great music. I hope to see you again in concert someday. I remember about 18 years ago seeing you at the Pacific Ampitheater in Costa Mesa, CA. My wife was pregnant with our first son and during a drum solo the baby was kicking in time with the drums. He turned out to be a guitar player too. I'm very glad to see you are doing better. God answers prayer. Put your faith in Him. The greatest joy I have found in music is writing and playing for God. I have often though how awesome it would be to see you writing and performing Christian music because of your poetic use of lyrics. I pray that God heals you completely and that someday we'll see you again on stage. God Bless. ~ John and Debbie Saras, CA.
Dan- Your gifts and your messages have obviously touched millions of people and most importantly brought happiness and joy to their lives. How many world leaders could make such a claim? Whatever the reason we are here and whatever spiritual being exists and /or guides us, we, as fellow humans have the unlimited ability to help each other and make each other laugh, smile and even cry. You are blessed with a gift to reach across generations with your music. I hope that you have truly come to appreciate the ripples of love and joy you have created over the past 30+ years and know that we are looking forward to decades more of your caring melodies and insights. I look forward to standing and cryng with thanks when you next take the stage be it this year or whenever. You have reached all the high notes, strummed the right chords and sat before the piano. Your next chapter is to show that we can do much to prevent and if necessary beat back this awful diease and regain our lives. Draw strength from the love your friends and fans alike are sending out. Here's to many farewell tours, including at least one I take my grandchildren to see. By the way my oldest daughter is 15 so your better be prepared to stay strong for quite a while. ~ Jill and Doug F (Los Angels)
I met you, Dan, in Centennial park in Nashville somewhere around '72. I have followed your career and played many of your songs in bars and at parties over these many years, and appreciate the great contribution you have made to my life and my happiness. I am still writing songs and painting pictures, my lifes work, even though I just get by. So best wishes to you and hoping our paths cross again some day. ~ Dan, Murfreesboro, TN
My husband & I are fans of your music. Your letter touched me b/c we share similarities in life. I too am living with cancer, I have a very rare cancer that has spread to my liver. I choose to live with it and aggressively treat it and not let it defeat me. But I noticed we also share a birthday, mine is Aug. 13, 1958. I just wanted to let you know that you are an inspiration to many, and your letter encouraging men to be aware and have tests and examinations may save their lives. I've been telling my husband the same thing, but it goes in one ear and out the other, however coming from someone like you, he may listen. Enjoy life, family and stop and smell the roses. And stay proactive with your health. We were looking forward to coming to a concert, as I've never been to one but my husband has and he said it is the BEST one he's ever been too. But we totally understand. God Bless. ~ Jeanette & James Hood
Dear Dan, I want to send my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Thank you for your music. Your music has served as a source of comfort and healing for me. ~ Janet Martin
Dear Dan, I guess I am more than a little behind the times in finding out about your illness. I sincerely wish you the best with a speedy and full recovery. I was hoping to find you in concert somewhere, but alas instead you are dealing with your own personal battle. I wanted to let you know how much your music has meant to my wife and I over the years. We married 21 years ago this spring and your "Longer" was "our song". We had it at our wedding reception as it was what we listened to when we drove around in my 76 TransAm at the time. I still have both the car and the 8 track tape we listened to back then, and we still go out and reminisce all these years and 4 kids later.
Later in life where I am now, I find myself lingering on the "Leader of the Band" as it speaks so well to me of my relationship with my father even though he was not a band leader. I did try following his career path and find myself woefully inadequate in comparison. I wish you well and will hope that you are going to be touring again someday soon. I will definitely be there if and when you start touring again. Again, my heartfelt thanks for your dedication to your music and putting it out there for so many like myself to relate to. A musician's life is not an easy one and I admire greatly anyone who can write and play like yourself. Be well - Your friend always ~ Dwight L. Gray
Okay, so I grew up on your music *I'm only 30* but just recently found all the albums that were my father and started listening to them again *which I ADORE* since it reminds me of him. I made a trip to your website and read your information about your cancer. I just wanted to tell you, you are in my prayers and your family also. My father died of prostate cancer in 1996 (one of those didn't catch it in time deals) But anyway you're in my prayer and just have faith.. ~ Vixi Shaw, Jackson, Mississippi
My husband and I have followed your concerts and your music for years! Our prayers and best wishes go out to you ALWAYS! ~ The Shugarmans
Hi Dan, I just heard of your situation just moments ago. I was visiting the Martin website and noticed they made a Dan Fogelberg Signature edition. I quickly searched and searched to find out if they were still available and to my disappointment they are not. Then I found out about you and prostate cancer. Well, my friend, I hope this message finds you well. You have been one of my most favorite performers and songwriters. I have been playing your songs in clubs since 1983. My first open mike in Troy, NY, I sang "Leader of the Band." --the first song I ever performed in public. My career continued for some years singing in clubs, recording studios and continuing to perform many of your songs. My all time favorite song you wrote is "The Reach". I sang it in a night club in Maine back in "89" and the fans loved it. It brought chills to me that night. I heard you perform in Albany, NY soon after that and I could not believe what you said. You said you were now going to perform one of your favorite songs...."The Reach". I nearly cried. I must tell you Dan....I sang so many of your songs to many of my former girl friends and they fell in love with you thru me. Good work Dan. As a matter of fact just last week the women I was with that night in Maine called me to tell me she just heard a Dan Fogelberg song and thought of me....then she called.
I want you to know that I recently moved from upstate NY to a place called Ojai, CA just inland from Santa Barbara, CA. My music career is temporarily on hold as I am studying Chinese Medicine here in Santa Barbara. I have been involved with Medical QiGong healing and the energetic healing arts for the past 15 years. I am extending to you all the healing power and knowledge that I have accumulated. Its a pleasure to assist you in any way to help you not only get thru your cancer but to maintain a cancer free existence after recovery. It has been a passion for me studying the great healers that are on our planet today. Dan....in my book you're the man. Be well.....I hope to see you again soon. ~ David Fitch
Dan, I am a longtime fan who has been away from your music for too long. I recently heard you on my XM radio and was reminded of how much I loved and missed your music. When I got home I immediately went on-line to your website. I am very glad to read that you are still recovering from PC. The last time I saw you in concert was in the mid eighties outside Birmingham, Al. at the Oak Mountain amphitheatre. It was a great show! Your music has meant a tremendous amount to me over the years. I always find your music to be heart-chakra music. The passion of your voice carries the melodies and the truth and sincerity of the lyrics are like arrows that easily penetrate straight into my heart. These songs open me up spiritually/emotionally when I am held captive by the tyranny of my logical unfeeling mind. (And, right now, I really need them back in my life.) They also have such a captivating bitter-sweet quality of longing to be reunited with the beloved. In my experience, there is something amazingly exquisite about true love lost and that longing to be reunited. A couple of years ago, after yet another lost love and broken heart, I did my usual soul searching and questioning about the nature of love and why I always had to look for it in a woman. But this time I discovered something that I am still learning to fully understand. And that is the secret that what I/we all are really looking for is, GOD. (GOD being the source of LOVE infinte). And that person we fall in love with is just a key to that place in ourselves where LOVE originates, where GOD is. Anyway, I wish you and your beloved wife all of the best. Thanks again for your contributions to make life more bearable and more enjoyable. Much love ~ John Heine, Birmingham,Al
I have been a life-long fan of Dan Fogelberg. I have been playing the guitar since I was 8 and now am 44. I began playing guitar seriously when I first heard the Phoenix album. The Phoenix album inspired me to become more with the instrument. I have every album Dan has ever released. I am a complete fan and will always hold him as the person that inspired me in my music. I wish him the best and hope he is around for years to come. My one regret is that I have never seen him perform live, which of course would be a dream come true!! ~ Mark Moore, Lexington KY
Dan, We're so happy to see that you're pulling through. You have been blessed with a loving and supportive partner. As you know, there is still so much left to do here on Earth. My wife and children now adore your work beside me. We think of you often and pray for your continued recovery. Love and Further Blessings ~ Wayne Q and Family, Keene NH
Hi Dan, I love your music and saw one of your last concerts on television just before your prostate cancer was announced. I have googled your name from time to time to see how you were doing. I too was down the cancer road over eleven years ago and know how it can focus your creativity and make every day very precious. I am facing this scary monster again as my original cancer has spread. I don't have a great prognosis but I am a very determined person who loves life and hopefully will endure again. I was encouraged by your strength of character and wish you the very best. Sometimes I think we can will ourselves to heal our bodies or at least slow down the cancer. With all good thoughts and wishes for you ~ Barbara Lang
I have loved you for the last 35 years of my life. I can't tell you what your music has meant to me through the years, but I can tell you that you have a very special place in my heart. My thoughts are my prayers for you. With love and gratitude ~ Viveca Jones Kingsport, Tennessee
Hello Dan. I am 50 years old today. For more than half of my life I've been influenced by your music. Today I had hoped to find you performing somewhere nearby in the near future. Instead I learned of your cancer. Now you have influenced my life in a totally different manner. I'll have that examination! Thank you for providing your art. It was there for me in the lonely times, the joyous times, and the times when I didn't know what to feel. Thank you for sharing this private part of your life with the world. I hope it will make a difference, one man at a time.
Dan F. - This is pretty weird for me because I have never written to anyone like this over the internet - chat rooms, etc. I mean. I am 47 and a teacher. I am on vacation an I have some time tonight to play with my computer. I seemed to recall hearing you had cancer and I seemed to block it out or something. You see, both of my parents have died of cancer - my father died of prostate cancer. I am tired of cancer . It seems to take the lives of so many people that I have cared about. I have loved your music - especially your lyrics - my whole life. I have seen you in concert several times. You probably have heard this before - but I consider you someone close to my heart - like family because I have listened to you so many times in my life. Be close to your loved ones and be true to yourself. Don't worry about your fans - like me -you have already given us so much of tourself. I have 3 kids and am now struggling with telling my family that I may have breast cancer. My mother died of breast cancer two years ago. I am not afraid of cancer because I realize that there is nothing I can do about it. It is a condition. Be strong. ~ Claudia
Dan, Thank you for your music. It helped me in my darkest years and my depression. You truly are an angel sent from heaven that helped me though your music. I wish you the best You will always be in my heart and prayers. ~ Callie- Lee
Dan and Jean, just another prayer for your good health and the health of your family. I have just about every cd you have made and even had my start at Bubbies and Zadies and The Red Herring back in the mid to late 70's. So be well, brother, and know that another poet/painter/song writer thinks of you and plays your tunes and discusses the effect you've had on our lives with friends and my little brother. God Bless You. ~ Randy
Your music, voice, words, guitar - have touched my heart over many years. I was just thinking of you the other night and wondering what you've been up to and now have learned you have dealt with prostate cancer...seems you are fighting it and good for you....helping others to get proactive. This is off the wall, but I met your mom one time. (I am a PEO member). Boy she was so proud of you. Just bursting and beaming when I said how much I loved your music. Thought you should hear this. Keep up - enjoy all the appreciation. ~ Barb Walik in Tucson
Dan, I am 23 years of age and I have grown up on your music. You are a great inspiration. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have so many things to ask you and your music and the reasons for them. I wish you nothing but the best! ~ Jamie Stechnij
Oh my gosh, I just read the news and your letter on the DanFogelberg.com website. I am so very sorry that you and your wife are having to go through this. I listened to your music when I was in my late teens and early twenties (which was 2 decades ago!) And, something recently drew me back to listening to you again. Now, I know what it was. I think there are lots of forces at work in our lives and all the love and prayers that have been going out to you and for you must have somehow reverberated into my own ears, thoughts or subconscious. I will also be thinking of and praying for you. You are such a brilliant and talented person and have given much of yourself to enhance and enlighten the lives of others. May it come back to you tenfold at the time when you must need it most. Hang in there and also know and remember that many others are pulling for you. ~ Toni Smith
Dear Dan, I was searching the web for current news regarding your career only to learn of your cancer. Suffice it to say my heart reaches out to you with all the well wishes possible. As an ardent fan for oh so many years your music has taken me to places other artists could not. In times of sadness, heartbreak, pain, love, joy and happiness it brought me a gentle peace of mind that took me to a place of supreme comfort. At this moment I am waiting for the results of a recent prostate biopsy having learned a few months earlier that my PSA level has been increasing over the past few years. I only hope that no matter what the outcome I have your strength and resolve to carry on the way you have. I too encourage all men over 50 to get their PSA level checked annually along with a DRE. Yours most sincerely ~ Olaf Plotzke, London, Ontario, Canada
Dear Dan and Jean; I've sent many messages to express my wishes for your full recovery and here's another thought. While I was replying to a professor's "thought for the day" in my online class, I thought of "Icarus Ascending". I still listen to that one all of the time. Thus, I thought of your song to interpret the thought. The thought for the day was: I have listened to the realm of the Spirit. I have heard my own soul's voice, and I have remembered that love is the complete and unifying thread of existence. --Mary Casey
In other words, Let your faith be your strength and "your love be your guiding star". I'm not sure if I interpreted her quote correctly, but after hearing your lyrics and looking at the quote, I responded that we must look within our heart and soul and our love will be the driving force in the journey of life. ~ Cindy Fabian
Dan: Like so many of the folks who have written here to express the multitude of ways your music has touched their lives, I too have always found great comfort and happiness in the purity of your song. You have given the world a magical gift and I pray for your full recovery so future generations of Dan Fogelberg fans will not only have the chance
to know your work from the last 30 years, but from this day and well beyond. Thank you for the inspiration. ~ Jay U.
God bless you for all you do...not only for fighting the good fight...but for raising awareness. Sending positive thoughts your way. Your Friend and Longtime fan ~ Karen
Hi, my name is Alice Fleming. I have been a fan of yours since I was 15 years old (1980). I wish you and your family the best always.
Dear Dan, My husband and I have been fans for years. We have reacquainted ourselves with your work and several months ago went to your web site. We were saddened to hear that you are battling prostate cancer. Paul was diagnosed with prostate cancer when he was about your age. However, we took it to our Lord and he was healed. He also had a healing of thyroid cancer recently. Several doctors were 'saved' through his miracles. Ten years ago, I had an advanced case of breast cancer but with prayer and help from doctors that believed they could beat the beast that was accomplished. You have been in our prayers for several months and will continue to be. Let us leave with a prayer. Dear Heavenly Father...You have said only to ask and believe and it shall be so. You also said that by His stripes we are healed. We thank you that you sent your son, Jesus, so we may be saved both body and soul. Lord, we stand on your word and hold fast to the promise in Your Word, Jesus. We thank You in Jesus' name. Amen. Our love and prayers to you....we have adopted your song 'Longer' as 'ours'. Thanks for looking at that sky and pulling those words into a sweet love song.~ Paul & Paula Shene
For some reason these past few days, I have had Dan Fogelberg in my head--after a few years hiatus from your music (don't know the reason for THAT; dumb streak I guess). I just went to Amazon and bought The Innocent Age because I couldn't find my copy. That "album" is one of my all time favorites. So today I searched the internet and lo and behold found your website. I was at work, so I couldn't look too long, so here I am back online at 9:30 pm at your website again. I opened the page and was struck by how gorgeous you still are---I believe you get better with age, my friend (sorry Mrs. F, but I just had to say that).And imagine my dismay when I read about your bout with Prostate cancer. I'm SO pleased to hear you're doing well. You really do look great.
I went to a concert of yours in Portland Maine the last time you were there and it was one of my favorite concerts of all time--even though you were almost a speck on the stage from where I sat, I gloried in hearing your music personally, instead of from my stereo. As I said, I don't know why I've not listened to you in quite some time---been into the Blues lately and my tastes change, but I have to tell you; about a month ago, as I was heading for dinner with friends at a local pub, my all time favorite song "The Reach" came on (KISS 94). Everyone went into the restaurant, and I JUST COULD NOT LEAVE MY CAR WITHOUT LISTENING TO THAT SONG. I was a little depressed that day, and when I heard that song, it lifted my spirits. IT DID. It SO reminds me of our beautiful coast, and it puts me back to the days when I would be driving along Ocean Drive in Bar Harbor with that song playing over and over on my cd player. It's SUCH a beautiful song.
So anyway, I just had to write and tell you what your music has meant to me. I think I have the first 8 albums each one better than the next, but I think around High Country Snows is when I stopped buying because it was a little too country for me (sorry). But, all of the love songs you created and sang..........oh, I just can't tell you.I think I've gone back into my Dan Fogelberg "craze" again, and I feel home. I hope and pray you continue to get and stay healthy--I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. Thanks again for being such a gifted, talented (not to mention cute ) human being. And one of your songs will best describe your fight with cancer---"Like a Phoenix, I have risen from the flames.." ~ Teresa Hallsworth
I thank you & your music for carrying me through the most difficult times in my life.I hope that you know that I have felt God through your songs,and he will help you touch others the way you have touched myself and my children. You're in my prayers,and thankyou for touching our lives..God does put angels on earth to help us, if I never know you, you have changed my family's life. I know God will protect and comfort you,the way your music has for me.~ Kim, Amber & Dante
Dan, I have been praying for you since I heard of your battle. I know in my heart that you have a lot of words and music to share, once this medical situation is under (a manageable),control. Until then, draw your strength from the Lord, and enjoy every day you have here on Earth. I look forward to seeing you in Toledo when you venture out to play again. I have seen several of your concerts and have enjoyed every one of them. I appreciate your music, lyrics, and vocabulary in your songs. I wish you well and I will keep you in my prayers. God Bless you ~ Duane Leonard
Dan, Glad to read you on doing so well. My wife just received the results of her PET/CAT scan and she is now in remission after to a long fight with breast cancer. Our prayers are with you and your family. Regards.
Dear Dan and Jean, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to you for sharing your music and talents with the world. Your music is well loved in my family. The other day, while driving in the car with my nine year old daughter, she was sitting in the back seat very quietly listening to your song "Leader of the Band." Being quiet is not her strong point. When the song ended she sat and pondered for awhile then said; "Mom what does that song mean?" I told her it was a song written for your father and how much he meant to you in your life and you were thanking him for your gift of music. She replied, "I really like that song." I asked why. She said because it is a song about family and how we love each other and help each other. Then, at the top of her lungs she started singing "Leader of the Band." She stopped singing for a second and said ' That's Dan Fogelberg. Right Mom?" Your music has touched another generation.
Your music and artistry has touched my life and helped me get through some hard times and helped me celebrate the good times too. So, I hope that you and Jean are celebrating the good times now! I wish you the best in your recovery and fight against cancer. My familiy's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time of your life. Sincerely ~ Stephanie Fields, Westmoreland, NH
Dan - I am so sorry to hear of your cancer...but am delighted and encouraged to hear how you and your wife are dealing with it. I applaud you both. I found out a couple years ago that I have MS...but am doing well. Better news is I found out not long after my diagnosis that I can sing!!! Who knew??? lol So, with a hardship has come a blessing. And yes, I DO sing some of your songs....happily and gratefully, as I've been a fan of yours for almost 30 years. (Dear Lord....when did I get this OLD????) My best to you...am sending good energy your way along with all my prayers for your full and complete remission. Warmly ~ Kerri Renz
Dear Dan, A lot of people tell you this but for me, this is true. I can remember listening to your music and my asking my mother who you were. My mother played music for a living and for me it was kind of drilled intomy head and you could be heard in my house for a very long time. So you have done much for many people in my house as I was growing up with you. I thank you for that. Like I said, my mother is a huge fan of yours...more than anybody. I just hope that you like many long healthy years. Please record again and bring out another album that we can all listen to and enjoy. Many healthy years to come. Thanks again, Dan. ~ James Kelley
Dear Daniel: My favorite of your songs would have to be "Dancing Shoes"....it did - and does still - give me goosebumps! Your music kept me company during college and afterwards as I bumbled through my 20s and 30s in search of life and love. Thankfully, I am no longer bumbling, and frequently root through my old cassettes for "Captured Angel" and "Twin Sons...." both old favorites - just to reminisce. Godspeed to you and your family. Good health and long life. Best wishes ~ Lisamarie
Hello, Hope things are getting better and hoping for a full recovery. I've been a HUGE fan since 1972 (Home Free) and saw you at every concert you had here in Houston, Texas. Have all your recordings and listen to them often. Especially "To The Morning", "Stars" and "Gambler". I'm 49, and a little long in the tooth. Anyway, just wanted to wish you the best. Thank you for the years.
Dear Dan and family, How can you possibly read all the well wishes from all of us who have listened to your music over the years? I haven't sent a message before, but it is surprising how often I have thought of you and yours and remembered you in both thoughts and prayers. Thanks for all the good memories. We are thrilled to read the good news on your site. Stay with it, buddy. We still need you out here! Sincerely ~ Brad and Missy Keith
Dear Dan Fogelberg, Since Nether Lands, your music has been so special to me. Particularly your love of the environment. I checked your web-site to see if a new recording was on its way.and instead, I read some very bad news. I am a cancer survivor and I well remember the experience. I remember the feel of my wife's hand in mine. I remember the beauty of springtime in Alaska. Dan, cancer is a speed bump, that is all. You will slow down, and then you will beat it. I listen to your music, and I dream of the mountains. I hope to see you out there, someday. And I can't wait till your next recording. You have made such a difference. Good luck. ~ Thomas Plummer
Kiaora from a New Mexican in New Zealand... Had a fabulous time at Telluride´s 20th Blue Grass Festival - your finale was amazing (especially since I´d waited 20 years to see you perform with the exception of a fluke at Club West Santa Fe somewhere in the 80´s). As I listened to an old album of yours here in Auckland today, I was inspired to check the web and learned about your bout with cancer. I´m sending good thoughts and prayers your way - a small gesture in comparison to the pleasure you´ve given through your music. Farmington, NM pays tribute to a very special man, my father, in the form of the Freedom Days Grady E Williams Memorial Triathlon. After participating in 7 triathlons in 1999 he succumbed to the effects of lymphoma (or was it the He gave me the mountains in the early years - you provided the music. ~ Gaye Williams
Dear Dan, I want to express my thoughts on your situation with advanced prostate cancer. First of all, I am a devoted fan...as most of the people who write to you from this website are, I am sure. Your music kept me going throughout my 20's and 30's. I moved out to Colorado from Alabama in the mid-70's after my mother died of colon cancer at the age of 43. I felt closer to your music because you were living there.
Now that I am married, have 2 kids, a career and a good-lovin' man, I still listen to your music and I think of you a lot. I work in the field of cancer epidemiology (the study of the causes and distribution of diseases in populations--my chosen area is cancer among Native Americans, as I am Cherokee). I live in Colorado, again, after moving back east, meeting my husband, etc. But, enough about me. Last year, I started thinking, I wonder where Dan is having a concert. When I found your website, I learned of your prostate cancer diagnosis and was floored. Not as much as you were, I'm sure, but it was a shock. All of a sudden, it's like, geez, people our age are getting sick with cancer. Even though I know intellectually that many people are diagnosed with cancer and receive treatment to go on to lead normal lives, I was scared for you. My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer 2 years ago, but, he's old--he's 75 now. So, anyway, I began praying to the Creator that you would be OK. I know that you will do OK through whatever comes your way.
I'm selfish, though. I really would like to hear you sing again. I never had a chance to go to one of your concerts. I hate cancer and I'm sure you do, too. It's scary, it's messy, it's painful, and it's not fun and beautiful. I hope you read this letter because I have written it from my heart. I work every day to learn more about cancer for Indian people and all people of this earth. Know that you have played a role in my world-outlook and that you have meant a lot to me and to many other people. ~ Nina
Dear Dan, I found you and your music in the mid 70's- early 80's and have been a faithful fan since then. Like all your fans, I have been touched deeply by your music through all the years of my life. My earliest memories of being in my bedroom at home, staring at your pictures (you were hot, and still are!!!) and listening to your songs, even thinking then what a complete "package" you were!! Handsome, talented and sensitive--all in one man. Wow!! In 1981, when I met my future husband, one of the things we had in common was the love of your music..we were married and "Longer" was our wedding song-- "Exiles" hit home with the failure of that marriage. Your music has always comforted me and made me feel warm inside..I listened to your CD's when undergoing chemotherapy for cancer myself and I found a sense of well-being with each song. I am so very saddened for your illness and have been keeping up trying to learn how you are doing. You have always been such a wonderful presence in my life and felt I needed to tell you of my "love" for you and your music..It actually pains me to know you are going through all this, when you have shared so much of yourself and sending well- wishes just doesnt seem like enough...but since that is all I can do, I will do so with all my heart...Along with all the other millions of fans you have blessed, I wish you the very best and will pray for your health for ever on....God Bless ~ Linda
In the last days of my brother's life (he died 2 years ago after a 2-year battle with brain cancer), he told me you were his all-time favorite artist. I was so happy to hear that, since I've been a HUGE fan of your music since the '70's. Thank you for your music -- it has helped me through some very rough times. Good luck & hang in there! ~ Brenda
You have always entertained me with your word pictures and beautiful melodies. Our thoughts and hopes are with you now. ~ Chuck Filipiak Family
Dear Dan and Jean, We cannot forget Jean. She has put a smile on your face and in your soul. It's good to see. No one knows why things happen the way they do and what path your journey takes. May God be with you every step of the way. May our Lord give you and Jean the strength to fight and win. I will keep you in my prayers. Thank you for your music. Youhave touched me in so many ways. Thanks Jean for giving that smile to Dan. God Bless both of you. ~ Marie Roche'
Hi Dan, I'm so glad that you're OK! You have given so much to the world and to my life, and I want to thank you so much again, Love and hugs ~ Morgan XXXOOOXXX
Dear Mr. Fogelberg: I have loved your song "Same Old Lang Syne" for many years (I'm 37). The song recently took on new significance for me, though. I had a baby boy last June. A few months ago, in an attempt to help him fall asleep, I began singing to him. Although I know and love many songs, the only song to which I know all the lyrics is "Same Old Lang Syne." So that has been Christopher's nightly lullaby every single night for months now, and I'm sure it will be for years to come. For the rest of my life, any time I hear the song on the radio, I will associate it with happiness, peacefulness, and my sweet baby boy. Thank you very much. My husband says that Christopher just pretends to be asleep so I'll stop singing because I am such a bad singer, but I don't think that's true. :) ~ Wendy Elaine Harlow
Dear Dan, For some reason, this morning a thought of you crossed my mind. While out walking my two Greyhounds in the beautiful Dallas Texas morning, my thoughts turned to, "I wonder how Dan Fogelberg is getting along?"
My wife, Cindy, and I were very saddened upon hearing the news of the prostate cancer you were facing, which we heard as soon as the news was made public. We have both been very big fans of you and your music through the years. I began following and listening to your music around 1974 while a student at Appalachain St. Univ. in Boone, NC. A good friend of mine turned me on to Dan Fogelberg and over the course of the next several years I listened to all of your releases and learned several of your songs personally...even played and sang "Longer Than" at a good friend's wedding. Anyway, Dan, I wanted to send you our best wishes as you win your battle against prostate cancer. We will keep you in our prayers, as I believe a prayer is the best gift any human can give to another. From the information on your website, it sounds as though you have made some very good strides in having your good health restored. I am sure you have been through some very difficult days mentally, physically, and spiritually. Please know that you have friends in Dallas, Tx pulling for you on a complete recovery as we look forward to having you bring your music back to a stage near us. We will be there! Your concern for others along with your determination and courage are an inspiration to us all. We will check your website from time to time for updates. We have faith in God's healing and know you are going to ok. Best wishes to you and Jean ~ Doug & Cindy Edwards
Dan: Great to hear you and your wife are doing well. You have God on your side and that is the answer to all our maladies. We need to see you in concert!!!! Philly misses you big time.Hope you tour soon. God Bless!!! ~ Bob Phillips
Dear Dan, I find you to be one of the most amazing musicians in the world, with style; a style all of your own, making you a wonderful, unique individual with talent. God has truly blessed you with a gift. Your songs are classics that have ingrained themselves as part of my life! What would a New Year's, or Christmas Eve be without one of your touching songs....or how about a great summer day? Your sweet, sweet voice....everyone knows it. But, alas, you are human. (Sometimes we forget!) A human with the same trials and triumphs the rest of us have. I wanted you to know that I pray for your recovery. Just last night, I turned on my jukebox, and then of course, one of your songs came on. And that is why I am here today....wishing you well....thanking you for contributing to a small part of my life; that part of music that I enjoy so much. Bless you and everything you hold dear to your heart. Fight the Fight!! ~ Julie Stoddard, Agawam, MA
Boy at 43 my first letter to a celebrity, I've enjoyed your beautiful music since Home Free, all the way through to your box set. Cannot tell you how many albums I've worn through! I've sung your songs while courting my wife, I've sung my children to sleep with your melodies. Your music has brightened my days, brought tears to my eyes and all the emotions in between. I cannot imagine going through all of life's joys and turmoil's without having the crutch of Dan Fogelberg to rely on. And to have come to face a world where your voice might have been silenced was difficult to contemplate. You see I had grown used to the idea of growing older with you. So glad then to hear then of your optimistic prognosis!! So even though you may choose not to tour anymore I have hope that you will continue to put pen to paper and continue to create songs for living. ~ David Heine, and family
Sending good thoughts and well wishes to a wonderful musician! My husband turned me on to your music more than 25 years ago. "Longer" was sung at our wedding, and your music still graces our home, vehicles, and CD players! God Bless you. " I could spend my life in this sweet surrender". ~ Aerosmith
First I would say thank you for all the music, and our dedication to it (I saw you at Jones Beach in the pouring rain!). Please try to stay positive even when dark thoughts come in the small hours. Anyone who is a trooper such as you can make it. ~ Harry Blond
Dear Dan and Jean, This morning I was going through my cousin's CD collection and one of your CDs was in there. I immediately remembered that you had been diagnosed with prostate cancer last year, and after listening to a few songs, which I had to sing along with, I came over to the computer to check on the Internet regarding your health. I am so very happy for you that you are well enough to share a letter of hope with us. God bless you. I am a 32 year survivor of cancer, having had cancer when I was 21 years old. As you now know, it changes you forever. Fortunately for me, I have had my prostate checked since I was in my late 30's due to Benign Prostate Hypertrophy. It has been a bit of a blessing in disguise. I have also always been on guard for the recurrence of cancer, and have had yearly check-ups for these past many years. I have been very lucky. Thank you for speaking out about your cancer. It is difficult, and sometimes repetitive to the point of boredom. But each time you speak, you only need to reach one more person, male or female, and the effect of your message can cascade as each person spreads the word of your experience. You have a powerful opportunity to make another wonderful contribution to the world through the story of your courageous battle against cancer, and I pray that you find the time and interest, and the good health, to share your story on a larger platform . Thank you for the wonderful music that you gave to all of us. Sincerely ~ James Farquhar, Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada
I just got on the web to find out your booking contact info to bring you to Santa Barbara, CA to perform. The news of your illness hit me very hard. I have to close friends that were diagnosed and have been declared cancer free. What great news that was was for not only them but everyone that loves them. As singer/songwriter myself you have gotten me through many touch times in my life. Your music has the power to heal, , the power to believe in ones self, and the power to celebrate life. My heart and prayers are with you and feel very positive that you will be performing in Santa Barbara someday with an audience filled with love that you deserve. I am always here for you... Dana Morrow
You have a wonderful gift given to you, and it has gotten me through many hard times as well as good times. Be strong during this time and know that God will never give you more than you can deal with and lean on him in all things. All my prayers are with you and thanks for the songs!!! ~ Mike, Gautier,MS.
Dan, You have given so much not only to the music world, but to the hearts and souls of millions.As a musician for most of my life I can say that no matter where my muse takes me, the passion and joy of your songs will forever influence the musical journey of my life. Thank-you, and may a long and happy life bless you and yours. ~ James Goulet
Best wishes and continued healing. You'll be in our thoughts and prayers. Thanks you for all your musical gifts. ~ Scott and Vickie Ross and family, Billings, MT
Good morning Mr. and Mrs. Fogelberg: First of all, I am most pleased to hear that your cancer is responding so well to your treatments. That is a wonderful blessing and one that I am sure that you celebrate each and every day. I have been a fan of yours since the late 70's (you know the kind that knows every word to every song) and throughout my life your songs have been there to cheer, comfort and envelope me with warmth. I had the pleasure of being friends with Tim Weisberg while I lived in Los Angeles and I will never forget how he described you - "the consummate wordsmith". So thank you for sharing your songs with all of us - we are the ones that have been blessed by your amazing talent. I wish you a continued healthy recovery and a life full of love, happiness and joy with your family and family of friends. I also include this website for you to view. It is "lyrics for life" - a wonderful place for musicians and composers to help in funding cancer research. I have been fortunate to work with these folks and see how once again, the power of music can create such healing. Thank you for your time and consideration! Sincerely ~ Karen Schneider
Hey. I am so sorry for what you and your wife have been going through. Just found out yesterday on the net & am so anxious to hear how you are faring now. How are you? Really, how are you? I just so deeply want you to be in remission. Please let us know. Sat in front of my computer all day yesterday trying to find the words to send your way. How do you send a letter to the one person in the whole world who touched you so profoundly with his lyrics and melodies over 32 years ago (I was 17) and continues to do so to this day? So, I am just going to write it straight from my heart and hope it gets to you. I always wondered about the kind of man you were, as your music was and is so intimate and sometimes, well many times, bittersweet. I fell in love with you, among millions. I did find the love of my life in 1976 and your rmusic became torch songs between us. I had to put you on a shelf almost 10 years ago as our marraige was ending. I started to listen to you again over the past year with pure joy and the stereo at full blast! This past Christmas I was driving up to Charlotte with my sons, Chris (20) and Nathan (18). The drive started out with 2 hours of hard core Rap (OMG! But, I was patient...), then all of a sudden, Nathan reaches into the CD compartment and pulls out your 1982 Greatest Hits & plugs it in!!! Then, my son played it again. When we returned home, he asked to borrow the CD. Just bought him "Home Free". (He doesn't have it yet.) Of all the artists in the world, past and present, I am so grateful that you will be a part of his life, as you have been in mine. I believe that listening to you in the car that day gently influenced him into taking his music into another direction. He has witten lyrics all his life, some that would curl my fingenails, and lately, that make me think about the man he is and how intimate and bittersweet. Thank you so much for sharing your gift. Again, please let us hear from you. Peace be with you Dan Fogelberg. You're in my prayers. Love ~ Jennifer Walters
Mr. Dan Fogelberg, I too am from Illinois. I grew up in Ottawa, lived in Peoria, went to Central HS., and in '71moved to C-U. My daddy was a drummer when he wasn't working at Sears and then the U of I Nuc. Physics Dept. I frequented some of the musical venues of the '70's that you did. In maybe 1973 or '74 I saw you in concert at an outdoor stage in Peoria. It was a fantastic show. I remember that you were drinking beer out of a plastic cup - and, after taking a few sips you gave the cup to me. I didn't drink beer at the time - but I drank that one. I kept that plastic cup for years! My best friend, who returned to Ottawa to take care of her 90 year old mother and I were talking over the phone today. During our conversation we began talking about you. I brought you up on the internet - the phone conversation and your website did my heart good! Such a wonderful time in my life. You were, and still are, part of that and I thank you. I now live outside Asheville, NC, but return home once or twice a year. I listen to Home Free very often when going to work. It is a calm before the storm-I deal with criminals daily so your smooth voice and comforting words are appreciated. You are thought of and prayed for often. It is good to hear that your health is improving. My thoughts are for all illness to leave you. - this is also a selfish desire because I am hoping, if not to see you again to be able to buy more of your music. Hoping you are well... A fan forever. Again, thank you for all you have given to me - you have filled my heart. Stay Strong. ~ Lori Ann Emery-Ownbey
Mr. Fogelberg, I lost my hearing 14 years ago, but I still remember your songs. Thank you for all your songs and may God keep you safe and singing. ~Billy Williams
Hey Dan, "Songbird" with you and Tim W. just popped on my 200 disc CD changer while on random play. Made me think to google you and see how you're doing. (My wife told me she heard the health the news on the radio a while back.) Your web-site has some very encouraging news. Your concerts and music meant a lot to me during my "formative" high school and college years. From Minneapolis to Texas to LA. My wife too (we hooked up when we were 16, so we shared that together). We'll, I'm 48 now, and I still want you around for a long time because I'm one of those old-timers that still buys CDs! You're in my prayers - faith, hope, and love, and the greatest is love. So you hang tough. God bless ~ Dave
Dan, I want to wish you well in your battle against this cancer and in any other battles you may face. I know this is a difficult and trying time for you and your family and I want you to know that someone out there cares. And Someone up there cares infinitely more than I do! Just you remember that! I also wanted to thank you for doing what you do instead of ignoring your calling like so many of us do. I'll never forget one particular Sunday in January of 2006, when I was going through a particularly heartbreaking time, I woke up and went over to the stereo and put in The Very Best of Dan Fogelberg. This was my very first time of listening to it. I remember thinking as the opening notes of "Nether Lands" came through the speakers, "Aha! Finally, someone knows just exactly how I feel!" And the song went on from there to uplift and inspire me! Thank you for that!
Hi Dan, I have greatly enjoyed your music since early on. Being from the Midwest it was harder to see you in concert. I saw you in concert in the 70's at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. You were there with the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt. Jackson Browne also made an appearance. I remember the stadium announcer saying that your band was delayed on another plane so you came out by yourself and your guitar. Man it was great. It was a beautiful night and beautiful music. I came to your website to see if you had released any new material since I loved your old material so much. I was "floored" when I heard of your cancer. All I can say is there are millions praying for your recovery. Take care and thanks for being a part of my life ~ Gregg Lloyd.
Dearest Dan, First of all, let me start by saying that I am 38 years old and a child of a Prostate Cancer Survivor. My prayers are with you and yours for a speedy recovery! Dan, you have been, and still are to this day the lifeforce of my relationship with my husband (Lawrence). He is most likely your number 1 fan along with myself. (not in an obsessive freakazoid way mind you). It just seems to us that a majority of the songs you have brought into our lives have come to us when we needed to hear that particular message. Lawrence and I are in agreement that you are a true Genius! About 13 years ago I was a D.J at a local radio station in Trinidad Colo. (KCRT). It was there that I was able to bring your beautiful voice to my listeners. I had tried to contact you to be a guest on my show for earth day, but to no avail. (you were already booked somewhere else). We also live in the mountains of Colorado. My husband is also musically endowed with a voice like an angel. I believe that you are the reason he started playing and singing in the first place. Any time we go to a family gathering we can't leave until he has played something. You are his idol and I do belive that if we all ever met that you two would hit it off famously! Musically you both have common ground. Personally it seems you also parallel. When we heard that you were ill, both of us were in shock and cried! We have been praying for your recovery ever since. Dan, you have saved our lives many,many times with your lyrics! We wish that there was something that we could do for you to repay you for what you have done for us! Please remember that our prayers are always with you! May GOD keep you and Jean Healthy happy and wise. Peace always ~ Tina Vigil
"More Than Ever" -- and my brother's dog, Jesse, howling along as my brother and I harmonized. Playing "Nether Lands" on the piano over and over and over until I learned it....only to discover that your fabulous voice is WAY higher than mine, so re-learning it in the key of B flat so I could sing it. Being so jealous that you got to sing with Emmy Lou! Wearing out my copies of Innocent Age, Phoenix, Home Free, Nether Lands, etc. and being so glad they came out on CD! Playing "Dancing Shoes" for a special woman.... Just a handful of memories associated with your words and music. Now I hope our collective prayers will strengthen and carry you, as your compositions strengthened and carried us. From a fellow Scott -- hang in there, be strong, and beat this thing. ~ Ray Agnew
Dear Dan, I don't have many of your records (cd's) To be exact I have Home Free, Nether Lands, Greatest Hits and Innocent Age. However, I love it all and listen regularly. I also look forward to discovering more of your music, especially your most recent material. I was listening very recently and thought to check out and see if you had a web site. Glad to see that you do. I was very sorry to read of your current 'plight' and would just like to wish you a speedy recovery. Keep on rockin'! ~ P. Flynn, Dublin Ireland
Dear Dan: Tonight, after watching Bradley lose in the NCAA tournament, I began flipping channels. I was so happy to find you performing on Soundstage and immediately sat down to watch. As I heard your voice, my mind and my soul filled with so many wonderful memories. Back in 1975, I fell in love with you as a result of your music. As a college student at Indiana University, I wore out my "Home Free" album. When you came to perform in Bloomington, IN, my brother and I camped out for tickets. The afternoon you were to perform, I hung out at the auditorium hoping to get a glimpse of you. Somehow, I managed to get inside and watch the soundcheck. I began talking to Tim Weisberg which turned into a lengthy conversation. Later that night, I found myself backstage with Tim and you......a dream evening that I will never forget. I have told the story many times since then. I am sure you have no memory of this but it was so special for a young girl from Indiana to meet her music star crush! (And then to have a follow up date with Tim). So after I watched you perform tonight (and crying during "Leader of the Band" ), I got on my computer to find out what was up with my old "crush" Dan. I was so shocked to read about your battle with prostate cancer. But I am happy to read that you are feeling better. I hope this is still true. I will pray for you to fully recover and for peace for you and your wife, Jean. You touched me at a very important time in my life 30 years ago. You touched me again tonight. I tried to explain to my teenage son and 10 year old daughter how much your music affected me. They smiled and looked at Mom as a sentimental old goat. Thank you for creating such beautiful music and for touching me once again tonight. God Bless you. Sincerely ~ Pat Eastman Handler, Highland Park, IL
My husband and I are both huge fans and so happy to hear of your positive progress. May God continue to bless you throughout your recovery. We will continue to enjoy your CD's but hope you will again return to the concert stage as we love to hear your music live! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Dan, As I sit here listening to "Leader of the Band" I for some reason searched for your web site. I was saddened to learn of your cancer battle. I am a 48 year old cancer survivor, I beat mouth cancer 6 years ago. I read your letter to fans and am uplifted by your strength and courage. "Leader of the Band" is very special to me as I lost my father 14 years ago. He was very special to me as I am sure yours was to you. I cannot listen to your song without a tear of joy and a fond memory of my father crossing my cheek and mind. My children are 15 and 13, I can only hope that I am able to instill in them the same love and respect that I have for my dad. I guess I just wanted to say thank you for following your dream as a songwriter and sharing that life with us. I will pray for you, and I wish you the best. ~ Dale Hovland, Burleson Tx
Dear Dan and Jean, Today is my wedding anniversary and your song "Longer" was in our wedding. I got to thinking about you and thought I'd check out your website. I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis, but you have faith and that will be the thing that will get you through. I am a breast cancer survivor myself. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with. I don't ever want to have to go through all of this again, but it was the best thing to ever happen to me. I was a workaholic that didn't take time to enjoy a lot around me. Now I do. I love my husband, kids and grandkids more than I can imagine, and I take the time to savor every thing we do. You will be strengthened in many areas through this. It will scare the hell out of you many times, but your faith will get you through. God Bless You ~ Cherel Dotson
Dan, I have enjoyed your music since the early 70's. I was saddened by the news of your cancer, but rejoice with you in your recovery! I know you have no future plans to be in the studio but, you have a whole new audience to
inspire and lift up with your music now. I speak of those stricken with cancer and those recovering from cancer as you are. No one can weave words that touch lives and mend hearts as you can. Your music has touched my heart to my very soul. Thanks! ~ Tom
I'm 42 years old and I had a liking to a few early hits of Dan Fogelberg. But only what I heard on the radio. My intrest grew some 15 years ago and I have come to understand and appreciate the genuine art within his music. Within so many lyrics there are messages about our own hearts. Many artists express their thoughts and ideas thru their music, but none, that I have found, are able to do so with the elegance that Dan has. I personally feel the spiritualism within the songs. My 14 year old daughter loves his music and so does my 13 year old son. They express in their own words their appreciation for how his music makes them feel. I am glad to hear that he is doing so well after such a time in his life. And to keep in touch with his fans about his progress demonstrates his heart.
Truly a wonderful and gifted artist. Mr. Fogelberg, my daughter will be happy to learn that you are doing so well, and I thank you for your influence on not only my own life, but your influence on the lives of my children. Thank you ~ Patrick T. Pritchett
I am one of Dan's biggest, lifelong fans! He has done so much for those of us who appreciate his music and creative talents and I thank him for years of beautiful thoughts. I think of him and pray for him every day. Best wishes for an easy and successful recovery! ~ Maria Coyle
Dan & Family; I wish you the very best. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I was pleased to read that for the time being things are good. God is so very powerful and he can do such great things, my prayer is for him to heal you. May He be with you and your family. All the best ~ Diana
I just recently heard "Leader of the Band." It had always struck a chord with me, although it had been a while since I heard it. It was playing in a grocery store oddly enough. But I just wanted to say what an impact that song has had on me. I feel the same about my father. He is the best role model I could have ever asked for, and I want to thank you for puting those feelings not only in words but to incredible music. I hope your treatment is going well. ~ Robin Roy, Palmetto, FL
I've been listening to Dan since Home Free was new - shared by a friend from Louisiana College while I was in the Navy. The music of the next few albums were favorites. I ended up moving to Boulder in 1979 and worked at the Last Recording Studio and some at Mountain Ears. One day I went into the Guitar Store and there was, I thought, my engineer and favorite bassist, Dick Jenkins. As I was just about to slap him on the back, the music store owner shook his head with an odd grin. "Not DJ," he said and as Dan turned around, there I stood with hand stopped in mid-motion. (Dan & DJ looked a LOT alike.) The owner introduced us - I was then the lead singer for the Boulder-based fusion group The Flying Wedge. Dan and I talked a moment about some mutual music friends. Later, through friends at Mountain Ears, I got invited to some function there dealing with the Run for the Roses (can I tell you my memories of the late 70's are fuzzy) and we chatted again. Here was one of the biggest lights on the musical scene and he was just an ordinary guy talking music and guitars - songwriter to songwriter. Since that time, long forgotten by Dan, I've had an even greater soft spot for Dan and his music. As we're basically the same age, his current malady is something that strikes a chord with me.
Dan - my best wishes and fervant prayers to you at this time. Here's my belief -- you've much more wonderful music to make! May God continue to bless and heal you. All the best! ~ Dudley-Brian Smith
Dear Mr. Fogelberg, I was saddened to hear about your sudden health issue and have been keeping an eye out for some updated news regarding your prognosis. I truly hope things are well & that you will soon be able to again share
your music with those of us whom have followed you for so many years.
Since the first time I laid on the floor in a pair of headphones in 1974 & listened to Home Free over & over again I have been a huge fan. I'm a Midwestern boy who lives near KC, fancies himself a singer/songwriter & has always (in my own way) felt a connection to your musical life. Among my many passions is a resolute belief that no other issues are of greater significance to our lives than that of our relationship to our Planet. Although I have lived in the middle of the country all of my life, I have always felt an affinity for water & there is no place in the world that I feel more complete than sitting on my boat enjoying the beauty and tranquility of our Universe. Please know that I wish you God's speed for a complete & permanent recovery. Respectfully ~ Douglas Cafer
Hi Dan - I just heard about your cancer and have to say I have never done anything like this before, but I have loved you and your music with my whole heart ever since I heard "Illinois", I'm sure back in the 70's sometime. I wish you peace and comfort and I send you my prayers for a speedy recovery. ~ Joyce - Collinsville IL
Dear Dan, You have been a part of my life now since 1975. I heard the news of your diagnosis at a house concert here in Baltimore, where my husband and I heard Jim Photoglo perform. He is a wonderful performer, but even more a wonderful man. He shared with us how you are doing and stories of performing with you. You are an inspiration with your heart and wisdom. If anyone will beat this disease it will be YOU!! We came across your Live DVD Greetings from the West and watched it last night. We love you and will always love your music and inspiration. You are in our prayers and thoughts every day. We also look forward to seeing Jim again soon. Stay strong, and maintain your sense of humor and focus with beating this Cancer. Hope and state of mind is a powerful thing. And, thank you for enlightening all the men out here on getting screened. My husband included. Love to your family. We will keep in touch with your progress. Much love ~ Simie and Larry Faskowitz, Baltimore, Md.
Dan, I had my PSA and digital exam and they turned out ok. My dad had prostate cancer and lived a good life. I thank you for reminding us all to get it checked. My prayers and best thoughts for you and Jean. ~ Mickey & Monica, Lafayette, LA
I just heard the news today. Dan Fogelberg has been a part of my life since 1977. I pray for a complete cure. Nothing is impossible for God. May peace be with him and his family. I will pray for him daily. ~ Debbie
Just checking on Dan ..as it seems the website has not been updated since 2005 and just wanted to check and send my best wishes and prayers to Dan and his family! Any update to date would be really appreciated!.... My prayers ands thoughts are with you!...cheers ~ Tina
I was listening to Boston Pete on the internet and they just played 'Dancing Shoes', one of my favorites. It made me wonder how you were doing - so I checked the site. It also caused me to think about how much your music has meant to me over the years. I lost my Dad to cancer this past September; he was my best friend and I miss him more than I could ever imagine...hearing your music brought him to my thoughts...thank you. Thanks and prayers....
Your music has helped lift me up through the years. May love and prayers help you through this difficult journey. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Barbara
Hello Dan & Jean! Hope the recovery is progressing. I first heard "Part of The Plan" in the back of the car coming back from D.C. in '72. My dad changed it after the first stanza, and I proceeded to jump up and down like an Organ Grinder's Monkey and generally create 7 kinds of Hell until he turned it back. It was worth the beating, been a fan ever since. I have seen you every tour from Nashville in '79 to Full Circle @ Chastain in Atlanta. The ONLY other live act that compares is Paul McCartney; ( He is also the only other one that I'll travel near or far to see!). My wife and I are both R.N.'s here in Knoxville, Tn. We see incredible acts of courage and faith on a daily basis from our patients and our peers. We all (I include every one of you incredible people who have shared your love for Dan & Jean in this!!!) will continue to pray to our various Gods and Dieties for your complete remission and recovery from Ca. Keep up your humor, I have found it is an inexplicapably effective healer. Love ~ Roger and Kim Hill
Dear Dan , I can remember hearing "Nether Lands" , for the first time while laying in bed in the middle of the night.We grew up on a farm in Glenmont, NY. I had the small front upstairs bedroom. I would lay there and listen.....they only would play it late at night. I still love that song. I finally learned your name and bought that album and "Home Free" & than found "Captured Angel". That was it! My friends and I made you our favorite artist. I also, of course, used the chorus from "To The Morning " for my senior quote in high school . I, like many others, gained more than inspiration from your songs. I think I gained my life. Thank You. My prayers & thoughts are with you & your wife though your illness. Stay strong...I love you.....Forevermore ~ Sara B. Geurtze
Dear Dan and family: While I am not in the habit of writing to people I do not know, I am pleased to have an opportunity to send you our very best wishes for continued recovery. My husband and I have very much enjoyed your music over the years and I can honestly say the shows in Connecticut we have gone to to hear you perform are the only musical (non theatre/play) performances we have gone to. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ~ Janis and Gary from Connecticut
Dan, I've enjoyed your music for years. I just checked your website and found out that you are recovering from Cancer. While looking over your site, I'm listening to "Magic Every Moment".. one of my favorites..
There's magic every moment, There's miracles each day
There's magic every moment, Oh won't you let the music play
Oh won't you let the music play
You say it better than I ever could. My prayers go out to you and your family. ~ Anthony
Dan, Just thinking of you, and missing you. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. ~ Tina/Rio Rancho, NM
Dan, I turn 49 years of age on March 20, 2006. Your music was a great inspiration to me during my college years at the University of Wisconsin - Madison 1976 - 1980. I have also lived with some prostate problems but not cancer. I pray for your complete recovery and look forward to seeing you in concert AGAIN! ~ Brian
Love your music - "Part of the Plan" always lifts me up through hard times. Thanks for your music - been a fan for 25+ years! I do hope your healing continues... ~ Janice
Dear Dan Fogelberg, I am a 33 year old, married, mother of one daughter. I was born in 1972. My mom and dad went to see you when you toured with the Eagles. That's where it all began. I have been a fan for as long as I can remember. Like many couples, we had "Longer" sung at our wedding. One of my most vivid memories was a concert at Chastain Park in Atlanta in the late 1990's. I cried on the way because it was raining so hard. A very talented young woman opened the show for you, still raining. It was an all acoustic set for you. You took the stage and started playing. All of the sudden, the most beautiful sunset broke through the clouds, the rain stopped and all was good. Your talent and beauty is just as breathtaking. Your music moves the soul and inspires the spirit. We had tickets to see you the fall that you were diagnosed. I was heartbroken, but hopeful for you. Someone with such talent and ability to inspire so many people. All of my prayers and well wishes go out to you and your family. I hope you find comfort and inspiration from all the thoughts and prayers of your fans. Your music has made a difference in so many lives. Hopefully we can return the favor in some small way. May God bless everyday and comfort you in times of trouble. Thank you for your music. Love and prayers ~ Lisa and Craig Lowry in Georgia
Dear Dan Fogelberg, We had tickets to see you in Atlanta the summer of your diagnosis. My husband and I are wishing you all the best in your recovery. I was born in 1972 in Missouri. Lived on the Mississippi River all my life.
Dear Dan, I would like to start off with, "Thank you" for filling my life and love with your music.My forty seventh birthday is approaching, and I find myself thinking of the wonderful life I have had so far. It has been filled with deep sorrow of lost love and the highest of highs of new found love. Through it all, the lyrics of your song, and the sweet melodies that you play, always helped calm my soul. The news of your cancer was hard to believe. By the prayers of your fans, and the Love of your family and friends, our heavenly father has kept a great talent and inspiration alive. The best of luck and health to you and your family. And once again, "Thank You". ~ GLF, Mesa, Az.
Dear Dan Fogelberg, You are the instrumental component of keeping my husband and I together for the past 20 years. Your song, "Hard to Say" would play and although we were not together and worlds apart, we thought of each other. After fifteen years apart ,.we are finally together again and FOR GOOD this time! Thank you and God Bless! ~ Jennifer & Doug Elliott, Ada, Ohio
Dan- I am a cancer survivor. I fought it for 8 months, and in July of 2007 it will be 10 years since I finished treatments. During one of my hospital stays I would listen to your Phoenix cd. It helped a lot. "like a phoenix...I am rising". Please keep up your spirit. I know one day I'll see you sing that song again. ~ Dave
Dan, I first became aware of you and your music when I was a college student at the University of Miami. I still remember the night you appeared on campus and my friends and I left the patio both moved by your music and hooked. Some 30 years later, I still listen to your music and have turned my children on to you. "Part of the Plan" was our anthem. I only have positive thoughts and wishes for you and your family and will add you to my prayer list. You see my sister and mom also have cancer, and the power of prayer is a strong one. Keep strong and know that there are many people praying for you.
When I found this site, I knew I had to send a note! What your music has meant to me is something that is hard to put into words. I've been a fan since the beginning and had the privilege of seeing you live at the Oakdale in Wallingford, CT a few years back. I brought my daughter with me and she's as big a fan as I am. Yesterday she went on her first job interview, and she stopped by to ask if she could borrow a couple of your CDs I have to listen to, so she could stay calm. My best wishes to you and Jean, you are in my thoughts and prayers. God speed --- Christy, Southington CT
Dan, I've enjoyed your music since the 70's. Your music and lyrics have giving me many happy moments. Best wishes for a full recovery. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please come back to Salt Lake City and do some bluegrass music for us! Take care. ~ Wayne D. Sowers
Dear Dan, I'm so pleased to have this opportunity to wish you and your family well as you begin to regain your health. In 1984 I was living in Arkansas and going through a divorce and yes, I know you've heard this stuff a million times, but-- your music was a gift I can never repay you. Now over 20 years later, I pulled all of my cassette tapes out of the closet to toss and replace with CD versions, and the only ones I kept were yours. "My God", I though," where has Dan Fogelberg been all these years?" After listening to my tapes over and over again this week, I was compelled to thank you for your kindness and your gift of your beautiful music and lyrics that continue to astound me. I was saddened to learn the news of your illness, and now you will be added to my positive thoughts and prayers. God love you. Get well and make some more beautiful music for all of us that love you. ~ Stephanie Taylor, Albany, Oregon
Dan, I had a dream about you last night. You were sitting atop a mountain starring into the sunset guitar in hand. The colors of the sky surrounded you. You and the sky became one almost like a painting as I looked upon you at a distance. I was so happy to see that you were healthy, healing and strong. Please know that you are in my prayers always...just as your music was with me through 16 surgeries and two bouts of cancer. Your music continues to be a source of much happiness in my life. Blessings to you and Jean. ~ Catherine Marie Coleman
Hi Dan, Like thousands others I wish you the very best. I've been following your situation on the web and hope that you find comfort in the prayers and thoughts of your many fans. I'm 47 and began having regular prostate exams about 5 years ago when an older gentleman who had a locker next to mine recounted the story of a man my age who, unfortunately, faced much of what you are now facing. When I jokingly resisted citing the unpleasantness of the digital exam he did not laugh but looked me straight in the eye and said "a minute or two is worth your life." Because of his stern concern it motivated me to follow his advice. I am very pleased that you are also getting this message out. Very best and I hope to see you in a concert soon - my wife and I have unbelievable memories of your concerts in Utah. ~ Kevin
Dan: I recently spent approximately 18 months recovering from major heart surgery and have been out of the loop regarding the events of your life. I have listened to your songs since 1972; I used to demonstrate Pioneer speakers at a Hi-Fi store playing "To The Morning". I've seen you in concert a dozen times, starting with your 1974 show at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets were about $5 and you played almost three hours. You have contributed so much to my life-I only wish you good things in yours. If you choose to never play another note of music, please know that your days have been well spent. ~ Phil Fuson, Franklin, TN
Always in my prayers, forever in my thoughts, please stay on the road to recovery. Health and happiness to you ~ PhyllisWB
Dan, I have enjoyed your music for many decades and was saddened to hear of your illness, now almost 2 years ago. I continue to pray for your health and frequently visit your website for continued good news on your progress. You are surely missed in the music world and I hope someday you can return to the stage. Know that your music will live on forever in our hearts. All the best to you and your wife Jean. ~ Sue in Connecticut.
I don't know you or your family personally. I just wanted to send my best wishes, let you know I will include your family in my prayers, and say "Thank You!" Your music has given me peace throughout the years. I first heard your music in 1976, while living on my own as a senior in high school at Crystal Lake, IL. I have & still do continue to listen to your songs. They bring me peace, put things in perspective, and bring hope! If anyone deserves to capture an angel, it's you Mr. Fogelberg. Thank you for sharing your music...I look forward to hearing more!! Thank you to the hosts of this site! Best wishes to ALL!! You're in my prayers! ~ Julie - Cathedral City, CA
Dan, You have no idea the lives you have touched with your music. The love that emanates from your words and the music itself is amazing, and will continue for years to come. My children are already fans of yours, and I hope they will grow to adults recognizing the messages your songs bring to life. My best to you---you will never be forgotten to so many!!!!! ~ Michele Bailey - Freeburg IL
I have been thinking of you ever since I heard that you were sick. Your music and concerts are so etched in my mind. I own every album (CD) that you have recorded. I cannot think of my high school or college days, without your music as it's backdrop. I wish you all the best, and when you are healthy and back on the road, I will be there to cheer you on. I will look forward to that day. Be well, and get better. ~ Shari Bross.
When I was young I listened to your songs and pictured you running into your old lover at the grocery store. I cried as you sang about your father in "The Leader Of The Band". I imagined Colorado long before I ever moved here. Your lyrics have painted many beautiful pictures in my mind, you are a masterful storyteller. I hope you are doing well. ~ Kathy
Your music found me at Southern Illinois University in 1978....It has brought me great light over the years. I'm one of your greatest fans, and have seen you in many venues. I work in the field of Cancer in the world of Complementary Therapies and know you must have found great resources for your journey along the way. I pray for your coping and your strength for those around you that love you as you continue working with what Cancer brings to one's life...all of the best to you in health and faith, and thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us! ~ Donna
May you know Christ, the Spirit Counselor who makes war unnecessary. Who makes our bodies peacefully ward off illness and bloodshed, and who brings peace to the souls of those tormented by the false prophets. ~ Charles Albertson
I'd like to say that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You've been my musical companion for 26 years or so. It's funny how an artist can touch and inspire people...or more importantly, how an artist can actually be there for comfort. Your songs have been with me at some of my best moments and at some of my worst...but they've always been there. I've had the privilege to see you in concert three times: Once in Hawaii and twice in Lake Tahoe. The last time I saw you was in 2003 in South Lake and it was my first date with Serita. I must have made a good first impression bringing her to your concert because she's now my wife and we couldn't be happier. I want you to know that what I love most about your music is the intellect behind the lyrics. There's such a bright mind in there and it really comes out in songs like "Nexus" and "In the Passage." I can't tell you how upsetting it is to know you're in such a life threatening position. From your end you have thousands of fans, but you have to understand, for many people, there's only one you and we don't want to lose you. I only have one favorite performer. Yes, it's a strange relationship isn't it. And, life is a funny thing. There are no guarantees and we never know what's going to happen. I hope you get better and the doctors find a way to knock out the cancer. I'll be praying for you. Sincerely ~ Joe
My prayers and thoughts are with you Dan. I met you a couple of times back when your father was the band leader at my school PCHS. He was much loved and respected. Wanted to let you know you are also.Love and prayers and best wishes to you and your loved ones. ~ Connie
Dan: I was shocked when I recently heard about your illness. I will immediately put you on my daily prayer list, which is the least I can do for someone who has added so much color and pleasure to my life. For more than 15 years, I traveled across the U.S. as a musician, mostly playing acoustic gigs at seaside resorts, bars, and universities. Although I couldn't cover most of your songs due to your ridiculous vocal range (you made me sound like an idiot a few times...), I did do "Leader of the Band," "Make Love Stay," "Dancing Shoes," "Go Down Easy," and "Once upon a Time." People always loved these songs and inevitably requested other Fogelberg songs. I loved playing them, and loved listening to them even more. My friend, you have a rare talent, to which millions of album sales can attest. I've always considered you to be a musician's musician, in the company of folks like James Taylor, Sting, and Pat Matheny, all of whom I hold in the highest regard. I truly believe the world would be a better place if we could somehow replace the mindless drivel of much of today's top 40 with the music of real players like yourself, who not only entertain, but impart real musical and literary value. God bless you and your work. Keep positive thoughts and be encouraged by the knowledge that you are in the prayers of many. ~ Mark E. Johnson, Murfreesboro, TN
Dear Dan: I was saddened to hear that you have been suffering, and am very glad to learn of the improvement! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I remember seeing your concert back in 1974 (I think) as back up for the Eagles. Ever since then I have been hooked and still cherish my old vinyl albums of yours. Of course, I updated them all with CD's and thus have been listening to your music for over 30 years. I couldn't count how many people I introduced to your music. My favorite song is still "Below the Surface", but my favorite album is Home Free. I remember in college falling asleep to that album on the turntable and it kept replaying all night long. I still remember where the skips were! I hope you will have the strength to record or even tour again, as the world surely misses your passionate lyrics and unique style. Best wishes! ~ Barbara Exter
Dan, Sending thoughts of love and healing. Thank you for sharing your gifts and for touching my life. With love and prayers ~ Lisa
Mr. Fogelberg, I am 38 years old. I started listening to your music when my older sister and her boyfriend played a tape of yours all the time. I often tagged along with them, to the beach and to the movies for example, to their dismay probably. In any case, I "inherited" your tape. I'm sure they still wonder what happened to it. Your music is enchanting. I drift away to some other place while listening. Your voice and lyrics calm my soul. I haven't stopped listening since sitting in the back seat of the car with my sister and her boyfriend in front. I've had the privilege of hearing you sing live, once in Buffalo, once in Cincinnati, and once in Canadaigua. I didn't have to watch a screen to see you. Instead, you were just rows in front of me. I brought my wife the last two times. My wife became a fan immediately.
I am a urologist in Buffalo. As you know, as a urologist, I deal with prostate cancer all the time. It's one of the hard parts of my job. When I operate I often play your music in the operating room. It's soothing to me and likely even to the patient who's asleep. I take all the help I can get and your music fits the bill. I'm no longer a kid and I'm still listening. Your music has helped me probably as much as your team of doctors has helped you. I wish you and your family all the best. I always tell my patients to "take the bull by the horns and fight hard". I'm looking forward to seeing you in Buffalo once again. I wish I could help you as much as your music has helped me. ~ James
It is my prayer that our Creator's mercy shines on you all the hours of your days. Our prayer order, Daughters of the King, prays for you every day as does our parish in the Daily Office gatherings. We will keep you and yours in our hearts and hold you close. May you heal through His Grace and be well to sing on and on and on. ~ Susan
I love O'Keefe, the sound of an acoustical guitar, the beat of an indian drum, the high road. Your music wove in and out of it all. Many good thoughts to you!
Dear Dan and Jean, My twin sister (identical), Diana and I have listened to Dan's music since the 70's as we were coming of age as young women. Diana was the one who introduced me to your music, Dan, and I have been a fan ever since. It has become an integral part of our lives, even to the point of Diana flying out to Houston to visit me (from Orange County, California, our hometown), but to primarily attend your concert here at either Jones hall or the Wortham center (in Houston), I can't remember which, and my husband, a photographer was there to take your photo at the beginning of the concert (he had a special pass)...after that, every time you visited the Woodlands Pavilion (we live in The Woodlands, now), I attended your concert, sometimes with my husband, and sometimes alone...but I always called my sister on my cell phone so she could hear the first song you sang along with me. We (my husband and I) even flew out to Orange County once to attend a concert with my sister Diana to see you at Irvine Meadows. Anyway, when we heard of your illness (at the first announcement), we were concerned, saddened, and, of course, hope for you to beat this thing. Dan, you are an amazing human being, and, even though we do not know you personally, both my sister, Diana and I feel very deeply for your health and well being, and wish the strongest and warmest thoughts for you and your family. All our love and prayers ~ DeVona and Diana
Just listening to "Full Circle" and thought I'd check in on Dan's progress. Dan is one artist that I will buy the album without hearing any track and know I will like it!! Dan: thanks for the hours of pleasurable listening...all the best to you!! ~ Brad Duncan
Hi Dan, I just found out about your illness, and I wanted to just drop a quick note to let you know I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I cannot fully know what you are going through, and this only by the Grace of God. But I have experienced other things which have taught me just how fragile life can truly be. I have also learned the importance of treasuring each and every second we have here, and to enjoy the company of those we love and who love us.
Certainly, you have provided for all to enjoy - a piece of your heart and soul and existence. It has certainly been a privilege to have listened to your music over the years, and to have enjoyed your sound and thoughts not only as a listener, but as a fellow musician and songwriter. It has been a true privilege for me to have performed to audiences (although considerably smaller than those you have performed for) over the years. The greatest gift I have received however, is the opportunity to play for myself - to have expressed my deepest thoughts and feelings through song. It is my hope you have experienced that same feeling, for it is my belief this is the truest intimacy - to be able to interact with ones self, and express those moments for others to experience too. You have done this well. So, I wish for you and your family the very best of God's Blessings, and I hope you have a speedy recovery from your illness, or as my Grandma used to say - "What ails ya." Best wishes and Peace. ~ Rick Legg, Canton, Michigan
My name is Maggie and I'm from St. Louis, Missouri. My Mom has been a life-long fan of yours and has made me one, too. We love listening to your music and know all the words by heart. Your music has played is a big part of our lives and you are in our thoughts and prayers. Best wishes always!
Hi Dan, I have followed you since 1974! You and your music were such a huge part of growing up in Tennessee, I could not have made it through those teenage years without your music. I'm in my 40's and still have my collection of albums and 45's...can you believe it? I remember the first time I heard "Part of the Plan", I was in high school and knew right away that I wanted to study guitar, which I did...I did not turn out to be a studio musician but your music encouraged me to have a 20 year career in radio which allowed me to have the time of my life. My life theme song since the first time I heard it is "Part of the Plan". "Await your arrival with simple survival". that song still applies to my life today. I retired from radio only a couple of years ago, but nothing in my office gets done until we place your Greatest Hits in the cd player and start singing along to "Part of the Plan". I was sad and truly shocked to hear about your sickness, please know that through your music and lyrics you have touched and healed more hearts and souls than you will ever know. Blessings to both you and your wife, you will be forever in our thoughts. ~ J. Augustus
Dan, May God grace you with the gift of healing so that you may once again be HIS instrument that celebrates the beauty of this world through your words and music. Peace and Love ~ Tony and Angie, Oregon, OH
Dear Dan, I was shocked to say the least of the passing of Mike Botts. I know you and he had an very enjoyable experience and for those who don't know it I think you always found him to be the one drummer you could always follow and never get left back at the station.. I wish you would keep us updated on your "battle" and from a man who has battled the big "L" and is now cancer free I send my deepest wishes for the same for you. Last year I got a PSA done at the urgency of Mike and was scared for a bit when it came back high and now I get regular test just to keep one step ahead. I never would have even gotten tested at my age (51) had it not been for Mike and his insistence that I get it done NOW! Just remember that the hearts and prayers of those around the globe are always there and godspeed to a full recovery! Sincerely ~ Wil Engle
Dan: Even though we've never actually met (though we came close) you were my first college crush. I've been listening and loving your music for 32 years. With all the pleasure that you have provided to millions over several generations, I have to believe that with all you've given you are certainly due the very best. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers, hoping for yet another opportunity to see you again. You've been such a large part of my life with your music being the backdrop, I know that your music has enriched my life, and you deserve the very best. Thinking back, I was even at the Derby the year that you performed "Run for the Roses". I hope for you the very best. ~ Holly
Dear Mr. Dan, I was thrilled to hear that you are in remission and feel like a human being again. I am so thankful to the Lord for answering my prayers for you and your wife. I pray that He will continue to heal and bless you both. If any set backs come remember to keep looking up and know that the Lord is with you and wants you healthy and happy. I look forward to the time when you will return to the recording studio and stage. All my best to you and your wife. I will continue to hold you up in prayer. Love in Christ. ~ Debbie Falco Manitou Sps. Co.
Dear Dan and Jean, Just checking in to let you know that I think of you often and wonder how you are doing. I hope that things are going well for you and you are beating your cancer. You are still in my prayers and on my CD player every day. If you feel like it, please let your fans know how you are doing. We look forward to hearing some good news! Love to all ~ Angela in Knoxville
Dan: I just wanted to take the time to express my thoughts to wish you the absolute best. I'm thrilled to hear that things are improving and hope that it continues. You have been such a large part of my life, following your career since college, 1974. I've seen you live about ten times. The last time was a couple of years ago in Vevay Indiana. It was a small arena and was great to be able to see you in a more intimate setting. You were actually sitting a few tables away from us in the restaurant, along side the large salt water aquarium. I wanted to approach you, but decided that you deserved your privacy and had already given me more pleasure with your music than I could ever imagine. I have chronic renal failure, so I understand the effects of a long term illness. Hopefully, our paths may cross again.~ Holly Ziegenhardt
Dear Dan - I wish you all the best with your recovery. Your music has brought me a lot of pleasure over the years. I have been a fan since "The Innocent Age". As I write this now I am listening to "Leader of the Band". I have always loved it. Living here in the UK, I have to rely mainly on getting your work through mail order etc but it has been worth every effort. You have been a part of my life for 25 years now, God bless you and your family and thank you for the music. Please get well soon.
Hi Dan; I hope that you are recovering and doing well. It's been a long time. Wish you nothing but wellness and happiness. Still some very fond memories with "Frankie and the Aliens" for me. peace and joy always ~ Tino Gonzales