"Dear Dan" Letters
Dan, I don't know of any artist that has touched so many peoples' lives the way you have. As I read comments from the other fans who admire you so much, it's like they are writing for me, too. It seems as though we all feel the same. What memories you have brought to our lives. What a blessing you have been. Your music will live in our hearts as long as we live, and hopefully, our generation of today will come to know and understand why you've been such an inspiration. Times change, people change, and music changes, but you never see me without your projects in my car stereo. I love all of your new music, but the old songs that related to my younger years and experiences are the ones that gives me comfort in all phases of my life. Remember one thing. It's not just how much you love, but how much you are loved by others, and that shows that you love, too. You are the greatest, and God is going to take good care of you, because He will protect the ones He loves. God bless you, Dan. ~ Allen Duncan
I followed Dan from coffeehouse to concerts starting when I was in college in 1976. I remember his music blaring from my dorm room. I'm now 47 and it's still blaring in my house. His talent is definitely my touchstone. No musician has ever had the impact on me that he has. I can't tell you how much my thoughts and prayers are with you, Dan, and your family. ~ Janet Argo
Dan - I am an attorney in California, almost your age and long inspired by your music, lyrics and spirit. I am a writer by hobby and you have been an inspiration to the joy I have found in the creative process. My thoughts and prayers for a full recovery are with you. I regret that we have not had an opportunity to meet, but if there is anything I can do-----In a heartbeat. ~ Dave
Dan, I bought your 'Full Circle' CD today and drove around sunny Charleston, SC wondering how you are. And like you said, I've "let my faith be my strength and love..." because we all have bad days sometimes. I wish you a speedy recovery. Every day I listen to your music or I'm playing it on the piano. Best wishes to you and yours. ~ Cindy Fabian
God's Speed Dan! May Peace be with You ~ Mitchell
I am writing to send you best wishes in your cancer treatment. Know that your music has had a very powerful influence in my life - in the most positive way - nothing connected to you just being a popular artist, but rather powerfully influential on me as an artist myself. From one human being to another - take care of yourself. I hope you are given the privacy necessary for you and your family. I have no doubt that your treatment will go well and my wife and I will be seeing you in concert again and enjoying listening to you - get well ~ Jay Freer
Dear Dan - Over the years there are few artists that I can honestly say that still touch my soul. I'm so sorry about the news about the cancer yet I know that with much prayer and much medical attention you will get beyond this and I look forward to seeing you in concerts in 2005 or 2006. I have never been blessed enough to see you in concert yet I remember listening to your music over 30 years ago and being blessed by it. "Nether Lands" has been interpreted for me in my walk with Christ as a clear choice, one road will bring me to Him and the other will not. Keep the faith and never stop trusting the Lord, God Bless you! ~ Mary Hayworth, Tucson, AZ
Dear Dan, My name is Loriann Ringgold. I live in Elko, Nevada. I am living proof that no matter how bad the cancer, you can get to a place where you can be in remission and stop it from progressing. I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma January 7, 1999. It was a particularly bad form. There is still no cure. I am still here. The fight has been long and hard. I have had family and friends with me all of the way. I also have Type 1 Diabetes. My faith in God has sustained me as well...I want you to know that I have always loved your music. Listening to your music helped me to get through the hell of cancer treatment. I have loved your music for many years. You are in my prayers for a full and lasting remission! Your Biggest Fan ~ Loriann Ringgold
Since I was a 17 yr.old girl in Colorado I have followed and lived with Dan's music.I am now 47 years old and his music lives in my soul. I have every piece of music he has ever made. His music moved me more than any other. I was crushed tonight when I found out he was ill. My prayers are with him and his family. You can beat this!! Thank you for everything you have given all of us who truly appreciate music. ~ Pam Adam, Chandler, Az.
Dan - our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Your songs have provided so many good memories for me and my wife. "Longer" was our wedding song. We only wish the best for you and your family. Keep up your spirits. We're praying for you and look forward to seeing you on stage in the near future! ~ Dwight and Mary Hayes, Westfield, MA
Dan, In December 1982 I was given a ticket to attend "an acoustic evening w/Dan Fogelberg" in Hartford(CT) and went thinking I'd be bored by your music, but left that evening a real fan of yours. Funny thing is, the people I was listening to before that show haven't exactly stood the test of time(insert your own -men at work- joke!) but your music is timeless. In all seriousness Dan, I know that your music isn't the only thing that will stand the test of time-you will as well. Get well soon, and don't forget how many people out here are pulling for you and look forward to seeing you perform your songs again soon. ~ Mike in N.H.
Dan, Best wishes and a speedy recovery. I have enjoyed your music since I was an architectural student at the University of Illinois in Urbana back in the late 60's. My children know all of your lyrics and over the years we have some great sing alongs. Take care. ~ James S. Gabrielse
Dear Dan, I have loved your music for 30 years. You are my favorite musician since the 70's and I continue to listen to your music daily. I have allyour CD's here with me at work. When I hear your music it takes me to a great "place". My fondest memory is when you played in Fort Worth. I waited in line (first in line) for hours before the sale started. I got front row center! Directly in front of you! Timmy B. Schmitt played with you. It was TRULY a dream come true for me. You have touched so many lives over the years. Thank you so much for music, for continuing to give to your fans. You and your family will be in our prayers. Sincerely ~ KSL
Dan ....I feel sillly writing this really, but when I was a senior in high school I had this silly little secret crush on you. I played your albums over and over and eventually found my love yet not my true true love...is there such a thing??? Now I am in my forties and have raised my kids, one a marine..and I find myself a new hobby and that is collecting vinyls. Just today I bought eight of yours and not even knowing of your illness. I played them over and over and they brought me such solace and comfort still after these many years. Do you see how you can touch people forever? Amazing.....all my energy to you in hoping you will get strong and continue with this journey. Many people cannot reach a soul like you can and remember you have special gifts that other artists lack. We all know the difference....be strong and you will overcome this illness you do not deserve.. In my thoughts.~ Robin
Dan, You have been a huge inspiration to me and my friends for almost 30 years. I have worn out albums, cassettes and CD's many times over the years, but I never tire of your thoughtful lyrics and haunting melodies. You are in our prayers, and I look forward to the next time I sit at the Back Yard or the Erwin Center captivated by all the rich music you've created. God will take care of you. After all, he's delivered so much beauty to the world through your music. Thanks and best wishes ~ Ray Smith, Austin, Texas
Dan , I've loved your music for years.much love and prayers of courage have been sent your way. ~ Lori Secrist...Charlotte,NC
Thank you Dan for the profound lyrics. You helped me more than you'll ever know. I would be dead if not for your masterpieces. God speed on your full recovery. ~ Scott
Dear Dan, So many years your music has been a part of my life. I wish you courage, faith, hope and most of all health.~ Camille in Memphis
Dan, I am praying for you daily. I have listened to you since I graduated from High school in 1977. You have done so much for others with your music and talent. God still has great plans for you in the future. I am praying that you will get well soon. ~ Jayna Maharidge in Dallas
I am so sorry to hear about Dan's illness. I have been a fan since I was a freshman at University of Illinois and really love Dan's music so much. My prayers are with him.
Dear Dan: It was 1976 that I first discovered your music. To say I discovered it is actually a misstatement, an older brother introduced me. I was 16. Captured Angel was the "album" that first drew me to your style. "Old Tennessee", "Next Time", "The Last Nail"...I was captivated. As the years passed I continued to listen. Nether Lands, Phoenix, Twin Sons of Different Mothers (I have a good friend who is often mistaken as my brother. We tell people we are "twin sons of different mothers"). And then, of course, The Innocent Age. Just last year I gave that CD as a gift and wrote in a card, "this is the greatest collection of music ever composed. " I find on that CD, as in much of your work, it is the songs that were other than commercially popular that mean so much to me. Songs like "Only the Heart May Know", "The Sand and the Foam", and on it goes. I have enjoyed the creativity and mix of musical genres in all the CD's that followed The Innocent Age through your most recent production, Full Circle. I first saw you in concert at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, I believe it was December 1983. What an electric night!There have been many concerts through the years, mostly in Kansas City. What a ride it has been. To say that I have been enriched by your lyrics, music, and vocals would be a gross understatement. When my wife and I were married in 1985 we played Along the Road in our wedding. As a gesture ofappreciation for all the "moments of rest and glimpses of laughter" you have provided through the years, I send this note of thankfulness with my very best wishes. ~ Your fan in KC...
More hope, love and prayers from Tulsa, Oklahoma. ~ Pat Sears
God Bless you Dan. I've been a fan since your days playing around the University of Illinois. Your music brings back so many great memories. Again, God Bless and take care. ~ Pat & Karen
PLEASE COME BACK TO ATLANTIC CITY WE LOVE YOU DAN ........
My prayers are with you and family. I love your music. I had the privilege to see you in concert at the Civic Center in El Paso,Texas. I admire you for your strength. At that concert you had a cold and still gave a great performance. My prayers are with you. Sincerely ~ Mary
Dear Dan ~ I'm like so many of your fans....constantly listening to your music when I graduated from high school in 1975 and finding comfort in your words. You're like a dear friend to all of us out here. Your music is so warm and expressive, complimented by your gift of playing and your beautiful vocals. I thank God for your gift of writing. You've touched many of us more than you'll know, and we're all grateful. I think I feel like most people, I feel like it's my turn to give back, to help a friend in need. Please accept my daily prayers on your behalf, that God will give you and your family strength and that you will return to health. The most important thing now, is getting you well. Walk through every door and know that you're not walking alone. We all love you. God bless you. ~ Pam
Hi Dan and Everyone - I am a big fan of yours living in Tokyo Japan. I never forget your warm shake hand and you told me "Thanks for coming" at Greek Theater L.A. Solo Concert 04 August 1997. I hope your body and sprit come back very well. And please first visit for play at Tokyo or somewhere else in Japan. Many Japanese fans waiting for you long long time. ~ Jamie Takuo Yamaguchi
Dear Dan: My thoughts are with you. I've been a fan of yours since 1974 and I can't tell you how much your music has meant to me. Even as I learned guitar as a teen, your songs were my inspiration and your music became such an important part of the fabric of my life. There are only three artists I can think of whose albums I buy before I've had a chance to hear them. Yours are one of those because you've always spoken to me at my core. And I thank you for that. I wish you a speedy recovery, Dan. And I look forward to seeing you again on the road soon. With love and gratitude ~ Rob
Dear Dan: All I want is for you to be accepting of what the higher power has for you. You have been a wonderful gift in my life since 1975. Best wishes~ Henry
I was diagnosed with breast cancer May 30, 2002. Treatment, Life Changes, Organic Food, and your Music keep me going. Hang in there your life has just begun. Now you will really know what it means to live. I guess when we face death we see the real meaning of life. You and Jean will have the most sacred, meaningful relationship ever and the best times of your life! Love & Best Wishes to you both! ~ Deb Batty, Cedar City, Utah
I write as so many other people do. You are part of so many lives and you are in our souls. You may not realize how you touch and comfort so many people with your gift. But you do. Mine is one of them. You have gotten me through tough times with your music and I will always be grateful. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ~ Barbara in New Jersey.
We hope your drug therapy is progressing.We have seen you in concert numerous times and were never disappointed. We look forward to hearing you in the future. ~ Dennis and Peggy from Illinois
I know I am not alone when I say you and your music have saved my life time and time again. Now it is time for you to be saved and you will be. Let the powerful faith and love of myself and all your fans, friends and family speed your healing. I will keep you in my heart and prayers even more than usual as I keep your music playing. Much Love ~ Vicki Michaud
Dan, Thank you for your beautiful music and inspirational lyrics over the years. You have such a gift from God, and He will heal you so you can continue to share those gifts with the world. Please be strong! Not a day has gone by since the 1970s that I don't listen to a Dan Fogelberg song. Your music has helped me through all the major events of my life and brought me strength, peace, and tranquility. I start each day listening to "Nether Lands"....that song alone makes me feel like I can do anything, be anything, and take on anything. Listen to your music, Dan, and you'll feel that way too. You have many more songs to write and sing-you will beat this!! With great admiration and love ~ Renee
Your music has been an inspiration and a companion for most of our lives. Your songs are intertwined in many of our friendships and most of the special events in our lives. Every song brings a smile and a fond memory. We will light a candle for you and keep you in our prayers. Wishing you a speedy recovery ~ Jim and Becky Irving, Goddard, Kansas
Dan, I have been a fan of yours for many, many years. Your music has been a great support to me throughout my life. I have yet to find another artist with the talent you possess and the extraordinary ability to blend music and lyrics to create living poetry. My sincere wishes for a speedy recovery. My prayers are with you. ~ Regina
I have been reading the good thoughts and can't really think of anything more to add, but I'll try. I'm a fairly recent fan, always knew the tunes (as many people do), but for some reason I just started to really get into Dan and his inspiring music within the last five years. Collected all I could get, took time off work and drove to see his concerts, thus deepening my love, appreciation, and total enjoyment from his music and performances. Seriously saddened about his illness - when I got the call about the tour being canceled I was just stunned. All my thoughts and prayers to DF and his family for a speedy recovery. Looking forward to the next album... ~ Vicki in PGH.
Just to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Also to let you know that my 13 year old son who took up guitar a year ago is now playing "Morning Sky" and knows your music well. Here is yet another generation who appreciates your tremendous talent. As the youngest of 8 children in a family that truly appreciates music, your music has been played loudly at most family picnics and appreciated again and again and I can honestly say we never tired of hearing it.We will be faithfully praying for you and for your full recovery. Best wishes and God Bless. ~ Amy
Dear Dan, I have been a huge fan since the 70's; had all of your albums, and your music has always touched my heart in ways you can only imagine. The funny thing is only yesterday I bought your Essential CD and decided to visit your site this morning... I am a cancer survivor and can tell you this; having a positive attitude will go a long way to beating it, and beat it you shall. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Fondly ~ Deb Black
Dan, You are in our thoughts and prayers. We can't begin to tell you how much we have enjoyed your music over the past 30 years. We'll continue praying that your treatment is successful and that you have a speedy recovery. God Bless you and your family! ~ Jim & Kathy
Dear Dan, You are in our hearts (as your music has been forever:) & you & your Jean are in our thoughts and our prayers.My husband (a physician) & I went thru this same battle 8 years ago ....one of the toughest times of our lives.We made it thru and you will too. Keep faith & remember how many of us are holding you both in our hearts. Sincerely ~ Chris & family
Dear God, he seems like a good man, a man who uses his music to open the hearts and minds of all who hear him. It's in your hands, but he is in our hearts. Heal him and give him peace. ~ PW
Hi Dan, I first heard your wonderful music way back in ''74 and have been a fan ever since. I was 24 then and your music has been with me through every twist and turn of my life since and has given me so much enjoyment and inspiration. I met my wife shortly after Nether Lands came out and so, I guess that this album has a special place in both our hearts. Whenever we play it, the years seem to roll away and we are both fun-loving, long-haired hippies again....We're both still fun loving but the hair has had to go! You and your family are in our hearts and thoughts at this time - be strong and true to yourself and you will triumph over this adversity, as you have over others. With the very warmest of regards from England ~ Jim & Iris
Dear Dan, I will be humbly lifting you up in my daily prayers. I will not only ask God to bless you and your family, but I will also thank God for blessing me with the gift of your wonderful music. It is the least I can do for someone who has brought so much joy to my life! I discovered the heavenly sounds of your music 31 years ago when I was only 15 years old and heard "To the Morning" for the first time. That song and so many more of your songs touched me very deeply and still do! Dan, thanks for providing an incredible "soundtrack" to the "wonder years" of my life. For that, I will always hold a special place for you in my heart! I join with my husband and children in wishing you peace and a complete recovery! With love in Christ ~ Robyn (North Carolina)
Dear Dan, You have been an incredible inspiration to me. I am a proud father of a new baby boy just two days ago. As life enters this world we know how precious it is. And for this I'm thankful of your spirit, insight and immense talent. I lost my dad tragically in 1988. I wrote a song called "This Man I Know". You helped me write this with your tribute to your father with "Leader of the Band". For this I am grateful, and wish you and Jean the best in the years to come. Many prayers are with you...Peace ~ Kevin, Elizabeth and newcomer Michael James. Glastonbury, CT
Dan, My prayers and thoughts are with you. No doubt you are dealing with some difficult times but I have seen amazing things happen with the combination of medicine, a strong will, laughter and prayers. I have no doubt that you will prevail and I look forward to here about your recovery. I cannot thank you enough for all of the wonderful music and inspiration that you have provided me. "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all" -Emily Dickinson ~ Mike, Manassas VA
Dear Dan, I have been a fan of yours for almost 30 years. I know a little bit about the roller coaster ride you are now on. My husband was diagnosed with leukemia four years ago. There are many new cancer drugs in research now targeted therapies that are less toxic than chemo. When my husband was first diagnosed, we listened to your music often to help get through some of the scary times. I wish there was something we could give back to you at this time in your life. You and your family are in our thought and prayers. I hope you can draw strength from the millions of people all over the world who have been touched by your music. I have faith you will make it through this journey to create even more inspiring music. Your song "Phoenix" still helps during my husbands drug therapy. Just know you are loved. ~ Ken & Christiana Christensen, Denmark
Dear Dan, Greetings from Arkansas!! My wife and I have been fans of yours for a long time. Unfortunately we have never seen you in concert, and I think you have been through Arkansas too--it just did not work out with our schedules. With that aside, I want to wish you the best in a swift recovery this fall and winter. You are one of the finest storytellers and artists of all time. And we hope that you can work out a time to come to Little Rock next year!! God bless ~ Mark & Diane Estes
Dear Dan, You have been the only person I had thought through the years, that I wanted to write and express my thankfulness for your music. It was with me through many joyous and heartbreaking times and your poetry always helped me get through whatever was going on. You must have a beautiful soul and I hope your recovery is speedy and I will say my prayers for you. ~ Susie Hardesty
Dan: We are sorry to hear about your situation, but are encouraged by your positive attitude. Can¹t tell you how much pleasure your albums, CDs and videos have given us over the years. Get well soon because we expect to see you again in person on your next trip to Tulsa! ~ Russell and Amanda Kaufmann
Dan, I think about you and your music every day and pray that your recovery is speedy and complete. Thank you for all you've done for those who love your music. Looking forward to hearing from you again soon. ~ Don, Pittsburgh
Hi Dan, still sending you healing light and many thoughts & prayers for you and your family. This time of year is so beautiful and the changing of seasons and the scents in the wind carry there own magical powers. I was married once, and all the music at the ceremony were your songs..that stands out for me as the best part of the ceremony...the marriage did not last ( oh, the lessons we learn....)..but the memory of your words of that day always will. Your music continues to be part of my life, everyday! Many Blessings ~ Denise Kaley - Dalton, Massachusetts
Dear Dan, I have loved your music for almost 30 years now. I play your music almost every day of my life, and "To The Morning" is my favorite song of all time. I see you whenever you pass through the Keswick. I first fell in love with your music in 1976 when I was at the U of I. Your music means so much to me that it of course is hard to express in words. I am a psychologist and I work with cancer patients at a Cancer Center here in Philadelphia, and I know a lot about how difficult treatment is. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. With love and best wishes for you ~ Sharon Manne
Dear Dan, I have been a fan for many years. Your music has been an inspiration. I will pray for your recovery from this disease. My dad was also recently diagnosed with prostate CA. When I pray for my father, I will also pray for your recovery as well. May God be with you and your family. ~ Jersey Fan
May the blessings of the divine rain down upon you and yours; bringing vitality and good health back to you. May your faith carry you down this path, bringing you to the other side with healing grace. Your music is a gift to all of us who find meaning in your words and have felt transported by your melodies. We anxiously await more. Be well ~ Cindy - a fan of many, many years
Dear God, he seems like a good man, a man who uses his music to open the hearts and minds of all who hear him. It's in your hands, but he is in our hearts. Heal him and give him peace. ~ PW
Dear Dan, You have my best wishes for a full recovery. I know you can pull through! Thank you so much for your beautiful music. I've been listening to you since the 70s. The music of that era was some of the most influential music for me. Some of the music today just isn't as meaningful, inspirational or aesthetic as the music of those days of which you are a part and continue to be a part as you create your music. And your lyrics are so poetic. You are a true artist! Be well! Your fans love you! ~ Bonnie
I have just been looking through my music collection, doing a bit of a tidy up! Going through my collection I found a tape that saw me through my late teen years, the break up of relationship with both boyfriends and parents. It was Dan's Greatest Hits. I put it on and was transported back many years. I still knew all the words, but that didn't surprise me, his music is timeless. I have come to this website for the first time and was shocked to hear the news of Dan's illness. Thank you Dan for getting me through my rough times. I pray that you and your family will get through yours. ~ Caroline Pope, Auckland, New Zealand
Your music lifts the spirits of everyone. I¹m listening to your music as I write this, and it¹s always been an inspiration to me. I went to your website for the first time ever tonight after listening to ³Dancing Shoes² and was looking to book a concert, and was shocked to hear about your illness. I wish you the best, and hope you will recover and continue to give your gift of song to those who love your music.Very Sincerely ~ Larry Manley
Dan, like everyone else that’s posted here I’d like to thank you for the wonderful gift you’ve given us over the years. I still remember asking the friend of mine who worked in a head shop/music store what she recommended. Home Free it was and you’ve been a part of my life since. You and I sang “Stars” to my wife on our first date in a parking lot. So many of your songs have hit home and mark periods in my past it would take pages to describe and I’ll spare everyone that. Your combination of lyrics and music remains unsurpassed and you can bet you’ll be in our prayers till you come though this ordeal. ~ Mark, Destin, FL
This is just one more of the many wishes I am sure you have received, but one that comes with more heart felt prayers than you know. Your music has been a part of my life since 1972. I pray that it will continue to be a part of my life for many years to come. I know that your recovery will be complete. My prayers to your wife and family as well. ~ Tom
Dan - have been a fan since fall of my freshman year in college (24 years ago!) when I heard "The Innocent Age" album at a friends' house and was instantly in love with it! That January for my birthday my boyfriend (who is now my husband) drove through a snowstorm to visit, and gave me all your albums (that were out at the time)! And of course I have continued to add all subsequent albums to my collection through all these years. We have seen many of your concerts and truly love your music. I always meant to write and tell you how much I love your Christmas album, and I never did, so I'm saying it here! I am sending so many prayers your way for a full recovery -"There's magic every moment, there's miracles each day" - I truly believe that! Stay positive, that is so important. With prayer and a positive attitude I know you can beat this thing! ~ Sue K in NJ
Dan: Been a big fan for 30 years. I feel music is suffering from a lack of talented performers with equal parts depth and skill. Get better and get back to doing what you do best! ~ Richard Tutt
Dan, I have never sent any communication to a celebrity before, but you have touched my life for so many years (the first time I saw you was with Fools Gold in......1977?). I wish you the very best in your newest trial, and I am positive you will come out of this better and stronger. ~ Steve
Your music has made my life richer. Good wishes, positive thoughts to you from Phoenix, Arizona. A Fan since the beginning! ~ Val Grimes
I started listening to your beautiful music in 1978. It has carried me through the joy and sorrow of my life. You have touched me so deeply that I bestowed your name on my first born son. Every day, I send you healing energy. I will keep you in my thoughts and I pray for a speedy and complete recovery. Ever On ~ Melanie, California
Dan, Very simply put, I LOVE YOU and am praying for you daily ~ Linda
Dear Dan, If you look up in the night sky, you will see a cajillion sparkling stars. Each shiny star is carrying a prayer to God for you from me. Believe! Love ~ Traci Suzanne Marvel
I set here with your CD The Essential playing, with tears in my eyes. Like so many people your music has been with me for years. I only got to go to one concert years ago. I took my kids. They are now 33 and 31. They also are big fans. I just wanted to say ThankYou so very much for your talent and sharing such wonderful music. How blessed have we been to have you.My prayers and best wishes will be with you and your family daily. Always ~ Pat Taylor
Dan, our prayers and best wishes are with you at this difficult time in your life. Thank you so very much for all the beautiful, heartfelt songs. They have held a special place in our hearts over the years. God Bless You, Dan......and a speedy recovery! ~ Gerald and Judy Crumpton
Dan and Jean, You are in my every day thoughts and prayers. Dan, I have followed you through your music for years. You are a man of strong will and a definite purpose in life who has shared some of those thoughts through your words. I know you will get through this and I look forward to seeing you again. Always think positive as there is not other way to feel. This is what helps keep us strong. Take care and be positive. Always ~ Mickey
Dear Dan, I have been addicted to your music for over 20 years and I still get chills from all of your songs especially "Missing You", "Part of the Plan" ,"Longer", "Lonely in Love", "Power of Gold" ,"Language of Love." I play guitar and I am amazed at the beauty of your chord changes as well as the complex melodies of your leads. Your lyrics and your hauntingly beautiful voice still gives me tears in my eyes and makes me appreciate life and love every time I hear your songs. My best wishes for a speedy recovery. ~ Howard Jahre, New York City
Dear Dan, I also have been a fan for many years. You are my all time favorite singer. Sometimes I put your cd on in the car and turn it up. I love singing along, I know I probably look really wierd but who cares I'm in Danny Heaven. I hope you are doing well and I will pray for you. ~ Vicki in Albuquerque
Dan, I have been a huge fan of yours for over twenty-five years and have the distinct pleasure of seeing you in concert twice. I have several of your albums and cd's and listen to them often. You have the extraordinary ability to blend music and lyrics into poetry that touches me in a way very few other artists ever have. My dad had prostate cancer a few years and has since fully recovered. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincere wishes for a speedy recovery. God bless you. ~ Russell Day
God loves you, and we do too. You will be in our prayers. Ray had prostate cancer 3 years ago, underwent radical surgery and all is well. Keep the faith, it is a hard time, but your music and your music family will see you through this hard time. ~ Barb and Ray
Dear Dan, Sadly, I lost my Dad to prostate cancer back in 1990. This was before the advanced technology and knowledge known to the medical community today. This advanced knowledge and technology has made it possible to battle and overcome this illness with much more success than in 1990. Dan, have faith, be strong and the Lord will take care of the rest. I know he will, I asked him to in a special prayer and he answered back. I prayed for your full recovery, and that he may always bless you and your family. Dan, you WILL beat this thing... we love you and will continue our prayers...get well soon and may god bless you always. ~ The Berchin Family, Gilbert, AZ
Dear Dan and Jean, Our family, (Jeff, Christine, Matt, Nate, Ally, Joe and Sammy) wish you a speedy recovery and continued blessings on your lives. We will have your names mentioned in church by Father Bob on Sunday when we pray. Love ~ The Shelton's
Dear Dan, Where do I begin? It's been 26 years now since I first heard your music. I have no life changing moments I can attribute to your writing,but I certainly know it has been the background music for me many times, good and bad. You've been my traveling companion in over forty countries now. We survived three wars and one terrorist bombing together and ironically my own scare with prostate cancer. The wish I have for you is not unique, but heartfelt. I wish you peace my friend. You always be with me in every adventure. ~ Jeff, Fort Walton Beach,Florida
Many a time, I have thought to send you a note telling you how much your gift has touched my life, and I'm sorry that it took something like this for me to do so. First of all, I want you to know that I will be praying for you and your family. I realize this is such a difficult time, and therefore, will make this as brief as possible. Although I have never met you, you have been a friend to me. You have been with me most of my life, through good times, as well as bad. I cannot begin to tell you how much your gift has touched my soul. Your poetry in music, has soothed me in times of trouble, allowed me to release tears that would have gone unreleased, strengthened me during difficult moments, and reminded me of the beauty in the world around me, when at one point it seemed there was nothing else beautiful in my life. I will be praying for you, Dan, as I consider you to be a friend of mine, who without knowing it, has had such a wonderful impact on my life. You have been blessed with a very precious ability to touch people's hearts through your music. You have been a blessing to me. May God continue to bless you now, and bring you through this time in your life. Sincerely, your friend ~ Christina Place, Jacksonville, TX
Dear Dan- Been a fan for almost thirty years. I know you have many years of wonderful music left in you. Fight the fight. My prayers are with you. ~ Vicki
Dear Dan, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope you have a speedy recovery. Always remember the joy you and your songs have brought to so many people. I hope you have just begun! ~ B
To Dan and Jean, Stay strong and keep the faith, keeping the mind strong is the most important, positive thoughts only. We are thinking of you. Peace within yourself. Namaste ~ Jill Perez
Dan -How quickly can life change? Not long ago, I heard of your cancer, and I wrote some well-wishes.You'll never know how prophetic those were for me. I recall writing something about listening to your own music and lyrics, and garnering strength from the beauty you've created. And also adding that you should feed from the love around you and not be afraid to ask for help. Well, I'm sorry to say the same has just happened to me. Six days after my 41st birthday, I got diagnosed with cancer. Thank GOD it's in an early stage. Scary, yes, but I'm taking the advice I "gave" you and am trying to be strong. The whole point of this message? Well, to say that I am finding even more strength thru your lyrics. They are so hopefull ("Icarus Ascending") that it brings me to tears more often than not. They are good tears, cathartic tears, and I want to say Thank You again. I hope you are doing well. I want you to know you are helping me thru this even though you may not know it. I KNOW that you are looking at each day differently now, and in that, I hope that you are staying positive and strong. GOD BLESS you my friend. And even though we have never met, I say my friend in reference to the fact that we are both kindred in the challenge that has been dealt. May we both beat cancer, and go on to make the world a better place. ~ CHER- Washington State
Expect a miracle, in fact, many miracles as you travel on this new journey. Emmanuel, God, is with you. Blessings of peace and comfort are sent from Maine, your other home. ~ Maria
Dear Dan, Just a note to wish you the very best and to let you know we're thinking of you. Growing up in Peoria, I have always been so proud with your connection here and for years you've inspired me with your songs. I truly hope you are finding success in your treatment. A positive attitude always helps and it seems you've taken on that strategy, as well. Thank you, again, for enriching our lives with song and for giving this midwestern town something we can all be extremely proud of. Best wishes to you and your loved nes...stay strong in spirit and strong at heart...and in the words of Neil Young, "long may you run." Peace ~ Candi Isonhart, Peoria, IL
Dan, There are certainly no words of tribute that I can pay to you that have not already been shared. My admiration and love for your work cannot be adequately expressed through words, but I will tell you that your music has been an integral part of my life for over 30 years now. The purity of your music and the truth of your lyrics is fast becoming a lost art. I have seen you many times in concert and even had the privilege of meeting you backstage at Starwood Amphitheatre in Nashville in 1990. I was so impressed by your politeness and your willingness to engage an admiring fan. That encounter, though brief, had a profound influence on me and I thank you for it. My prayer is for your complete and speedy recovery and I am anxious for the creative musical expressions that will no doubt result from adversity. God bless you and your family. ~ Bill Lyons, Florence, AL
Dan, I have thanked God for your beautiful talent many times in my life - good and bad - since 1971. I have been blessed to enjoy your gift in concert four times. The most memorable was in San Diego, 1992. My daughter was in her 8th month of pregnancy. She had grown up hearing your music and insisted on attending this concert with me - we had 4th row seats on a beautiful evening. My 1st grandson experienced your music for the first time on that clear, starry night! He moved to the music all night! Our prayers and good wishes are with you as you fight this battle. Your love and faith will keep you strong. God bless you and thank you for many years of beautiful music and beautiful memories! ~ Cheri Casteel
Hi Dan and family, I was just thinking of you so strongly this week as I went through some of your music on a trip. I sure wish you well and hope you will be back soon. My experiences seeing you on tour have been so memorable! Prayers and wishes are coming your way always. ~ Shelly
Dan and family, All of the Fine family are praying and hoping for your quick recovery. May God bless you and your family. We thank him with all our hearts for having brought your life into ours. ~ Scott, Cathy, Joshua, Rebecca, Zachary, and Katrina
I've listened to your music since the late 1970's, as a matter of fact I was just playing your super hits, and decided to look up your website. I did not realize that you were having health problems. I remember seeing you in the late 1970's or early 1980's at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. I thought it was pretty cool that you were from Illinois, too. And they say the only thing in Illinois is corn!! We live about 50 miles from Champaign-Urbana, (home of the Illini). You have given us, your fans, so much with your music, and now it is time for us to give back to you and your family. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this tough time and we wish only the best for all of you. Hang in there. ~ Susie
Your God will guide you and show you the way. I know the way will be lit brightly by your presence and that you will not be alone. You are just taking a new path albeit a painful one. God bless you, my thoughts are with you daily and your family. Strength be to them to hold you tight and comfort you each step of the way . ~ Ali Charles (Northants UK)
Dan, Over the many years that you've shared your soul to all that would listen, there are countless souls that I personally know wouldn't be with us today, if it hadn't have been for your words of inspiration through your music, words that have lifted up the souls of many, including myself and helped free them from their despair. You have truly helped people more than you'll ever begin to know. Working in a drug and suicide crisis house as a counselor many, many years ago, it was your music and the music of the Moody Blues that we played for folks in serious drug and suicide crisis situations to help bring their sometimes twisted minds back to a good place. I personally think that this helped more than anything else that was ever tried or done for them. Many of these people described it as visual music where not only did the words and the music gently strum their heartstrings, releasing them from whatever was tormenting them, but it also opened their eyes to a vision of themselves in a much more beautiful place where there was love and hope again.
I didn't write this to embarrass you or to stroke your ego either. I just feel that the situation you are presently in someday will be the basis for so many more songs of hope and beauty for you to share with the world. Dan, I've always been one of your biggest fans and you've always been one of my best friends. I've played your music on my guitar for as long as I can remember wishing they were my own, and when someone asked about them I would always say that you wrote the songs I was supposed to write but couldn't. This is probably not a cake walk for you but I think that nothing worth learning and someday sharing is. You will always be in my heart, Brother and I know you will come through this with flying colors. With all of the love, best wishes, and prayers that an old soul could ever muster up. ~ Joe
Dear Dan, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I did not know of your illness until I tried to purchase tickets for your concert at the Keswick Theater in Glenside PA. It seems like the other day when I saw you open for the Eagles at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, in 1974...30 years ago. I have been hooked on your music ever since. I have all of your albums and have updated them via CD. I have been playing them a lot recently in my car stereo (just wonderful music to listen to with beautiful autumn weather) and it is amazing how that after years go by, I seem to pick up more meaning from the lyrics. I guess through life's experience, I can relate to them a lot more. I feel confident that with God's blessing and today's technology you will have a speedy recovery. I will plan to see you in concert next year. May God be with you and your family. ~ Tony Gizzi, Voorhees NJ
Dear Dan; I'm a fan and ex-drummer, who back in the day transcribed Russ Kunkel's drum parts to Captured Angel and Innocent Age tracks. In April 2003 I was diagnosed with Leukemia, and the chemo put me in remission and I've been back ever since. I was shocked to hear the news of your illness, and heartened and encouraged to hear the encouraging news about the treatments. You are in my thoughts and prayers.~ Rob Greenfield
Dan, I was shocked to be diagnosed with cancer last Christmas and I was equally shocked to hear of your diagnosis. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Embrace only the positive. It's what we need to do. ~ Debbie F., Milwaukee, WI
Dan, I have been a fan of yours since Home Free. I first saw you in concert in 1978 at Stony Brook University N. Y. I've seen you 4 more times since. Your music is a true inspiration to us all. Stay strong, get well soon. We will all see you on the concert trail soon. ~ Greg Ocala Fl.
Dan, I have been a big fan of yours since your first album! I still enjoy each and every song as though it was brand new-TIMELESS!! Your music has a way of making me feel good! Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this difficult time in your life. I know you will make a full and speedy recovery. God Bless You!! Love ~ Lorrie
Dan, You have been there for me through out the last 27 years since my high school friend introduced me to your music. Two years ago I sent a copy of Nether Lands to my 16 year old niece so she could enjoy your music as well as get to know me a little better. Just recently, as I listened to your Phoenix album, I thought how the words of several of your songs would be helpful to a friend going through some family struggles. Now I hope I can be there for you. My prayers are with you now for a full recovery from your illness. I'm one of those who was looking forward to your upcoming tour in the NJ area, but I'll look forward to seeing you another time when you are well and ready for the grind of traveling. Love and peace ~ Rose Peng, Piscataway, NJ
You and your family are in our prayers. Please take care and get back on your feet again soon. Your many fans in El Paso.
Thanks, Dan, for sharing your wonderful gift, music, with us all. Your music has definitely had a profound positive influence in my life, though I still haven't seen you live. You are one of my very favorite artists. I wish you a speedy, complete recovery and look forward to seeing you perform next time you are in the Gulf South area. Kelly Folse, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dan, May God bless you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you fight this cancer. Thank you for the beautiful music. You have been an inspiration to me throughout my life. ~ Bill in Cadillac, Michigan
Dear Dan: Acceptance and bearing with love all that happens to us on our journey is very difficult but something we will all learn in time.I pray that you will be free of fear and strong in mind and body. Please remember that God doesn't allow us any trial or tribulation without supplying enough grace to get us through it. Also, love does conquer all, and you are loved by many, even those you have never met. That is because you shared of yourself and in the process, changed lives. Remember the words of the one of the Beatles songs...In the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make. Take care ~ Mary Pierson, Wallingford, CT
We love you Dan! We will be praying for you. ~ Mark & Corinne Wible
To Dan and Jean: BE STRONG. BE TOUGH against this crappy disease that doesn't care who it picks. I wish it wasn't you. I work in a cancer treatment center here in Palm Springs CA so I know some of the things you're going through. You have to hang in there and keep a positive attitude. It's so important. Accept support from all who love you. You are surrounded by love and good energy from all of us who love you and your music. Best wishes from Anne Etges, Palm Springs, CA
To Dan and your lovely wife, You both are in my thoughts and prayers for healing, strength and blessings from God. You have touched my life through your wonderful voice and music and I wish you and your family the hope and grace that you need through this challenge. With the very best wishes for your healing ~ Rose, Novi, MI
Dear Dan, Words can never say how much you and your beautiful songs have meant to me for the last 30 years of my life. Last weekend your Portrait album took my husband and I all the way to Cambria, California, and it brought back so many memories of when I first heard each song. The tears were flowing. My husband is now a huge fan. Tonight, I went to your website to see when you would be in town again, and I saw the news. You will come through this just fine. May God shine his heavenly, healing light upon you. Until the next show. " Down the miles, through the years, yours is the star by which I steer, the brightest star I've known. And when I feel all hope is gone, yours is the love that leads me on, The light that guides me home, your light will guide me home". We love you Dan. Many Blessings ~ Bridget and Randy Fawcett
Dan - Nothing I write here can adequately describe the influence you've had on me over the years. My wife and I dated in the early and mid seventies listening to and loving Home Free and Souvenirs and since our marriage in 1976, we have enjoyed all of your musical creations. Our son, born in 1980 was named Daniel, both because we liked the name and in your honor. We have attended your concerts no fewer than ten times; early on at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix during the seventies, at the Sundome in the early eighties, where you and I shook hands after the show and most recently we had the incredible pleasure at Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay in San Diego in the summer of 2002 where we were sitting front row, center. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your music and the influence it has had on my life. God has given you a wonderful gift. May he bless you and your family during these tough times. ~ Geary Roberts, Phoenix, AZ
Dear Dan, My family's thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this time. I could not begin to explain to you how many fond memories I have had related to your songs, what an impact they have had on my song writing and even things like just playing your music while driving down the road. I hope that God holds you in his hand and blesses you and yours. No matter what happens, I believe there is another life after this. That's when we will jam together. Cheers ~ TJ
Dan, one of the stories that my Mom likes to tell about me when I was a teenager was how I used to lay on the floor in my bedroom in front of one of my speakers, and listen to your albums (yes, albums) over and over again for hours. Particularily "Longer," when my 15 or 16 year old heart was broken. I have listened to your music for years, and was saddened to hear of your news, but think nothing but positive thoughts because I know you'll come through this with flying colors. Looking forward to hearing your beautiful music for years to come. Lots of love and prayers ~ Jill in Minnesota
Dear Dan, I just learned of your battle with cancer and I pray for you and your family that all goes well and that you will be just fine. You have given me and my husband so many years of joy and happiness with your music that we know in our hearts that you will be just fine. We have been fans since the very beginning and we know if you take the time to take care of yourself you will be back creating, performing and bringing joy and love to all that think the world of you. In the mean time we hope you feel the love we send your way to hope you conquer this and get back to where you want to be. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. All our best ~ Lori and Rich Epstein
From a little girl from Colo. God Bless. Be strong. Thank you for your music.
Your words and musical presence mean, have always meant, the world to me....reframing thoughts, lifting through crisis, sharing in joy. May the goodness you bring to our world return to enfold you in healing and peace. ~ Nan - Denver, Colorado
How are you doing?? I emailed in September and am enjoying reading some of the emails from the thousands and thousands of well wishers. The whole world loves you and that's good to see. You are going to be a VERY busy man when you beat this thing, so don't worry about it right now, but plan on hiring an additional one hundred assistants to schedule your concert tours for the next ten or twenty years. Don't forget to stop in Pittsburgh!! The Wrights - Freedom PA.
Dan and Jean ~ My friend Cindy hosted her annual Autumn Party October 2, and as in years past, I performed a set, including some (hopefully!) well rendered versions of several of your songs. It's become something of a tradition for us all, and we converge on Louisville KY from as far away as Alabama and Ohio for this festive event. This year I mentioned your battle with cancer during my set, and we all agreed we wanted to send you a special "Get Well" message. You are in our thoughts and prayers! Warm Regards ~ Hunt Sidway (Cincinnati OH)
Dan and Family - My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dan, I look forward to your recovery and your next CD! ~ Jeff Wagener, St. Louis
Hi Dan - I am also from Pekin, Illinois, and your dad was my music teacher in high school. Also, my dad was a teacher for many years with your dad. I still recall the funny stories my dad used to tell about their lunchtime antics in the faculty lounge, and his stories about your father's dry wit and warm sense of humor. You and I had some acquaintances in common back in your Peoria days, but unfortunately, our paths didn't cross and I never had the pleasure of meeting you. I also have wonderful memories of seeing you with The Coachmen on several occasions... and experiencing the excitement of "The Coop" at Expo Gardens. As you might guess, I have been a fan of yours since your earliest days, and even today I play your music all the time... it's such a comfort... and it still warms my very soul. Since you have given so much to us over the years, I hope that we can give back to you and yours... by sharing our warmest thoughts & remembrances, our best wishes, and our heart-felt prayers for a full and speedy recovery. ~ Dave, Raleigh, NC (PCHS Class of '69)
Hey Dan, You're in our thoughts and prayers. We know you'll be back on the road soon! ~ Greg McKinney, Program Director, WMYI-FM Greenville, SC
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Fogelberg Family. I will pray for you every day for a speedy recovery. ~ Vicki
Dan: I loved your music for a long time and saw you perform in Atlantic City a couple of years ago. My thoughts are with you during this time of crisis. My best to you and your family for a full recovery...Sincerely ~ Marilyn Meyers
Dear Dan & Jean - You're a strong individual, with a very strong will to live. I have found that you are an avid reader of Kahlil Gibran. In your quiet days, I hope that you find comfort in his readings as well as the comfort that you have given all of your fans through your inspiring words and music. I hope that your health improves and your treatments are successful. I personally look forward to seeing you in concert again. I have had the pleasure of seeing you in concert once before. I had tickets to your 11/02/04, solo acoustic concert at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, and I trust that you will fully recover so that I can see you live in concert back there in the future. With much love and prayers ~ Mickey Clark
Dearest Dan, I hope you are getting better, I am praying for you, please rest, eat lots of your homeade chicken soup, and gingerbread snaps, ginger boosts your personal power, I have heard you are a good cook, and I hope you are soon released from the bondage of this disease, so you can enjoy the beautiful magical essence of Christmas time, like taking walks amongst the beautiful pine trees in the glistening snow. ~ Susan Kodrich (Springfield, Illinois)
Dan, your music has meant so much to me in my life over the past 25 years or so. You are truly blessed, and I can't thank you enough for sharing your gifts of music and song with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Stay strong, and try and take to heart your words of wisdom from "Ever On":
May your love be there to guide us
May it always keep us strong
May we walk within your footsteps
As you lead us ever on
Dear Dan, For many years your gift has brought peaceful pleasure to my heart. I have enjoyed seeing your performances from one coast to the other including points between. You and I are at that age where we are more susceptible to this insidious disease and I am constantly on the alert. God has given you a rare and wonderful gift, and having shared it with us I am sure He is well pleased. We should all be such stewards of the gifts He has given us. Please remember whose mighty hand you are in. I look forward to seeing you again. "The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms...." Deut. 33:27 ~ Jack, So. Cal.
Dan: The other day I heard that you were undergoing treatment for cancer. I want you to know that you have my best wishes and prayers for a speedy and complete recovery. You have a lot more music to make and a lot of fans who can't wait to hear you. The last time I saw you in concert was in 1978 in Phoenix. My roommate at the time knew you from Aspen, Colorado and told me repeatedly that you were one of the truly good guys up there. From Don, that was very high praise and I certainly believed him. Again, I hope you and your family stay blessed with friends, good health and good times in the future. ~ Craig Coulombe Oakton, Virginia
Hurry and get well Dan for there is still so much to do like getting in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and going back to the power of electric music and saving the world from the likes of George Bush and Dick Cheney. ~ The Paul Giffin Family
LIVESTRONG, man, LIVESTRONG. Sincerely, Dave & Carol Etges, Louisville, CO
To Dan and your family, We in our family pray for you and send our best thoughts to all of you and wish you the very best. I cannot express to you exactly how much your music and inspiration has touched our lives. In fact, for me, you inspired me to pick up a guitar over 25 years ago, buy songbooks of yours, and teach myself to play your songs. To this day, at the age of 50, I still plunk around almost daily, and feel the power of your words and music whenever I play the art that you have mastered. Thank you so much for sharing your gift with me personally, and with the world. God Bless You. ~ Buzz , Wendy, Holly and Casey Hagaman
Wishing you a speedy recovery. I'm from Pekin, illinois, but living in Peoria now. I knew your Dad in high school. Just a short message to let you know I care. ~ Larry Long
Dan - My mom played your albums all the time when I as a kid in the 70's, and I've been a fan ever since! I was absolutely thrilled that you were coming to perform in my town, and was shocked and heartbroken to hear of your illness. May you find the same inspiration, strength, hope, and love from God, your family, friends, and fans as I (and so many others) have found in your music. Looking forward to the day when I can hear you perform live again! Keep the faith ~ JA in PA
Dan, Your music was strong in my husband's battle with cancer. We thank you and give you our prayers. 23 years of wonderful love to you and your family.~ Judy, Evansville Ind
Dan, I listened to your songs for many years, put them away & re-discovered them a couple of years ago. You're one of the few artists who bring tears to my eyes (along with Jackson Browne). I caught you on PBS a few weeks ago & was blessed by it. So I went to the internet to see if you were touring, & saw you were sick. I'm praying for your recovery, Dan, & hope to see you in concert someday. God bless you ~ Charles House, Athens, Tx.
You and your family remain in my prayers during this very trying time in your life. I ask God to give you peace and rest in the midst of your storm. Love in Chris ~ Robin Woodson
Can't say enough about your music's influence on my life growing up, and still to this day. Hope to hear a lot more from you soon. Peace ~ Jon
Dear Dan Fogelberg, My name is Jessica and I am 10 years old. I like your songs. The first song I heard was “Leader Of The Band” and it is my favvorite song. My mom told me you wrote it for your dad and I thought it was nice. At school we prayed for people that need help and when I found out that you were sick, I prayed for you. I also like animals and nature and when I grow up I want to be a veterinarian. I have a hamster named Bijou. My mom and dad like your music too, especially my mom, she plays your music none stop. It feels like you say your feelings in your songs. I hope that you get better soon and my mom and I can go see you in a concert. Love ~ Jessica, St. Peters, Mo
Dan, From a young girl working in a general store in Hillside Colorado, to a grown woman with two children living in Colorado Springs, I have always been touched and haunted by your music. As I worked at the store one day listening to this music and looking out the window at my beloved Sangre De Cristo Mountains and I just knew whoever was singing knew what the mountains did to your soul. I had to eventually asked the owner of the store to tell me who was singing this unbelievable music. It was you. I've gone to see you at Red Rocks, Denver, Pueblo, and Colorado Springs as often as I've heard you're around. I continue to be touched by your music although I've listened to it for so many years. What a true poet you are to touch such a small life as mine sitting in the middle of nowhere, looking up at my beautiful mountains just as I'd done all of my life and connecting to a nearly angelic voice and feel like I'd finally found music that I truly touched my soul. I have wanted to tell you that you touched a heartstring in me that will continue on for the rest of my life. Please know that I will pray for you and your family. I do believe that anything can be overcome with a great attitude and strong resolve and a lot of help from above. I will continue to wish you all of the best and expect to hear great news about your recovery! ~ Sandy
Dear Dan and Jean: You will continue to remain in our prayers and thoughts. Over the years your music has inspired me, made me think, laugh and cry. Now as a 45 year old new parent I hope and pray you we be able to write more music for us "old fogies" who need the integration of beautiful lyrics intermingled with great musical notes to carry us through the new stages as we all grow older together. As someone who works in the medical oncology field I share your great hope as treatments and therapies become more successful every day. Stay positive and I look forward to hearing good news of remission in the near future! ~ David and Lara Tresch - Waynesboro, VA
Dear Dan, Your words and music have lifted my heart for over 25 years now. So much of your music is entwined in my life. Tender mercies to you and your loved ones. May the Great Spirit hold and comfort you as you continue to heal. ~ Janice
Dan and family, Your music and poetry have helped me through many tough times. I wish that you get well and back on your feet soon. Thank you for everything you have done for me. Stay positive and my prayers and good wishes are with you. God speed ~ Mary
I believe they consider this to be one of the most curable forms of cancer. So good luck Dan! I hope you are back on your feet ASAP. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. ~ Sue F Cox, Sweet Sue Ohio
Dear, dear Dan: When I heard the news of your illness, I was shocked and devastated. I send this to you with my best wishes for a full recovery. You have been in my thoughts each day and I hope that your treatments are going well. I worked for an oncologist for years and understand what you are going through. I was just diagnosed with colorectal cancer and will be starting radiation/chemo therapy next week. I also just found out that 2 friends have cancer; one prostate, and the other has multiple sites. I am blown away by this. I am hoping that we all have good outcomes and wanted you to know you are not alone in this difficult battle. You have been an inspiration to me, musically, since the 70's and now I hope that we can support one another for full recovery from this terrible disease. My daughter Danielle just gave birth to my first grandchild 3 weeks ago. My children and now my little Aidan Philip are my reasons for beating this. Again, my thoughts and prayers for you. Take care and be well. Sincerely ~ Chris (Christine) Desrochers
May God be with you and your family. My wife had Breast Cancer, so I can almost (but not quite) empathize with what you're going through. Stay strong and always be positive. Thank you for sharing your life and your gift with us. Much love ~ Mike and Penny
Hi Dan, just let me tell you a little story: My son David is 9 years old and is playing the guitar. Yesterday I drove with him to the city of Salzburg and played a CD with your music. When he heard "Magic every moment" I had to repeat it many times, he was fixed on this song for nearly one hour. Than he talked to me: "Papa, when I am growing up, I will be a musician (and a soccer-player) and I will sing this song all the time! I love this song so much!!!" I told him a little bit about you and he was listening very serious. I think, it's great, that our children get their music-inspiration not only from the (mostly) stupid Radio-stations. Be sure, that you got a brand new Fan from Austria! With my best wishes. Sincerely ~ Werner Christof
Dan I have been a fan for over 30 years. Your music has been a great source of joy and comfort for me. I have gone from a young woman to a much older woman listening to your music. Please understand you are in my prayers every day. You have many fans praying for your recovery. You will make it. ~ Lois Major
Your music moves me...keep writing. Anticipate the good so you may enjoy it! ~ Kim Johnson, Jacksonville, FL
Dear Dan and family, I have been listening to your music and attending your concerts for over 30 years. Your music has seen me through some tough days. Hopefully all of the prayers going out to you and your family will help see you through these tough times. I strongly believe that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. My prayers and wishes go out to you for a speedy recovery. ~ G. Luss-Dallek
Wishing that all the pleasure and joy you have given to so many comes back to you in healing. Thank you...
Dear Dan and family, Best wishes on your fight to become cancer free. I know your courage, strength and family will help you. I want to thank you for your beautiful music and the advocacy and leadership you have shown for our wild places over the years. I hope more people over time will understand how important our wild places are. My hope is that you are finding peaceful surroundings as you recover. ~ Stacey Chicoine Visalia, CA
Dan, When my wife heard of your illness, she took me aside as if it were a close family member we were talking about. She and everyone in my immediate circle of friends know how much your music means to me. Being a singer /songwriter myself ,when I perform "Leader of the Band", it receives the most emotional response of any song I play. To look out and see everyone's eyes tearing up and crying, that's what music is all about for me and that's what your music is all about. The honesty and emotion it evokes in your lyrics, your voice and delivery of a song. May the thought of the overwhelming response you will get when you walk back out on stage for the first time after you beat this illness, and all the thoughts , prayers, and positive energy being sent your way help you to a speedy and complete recovery. Sincerely ~ Joe Masulli Prospect, CT.
Wish you the best. I am 54 yrs old and have loved your songs from the 1st time Ii heard your talent. God bless - you're in our prayers.
God be with you every step of the way with your treatment. I've enjoyed your music for the past 25 years- I pray you will continue to bless us all. ~ Mary Jane, Indiana
Dear Dan Fogelberg and Family ~ We first heard your glorious musical creations in 1974, the "Home Free" album. We felt then, and still do to this day, that you are an amazingly sensitive, intelligent, and environmentally-aware artist. Your songs and voice are magical, and your lyrics speak to the heart and nourish the soul. We have every album/CD that you've produced! We have also had the great privilege of seeing you perform live, outdoors, in Manhattan in the early 1980s. You were terrific, of course. Your artistry has touched our lives in so many ways, and so many times through the years. There is no way to thank you adequately – it would be like thanking the sun for shining! No praise or gratitude could satisfactorily convey how much your music means to us. For each of our birthdays, my partner and I always wake the other with a freshly cooked breakfast prepared and “To the Morning” playing on the sound system. We then know that “it’s going to be a day,” a birthday! All our good wishes and positive thoughts are with you and your family. May your recovery be speedy and complete. We wish you bright blessings now and always ~ Jim and John
Thank you for all the wonderfull music that you have shared with us. When I have a problem getting through to my son who is 18 I can always talk about one of your songs which he knows word for word and begin a conversation. We go together to any concerts you have in NY and it is great to be able to share this time (you make that possible). Whenever I hear "Leader of the Band" I immediately close my eyes and think of my father who passed away many years ago and it somehow makes it easier and allows me to remember the good times. All four of my children aged 18 - 30 all love to listen to your music and tend to refer to many of your lyrics to get their point accross. You are in all of our prayers and thank you again for allowing me a passion that I can share with my children and fall back on in bad times. - Jim
It is 1976, and I am a working student at a riding school near Honolulu, Hawaii. You are in town for a concert, and turn up at the stables - you and your dark-haired lady friend with the pirate smile - for a trail ride before the show. I was adjusting the stirrup on your Western saddle, and looked up to see your intense green eyes smiling back in to mine. My still-awkward 19 year-old heart froze in my chest, and the image was branded onto the cells of my visual cortex. You couldn't have known that song "To the Morning" had made my very rocky emergence from my teen years survive-able. Later that night, when the floor of the Neil Blaisdell Arena became a swaying sea of match- and butane-lighter flames, I was there adding my voice to the swelling chorus celebrating a gambler's place in the world... Let it shine, oh let it shine... I have never recovered from falling in love with you. I see that this illness offers us all a chance to tell you what you mean to us. Did you know before now how much your gifts mean to so many? Would we have contacted you to tell you if not for this? (Or maybe this is just how I make sense of the arbitrary nature of cancer.) I pray deep gratitude for your courage, your gifts, and your generosity with both. Love and blessings ~ KS in California
Dan, you through your music has seen me through my adult life. Many thanks to the maturity and sensitivity you have crafted into your work. I am praying for you, and hope you have found the savior to be as merciful and loving as He has been to me. All my prayers. ~ Scott
Dan, Sending you prayers for a speedy recovery. You have been blessed with a great gift of music & as that music heals others hearts & souls it will also heal you. God Bless. ~ Tom
Dear Dan...We have been blessed with your beautiful music....enjoying all that you created in the past, and eagerly looking forward to all that you will be creating in the future. I keep you in my prayers and have lit a candle for you in the Grotto at the University of Notre Dame, that you enjoy good health again soon. God Bless ~ JoAnn, Indiana
Dear Dan, You have made a musician out of me. Your music has moved me and challenged me, and I have spent hours both listening to and playing your unique creations. One of my dreams has been to sit down one on one with you with our Martins in our lap!!!! Just so you know, I won't give up on that one. I wish you the absolute best, and I look forward to attending your concerts in the future. God Bless You ~ Tony Zapico
Dan, I have been a fan of yours for over 3o years. I have been to every concert you have done in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area, and miss seeing you perform...I pray that you will beat this disease, and will have a long, and healthly life ahead of you. Thank you for all the beautiful songs that make me smile every time I hear them. I would tell you my favorite, but there are too many favorites to list...Take care, have faith, and may God bring you healing and strength... ~ JC, Minneapolis, MN.
Dan, I wish you strength and courage in your fight with this disease. I know you will do all in your power to prevail. We don't know each other but we have a connection. Your father was my band teacher and director at Pekin HS from '70-'74. He was pretty tough and we all definitely had a love/hate relationship but as the years pass, I'd like to think that most of us realized the work ethic and love of music he instilled in us.
Like all your fans, I have other connections as well. My wife of 25 years and I had our first date in 1977 at one of your concerts at Ill. State Univ. It was snowing like crazy and we tried to hurry to get inside the Union. Somehow I managed to pull my wife's mitten off and it fell in a snow bank, never to be seen again. The concert was simple and personal and none of us wanted to let you leave. I don't know that we began to fall in love on that night but over the months we listened to your music and attended more of your concerts. Your music took a strong foothold in our relationship and still lives there.We join your family in praying for your health and wishing for more music when you are ready.~ Dave Rice, Tualatin, Oregon
Dearest Dan, It is impossible to put into words just how much your music has meant to me over these past 30 years. You have been in my life with your beautiful music,since I first discovered 'Home Free' in the early 70s! I was fortunate,and extremely thrilled, to be able to see you perform at U of M,(Miami,Fl) very early in your career. Although a mother in my 30s at that time, and not connected with the college at all, I managed to get on campus! I sat among the students, completely entranced! Your music was like a glimpse of heaven to me! Your voice, that of an angel!
Over the years I saw you perform nearly a dozen times, in Miami and throughout Florida. Once even getting backstage and meeting you briefly. One of the highlights of these past decades has been my photo which I got that nightstanding beside 'Dan Fogelberg!' I stammered something silly like,"Always know there will be a lady in Miami playing your music EVERY DAY! However inane that may sound ,truth is, there have been few days of which I haven't done just that! Your music got me through some hard times -some sad times! I would put on 2 or 3 LPs and just be soothed and healed...made happy and whole again!
My last time seeing you in concert was last year in Atlanta,Ga. -a wonderful show! I was looking forward to seeing you again, on tour this fall ,in Fl. ...The wait will be longer, but I WILL see you perform again! Over the years I have introduced your music to so many people! Usually it takes one 'listen' and most are just as taken as I was ,back in the 70s! I am teased by my friends. They say I must be on your payroll, because of my constant promoting of your music! I'm known as the world's #1DanFan ,with those who know me! ...And I have to say-your Christmas CD (The First Christmas Morning) is THE MOST beautiful and unique music! So special! I have given gifts of your music to so many people,especially this Christmas CD ! I want everyone to experience the joy I have found in your music!I can't imagine my world without the music of Dan Fogelberg in it! My prayers are for a speedy and complete recovery for you! ~ June Kellum,Ocala, Florida
Dear Dan, My 5 1/2 yr old grandson has lymphatic cancer and is one of the few children in the US on an experimental drug called Retuxin. He's responding well and today is his six month check up. I'm praying for Derek and for you every single day. Keep up the good fight, Dan! ~ Linda, a fan for 30 years, Peoria, Illinois
Dear Dan, I have been a fan for over 30 years and want to thank you for your wonderful music. It has always been an inspiration to me throughout various phases of my life and is a big part of the memories I have made. Your talent, sensitivity and humor are appreciated by so many. You are in my thoughts and I wish you and your family strength as you deal with the challenges at hand. Love and peace to you. ~ Bev Heitzer, Tarentum, PA
Dear Dan, You are in my thoughts and prayers. I fell in love with your music in the mid-70s when my brother, a musician, brought home your album. Your songs touched my heart. Ok, ok, being a young woman at the time, I fell a little for the photo of you on the Souvenirs album too! But seriously, thank you for your words, and your music - they were truly inspired. God bless! ~ Terry
Dan...You're an inspiration for many. I'm a 30 year listener of your music along with friends here in St. Paul, MN. Last year those friends and I traveled to hear your show in Madison, Wis. As always, we were uplifted and inspired by your talent and another great concert. We have not missed too many of your shows in Minneapolis over the years. I have a young daughter who has battled with leukemia recently. She is in full remission and enrolled in college. She recently asked me for a guitar. I have purchased one for you and along with it I'll send her a couple of your CDs. From our family to yours...you will always be in our prayers. This is the Language of Love. Rich, Diane, Mike, Jenna in St. Paul, MN
Dear Dan, Have loved your music from the beginning. You and your family are in my thoughts, and I am wishing you strength and health. ~ Jacey Westphal, Bend, Oregon
Dear Dan, You are such a blessing to my life. You have been with me through the deep valleys of life, wilderness times, and to the mountain top seasons of joy. I am deeply sorry to hear about your battle right now. I know in my heart that you will recover victoriously and be a trumpet to those who endure the same pain and struggle you are facing. Even now, your testimony has encouraged many to press on confidently. You have ministered to so many through the years, the brokenhearted, downtrodden, wounded and lost, souls who could not rekindle the fan of love which once burned, within individuals, families, couples, and children. I personally can remember being at a concert Jones Beach State Park and watching the sunset with you singing the verse "Let it shine" and I cried. It was a kairos moment for me. God has blessed you with many gifts. You have given freely to others with your gifts, and that is so precious to me, to others, and most importantly to God. He will never leave you or forsake you through these times. "Is the knowledge gained worth the price of the pain", absolutely! I believe in your healing and also will lift you up in prayer daily. May you feel the love and gratitude of those in the world who love you as you never have before. I pray it will overtake you with its power and strength. Oh, the power of love!!! Peace and love to you and your family Dan. Prayerfully yours with Eternal Love ~ Jill Marie~
Dear Dan, I just wanted to add my best wishes to all the others that have been sent your way. I have listened to your music for many, many years and it's part of my life. My son just built his own acoustic guitar and we brought it home today. One of the first songs I played was "There's A Place In the World for a Gambler." It sounded beautiful on that guitar. Get well soon. ~ Mike
Hoping every day brings new hope and promise. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. The power of prayer is awesome. Our prayer for you is that you make a full recovery and once again will be sharing your gift of music with all of us. We love you Dan. God Bless. ~ Rob and Chris
Dear Dan and family - May the sun warm your hearts, the wind lift your spirits, and the happiness and love you have given all your fans, throughout the years, through your wonderful music that has touched our lives, come back to you, and bring you all good health and joy. Music has healing powers....Best Wishes and Prayers ~ Susan Perry and family
I often kayak in Maine.The water is my church and my kayak is my vessel to a higher place. When I am paddling, I will pray for your health and well being. While you are sailing, feel our thoughts... and thanks for your music. ~ DL, North Andover, MA
Dan, You and your family are in our thoughts daily as you fight this disease. My father is a 15 year survivor of prostate cancer and is doing great!!! Please know that central Illinois has many people who are praying for you and yours. Sincerely ~ a fan in Stark County Illinois.
Dan, Best wishes to you and your family as you battle this illness. I have been a fan since the 70's and am looking forward to many more beautiful songs from you. God Bless. ~ Susan
Dear Dan -- I am a 2-year breast cancer survivor. I am about your age and I've listened to and loved your music for many years now. Always hope, rely on your faith, and never be afraid to ask others for help. This saying by Ross Marrs was helpful to me -- "Take away my capacity for pain and you rob me of the possibility of joy." Live your life as you've never lived it before!!!!! You and your family will be in my prayers always ~ Vicki K. Miller
Dan, I have been following your career since the first album you made. I have seen you in concert at least 10 times and the love of your music has been passed on to my children. I was reading your biography and it mentions Fools Gold, I saw you with them back in the 70's and still listen to their music. You are right, three guys with high voices. Are those guys still making music? Denny Henson and I forget the other guy's name. I hope this finds you well and on the road to recovery. Thanks for the music and inspiration. God bless you ~ Bob Gentner, Allen Park, MI
Dan, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know the cancer is beatable since my father had prostrate cancer and has been in remission for quite a few years. I have enjoyed your music for over 30 years - thanks for the great music. ~ Martha Windisch
You are in my thoughts. Thank you for the music. "Leader of the Band" reminds me of my Daddy. Best wishes ...
Dan, During my freshman year (1974) at Western Illinois University I fell in love with your music. When I think of my days in Macomb, your music is always at the top of my list. The big buzz was who from Peoria personally knew you or your Dad! I will never forget the response I gave to people when they asked what I wanted to do upon graduation in 1978. My reply was always, " I want a lover and I want some friends and I want to live in the sun. I want to do all the things that I never have done." Those words always make me feel peaceful and that my life is on the right path. Thank you for sharing your beautiful voice, your poetic words and the hope you always gave me. I hope to see you again in Rockford, Illinois someday soon. Until then, may the universe be gentle with you and peace be with you and your loved ones. ~ Mary Tuite
Passed thru Rollinsville on my Harley the other day & thought of you. Best wishes, friend, and hopes for a speedy recovery. ~ Evergreen, Colorado
Dan, I have been a fan of yours since the 70's when people would say "Dan, who?" Your voice, your music, your messages are a part of me. I always told my husband that if I hadn't married him, I'd marry you so you could sing to me every day!!!!!! My thoughts are with you as you venture on this new journey. Stay as positive as possible, fight as hard as you can. But...know when you don't want to fight anymore.Treat each day as a gift; do things you want to do. Say things you want to say.My wish for you is to get better, feel better, and to keep singing those wonderful songs. You are phenomenal. Sending hugs your way. ~ Susan
Dear Dan, I'm not a religious person. So to say I'm praying for you would sound silly to me. However I do believe there is a "life force," if you will, in all of us.Your heart and your music are filled with this force. So I know that you are going to be ok. It couldn't be any other way. I've been singing your songs to myself (bit on the shy side) since the mid 70's and now to my 8 month old daughter (who can't tell anyone). It's a little sad that it takes something like this for us to tell you how we feel. Why are we like that? Dan, I just want to say thank you for all you've given of yourself to make our lives so much more rich. I know in my mind and in my heart that you'll be back very soon doing the things that make you happiest......Yours ~ Jim, Fall River, Ma.
Dear Dan, Just a short note to let you know that I am praying for you often and wishing you peace and joy forever:-) ~ Cindy Fabian
Don't tell hubby, but I've been in love with you since Home Free... Our thoughts and prayers are with you... We will certainly be thinking of you, and look forward to a time when you are well enough to do another tour! Heartfelt best wishes ~ Nancy and family
Dear Dan, Since the age of 18, when I heard your first album, you have been an encouragement and inspiration to me! You are in my thoughts and prayers frequently as you battle cancer. May you know healing and peace. Love ~ Nancy
Dear Dan -continue to fight the good fight and may God bless you and help you beat this disease. Thanks for all the great music that you have made and will always be with us, you've touched many.
Hello Dan and Family, We dance on this planet for so short a time. And Dan, you helped me understand the nature of life when my Mom passed over in 86. I'd been listening to "Since You Asked" and realized that we are all Twin Sons (and Daughters) of different mothers. We are one. You have given us so many songs that express life's truths. Thank you. We are all joined with you in this dance of life, and nothing can come between us in this ever existing web of life. Much love from your friends in Canada. We believe in you. You are soul infused, and soul always knows what is needed. Know that you are loved. ~ Pamela
Dear Dan, I have been a fan for years and would like to thank you for the beautiful music you have brought into my life. I am quite familiar with the challenge you are facing. In 1994 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 1999 I received my second primary breast cancer diagnosis (Stage 3). Losing my breasts was tough and the chemo was tougher. Last year my brother was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. He is doing well and so am I. You can fight this battle and win. Allow yourself to feel the range of emotions this diagnosis brings on but focus on the positive. Hold on to your sense of humor. Take heart from the fact that so many advances have been made in cancer treatment. I have several friends diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer who are doing great. One has been stage 4 for more than 10 years, another for almost 3 years...She is currently on vacation in the Mediterranean! Be your own advocate. Question the docs and fire them if they don't respect your participation in your cure. Now more than ever you will be aware of the little miracles that each day brings. Cancer stinks and the battle is hard but it has tremendous rewards. You are not alone. Sincerely and Respectfully ~ Patti Fox
This morning in the car on my commute to work, I listened to "Magic Every Moment", for 30 minutes. I just kept hitting repeat. I hadn't heard this song in awhile and realized again what a wonderful song this is. I had the great fortune to see you last summer at Wolf Trap and it was one of the best concerts of anyone I've every seen and I was even 4th row center! I look forward to seeing you there again or anywhere else for that matter! How nice to read all the kind thoughts from the other people who have written in. Your wonderful music has also brought together a beautiful community of fans. I hope our collective love and prayers will help you and your family through this time. Remember: There's a magic every moment. There's a miracle each day. ~ Lisa, Ashburn, VA
Dan... You are...The heart of the lion...The spirit of the eagle...The strength of the bear...You are...And always will be...in the thoughts and prayers of those you have touched. I wish only the best for you and yours... ~ Joe
I have been a fan for so, so long and I was just sick to hear of Dan's illness. Please let him know that we are thinking of him and praying for him every day. ~ Jennie M. Cole
Dear Dan, So many of your songs have played such an important part of our life. Particularly, "Leader Of The Band" and "Run For The Roses." You have inspired us, and have played in the background during countless hours of stargazing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you overcome this detour in the road of life. All our best for a speedy recovery. ~ Toby & Renae
Dan and Jean, Today I am 50 years young!! So, my gift to myself is sending gratitude to you. I know I am here to enjoy this wonderful life I get to live because of Dan's music. His lyrics and melodies assisted me in the darkest hours I ever faced and in the bright light of joy I've experienced. The music helped me remember my own soul and my connection to all that is. I had to take it from there. For this, Dan and Jean, you are beloved and blessed. I am sure, Dan, that you've heard it millions of times. How can the gratitude come to you fresh? Know that you two are in the prayers and meditations of countless souls who send healing, help, and love. As many have, I have formed a circle of healing with other fans who regularly send healing energies to you. May those energies be complete blessing. We pray for you, Dan, for you, Jean, and for your relationship that the highest possible good will be served in all you experience... ever on ~ Deann, Yellow Springs, OH
Dear Dan, I send my best wishes and thoughts your way. You have brought eloquence and heart to everything you've shared with us. It's time for us to give back to you now. Get well soon! ~ Laurie
I just know that you will pull through this, as miracles do happen, and as we all know, everything happens for a reason. So I'm sure you will be so inspirational to millions of others, just as you have with your music. We're just not through with you yet!!! PLEASE hurry up and get well. The world still needs lots more people like you. Much love to you and yours, Love & Light Always ~ Summer from Texas
Dan, You have been blessed with more talent that any of your peers. From your inspiring studio work over the years, to the simple "jam" sessions at the Pioneer Inn, you have more music in you than anyone I have ever known. Beat this thing!! My other hero is Lance Armstrong! ~ Your many friends in Boulder
Dan, this morning on my way to work, I stopped to take a picture of a breathtaking sunrise. As I stood amid the glory of the sun's rays, on an autumn morning in New England, a song came into my head. The sounds of "To The Morning" permeated my thoughts, as warm memories from the last 30 years then flooded my mind. This is but one example of how different life events and memories align with your music. I am 49 and have enjoyed your music since I was in college. I have seen you twice in concert and only wish that my guitar playing could come close to yours. I read about your illness in the local newspaper and I was saddened that you are going through this. I have encountered many folks who have fought cancer and who have won. It seems that one's attitude can be as effective as any treatment. It is with that message that I wish you all the best, and I wish you a quick, complete recovery. Best wishes. ~ Bill O'Donnell
Dear Dan, I was so sorry to hear of your untoward visit from the "big c", so to speak. When I heard on the radio that your tour was cancelled and that your illness was the reason why, I spent the rest of the day pondering the eternal question of why bad things happen to good poeple. I remember hearing your songs on the radio when I was a child growing up in Boulder,Colo. That was a wonderful time in my life, and I re-discovered your music in the early 1990's when I bought your greatest hits on cassette. Your smooth, mellow harmonies melted my heart and it was like time traveling back to Boulder again. I could almost see the mountains and smell the Colorado spring turning to summer as I listened to "Hard to Say", "Heart Hotels", and the other great songs on that compilation. From then on, I've been hooked. I now have all your works on CD (My favorite is "Phoenix"; any chance of a tour with a live band again?) and everyone who hears me play them loves the music and says I have great taste. I know you will beat your illness through your inner strength that is so evident in the music that has become such an important and cherished part of my life. ~ Ken in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
Dear Dan, your songs were often played by me and friends on our guitars as we sat around campfires or at parties or just informal gatherings. Your songs are pure poetry and still touch me. Please take comfort in knowing that you are in my prayers. Get well and continue to bless us with your beautiful voice. ~ Bill Martin, Kenmore Ny
As a family we have been listening to you every vacation since 1981. We can't seem to be an the houseboat without your music. Even during the rest of the year when we listen to it we have wonderful vacation memories in our heads. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My sister is fighting advanced colon cancer and I know what a toll it takes on the whole family. I have tried to see you twice here in Santa Rosa Calif. but due to my sister's illness we have had to cancel. I hope that you will one day be back on stage and that my sister is able to come see you. That would be a great day. Yours with good thoughts ~ Barbara Seifert
I have been an avid fan of yours since 1974, when I picked up a copy of your album, “Souvenirs” based on the session musicians who played with you. I thought, this guy must be good, to associate with the Eagles, etc.! I loved it and have followed you closely since. Saw you first in concert in Charlotte, NC when we lived nearby, then twice in Tulsa, OK (my home town) in the late 1990’s. I have always loved the spiritual search in your music. I am a preacher in the churches of Christ. Anyway, I have been praying for you that God will grant you a full recovery and that you can continue your music and your search. Know that we are thinking about you and praying for you and love your music. May it continue to course through your veins for a long time! ~ Jeff Lovitt
Since "Twin Sons of Different Mothers" I've been a fan. I wish DF strength in the Lord and best wishes for a speedy and successful recovery. God Bless ~ Roxanne
Dan, I am not sure what to say, maybe just THANKS FOR THE MUSIC. ~ mike pearce
Dan.....I fell in love with your music in 1975 when I discovered the Home Free and Souvenirs albums. I have been seeing you live whenever you play the Long Island area ever since. I hope and pray that you have a full and quick recovery. Your family and yourself shall be in my thoughts and prayers always. Peace ~ Danny O'Hara
Dear Dan, I have been listening to your music since the 1970's. Your songs have been an inspiration. You have comforted so many... Now it's our turn to help you. May you feel our courage, love and support. Our prayers are with you and your family. ~ Yarmouth, Me
Dear Dan, Your music has touched my family and friends for a long time. You will be in my prayers. ~ Jim
You have given us the gift of wonderful and timeless music, I am grateful to you and am praying for your health and for the defeat of this cancer. ~ LS
Dan, It's been 32 years that I have been listening to you and enjoying every moment of it. Fight the good fight and get back to the studio/road soon. We miss and need your voice. Regards ~ P.M.Uram, Woodbury CT
Hey Dan and Jean, I check alot to see how you are doing. I can imagine it's not easy for either of you. However, I have faith in you both. Keep plugging along and know that there are millions praying for you both through this journey. Take care of you! ~ Jessie Page, California
Hi Dan - my best wishes for a speedy recovery-good luck and God Bless. ~ Cynthia Werner
Dan and Jean, I will add you to my prayers. God will provide, whatever the need. Your music is a gift to all. Bless you both and your families.
Dear Dan, I'm from Thailand. Your songs have been a part of my life for almost 20 years. I'm sending you my very best wishes and pray for you. Be strength and "Run for the Roses." ~ Chaiyong V. ~ Thailand.
Dear Dan, I would just like to send along a lot of love and good wishes for a full and speedy recovery. You have meant a lot to me since I was a young girl. Only a person with a beautiful soul could write the songs that you have written and shared with the world, and I believe only good things should come your way....God Bless, Cathy
v Nearly every night I look out to see the sunset turning SquareTop to gold, then pink then lavender and I think of you and your family. I've lived in Colorado since 1969 and have been a huge fan since 1974 - seen you countless times - (maybe 20?) - and thought I had designs on relating to you, until I read these messages. You obviously have thousands of fans, like myself, who have been enriched and enlightend by your music no matter where they live, how long they've "known" you or what circumstances they find themselves in. There's been a certain sadness hanging around me since I heard of your diagnosis nearly 2 months ago and I've wanted to write often, but never had the words. I still don't. I just hope that you are winning your battle with this terrible disease and you and your family are finding some comfort and peace in the love you share. ~ Stephanie
Dear Dan, I had tickets for your fall acoustic performance at the Keswick. I have been a fan since the early 70's and your music had been a big part of my life. I will keep you in my prayers and hope that soon you will be back, doing what you love. Thank you for sharing you great talent with all of us. You mean so much to so many people. My best wishes are with you.~ RMG
Dear Dan: since hearing of your illness, you have been in my thoughts and prayers often. My wife and I have been fans of yours for years and introduced your music to our 2 children. They are young adults now, are aspiring musicians, and have seen you in concert with us. I will likely never meet you personally but feel greatly for you as a fellow human being. Life is a mix of joys and ongoing challenges. I just want to wish you and your family strength, endurance and ultimate triumph during this difficult time. Peace. ~ Dave, Quakertown, PA
Your music provided the background for my college years - wonderful! Best wishes and prayers from Oklahoma. ~ Laurie
Many thanks are due you for your musical inspiration and joyful times at concerts or listening to you at home, your words have always been a touchstone and a wonderful part of my life since high school, and even now are first on my list of favorites. I wish you a speedy recovery, a heartfelt thanks for your music, and of course much joy and happiness at getting better and returning to do what you love. May those you love and who love you surround you with good times ahead. Again, thanks for all you've done for me. ~ Tim Watkins
Dearest Dan,Your music has comforted me, uplifted and inspired me and blessed me deeply for over 30 years- thank you so much. You're in my prayers, dear one and I'm wishing you miracles- one after another! God BLess you. with love ~ Matisun, Las Vegas, NV
As a young man, vocalist and guitarist, my musical life changed when a friend introduced me to "Nether Lands" while in college. My friends now refer to me as "Dan Jr", as they believe I sound so much like you, it's a bit scary. As such, I feel a connection and wish you only the best during your recovery. Medical care is a wonder today, and I believe you and your doctors will overcome this setback. Soon I hope to be able to listen, enjoy, and copy in a simple way the next collection of songs from your poetic imagination. God bless ~ PGR, Tracy, CA
Dear Dan, You were such an important part of my college years in the'70's. My husband and I had the privilege of seeing you in concert a few years back. You were wonderful. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ~ Pam from Illinois
Dan and family, I am a cancer survivor and I am certain in my heart that without your beautiful words during my treatments and that higher power, I would not be here. I have your wonderful voice with me wherever I go, like all the rest of your followers. My prayers are with you and your family. I don't have to quote any of your songs. You gave them to our hearts from yours. God bless you. ~ Beverly,in Ohio
Our prayers go out to you and your family! Your music is an inspiration in a time when good music is hard to come by! ~ John
Dear Dan, I will keep you in my prayers as you undergo the treatment of your cancer. I have been a fan of yours for as long as I can remember. I will also pray for your family as well. May the peace of the Lord be with you always. ~ Laura Allen
Dear Dan, I am very sorry to hear of your illness. I have seen you in concert several times, and count those musical experiences as among the best. I remember one time being in almost the very back row. Your soul and spirit had no problems reaching us all back there. The passion of your music was powerful enough to fill the whole place. And, might I say to fill my soul. Of all the concerts I have been to very few of the musicians have had the ability to project like you. I found out about your illness by logging on to your web site. I've been battling an illness of my own, and turned back to the music that had always offered me the most comfort and joy, and healing of mind and spirit. That, of course, included your music. I was also looking for pieces to share with another who I know needs comfort at this time. I knew they would be filled with hope, as I am, from listening to the incredible poetry andbeautiful music of your compositions. I was listening to "Leader of the Band" when I decided to log on. Before that "Nether Lands" and "Dancing Shoes." One of my favorites is "Scarecrow's Dream." My tears are all I seem to have to offer you, along with my prayers and good wishes. Seems little in comparison to what you have given so freely and beautifully to the whole world. Just remember, "ooooooo, we're missing you!" I'll be looking forward to news of your recovery! God Bless you with abundant Peace, Joy, Love, Health, and Comfort ~ Maria K. Bowles
Dan, I am surrounded by family and friends both having to undergo treatment and beating prostate cancer. They did great throughout the experience due largely to the Cleveland Clinic, their positive spirit and the support of all of us. Current treatments for prostate cancer are phenomenal! I recently watched your PBS special and being a former dancer, always thought that it would be wonderful for a national dance company to take the Nether Lands album in its entirety and choreograph it as a complete ballet stage performance. What a show that could be! Theatre needs some fresh air too. I'll never forget your Nether Lands Tour at Blossom Music Center in Ohio. Best of everything to you ~ Diane Papp
Dan, My thoughts and prayers are with you in this battle. This world needs your music, spirit and eternal optimism.I look forward to your next tour. Respectfully a fan for 20 years. ~ CMK
Dearest Dan, I am probably one of your youngest fans, I'm 17, and you are one of my biggest influences. Everyone who knows and listens to your music does not even have to know you to realize what a beautiful individual you are. It angers me that something like this has to happen to someone so wonderful and talented. But I know, in my heart, that you will pull through, because I know you are strong. Besides, you have to pull through, what will all us fans do without you? Come on Dan, we all love you, please get better soon. ~ Anna Adams
Just wanted to say "good luck" I sure hope that treatments are going well! I have a Livestrong bracelet for you Dan, whenever you get back to PA I'll give it to you, or send it! Made a donation in your name, and in the name of others that I know and love that have gone through different types of cancer and their treatments. It's grueling but hang in there!! You don't know how many people are wishing the best for you! Best regards to you and your family...take good care.~Merrilee Gilbert, Pittsburgh, PA
So sorry and upset to hear about your present health issues. The music you have shared / crafted has been a great comfort and inspiration to me over the past 30 years. Through so many of life's trials and discomforts you have helped and lifted me time and time again. The lyrics in your songs are always in my mind, and I have learned from them. Thank You for this treasured gift of music you seem to effortlessly compose. For you are a true virtuoso at every level of music and of human spirit. I know you will beat this and continue to share the greatest gift of music that I know of. I must let you know I have all of your recordings, and look forward to the new ones. I can't thank you enough for having such a positive and profound effect in my life. THE GAIN IS ALWAYS TEMPERED BY THE COST! ~ Don in Illinois
I can't even begin to tell you how much your music has met to me throughout the years. You reach my soul in so many of them. "Windows and Walls" always puts my mom in my thoughts and "Leader of the Band", my dad, both of them gone now. Your new album is absolutely wonderful. My hubby and I watched your concert on PBS the other night and it was a real special evening for us both. You keep fighting this awful disease, Dan. I pray you come out the winner. I lost my mom from cancer and I know first hand what a struggle it can be. My prayers go to you and your wife. May you both stay strong in this battle. Don't give up on the fight. You've got too much music in that soul of yours not to. An admiring fan ~Carol Mason, Denver.
Dear Dan, I can't begin to express my feelings towards you and your music. I've been a fan since '73 and have seen you in concert countless times. Your music has gotten me through the highs and lows during my teenage and adult life. I just want you to know you are not alone and that your fans all over the world are praying for your speedy recovery. Keep the faith and you will prevail. From one Illinois Boy to another. ~ Jim solski, Oak Lawn, IL
Dan Fogelberg, your music has meant so much to me. No matter what happens, please know that you've deeply touched so many of us, strangers to you, but friends in spirit. You made your life count. I'm a cancer survivor, too. Be well. You are blessed. ~ Kathy Schappert
Dan, After rediscovering your music after many years, my college roomate and I today thought how great it would be if we could see you in concert -which lead us to your website. With sorrow we realize your illness and wish you only the best in care and recovery. You brought us many, many years of happiness and contemplation listening to our favorite songs like "Stars", "To the Morning", "Part of the Plan", etc. etc. I only know that you will soon be well and return your energies to your music and be an even more introspective artist for the life experience. We will be praying for your rapid recovery. ~ Suzette and Christa
Dan, Each Fall I have a tradition of listening to Captured Angel sometime during the last several weeks of October. Here we are and I'm thinking of all of the beautiful music you've made and hoping you're fighting the good fight against this illness. Your music has been an inspiration in my life and what a wonderful gift to give to others. I pray for your recovery and strength for you and your family to take on this battle. Best wishes. ~ Peggy, Colorado
Went to itunes to download music to help me through my personal journey thru dementia with my mother's recent diagnosis of Alzheimers and went to Dan Fogelberg, who helped me through my youth with music I still sing to my two teenage sons who had no clue as to who you are. I was so sad to see the news about the cancellation of the tour due to illness and have you and your family in my prayers. Tuned my boys into Warren Zevon as a source of strength and comfort when my mom developed colon cancer, and just this past week when she was diagnosed with Altzheimers, I searched the internet for comfort in the music that gave me comfort in the 70's 80's and 90's, only to see that I needed to pray for my sources of strength also. All love and prayers to the higher powers for my sources of strength and please know, there is real power in the prayer. Thank you for all the beauty you gave us in your music and poetry. All will be well, I know, as you will never know how much strength and love you have given to millions ( especially me) through your music and poetry during our critical years. You will pull thru, if only to give a poetic voice to us who have none. Love to you and you family. Thank you forever.
My dear Dan, I wrote to you after learning of your illness. I wrote that I have been a dedicated fan and how you inspired me to play guitar back in the 70's. I have been to every concert in N. California/Nevada since the 70's and finally had the opportunity of my life to meet you in Lake Tahoe in the summer of 2003, along with my daughter, Danielle (named after you). I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of your illness and have thought of you every day. However, I have just learned that I have cancer and will be starting chemo/radiation on Monday. I want to send my best wishes, hopes and prayers for you during your treatments and hope that if you read this, that we might inspire one another, as we battle this. Please be well and know that you can win this battle. Thank you, Dan, for sharing your gifts of music, etc. with me and thousands of music lovers. I hope that you will continue to share your music for decades to come. My very best to you and your family. ~ Christine, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Dan, I have listened to you since "Captured Angel" was released. You are in my prayers. ~ Carl
Dear Dan, I wish you all the best. I was very sad when I heard about your illness. I have been a fan of your music for the last 25 years, and I was hoping to get tickets to see you for the first time this fall. It's a long way from Denmark, but it has always been a dream for me to see you in a concert. I am a singer and guitar player, and I always play a couple of your songs when I do concerts. I wish you all the best. ~Hans Henning Johannsen, Billund/Denmark
Dear Dan, your music has been a part of my life since I first heard Home Free as a college freshman. Your poetry was in my heart when I first saw the Rockies. The Innocent Age helped me accept the death of a young cousin. Every autumn "The Reach" is the music in my soul. I pray every day that God does not yet need another angel in His band. Keep strong...miracles happen. Peace to you and your family in this struggle. Thank you for adding so much beauty to my life. ~ Patti, Pittsburgh,PA
Dear Dan, I wish you a speedy recovery. I hope God will help you and your family through this difficult time of your life, as you helped me overcome all my difficult moments with your wonderful songs. I hope when all this is over, you will have the chance to visit my country (Greece). God bless you. ~ Vivian
Dan, I hope you realize even a fraction of the lives you have influenced in the past and how many you have yet to touch in the future. My life is just one of many you have influenced through your music. I found strength in your music and direction in your lyrics. At a time of uncertainty during the mid-70's, I was introduced to your music, began playing the guitar, and was encouraged to follow a more positive path to a successful future. Your music came into my life at a critical juncture. It has always been a comforting force throughout my life. For this, a simple thank you does not seem to be enough. However, if this message finds you, please accept my heartfelt thanks for all that you have done for me. May my prayers for your successful recovery and for your family during this difficult time find their way to you as well. Best wishes ~ Larry
Dan, When I first heard your music in high school I decided I wanted to sing and every chance I got I was singing your music, even did some home recording of your songs with my closest friend. They truly are some of my greatest memories. I captured many a female's heart singing your songs!!! I wish you the very very very best in your recovery!!! May the winds of happiness fill your sails and the joy of the ocean's songs fill your heart!!! GET WELL SOON!!! Thank you ~ James " Ray " Lawless
Dear Daniel, Your songs first touched my heart when I was 16 and your voice and music continue to bring me joy. If I could take all the moments I have spent lost in your music and trade them for one wish, I would wish for you a long, long life, filled with joy and happiness- free from illness and pain. I sit here, trying to find the 'right' words to send to you - to give you hope, and courage and strength - because your music has given me all these things throughout my life. The words do not come to mind, but my silent prayer for your health and happiness joins the millions of other prayers being said for you tonight. My thoughts and prayers to you and yours. Although my soul remains restless, I hope and pray yours is filled with love. When you are well and feeling wonderful, I look forward to hearing your wonderful voice raised again in song. ~ Chere S.
Dear Dan, We wish you a speedy recovery. We saw you at an Oregon winery a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed your concert on the lawn. When you performed "Run for the Roses" at this concert, it was as if an entire concert was coming from your fingers. You are in our prayers and we hope to see you again real soon at one of your fabulous concerts. God Bless You and May the light of the Lord shine down upon you. ~ David & Judy Rountree - Kingman, AZ.
Hi Dan, I haved loved your soul and music since my high school days in the 70's and have seen you many times in the U.S. but my friends will never let me forget the time when we went to the Phoenix, Az state fair for $2.00 and I raced with the general admission crowd to arrive in 2nd row center seats only slightly bloody and bruised sometime @1977 or 1978. "Longer" was my wedding song in1983,I'm sure you heard that before .Thanks for sharing yourself over the years. Best wishes for health and happiness to you and your family... ~ Claudia
So many times, I've thought about writing you to tell you what you have meant to my life. I've never written a fan letter. I started listening to you when I was seventeen years old. I was in Ohio, dreaming of escaping a small town and creating a life for myself. When I listened to "Part of the Plan", I knew it was okay to dream. When I listened to "There's a Place in the World for a Gambler", I knew that I could overcome my fears and explore my life, and my soul. Because of you, I knew that with life comes pain, but the avoidance of pain is to avoid living life to the fullest. Within weeks of buying Nether Lands, I had all your other recordings. I currently have everything you've ever recorded. I've seen you 14 times in concert throughout my life. You have taught me so much. Through your music, you have been a constant source of courage, love, wisdom, and inspiration, and although I don't know you personally, you have been one of the most important people in my life. It is impossible to measure what you, more than any other artist in history, have meant to me. Thank you so much. You still have much to offer this world. This is probably the biggest challenge you've ever had. And the words that immediately come to mind are "there's a light in the depths of your darkness". You are in my thoughts and in my prayers. Love, Jim Harlow
Dan, you will be in my thoughts and prayers daily. May the Lord bless you and your family and the medical personnel who are helping you at this time. The Lord is truly good to us all the time, even when we don't understand the why of the situation. We have been blessed with your music for many years. I have followed your career in music since the time you played the piano for your fourth grade class at here in Peoria. God be with you always, Dan. ~ Mrs. Judith Chelin--your fourth grade teacher.
Best wishes from an old fan from the earliest years of your music. My thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. There IS magic every moment. Thank you for the music, and all the beauty you have created.~ Jeff May - Meriden, CT
I would like to send my love and prayers to you and your family. This is a difficult time, but with prayers from all your family and friends and the touch of God's hand, you will recover soon. Keep your positive outlook, it will help you. We thank you for all your wonderful music. ~ Kathy and Al
I was certainly shocked and saddened to hear the news of Dan Fogelberg battling prostate cancer. I certainly hope he overcomes this as my dad and uncle have. Like many others who have been touched by his words and music, it's hard to imagine what my life would have been like had I not discovered him. There is nothing I enjoy more than taking a hike with my Walkman playing his songs. His music and hiking seem to go together so naturally. We've taken a lot of trips together. Not only do I admire Dan Fogelberg for his songs, but I admire his independence. There are not many musical artists who play many instruments on their albums. He is definitely one of a kind, and there will never be another like him. I wish Dan Fogelberg a complete recovery. ~ Eddie Thompson
I think of you often and hope that you are dealing with the challenge and the extradorinary stress that this disease causes. All the best to you, and Godspeed.~ Heather
I've been a loyal fan and sincere admirer for about 30 years and wanted you to know that one of the brightest, most comforting and inspiring threads through my life is your music and its message. I believe that God is always in control and all things work together for good...my hope is that through this time you will celebrate your life and its gift. Looking forward to your next concert tour...I saw you at Red Rocks in about 1996 and in Dallas in 1980....always phenomenal..Sincerely ~Lisa Wilson
Dan, You are indeed amazing, have followed your heart, and inspired many. Your songs encouraged me to learn to follow my heart, see and express life in the moment. Your inspirations are part of me and now I share your music with my teenagers and my husband as we celebrate life and many blessings. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as we offer strength, love and encouragement. This is a tough battle but one you can beat as God listens to those who have songs and stories to share that are a changing force. Your legacy is in our hearts forever. Be well, be strong, and follow your heart holding onto the strength of your family and friends while enjoying every sacred moment. ~ Joanna, Bradenton, Florida
Dan, as I read the other wishes, it doesn't surprise me to learn I am not alone. I, too, began listening to you in 1973... "Part of the Plan" was the first song I heard: I was hooked. It's been my pleasure to travel on your musical journey with you and my comfort to learn from your words and heal with your music. Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us; to express what we could not have said with such beauty. My prayers are with you. ~ Beverly from Houston, Texas
Truly a legacy and inspiration for us all. All the best.
Dan, As a one time wanna-be downhill skier, "There's A Place In The World For A Gambler" struck an immediate personal chord. Failure is simply not to try. I know there are thousands of such chords resounding every day in the hearts of your admirers whom you have touched so personally, my wife Gail and I being only two. We look forward to your presence echoing at Red Rocks for many years to come. God bless you. ~ Chuck and Gail Leary, Kiowa, Colorado
Wish you all the best. Thanks for your music, it's helped me so much. Wish that I could give you back some of the strength your music has given me. ~ Sue
As a fan from "back in the day" (the 70's), my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this trying time - I have faith that you will be fine. Just remember, what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. You have been blessed with a truly special gift, and the ability to say for some of us what we have trouble saying for ourselves. Like another writer expressed, you and Lance are our heroes-my husband will be riding in our state senior Olympics next week. ~ Lisa in Houston
I pray that our Lord will put his healing arms around this most talented man, and heal him so that he may continue to bring happiness to his fans with his incredible talent that God gave him. I will be praying daily for his quick recovering, as well as for his and his family's strength. In Christ's love ~ Melissa Panas,West Haven, CT
Hi Dan and family, My wife and I are sitting here in Pearland, Tx watching you perform on the local PBS station. It is every bit as wonderful as we remember you at one of your shows in Houston. We just dug out our Fogelberg albums and will be listening to them in the days to come. We want you to know we wish the best for you and will keep you and yours in our prayers. We love your gift of music to us. You are truly one of a kind. Sincerely ~Bob and Lisa Newlin, Pearland, Tx
Dan, I discovered you when you released the song "Seeing You Again" with its powerful minor chords that reach down and touch your soul at its innermost depths. During college, I began to teach myself how to play the piano and began writing music. While my musical career never "blossomed" beyond local shows, etc., your music was always a source of inspiration to me. It has been more than 15 years since I spent my days writing music. My life has changed dramatically since then. However, every time I hear your songs on the radio, I am taken back to that time in my life that is very special to me. While you never knew it, you helped me to create music, inspired me to take risks I might not have taken, and calmed me during lonely periods of my life. Thank you so much for that. I, too, join the legions of fans who are praying for your speedy recovery. I have seen you in concert only once in El Paso, TX and I am looking forward to "seeing you again". May God Bless you and your family. ~ Joseph, El Paso, TX
Dear Dan, Long-time fan, concert-goer, etc. Your lyrics and melodies continue to amaze me and get me through tough times. I hope the prayers and good wishes of all your fans can help you through this difficult challenge. At the age of 53, it has slowly dawned on me that it's not about how long this life is, but rather what we do with it. If I knew nothing else about you but your music, it would still tell me that your sensitivity to both the pain and the beauty in even the small things of life must be underpinned by a strong faith...a belief in love above all, which I would call God. May He make the burden lighter, and the journey easy, wherever it leads you.
Thanks for all your music has done to make my journey better. Listening to your music is profoundly calming, but at the same time challenges me to think about all the ramifications of what I do (and fail to do) in all phases of my life...love, profession, family, the world at large. You have been inspirational in my long and continuing spiritual journey. Sometimes I'll hear a song I've had memorized for decades in a new way for some reason, and it moves me all over again. Music is such a force. It can trickle by your ear and your consciousness almost unnoticed, like a nearby stream, or completely inundate you like a crashing wave. I guess, in a way, the music that touches each of us is like refreshment for the soul, as water is refreshment for the body. Yours has been an important part of my life for decades, and I thank you for giving expression to thoughts I couldn't quite describe until you said them. Be well, old friend. ~ Tom Ruckel
Been a fan for a long time! Here's to love, healing, peace for you, Dan. ~ Anita
Dear Dan, I just heard your song "There's a Place in the World for a Gambler" on the Loft on XM Radio, and wanted to let you know that I was thinking of you. I am a long time fan, own a bunch of your records and CDs and have seen yours live show several times. Hope you are doing well with your ongoing cancer treatment, and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Best regards ~ Bill Thompson
Through your beautiful voice and words may they bring you the strength and faith to get through this. We all will be praying for you and your family, remember there is " Magic every Moment"!
Your music has brought me incredible enjoyment for more than three decades. Although raised in Colorado, for the past 15 years I have lived in various parts of the world (Egypt, Argentina, and Scotland). No matter where I was in the world, your songs gave me such pleasure, and a sense of home. You have a wonderful gift of putting experiences of life and nature into melodic words. Words that I identify with; words that touch my heart and soul. nothing would make us all happier than to see you recovered, recording and performing once again!! ~ Patti, Colorado
Dan, As a U of I graduate (1976) you were always a favorite of mine as I was one of the DJ's on WPGU from 74-76. I played the hell out of the Home Free album and when Souvenirs came out it just rocked my world (as I'm sure yours as well). I am so sorry to hear you are ailing and really hope to see you back in Chicago soon. Loved the PBS Soundstage performance. You looked and sounded great. Take care of yourself my Illinois friend. Be Well. Best Regards ~ Bob
When I heard the news of the trouble in your life, my heart skipped a beat. I hope, pray and wish only the best for your recovery. Throughout the years your music has touched many lives, including my own, and I can consider myself fortunate to have met you. All the best to your recovery. ~ Casey
Dan-Bless you and your family and may God give you all the strength and love you will need to get through this.~ Jill
Dan, My thoughts and prayers will be with you. I seen you in Upstate NY over 6 times. It's funny I almost lost count on how many times I seen ya, But I always make a point of attending your concerts for your music and lyrics have meant so much to me. Your last show I seen was with "the band" - at the "Melody Fair" in Buffalo. I have to say, was the best performance I have ever seen you in (besides the one with you and Tim W.) "Crow"- as a band instrumental was the BEST!!! Your solo tours are the greatest. I certainly will miss you this fall, but hope to see you again someday. I will continue my prayers and thoughts for your friends and family too. Hope you have them close and they visit often. Wealthy the spirit that knows its own flight. Stealthy the hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed the traveler who journeys the length of the light. You always share so much thought and gifts with us. Keep the faith and SHINE ON!!! ~ McFred
Dear Dan and family, I saw the PBS program last night featuring Dan, which I luckily chanced upon at the beginning of the show. I went online to see if he was touring and could not believe his message about his illness. I really want to tell you, Dan, if you see this that I admire you and I know that you are probably going through some very tough things. As many people as you have touched, they (and I) are bound to be praying for you and I hope this will comfort you. Cancer is horrible, but the things and people it brings into your life and that of your family will be memorable and with you all forever. I pray for a cure
for you and most of all for no pain or suffering but the ability to have quality time with your loved ones. God bless you all. ~ Jo Ann Johnson
Our prayers include you and hope by the Grace of God that you recover soon. Take care of yourself and your family. May God bless you and yours.
Dear Dan - Many others have said, I have been touched by your music. Your music feels personal and comforting. The lyrics and melodies make us feel that we are not alone; that you, too, have experienced that particular emotion or moment in your life. You have touched more than our hearts and souls, you have touched our minds and made us think. I wish you comfort and prayers and the strength to enjoy your family. ~ Gayle Sherrill
I write this from Colorado, and send it to you with great love. You are a part of me and of this place I call the home of my heart. I wish you renewed health and abundant time to enjoy your true loves. We love you Dan.
Dear Dan.Little did we know while we were falling in love in 1977, we would always play one of your records (now CD's) to bring back all those great feelings 26 years later. We share our hearts, love and prayers with you during your battle with this illness. We have been to many of your performances in Phoenix and Seattle and hold out for another "Summer Nights at the Pier" performance in our future. We're keeping you and your family in our prayers for the strength to battle through this and faith that God will heal you quickly! All our love ~ Chuck and Barb
Dear Mr. Fogelberg - We call it the "C" word at my house, I guess we don't like the sound of the word cancer. You see my daughter Katie Mae was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 14 she fought a good fight, the most courageous little sh*t I'd ever seen. She's 23 today and expecting her first child in Feb of 05. She is a cancer survivor. My wife Roxi was diagnosed with breast cancer in Jan of 04 and she fought and is still fighting this monster they call cancer, but is doing very well. Both my ladies are cancer survivors thanks to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minn. Mr. Fogelberg Keep fighting this monster with everything you got and you will win. You sir are an American gift with your beautiful songs, we have been fans for 30 years, have been to many of your concerts and look forward to seeing you in the future. Thank You. ~ The Murphy's- Sioux City IA
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I've loved your music for 25 years. It helped me romance many a woman. Get well quick.
Hello Dan: I've been listening to your music since the late 70's. Been a fan for a long time. I'm sorry to hear about your illness and hope this finds you and your family in good spirits and on the road to recovery. ~ Glenn J Clawson, Eaton Rapids, Michigan USA
Dan and family - My family and I send our love and prayers to you at this time! I went to see Bernie Leadon in Cleveland Yesterday and he mentioned that you had prostate cancer, and for all of us to keep you in our hearts! I am a huge fan dating back to the early Seventies! I had seen you several times over the years, Kent State U. where you opened for the Eagles on the 5th anniversary of the Kent State shootings (1975) with Fools Gold. Also at Blossom Music center in Cuyahoga Falls, The Coliseum in Richfield,Ohio. My wife Jennifer and my two daughters Amy (16) and Alison (13) have grown up listening to you on vacations, trips, Camping etc.We especially love your ballads about Maine, the Sea, and nature. May the Lord bless you, and get well soon so we can enjoy another great concert! Kind Regards ~ Steve Helmar
Dan, your wonderful music has been a part of my life for so many years. Your essence and soul shine through in every song you write/perform. It is difficult to express how the news of your illness has touched me. Please know I am thinking of you and wishing you and your wife the best. Much love ~ Janet L. Pearson (Illinois)
Dan, Just know that this heart joins with countless others in sending you healing love. I thank you for the gift of your music. If just a tiny fraction of the joy you have given returns to you now, I believe you will feel an overwhelming love that washes away all pain, doubt and fear. Your soul has more songs to sing. We need to hear them. ~ Bob Cady, Vermont
I hope your prognosis continues to improve and that you are soon out there performing again, as we need great singer/songwriters/performers such as you. Best Wishes and Get Well Soon. ~ Patrick B. Vick
Hey Dan, Just heard the news! I thought to myself there is no way, not Dan Fogelberg. As you see, Dan, by the response of all the friends you have that you truly are loved. Songs of love are what you've given all of us to share. I remember 20 or so years ago you said that you would like to have the respect of all people. Seems to me Dan you are there. You have comforted us in times of sorrow with your songs of love and now hopefully the creator spirit will hear our hearts sing out for you. You are truly a voice for peace and a light for so many that have walked in darkness. In a world filled with so much madness we are all looking for a superman to get us back on the right road. GET WELL SOON DAN! It seems to me that you are our superman. Your friend ~ Leon
Our prayers are with you. We thank God for the joy you have brought us through the years with your incredible music. ~ Marylyn
Wishing you all of God's Blessings and best of luck in winning the battle..Best Wishes for a speedy recovery...~ June & El
Dear Dan - I was shocked to hear of your diagnosis. My brother and I have been influenced and continue to be influenced be your music for the past twenty five years. I am sending best wishes and good thoughts for a good and speedy recovery. God willing for your return to good health and for you to continue to fill the world with thought provoking music. Love and best Wishes ~ Lynn-Marie Clarkson, Liverpool England
Dear Dan, I was very saddened to hear of your illness, and I pray for your return to full health. I look forward to the day when I can once again shake your hand, like I did one cold November evening long ago (post-concert) behind the Northrop Auditorium in Mpls. I wanted you to know what your life and music has meant to me. In the mid-'70's I was first introduced to your music, and if it hadn't been for you, I would have never made it through my teenage years living with an alcoholic, abusive father, a mother who felt that she couldn't leave, and my 6 brothers and sisters. I could always turn to your calming, uplifting music & lyrics, or your rockin' tunes to help me see the big picture and to understand that there was another life for me "out there". Thank you for giving me HOPE. I would like to return it to YOU now. I hope and pray that you will find the strength to fight this illness and become well again. Best wishes ~ Karen in Minnesota
Dear Dan: Home Free has remained my favorite album of yours since 1972. A friend brought it from New Orleans to Atlanta and we listened to it over and over. I remember calling the radio stations to request 'To the Morning" and they'd say, "Who?" I also remember being very indignant but secretly happy knowing that I'd "met" you first! My parents would not let me drive through downtown ATL to go to the Great Southeast Music Hall to see you as I was only barely 16, so my Dad took me and I arrived at least an hour early (Dad stayed outside). I browsed the gift shop there and discovered "Souvenirs". The cashier there GAVE me the album. I sat cross legged right up front while you strummed your guitar. It was as if you were playing just for me!! Don't you remember me? I passed you in the hallway on the way to the ladies room!!??? I am 47 now and I know many cancer survivors and I know you will be another. Stay strong and we'll see you next year!! Love ~ Laura in ATL
Thanks Dan for all the wonderful music. I awoke to a PBS special featuring you and your band on a series called Sound Stage. I have not been privileged to attend one of your shows in person but this was the next best thing. I really enjoyed the show. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Fight the good fight. ~ Bill Mohler
Dear Dan, Your fans are praying for you, and you are in our thoughts. We Love You!!!!!!! ~ EDL
To Dan and Family: I had the wonderful pleasure of seeing you perform in Buffalo in June 03 after many years of enjoying your spectacular music since I was a child. I'm a cancer survivor and my thoughts and prayers are with you in your courageous battle. I'm looking forward to seeing you again when you get back on the road. Thank you for your music, which always brings me fond memories of my teenage years. God Bless You ~ Susan in PA
Dan-Thanks for all the great songs-they've meant a lot to myself and millions of others over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. When you're better, perhaps the opportunity will present itself so that I'll be able to sing a few of my songs for you-the least I can do in return for all of the pleasure your music has brought me. Thanks, again. May the Creator keep you and yours close and make His face to shine upon you. ~ Robert Spalding
Dan - I wish you all the best and continued good health. Please know that your fans are thinking of you at this time and we are keeping you in our prayers. ~ Carol Curtis, Stafford, VA
My prayers go with you. You have enriched my life, and I am grateful. ~ Bill Jones, Jacksonville, FL
Dear Dan - I hope this message actually finds you but I know it is only one among many. I am a 49-year-old male, living behind the Orange Curtain (in Orange County, CA) and for all of my adult life I've made an absolutely modest living as a singer-songwriter. A household word ... in my own house.Legend in my own mind, rumor in my own room! Anyway, I first ran across "Home Free" a couple years after its release when we were both younger men and I'm afraid my first thought was negative: "Ah crap, this guy is doing everything I want to do and doing it better than I'll ever do it. I should go sell shoes." Whether it was bravery or foolishness, the footwear industry went on without me and it has been my honor to write and sing my way through life. You have inspired and mentored me as a performing songwriter and provided the soundtrack to most of the seasons of my life. I wish you well in this time, please know you are remembered in prayer. One of the major themes of my own life has been that the "right thing usually happens the wrong way" ... which means that God has a funny way of bringing goodness and light out of things that are, perhaps, unfair or ought not to be in the first place. I do not mean this as an offense or as cheap greeting card language ... I simply trust that such a hope will be sustaining and of comfort. Sincerely ~ Bob Bennett
Dear Dan, Like so many others, I have been a fan for years. Your songs have touched my soul. I pray for your complete recovery and look forward to seeing you perform again soon. Thank you for the beautiful music you have given us. ~ Phyllis Wessler-Brownson
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you battle with cancer. My mom died of a cancer, so I understand how you and your loved ones surely feel. However, continue your progress, kick it and go on with more great and moving music. I have been an avid fan for years. Your talents never cease to amaze me! Write, arrange, produce, perform(all instruments),tour, etc.,etc., etc., WOW! Your lyrics/music have influenced my music for three decades now! Thanks! And as a former high school choral director, I always tried to use some of your songs in my programs. I am looking forward to a return performance in "Old Tennessee". May the Creator continue to touch and bless you! ~ Martin D. Gibson
Sincerest best wishes for a full and lasting recovery. Our thoughts are with you ~ Mick and Connie in Barcelona
I rarely go online, except to check my e-mail. I'd been to DF's site, and bookmarked it. Tonite, however, for reasons unbeknown to myself, I scrolled all my favorite places, dozens and dozens of them, and stopped at DF's site... where I learned about his recently diagnosed cancer. I've been a "Dan fan" since my early 20's, when I first listened to Home Free... and every album since that time... I'm 45 now, am a fan of all kinds of music, and to this day, there has never been another singer/songwriter that has, emotionally "moved" me, inspired me, and expressed things that I was feeling in my heart, but unable to say them in words, but YOU - Dan, did that for me. Your music, to me, is "poetry with music in the background". The album High Country Snows, brought my relationship with my father to a higher common place... Dad's love for country/bluegrass, and mine for "Dan's stories/poetry". I can't begin to thank-you, Dan, for all that you have touched in my life, and I wish you a heartfelt recovery, my prayers are with you and your family, as I know in my heart, (and being a registered nurse), that you will reach the top of the mountain that you climb, you will get well, there's more poetry you need to share with the world... My prayers are with you, God Bless... ~ Karen Barlow, Jacksonville, FL.
Dear Dan, Your music pretty much got me through the 80's. I don't know how to express what a huge part your music played in keeping me sane. I was a single mom, two great kids, no money, no time, lots of worries. I escaped some of the worries and soothed my soul with your music. My stereo was on almost continuously. My kids have teased me because they know the words to all of your songs. Your songs just "hit me where I lived", so to speak. I could dance around and sing along and just let go... or I could just kick back and let your music run through my soul and heal me. I could go on and on. Thank you. Your music is wonderful therapy. I hope you are doing well and will have a complete and speedy return to good health and happiness. ~ Debbie - Larkspur, Colorado
Dear Jean - You are in my heart and on my mind today. The difficulty of seeing the love of your life go through something like this must be worse than going through it yourself in some ways. I am praying for you - for strength and encouragement, that your hope will not falter, and that your arms will be a haven of peace for Dan. The prayers and positive wishes of so many have formed a hedge of protection and a fortress of strength around you both. Take heart in this and feel joyful for you are in God's mighty hand."...The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." -- James 5:16 ~ A Longtime Fan of Your Husband and a humble believer in Jesus Christ
You are in my thoughts Dan and I wish you a speedy and lasting recovery. ~ Darryl MacDonald, Ontario, Canada.
Hi Dan ~ My sister and I have been listening to your music since your first album was released many moons ago. Your new CD, "Full Circle" is great. We hope you are doing better and our prayers are with you. Please keep your spirits high and your faith strong. ~ Lisa & Jen, Kansas City
Dan, I am sending this message to let you know that my 8 year-old daughter has heard 'Full Circle' so many times now that you should hear her sing 'This Heart'! She has got this voice that comes right from her belly and while I was driving in an awful traffic jam as usual, I got a good laugh. She goes something like this, "I was walkin down a one-way street, just waiting to be fed' LOL. I showed this message to her before I sent it to you and she said to tell you that "she hopes you feel better and on your next recording, she hopes you do very well." Love, Hannah. She is also the artist of the family. Normally she doesn't like anything mom likes, but she loves your music. ~ Cindy Fabian
I've listened to your music for 25 years now. I never tire of it. I'm in the medical field and enjoy helping others. Though, I can say your music has been therapic for me in my worst times. I just listened "Changing Horses" and "Nether Lands" and think how they uplift me and make me feel like I'm not alone facing the hard times in life. You and your family be in my thoughts and prays. Thank you for all the happiness your music has brought into my life. ~ Linda
"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear." (Mark Twain)
Praying for you as you face this challenge, that you receive what you have given so many times through your music....Courage, faith, hope and love!!!!! Sincerely ~ Mary Anne J. /Sandusky, Ohio
Dan, I am wishing every success on your recovery from this disease. Your lyrics have been a story to me since I heard "Leader of the Band", a glowing tribute to your father. Let our prayers be with you and God bless you. ~ Richard and Christine, Telford, Shropshire, United Kingdom
Dan - You've helped me through so many low points in my life. You saved my life with your music. I will pray for you now, to help you through-be healthy. love, your greatest fan. ~ Mary, Madison, NJ
Dear Dan & Family, I am sure many people have told you that your music has been a constant thread in the tapestry of their lives. Trust me, it has for me and I would not be the person I am today if not for your beautiful thoughts expressed so spiritually in song. Know that many prayers and petitions are being sent to God in your behalf and remember Jeremiah 29:11, perhaps the greatest promise God gives us. Thank you for keeping the faith and continually pouring yourself out in your music. You will probably never know the lives you have touched or the souls you has spoken for. ~ Leanna
Dan---We have enjoyed your music for so many years, and will continue to do so for many years to come! Our support and love go out to you and your family as you undergo your cancer treatment. We (7 of us who sing and play) are holding a concert to benefit the American Cancer Society this weekend---Oct 22 and 23rd -- in Belvidere, IL....and we will be paying tribute to YOU! An evening of the music of Dan Fogelberg. We are very excited and looking forward to 2 great shows! All the monies raised will go to ACS. Blessings to you and your family, Dan.........The members of Holmes Productions
Dan, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I saw you perform in Buffalo last year and was overwhelmed with the beauty of your music. You're moving and insightful lyrics played to your beautiful and at times haunting melodies have moved, inspired, relaxed and uplifted me for years. You are an incredible and gifted musician but you are equally gifted as a poet and perhaps that marvelous combination is what makes your music such a gift. Thank you for so many years of your music and sharing your gift with all of us. I look forward to seeing you again in concert soon. ~ Brian in PA
Best wishes for a speedy recovery! ~ Jeff
Dearest Dan - find a tear in my eye, and my heart so very sad at hearing the news of your illness. You can not know the many precious ways your words and music have touched my life. I am a poet, when I was younger your music helped cultivate that part of my spirit, and I am beginning to be published. I have not accomplished a great deal in my life, but my poetry is my blessing, and I don't say this lightly, you inspire me even today. If I want to court the muse, I often listen to your music. Not to mention the hard moments in life your music has softened for me. I will pray Jesus soften this hard moment in your life, Dan. I am strong believer in the power of God, in healing power of Christ. I know your love nature and you know fully its power, the God of our creation is not limited in majesty, vitality, or healing. Tap into his loving spirit, Dan, you are in my prayers, and always in my heart. ~ Kristin Ryling
Dan, thank you for all of your wonderful music. I know that you are in God's hands and await the cure that I know God has in store for you. Keep the faith and we will all continue our prayers for you and your family....God loves you and so do we. ~ Carolyn Mitschke
Dan - I was alarmed and saddened to hear of your illness. It is as though a member of my own family is ill, as your music has been a part of my life for 30 years and I have always felt some sort of kinship with you as I am a 45 year old Illinois boy who, like you, loves the west, Native American culture, art, and of course, very personal acoustic music. "Along the road" has always been a particular favorite of mine, and your own penned line "Through it all, a heart held humble, levels and lights your way" has occured to me after hearing of your illness and seems a most fitting wish for you to sustain you through the storm. You have touched the lives of many of my closest friends and, through the years, my wife and I have seen you a number of times. Thanks for the gifts you have given. I'm a psychologist by career and have nothing but gratitude for the ways your music and lyrics have brightened my own and many, many lives! You are in my thoughts and prayers. ~Mark
I just happened to see you were to be in Greensburgh Pa. while I was visiting, I immediately started the process to get tickets to see you as it has been years of yearning to see you in concert again. The last time was in the late 70's at Youngstown State University. I believe Twin Sons of Different Mothers has just come out, because I remember someone else with you. Was his name Tim? I am sorry to see you are having some health problems. Take care of yourself! You have had a special place in my heart for the last 25 years. I 'm still a faithful listener to my old cassette tapes. My favorite you ask? "Leader of the Band". Get Better soon. I'll be watching for a concert in my area! ~ Virginia
Dan, long before the advent of the internet as a way to share, I met someone in New Jersey because of a phone business connection, back in about 1979. The relationship with him did not persevere, but he gave me an Easter gift which was your "Captured Angel" album...yes, before the days of CD's. I had never heard of you before, but at that point my relationship with you and your music has never ended. It has touched my heart and soul and is one of the bonds I have with my sister. I have seen you in concert in Omaha and Minneapolis and will never forget the show where we were in the 2nd row at the Orpheum. What an experience and I am sure you know the joy you bring. As you battle to regain your health, my prayers and thoughts go with you. As for your music, it lives on forever. Peace ~ Alison
Dear Danny, I hope treatments are going well. Hang in there! Been thinking and praying for you alot lately. Dug out "Portrait" the other day. Enjoyable as ever. Thank you for the music. Get well, my friend. Too many of us need you to stick awhile. Peace. ~ Marty O
Dan - We just wanted to let you know that you have another group of fans thinking about you. My wife and I host an acoustic house concert series here at Belton Lake, Texas, and have fashioned our series around the truly great American singer-songwriters like yourself. In fact, your music has been on our house playlist since our first show... we have never forgotten about you over the years... such sweet memories! Your music and life are an inspiration to us and to countless aspiring performers. Here's to your health and to the music yet to come! ~ Brian and Janna Alford
I've never written to any celebrities before, but I felt compelled to write this note to Dan. I've always wanted to thank him for all the beautiful music he's given the world over the years. I lost my father earlier this year, and it's taught me not to put things off - to not put off saying kind things to those who mean something to you and who've touched you. Dan has touched me with his music over the years beginning with "Home Free" & songs like "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" - they were my favorites. Thank you Dan! Sending you and your family best wishes and prayers for your complete recovery.
Dan - I don't know what I can say that hasn't already been expressed so beautifully here from so many admirers, but you can add me to the long list of people who have connected with your music and hoped to meet you one day. Thank you for, well, being you and sharing your gift with the world. Sending you positive thoughts, it will be alright. ~ Candis Fugitt, Houston, TX
Dearest Dan, You have been in my heart and thoughts since I heard of your condition this summer. As so many have said, you have also touched my life and heart in more ways than words can express. I have turned my whole family including elderly parents on to you and your music over the last 25+ years and have been blessed to see you perform on many occasions. I always felt like I was your biggest fan and that your songs spoke directly to me. Your words hold such a special place, and have been with me through all my life's experiences, you truly will never know. May you be blessed with peace, hope and strength on your journey back to health. I am praying for you. ~ Glorianne, Simi Valley, CA
Get up off your ass Dan..and get better....Looking forward to a lot of great music in the future from you.~ Rob Moynes, Ottawa Canada
Dear Dan ~ It is with much sadness and heartfelt sorrow that I greet the news of your illness. I only hope that see the outpourings from the many people that your outstanding music has touched will provide solace for you in your time of need. Like so many others whom have responded I too could not imagine my life without your music. My life's memories are full of your music and I enjoy listening to it as much today (if not more so) than I did when I first heard it. Your talents have spread far and wide - my friends and I in Australia wish you a speedy recovery and hope that one day, like that other talented yank - Mark Twain, will one day make it down under for a concert. Get well soon. Adrian Treahy, Sydney Australia.
Dan - I was saddened to learn of your illness today. As so many others have written, your music has helped me through some very difficult times in my life- especially the "teenage years" in the late 70's. A friend introduced me to your music- the Nether Lands album and I have been a huge fan ever since. I've seen you in concert at least a dozen times in the past 25 years. I even got to meet you backstage once- what a thrill! I am so glad to see all of the postings on your website- people trying to give back a little bit of what you've given to them. I hope that it brings you some sense of peace and comfort to know the lives that you've touched. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Jayne, Cincinnati
Dear Dan, The news of your health deeply saddens me, and my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time! As you have heard, no doubt millions of times, I've been a fan since college, and my life since has been greatly influenced by your music. My children, grown now, will also (begrudgingly at times) admit the same! It's hard to express how very profound your words are, but hopefully you know just how much you mean to all of us who love you and so very much appreciate your gift. Thank you for the music, and get healthy! =o) ~ Chelle, Redding, Ca
Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time.Get well soon. ~ Breni
I had not listened to the Captured Angel album in a very long time. I put it on the other day and the lyrics “You gotta go slow below the surface and easy through the waves” got me through a lot of hard times….so many of your lyricsdid…because you are such a prolific writer. I hope you re-read some of your own songs…so much good life advice. ”Once in a vision, I came on some woods, and stood at a fork in the road…my choices were clear, though I froze with the fear, of not knowing which way to go…one road was simple acceptance of life, the other road offered sweet peace…when I made my decision, my vision became my release.” I have quoted that to so many friends in the past….Keep the faith ~ Nancy Levine, Edison NJ
From one who has been blessed by your music since "Home Free" days, I wish for you strength as you take this journey. Please know that many, many of us are carrying you in our prayers as you carried us during difficult times through your songs. THANK YOU! ~ Debra Frank
What a difference a few decades makes. I've been an avid fan since the Nether Lands album.. in fact, I still play it daily! I wish you and your family strength, hope and love during this time and look forward to seeing you again! ~ Sue/GraWolfe
Dan, Growing up as a kid in Pekin in the 70's (and an oboe player at PCHS right after your Dad retired), I've listened to your albums countless times. They brought solace when my heart was troubled or broken, and they brought hope for a sunnier day. I hope in return that you receive solace and more importantly blessings for a quick recovery. I look forward to seeing you on the road somewhere next year, as I'd certainly like my 5-year old son to share in the great music you've written and shared over the past 30 years! ~ Rod Smith, San Jose, CA
Dan: Your music has been a part of my life for most of my life. I have seen you in concert several times here in Indiana and I have most of your precious songs in my music library. The thoughts and prayers of my family will be with you as you battle your tragic illness...Sincerely ~ Michael, Connor and Jace French...Jasonville, Indiana
I, too, was very saddened at the news of your illness. You have truly brought me endless hours of comfort and pure pleasure with your music. I have often said that if I could listen to only one artist it would be you. I never tire of the music or lyrics. I will be praying for your full recovery and hopefully lots of new music. You have been blessed with your talent and I believe have been a good steward of that talent. May your recovery be gentle and quick. ~ Donna Pennington, Southwest Virginia
I'm very sorry to hear of your illness, and my thoughts and prayers will be with you. I was diagnosed around this time last year, and had surgery in Houston 6 months ago. It's a very frightening thing to go through. I now am cancer free, feeling close to normal, and will hope that the outcome is the same for you. With all of your fans on your side hoping the best for you, I know that you'll be O.K. It's an ordeal that you can make it through, and we're all supporting you. Best wishes for recovery ~ Dave Mc in Denver
Dear Dan, As I prepare to turn 50 (tomorrow) I just recently realized that you have been the single most significant musical influence in my life. Having grown up with the Beatles I had naturally assumed otherwise. It suddenly dawned on me that when I pick up my Martin guitar more than half of what I regularly play is one of yours (Make Love Stay, Snowfall, Leader, Believe, These Days, Last Nail, Once in Love, etc). I've spent the last 30 years trying to duplicate your style and sound. I bought my first stereo speakers based on how the Souvenirs album sounded. My 6 CD changer generally has 3 or more of yours in it. You have been a great blessing to me and my wife and I wish you all God's blessings and comfort. ~ Kim Morphis, Choctaw, OK.
Your music has been my faithful friend for well over 20 years. To this day I listen to the words of someone who has seemed to know my every thought and feeling at any given time. I remember once when you gave a concert in Hartford CT at the Civic Center (just you and the grand piano,) I personally arranged a floral piece of 72 red roses and even delivered it myself. I had never been inspired to do anything like that before I fell in love with your talents and I've never been moved enough to do it since. My heartfelt thoughts are prayers are with you and your wife during this time of hardship. God will keep his love surrounding you and your family. You have spent so much of yourself letting people into your heart and soul with your all encompassing music. Your touching tributes to lost love and undiscovered love have often carried me through the hardest times. For this gift you give, I would like to say thank you and I love you . . . my friend.~ Nancianne Marie Chastain
To Dan and family - My prayers and best wishes are with you. Dan, thank you so much for sharing your tremendous gift with us all these years. ~ Don McGee, WFUV, New York
From a Downunder fan . . . Your music was introduced to me via a good friend many years ago. Music that is uplifting, inspiring, introspective, and, well, just plain honesty from the heart. In my small way, I send my wishes to you and your family. Find the strength to battle this and make a swift recovery. An Australian fan ~Keir
As I sit here watching the Sound Stage special you did for PBS, my heart hurts. I have loved your music for SO long and I'm selfish enough to want it to go on forever. Your music has healed me so often and I want you to be well and to be able to keep making that beautiful music. Keep your spirits up, fight the good fight, and know that you and Jean are in my prayers. I look forward to your next concert! ~ Eva, New Market, Maryland
Dan, My husband turned me on to your music 10 years ago. Your sensitivity to emotional issues is apparent in your lyrics. I know your songs have touched countless lives. They have the ability to reach to the depths of the soul and put into words that which we could not verbalize. You speak for us. You have a talent reserved only for a precious few. The world is a much better place for having you in it. We will keep you in our prayers for a speedy recovery. ~ Deanna S.
Dan, We all have burdens to bear and I am so sorry that this is yours. My thoughts are with you and I pray that you will get through this. Whenever I am in a “Dan Mood” there is no telling which CD(s) I will pick. I can remember when I purchased each one and the first time that I listened to it (over and over again!). You and Carly Simon are the only artists that have stayed with me for the past 25+ years almost without fail. Stay strong and stay true-yours is one of the few voices that transcends all the yuck out here ~ Amy-Fort Worth, TX
My thoughts, prayers and positive energies are coming your way. Hang in there.....you can beat this. ~ Wendy Larson,Oncology Medical Technologist, Cedar Rapids, IA
Dan, I'm a musician, not like you I'm sure. However, it's your ability to play so many instruments that have inspired me to learn to play almost all stringed instruments. Took piano lessons at age 36. Took the sheet music to the instructor for "Hearts in Decline" to be sure he could teach me what I wanted to learn. He played it. I took lessons. My opinion is, you're the MOZART of our generation. Hang tough ... You've got more music to create.Coming "FULL CIRCLE" just means you have a 2nd circle to begin. ~ Mike Davey - TN.
Don't lose heart, don't lose heart
Though it feels like yours will fall apart
Just remember when the road gets dark
I will always be beside you
Love and Thoughts ~ Dorothy Cordova, Pennsylvania
Dear Dan - Hang in there. Sickness can be such a rough ride, but hold on for dear life and keep your seat. Belated congratulations on your marriage to Jean--she is beautiful and love shines from both of you. Take care...~ Ginny from Western MD
Your music continues to inspire us. May the thought of new music continue to inspire you. God bless! ~ May, Sue & Charlie, Rochester, MI
Dear Dan, I was looking on the internet today and found your website. Not being very familiar with your music I was looking for information about CDs, etc. I have only one of your CDs, "The Very Best of Dan Fogelberg" which I bought in April for the song, "Leader of the Band". My brother died suddenly and unexpectedly this April. In addition to his day job he played in a band. When we were making the funeral arrangements, and trying to decide what music to include in the service, the singer from his band said he'd like to sing "Leader of the Band" because my brother was the leader of their band. I must admit it wasn't a song I was familiar with but it is a song now that instantly brings my brother to mind. Some days I can listen to it and other days it's too painful but it is a song that will always stay in my heart. I was very sorry to hear about your illness and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.~ Bev
Hello Dan! I am a "new " fan after discovering your talents, I was informed that you aren't feeling well ! I know you are strong and I am looking forward to my first Dan Fogelberg concert !!!! Get well for yourself and for your family. Your fans (who are your extended family) are waiting in the wings ! Take care of YOU first. We will be here when you need us! ~ Doug G. Wellesley, MA
I was just browsing Ticketmaster and was exited to see your concert was listed and then to see that it was canceled I was disappointed. I then looked up your website to find that you where ill. Please accept my most encouraging thoughts for a quick and full recovery. Your music has been a touchstone for my siblings and I. To listen to " Same Old Lang Syne" brings us to a place of warmth and calm of a time long ago in our youth that only we share. Thank you for your music. Again, Get Well Soon! ~ Judy McDevitt
I just happened to be channel surfing the other night and came across your Soundstage performance. At first I didn't realize who it was (I don't remember ever seeing you without a beard) but as soon as I heard the first chord and you began to sing I knew immediately. As I listened to every song, memories rushed through me-some good, some bad. Your music, vocals and especially your lyrics have always been so profound---yet calming. Although I currently suffer with chronic pain, that hour of your music made me relax and feel much better than any medicine. My prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. Nobody sings it better than you. ~ Pam Webb, Hellam, PA
Dear Dan, You have been a huge inspiration to me during my humble 'part-time' musical career. I saw you for the first time at Symphony Hall in Boston in the Spring of '75. You were warming up (but, in my opinion, outshined) the Eagles. You were awesome then, now and will remain awesome in the future. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God puts many obstacles in our way that we must overcome with faith. This is just 'part of the plan'. Have faith. God Bless ~ Buzz Tremblay, Vernon, CT
Dan, I have been a fan for over 30 years, years I cannot imagine without your music. You are a true talent...a poet and an inspiration.Do what you must to beat this and get well, the true fans will wait for your return to the stage...we are already better for your music. Best wishes and good luck. ~ D.J.Evans
Dear Dan, For many years I have put you in my past. Too painful were my memories of my youth. I had your songs in my first wedding. "Looking For A Lady" and "There's A Place In The World For A Gambler".My family thought I was nuts for these two songs, but I guess we all gamble on our future.My marriage lasted six years and like the marriage I put my past behind. I have been married 11 years now to a wonderful man from Athens Greece, but I still remember my best friend "Possum", playing all your wonderful songs in the corn field, as we drank wine and looked at the stars.I have a form of Lupus, recently discovered and am on Coumadin and lucky to be here and I must have known beforehand, because I started listening to my old favorites and trying to get in touch with everyone in my past to say I was sorry for anything I had done.I just wanted to say I hope you are well soon and thank you for being a part of my youth that youths today will never know. Best wishes for a speedy recovery ~ Carmen L. Skeparnis
Dear Dan, Your music for about twenty years has brought so much pleasure, and at times comfort, to me. Fogelberg music is my favorite and I have tried to make one of your concerts a yearly event. I was heart broken when I learned of your illness. For several weeks I could not even listen to my CD's because it made me so sad. Your music being silenced for even a a short time was unthinkable. I hated you were having to deal with cancer and uncertainty and I was angry at the disease for robbing me of the joy your music had always given me. It was like a grieving process. I came to realized I was robbing myself of that joy and that it was not a very good way to honor the man whose music had meant so much to me. I was helpless to do anything about your situation, but I felt something positive had to happen as a result of it. So, I started waging my own little war against prostate cancer. I wrote to all my family, friends, and acquaintances about the importance of early detection, PSA testing, and early treatment. I wrote letters to the editors of several area newspapers with this information and passed out information to coworkers and church members. My Sunday School class sponsors a food festival each year that raises several thousand dollars for The American Caner Society. Next week I will be one of the food vendors at this event and sponsoring my booth in honor of you. A good friend who had prostate cancer last year (it was detected early and he is doing great now) and I will also have an information table about cancer with a focus on prostate cancer. We will also have an information table next May at the Relay For Life event I am in hopes that at least one life can be saved or one man can avoid a more radical course of treatment because of these efforts. Anyone reading this is a fan of yours and I hope he or she will join me in promoting prostate cancer awareness. There are a lot of us and together we can make a difference. I am praying, as are so many others, Dan, that you will win your personal war against this disease. ~ Linda Bradner, Charlotte Court House, VA
Dan, So many have said it better than I will, but please know that your soul, your words and your velvet hands on the keyboard and neck of the guitar have inspired and buoyed me for 10s of years. It's no surprise that I play just 2 instruments: guitar and piano. After I saw you on the piano at Kings Island in Cincinnati maybe 16 years ago, I returned to the piano and still play mostly your music. "Nether Lands" will always be my favorite.
Now that I live much closer to Nederland, Colo., I've relished my seats at your concerts at Red Rocks (where we met wonderful, talented and loving Jean!) and The Paramount. Your concert last year again touched me so much that I bought a digital piano to play your music in new and different ways. How blessed I am to have your music and your influence in my life, Dan! I'll never be able to thank you for that, Dan. I can't wait to get Full Circle music to play! But right now, I wish for you and Jean the strength, belief and total faith that your full health will again be yours very soon. I KNOW IT! I cannot wait for your next visit to Red Rocks. What a joy that will be! Love, smiles and hastened health to you! ~ Cherie Orwig, Denver, Colorado
Dan, we have been fans of yours from the beginning, we wish you the best of luck in your fight against cancer. We look forward and wait patiently for your next album.
May your healing be swift and complete and may the love you have given to so many be returned a thousand fold. I'm sending prayers for you and to your family during this time of the great faith. May it be so. ~ Alyssa
Dan, Please accept my well wishes for a most speedy recovery. It is my hope that you can turn to some of your own lyrics to help inspire and lift your spirits. I start each day with "To the Morning" and "Wysteria". I have been a long, long time fan and await new music/messages from you when you are well. There is no other place to go but up from here. Sincerely ~ Chris S.
" When you are very tired and weary, hold steady. This is the time when the tide turns and something speaks to your heart, even though it seems nothing has changed. Something moves near the surface of the mind and spirit just enough to lift the heart. It is not enough to make you shout, but it is enough to sit up straight. It begins so slowly that you think you just imagined it or that it was wishful thinking. No, don't let anything tell you it isn't real. Begin to give thanks, to rejoice in your heart. Begin to smile, even through tears. Begin to relax and breathe more easily. The change may not come in one big sweep, but it will come if you are expecting it. Weariness will ebb and hope will return -- all because you dared to let it happen." Hang in there Dan, you are going to win this battle. God's blessed you.
Dear Dan, Although I've posted a message before I feel I have to share some thoughts from this side of the Atlantic. Over the years I have had great difficulty obtaining your music in England and my life's ambition has been to see you in concert. I hope this will come true in the future. For now think about every day and what each new day brings. Life is for living, and whether it be the smile of a child or the smile of a mother, brother, sister, father, husband or wife Life is for the living. Fight every day against this disease and always remember on the shore line the horizon is seven and a half miles away. When you get there, a further seven and a half miles, there is always another horizon. Love and Best wishes for a speedy recovery ~ Lynn-Marie Clarkson, Liverpool England
Our heartfelt wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery are with you and your family. Your music has touched our hearts and our souls for the past thirty years. May God bless you. ~ Tony & Cindy
Dan, Your songs have been an inspiration to me for the last 25 years. I started listening to you in high school and have always felt touched deeply by your music. I have seen you in concert many times and have always noticed that the people in your audiences have all been touched by your music by the way they sing along with you and know every word and listen so intently. The first time I saw you was in an outdoor concert. I had been wanting to see you for so long....and it rained cats and dogs. I sat there with my umbrella watching you and still loving every minute. When I heard of your illness I felt it in my heart. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers and sending only good thoughts your way. ~ Alicia Harvey
Dear Dan, I have felt your strong convictions in your haunting lyrics. You have strength you will need to beat this. I wish you a speedy recovery! Your admiring fan. Always ~ E.B.
Dear Dan, Thank you for the years of wonderful music that you have shared with us thus far. I was fortunate to have a sister that enjoyed your music so much that she insisted on sharing it with her Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stone listening brother. I am gratetful to her. I fell in love with it almost immediately. I have been an avid fan ever since. Most music is there simply to entertain. I have never felt simply entertained by your songs, I have always felt moved and touched by your lyrics and music. I am thankful for the heart and soul that you put into your music. I have been blessed to have seen you in concert several times and I look forward to seeing you again sometime very soon. We will be praying for you and your family. May God bless you in a speedy recovery. ~ Eric
I have listened and played along with everything from the beginning, and loved every minute of it. At this age, I have several good friends who have had their bouts with cancer. Some fight hard and win, others not. Luckily the winners outnumber the losers. Information and support are your weapons against this scourge. Never surrender, savor every day and live life as it was meant to be. Good luck from the bottom of my heart. ~ Mike
Dan, I hope that your recovery is quick and complete! I have been listening to your music since my brother-in-law (and previously college roomate at LSU) introduced me to "Part of the Plan" back in the late 70's. I am a guitar picker that plays by ear and have picked out most of the songs from your early albums, and I still play your songs all the time for my own entertainment. I just wanted to say thanks for the wonderful music that has inspired me and kept me going all these years. I have you in my prayers and look forward to seeing you perform in New Orleans or Baton Rouge. (Remember, no Turtle Soup when you perform in N.O.). Good luck! Godspeed! ~ Greg Leumas
Dear Dan and family - I watched your show on PBS the other night. So enjoyed it. "Leader Of The Band" brought tears to my eyes. My husband and I fell in love at one of your concerts and we just had our 19th wedding Anniversary on the 23rd. I hope you are doing well. You are in my prayers. God Bless ~ Ali Eidsmore, a fan in Maryland for many years.
I truly enjoy your music ~ Julie
You have been a parallel mirror to me since you began recording, thank you. May you find peace during this time and know you are loved by many. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family for a speedy recovery. A long time fan ~ Anne Yasenchak
Hey Dan, I want to add my own best wishes and prayers for your successful recovery and to just let you know that at age 46 and a songwriter/musician myself, I feel like it is YOU who have been the "Leader of the Band" for ME. Thank you for these many, many years of fantastic shared experiences, and may you and your family be blessed for many more years to come. ~ John Dandrea
Dan, I love your music. Your music has inspired me many times over...my heart and mind and prayers go out to the finest musician ever....I hope and pray that God will lift that healing hand and get you back to us to hear the sounds of Dan Fogelberg. I'll continue to play your music each and everyday. ~ Dj.sevenupp Force Radio
Hi Dan. Stay strong, stay cool and always believe. You have alot of support. ~ Linda
Dan, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers now. I'm not sure why, but it seems to be human nature to wait until someone faces a struggle in life to let him know how much he's meant all along, when he probably would have found it encouraging to hear it much earlier. Dan, your lyrics and your music have been a source of great inspiration to me for years. You've been incredibly blessed in your life -- to be so gifted, to have parents who nurtured your gift and to have fans who love you and your music. I know you've worked hard to share your gifts with us, and I'm sure you've sacrificed along the way. Your music and life have been a special inspiration to me -- it's encouraging to know that someone with roots in these same Illinois prairies can make such a mark. Through your words and music, I find the encouragement to keep my words coming. God bless you and help you to heal. ~ Ann, a central Illinois writer and huge Dan Fan
Dan - As a practicing Buddhist, please know that the healing energy of tonglen ("taking and sending" pure positive energy) is being sent to you from me.... Your inspiring artistry and musical genius has been one of the finest gifts of my life, and I truly thank you from deep inside my heart. Please know that my thoughts, prayers and positive healing energy are with you and being sent your way to heal your physical body and your spiritual being as you travel on the path.Yours in the Dharma ~ Jack Kester
With so many eloquent posts it's hard to express this...Your music has been with me for over half my life. It has seen me through months at sea thousands of miles from my home. It has helped me get through the loss of love. Your lyrics have helped me to embrace the differences between my dad and I (he is an artist and musician too). Your songs are place marks that bring forward memories of great things in my life. You are a master at your craft and I look forward to hearing you live when you are mended and out among your fans! My very best to you and your family ~ Brian Tipsword, Salem, Or
Dan. I've been listening since Home Free (it's still my favorite) and I can't tell you how much your music has enriched my life ever since. I've seen you many times over the years, and it's a show I always look forward to.....here is wishing us many more!! ~ JOB
Dan, I have been a fan since 1982 and appreciate your wonderful music that got me through some tough times! Your concerts are awesome and I look forward to more! As a cancer survivor, I can appreciate what you're dealing with. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless ~ Sheree Hale
Dear Dan, Your music has always been an inspiration to us, and in fact, it brought my husband and I together. We hope that you make a speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ~ Rosa
Dear Dan, Our family is adding you to our prayers this fall. We (our family) are enriched by your music and as I travel through the San Juans today you will be in our thoughts. May God bless you. ~ Ron and Lynn, Grand Junction, CO
Since I will probably never get to meet you in person .. Thanks. Thanks for the memories, time and consistency in the quality of your music. Thanks for not selling out. Thanks for being the backdrop music to most of our lives. Thanks for never giving up. Thanks for just giving. Looking very forward to seeing you on tour.. fall 2005. ~ Dana Barker
Norman Cousins wrote a book about his battle with cancer."The Anatomy of an Illness" is the title. I highly recommend it. He "laughs himself" better. If you have not read it already, in short it's about the power of positive emotions. My prayers are with you, Mr. Fogelberg, and I'm looking foward to hearing/seeing you again in concert SOON! Fondly ~ Dulce Washburn
You are in my prayers, all thoughout my every day.
Wishing you all the best for a full and speedy recovery. I would like to thank you for touching me so deeply through your music and live performances, I look forward to many more years of the same. Words simply cannot express what is truly heartfelt. The best to you and your family. Be well, be happy and be strong. ~ Amy A. Lambert
Dan, my name is Brie, and I am a long time fan. I came to your site by way of a sermon on TBN, the minister mentioned one of your songs... I did not know you wrote it. So I punched in your site on the web and heard music that I had, but did not know who the artist was ( I inherited old cassettes and the labels were worn off). I wish you a thorough and complete recovery and look forward to seeing you in concert in 2005! God Bless You!
Dan, Your music moved us from the very first notes of 'Home Free' ...your classic 'Nether Lands' lifted our spirits ...and you re-kindled our hope for what's good with your stirring rendition of 'Full Circle'....Just wish in some small way we could all re-pay you for the gifts of joy and spirit your music has given us...for the child-like wonder created by your vision and melodies. If a healing force were ours to offer you, we would do so at any cost. You are one of the true voices of the human spirit. We wish you a complete and speedy recovery. We pray that the forces that guide our being give you and you family strength during these difficult days. Most of all, we look forward to seeing you perform again at your next concert here in Florida. From two best friends you've never met ~ Jeff & Laurie - Orlando, Florida
Wishing you the best of a speedy and complete recovery. I am going to miss listening to you in person at the concert in Reading, PA, but will continue to listen and enjoy your music until you tour again.Sincerely ~ Nancy Bailey
Yo, Dan the Man, I'm a 37 year old composer here in L.A., and I just wanted to say hello and that my wife and I are thinking about you and that we are praying for you and all of those who are dealing with cancer. Especially those who have no one to pray for them. Thank God for all of the goodness we share. Your music is every bit of that goodness, it has carried many people through illness and sadness. It is time for you to accept our love and know that our love for you is strong. You have given us so much through the good vibrations of your music.
When I was twelve, My sister and her friends asked me if I would like to go see Dan Fogelberg at the Providence Civic Center. I'd been listening to you because "Twin sons..." and the song "Part Of The Plan", these had already caught my ear. So, I thought OK, I'll go hear some mellow acoustic music, this will be nice. I'll never forget you came out with a Les Paul and you guys tore into "Face The Fire". Holy Cow! I was floored. I couldn't beleive it, it was like seeing "Zeppelin" or something, man. So, after that, my little cover band used to open up with "Face The Fire" for the next year. You had Kunkel on drums and I think Joe Vitale was on the Prophet 5. Was Waddy Wachtel with you then? Anyway, That was in 1979 I beleive, my sister is still following your career closely. I'm scoring the NBC sitcom "Joey" now after many years of making records and touring. People like you are an inspiration to me. I appreciate the graceful ones, it doesn't have to be a negative experience this Rock n' Roll thing we do. God has given us music, and we are praying for the health and well being for our loved ones and our world. Get well Dan, we are thinking about you and praying for you. Peace ~ Jimmy Khoury
Dear Dan, You are in my thoughts and prayers and I wish you all the best in your recovery. Your music has touched me for many years and has meant so much to me. I pray you will be supported and showered with healing, light, and love. ~ Barb
Hi Dan, Just a few words to wish you well and hope you make a full recovery from your illness . I have been a huge fan of your music since being introduced by my brothers.The lyrics of your songs are so good they stay in your mind always. You have a lot of fans in Ireland and maybe sometime in the future you might pay us a well overdue visit to listen to a great songwriter. ~ John Redmond, Ireland
Best wishes from the UK. Please come to see us when you are better. God bless ~ Barrie, Birmingham England.
Dear Dan and Family, My family has you in their thoughts and prayers. I am a survivor of cancer and I know you will be too. God Bless you and your family. I have been a fan for over 30 years. I and so many of us that you have touched over the years with your magical meaningful music, wish you the best. Have a wonderful sunshine filled day today and always. Your long time fan ~ Angela
Dan, I discovered your music when I was 13. The album was Souvenirs. I didn't know who you were and where you grew up. I grew up in Dunlap, about 15 miles from Peoria. By the time I was 19 I had moved from Dunlap to Peoria, walking many of the same streets as you, seeing many of the same sites, yet having no sight which to see. You have been with me all my life, teaching me about life, love and hope. In your words and melodies, I grew to eventually build a life and a family. I wish you peace and recovery, knowing that your gifts to me, as with so many, can never be repaid. May you have the comfort of those you love and those who love you. ~ Joe, Columbus, Ohio
You are on my mind and in my prayers every day. Your music has been a joy and a comfort to me in my life, and I hope these prayers somehow comfort and encourage you. With sincere concern and affection from a longtime fan. ~ Roberta
Keeping you in my thoughts. ~ Lorrieann
Dan and Jean - Dan, I have been listening to your music since '74 and have learned to play a few of your tunes. You have been a real inspiration to me over the years. Just wanted to tell you that you are a really great guy in my view. Your music will be around forever, and I hope you are too. Jean, I know what you are feeling. My heart goes out to you. Surely, all will be ok soon and you and Dan can get back to the life you had. You are both in my prayers. Sincerely ~ Ed Grimm, Amarillo, Texas
Dan: I have grown up with your music and have loved you since the early 70's. You have been an inspiration to me, it seems, my whole life. I have often wanted to write to you, but did not know where to write. Now that I have the chance, I just want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers daily. I am sorry that you have this illness, but the Lord does not give you more than you can handle. Keep a positive attitude and keep on doing the wonderful things that you have done all your life. I have never missed a concert you've had in Nashville. I now live in Florida and look forward to your next tour, when you are free of this temporary set back. God bless you always. Maybe one day I will have my dream come true, to meet you in person just to say Thanks. ~ Debbie Bishop, Tallahassee FL
Dan, Your music has given me strength in my journey through life. Wild Places helped me to make the decision to pursue my dreams and have since found the love of my life and settled in Colorado. You have done so much for so many people through your gift of music. Please know you are in our thoughts each day. ~ Eric S
Dear Dan, It took having a dream about you last night till I could figure out just what to say. The dream was that I was visiting you at your home in Maine. I walked into a shop you have set up and there you were, working on an old boat. In a corner of the shop was a refrigerator that had a bunch of beer taps on the front of it! You stopped sanding a part of the boat that you were working on, we grabbed a couple of beers and went outside and admired the Maine coast. Then we picked up a couple of Martins and played some old bluegrass tunes. That was it. I woke up with alot of hope for you. My job as a mountain guide has taken me to all corners of the earth and the highest peaks on the planet. Your music has always been there and brought me a piece of comfort and home when expeditions became difficult. I thank you for that. My wish for you is that life will soon return to normal and that you will be able to enjoy the day to day moments of your life without the burden you now bear. My best wishes to you, your wife and the rest of your family. ~ Craig John, Freeport, Maine
Dear Dan, Today my heart is so very heavy, when I heard the news. I'm just beside myself. For you see Dan, you and your artistry have been so prolific in my life. I heard you once say that if your music touched one person then you were happy. Well I can attest to you, my friend, you have given me this gift. You and Jean are always in my prayers. I will pray for you and your bride that God gives you strength. I'm here for you always.I listen to you every day, from Home Free to Full Circle. My wish for you is to return to the mountains. Take walks with Jean. Smell the pine where it all began. Fly Dan and don't look down. This is what you said. Don't worry Dan, this to will pass. We need you, you mean so much to so many. You've touched us all. Thank you, friend. God Bless.
Dan: You have inspired me both musically and spiritually. You have used your gifts well and I hope you have fully experienced that satisfaction. Sending you healing thoughts. ~ Michael Ryan
Good luck from a French fan...
Dear Dan, As a Singer/Guitar Player myself, I have been deeply inspired by your excellent singing , song writing and guitar playing since my high school years in the mid 70's till now. You're the Man! I have enjoyed many of your concerts and CDs and look forward to many more. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wife Jean during your recovery from your illness. Keep On Pickin'! Music heals as yours does all of us. Keep the faith and let it shine for ever on... God Bless. ~ Dennis Levasseur, Norwich CT.
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and wish you a speedy recovery. ~ Rodger K. Lyle
Dan, Several months ago during one of my late night "everybody's in bed and I should work but what the hell, I'll surf the net" escapades I went looking for your CDs on ebay. The Innocent Age was my favorite album and met its demise many years ago and lately I have been feeling a sense of longing for all things from my youth including the comfort of your music. I grabbed everything I could get my hands on and have been really enjoying the lyrics which have strangely taken on new meaning as I have aged. I was so excited to find out that you were coming in concert to the Fort Lauderdale area. Of course I was dissappointed when I couldn't find the schedule on line. I went to your website and read about your illness. I just want to say thank you for your beautiful music and hope that you take a small measure of comfort from the knowledge that you have touched others. Rest Up and take care as we need more....much more. :-) ~ Cathy Caprio
Dan, when I was 16 (20 something years ago) a wonderful guy introduced me to your music. It was so free and spirited. I was hooked. Over the years I have enjoyed listening to your music growing and changing - as we all do. It reflects the peace and love that come from inside you. Thank you for your gift of music and sharing your soul with all of us. Please know that you are loved and wished a full recovery. Believe in the power of prayer and healing. Love ~ Rebecca Morgan
Dear Dan, We're saddened to learn of this challenging time in your life and are sending our strength, positive spirit and prayers for a speedy and complete recovery. Another chapter in your journey -which you have so generously shared with all of us over the years, no doubt you'll gain wisdom and insight to again share with us through song in the years to come. Warmest regards ~ Pam Puleo and Ray Goulet
Greetings ~ You have been a part of my life so long that I can hardly remember when I heard you first. You are the only artist whose songs I purchase without hearing. When I heard of your latest challenge I was moved to sorrow. My first reaction was to call a childhood friend that has shared every song of yours with me as we have moved through life. Odd as it may sound you are one of our private childhood bonds and every song of yours has great meaning to us. We pray for your recovery and the strength to move through the experience far stronger. The wisdom you gather shall truely mark the world as each song in the past has marked myself and my childhood friend.Get Well Soon. And thanks for being there for us when we needed you! ~ Jamie
Hi Dan - It has been about 30 years since we last spoke at the U of I, but I have enjoyed your music since you played on the hallway stairs in the frat house. You sure have had a tremendous career and I wish you the very best with your current situation. Get well soon! ~ Trent
You are in my thoughts and prayers for peace and good health. I've made it through rough times with Nether Lands, and I hope your spirits remain high. ~ Rosemary, New Jersey
Your music has been part of my life for so long (even during my teenage years in the 80's, when I had to pretend to love the "hair bands" just to fit in, I still listened to my cassette of 'Souvenirs' whenever I could sneak away to be alone!), you've become an old & trusted friend who's been through more with me than you could ever imagine. To this day, I try to make sure I listen to "Magic Every Moment" whenever I start to lose focus & get negative. Thank you for all you've done for me for so long, without even knowing it. You're in my thoughts & prayers - lots of love & positive energy flowing your way - Tami
Dan and family - Dan, It has appeared quite obvious to me, that your crisis is bigger than the actual diagnosis itself. This gives you an opportunity to impact many that have also faced this same indignity. Your follow -up concerts will have greater value and meaning to the fans and I'm sure yourself. When facing mortality, one seems to appreciate the little things that mean the most or make the greater difference in this already fallen world. Your music and lyric writing penetrate the soul, I know your a feel type person - intuitive, yet intricate, almost to the point of simplistic. The fine line is your friend. Your music will go on and impact many souls, forever and long after that. You have been blessed, embrace it and we'll see you down the road. ~ Dave & Cindy
Hi Dan - Like millions of others, I also have listened to your music since Souvenirs. I am 47 yrs old and still get that wonderful feeling when I hear your songs. I am simply writing to tell you that I am so glad that you have chosen music for a career. Your words are in many of your songs are poetry unequaled in hundreds of years. I have never met anyone that did not like or love your music. You are a very gifted man that brings joy to my spirit/soul. I saw you at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland some time back. What a thrill it was.
"The Last Nail" is a song I listened to for 6 mos. straight every night in around 1983 to help be get over losing my girlfriend whom I was to marry. I came home from work, played it, and then went about my evening. I'd like to thank you for helping me through that rough time. You are now facing a rough time too. Please know that there is one follow in Glen Burnie Maryland (between Baltimore and Annapolis) that is praying for your health to improve!!!
Hey Dan, I understand that you have a great family, you deserve no less!!! Hope your family is doing OK. This rock star/fan thing I have never really understood, but I really care about you and will be looking for good news on your web site for this thing to be controlled some if not right out wiped out.Thank you and blessings to you and your family!! ~ Jay Clough, Glen Burnie, MD
Dan, I echo the thoughts of all who have written. Your songs were such an inspiration to me in my youth. Whenever I wanted to escape from my world, a set of headphones and "Nether Lands" took me to a different world, one filled with wonder and beauty. Thank you. And may God bless your recovery and grant you peace of mind. ~ Rob
Dan, You have been an inspiration to me since the early 70's. Recently my husband and I recorded the special you had on AETN. That was the reason I searched your website today, to see if you had any concerts scheduled in the vicinity. I want you to know that I am a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in the fall of 1994 --- about a week before attending your concert in Memphis. I underwent chemotherapy and have continued with extensive follow-up since that time. Listening to your music always helped me when I was down. You are definitely in my thoughts and prayers. A positive attitude and prayer make a powerful combination. I also want you to know that my husband and I never go to any mountains, (Ozarks, Smokies, or Rockies) without listening to High Country Snows & Nether Lands repeatedly. "You" have been on so many trips with us that we think of you as a longtime friend. & Christmas Holidays would not be the same without your Christmas CD!! Love ya ~ Marilyn & Mike
I have been a fan of DF since I was 10 years old (I am 39 now). I have seen you in concert 9 times. I have gotten so much pleasure from your music and inspiration in my own career as a singer and songwriter. I wish the VERY BEST to DF and his family during this difficult time. So many times people take health for granted until they are touched by something like this and then the realization is that health has an effect on happiness. I found this out when my daughter at 3 was diagnosed with a severe illness and had to undergo 3 major operations and months in the hospital. She is now 12 years old and doing wonderfully!! This is happiness and I truly send my best wishes to you and yours. Sincerely ~ Barbara Rosenberg Aihini
I have listened to your music for many years. You have helped me through some very rough times in my personal life. I only hope that my prayers and the prayers of all of your many fans will help you through this. Love and best wishes from a long time Colorado Fan ~ S. Ecord
In the fall of 1980, the WIU radio station would come on the air at 6 a.m. playing "To the Morning". This was the wonderful way I started my day. What will be, will be, just know your music has made a positive impact around the world. Thanks! ~ ljy
Dear Mr. Fogelberg, I have been a devoted fan since 1974. I have been to many of your concerts and enjoyed every one. I even started taking my children, who are just as big fans as I am. (And I have six of them - children that is.) I want to wish you the best of luck and I promise you I will remember you in my prayers tonight and nights to come. I have always wanted to write a "fan letter" but figured it wasn't something you needed. Maybe now this note will let you know how much I think of you and your contribution to my life as a musician. As a guitarist I love to play your music. It brought me out of some very hard times and still touches my soul. Thank you for your gift and may you recover fully. May the Lord bless you. Sincerely ~ Mike
Greetings from Georgia, I had the great pleasure of meeting you many years ago at the Fox Theater on your High Country Snows Tour Your music has been apart of my life since the late 70's. You are such a gifted soul. Continue in your strong faith and making beautiful music. Blessings, Peace, and Love to you & family ~ B.Montgomery
I have listened to your music for over 25 years now and I still enjoy it whenever I need to relax and appreciate life. The words and melodies are so beautifully wound together. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family during this challenging time you are undergoing. I was also diagnosed with prostate cancer 4 years ago at the tender age of 43 and thankfully, I believe I have beat it. I give many thanks to my family and friends for all their support. I could not have done so well without them. Love your family with all your heart and soul; learn to appreciate all the little things in life. These are the things that will get you through the rough spots. ~ Joe Miller, West Milford, NJ
Dan, My siblings and I have been fans of yours for many, many years, as well as our mother who lost her battle with lymphoma cancer this past year in May. She was 81 years young. She tried any new treatment they could give her until her last 2 weeks. She loved your music, especially "Longer"...We'd all get together for the holidays and sing all of your songs. My younger brother took me to see you for my birthday about 4-5 years ago here in Minneapolis and it was so great. When Mom passed away, I just wanted silence for some time, but now am enjoying hearing music again. And yours is the one I turned to first. It's so beautiful. I love playing Nether Lands this time of year. Good and bad days come and go, but it will be that way. We are praying for your progress and please know that our Mom in Heaven, is also praying for you. She loved you. As we all do. Take care of yourself and family. Your wife is beautiful! (I was sad when I saw you had a wife because when I was 16, I was sure I'd marry you someday (I'm 48 now!) That's ok, I have a great husband as well. Love you Dan! ~ Deanna & family
Hi Dan, Since I learned of your illness I've been checking on your webpage at least once a week to see how things are going with you. I think about you so often and pray for your complete healing through this. I'm amazed at how many stories sound just like mine through the postings of those who care about you. What a blessing you are even during your illness. I will have to say that the song that still makes me get all teary is "Souvenirs". I heard your song "Stars" on an Allison Kraus CD and thought what a blessing that your music can be sung by you and others, and it's still incredibly beautiful. You and your music have stood through the changes and will continue to do so. We all love you. Blessings to you and your family. ~
Dan: Realized I was supposed to see you in concert on November 3 in Lowell, MA., but of course this can certainly wait while you attend to yourself and get completely healthy again. My husband and I danced to 'LONGER' at our wedding some 15 years ago, and we continue to "dance" to your music each and every day. All of us here in our household are hoping for a speedy recovery. Know our thoughts are with you. ~ Linda, Lexington, Mass.
Dear Dan: I too, had cancer. Breast cancer struck me over 11 years ago. I went through surgery, radiation and intense chemotherapy, yet I am still here to talk about it. My faith and determination helped beat this awful disease, but more importantly, my positive attitude was the driving force to help get me through it. At 47, I have been a lifelong fan of yours, and your songs bring back such beautiful memories for me, memories I hold very close to my heart. I can't thank you enough for all the wonderful music you have brought to my life. I know this is a difficult time in your life, but PLEASE, keep a positive attitude and continue to move forward with your treatment. I have all the faith in the world you can get through this, with the support of your lovely wife as well as family and friends My thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Cindy Mazzuca, Wheaton, Illinois
Thank you for all of the great music. A postive attitude towards the fight will carry you far. ROCK ON. Don't ever give up. ~ Kelly Harned
Dear Dan and family, I'm thinking about you and hoping for a quick recovery. Your music is poetry. It has inspired so many of us. I have been listening to it and loving it for more than 20 years. Please be strong and peaceful during this difficult time. Know that your fans are praying for you and sending good thoughts your way, in the wind, in the air, in the trees, in the falling leaves, in the mountains. ~ Linda, West Hartford, CT.
Dan....Like so many others, we have been fans since our early college days when you first started out and have been to every concert in New Jersey/New York since. Your music is such a big part of our lives in many ways. We are sorry to hear of your current challenge and we send our prays and positive thoughts to you for a full and fast recovery. God Bless. ~ John and Francine Pannella/Jackson, New Jersey
I grew up in Wisconsin and Oak Park, Ill.. It's peculiar but the heartland seems to inspire a certain imaginative peculiarity in its artists. I became a poet because of those fields in Wisconsin, and leaves frozen beneath the lake glass in winter. I am a visual, pyrotechnic, sound poet, who loves this earth dearly. I tell you this only to fit the communique, but I endured an abusive childhood, oddly it once included hanging literally in the basement. I first heard your music at work, when I was youthful, and the song, I will never forget, was "Scarecrow's Dream." I had found a kindred spirit. I have over time come to place you even above the Beatles, and that is near impossible, for they also have been great company along life's journey. I was reading your liner notes for Portrait, and noticed you mentioned you did not know what "Scarecrow's Dream" meant, but you loved the song in any case. I have always wondered how in the world you wrote my song; then again God can do that, and did through you, for me. You may protest the idea freely, but I believe I am the scarecrow that once hung in a basement as a child. I have written many poems, but cannot write that one. You took care of that hellish time for me. I wish I could write some verse of similar healing for you. Over the years your music has become deeply rooted in me, Dan. Maybe God will listen to the humble prayers of the scarecrow you touched, and return the healing and the blessing back to you. I believe in his vast love, God will restore you. His ways are above our ways, his power without limitation. ~ Kristin Ryling, Jefferson, NC.
Hi! Just a note to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I have all of your recordings and have seen you in concert many times. Your music has been with me for more than half my life. We played the song "Longer" at our wedding, and now my son is playing in the band at school. Looking forward to many more years and seeing you in concert again. Stay strong and be of good courage. ~ a devoted fan in Florida
Hello Dan - Last night I watched your performance on Soundstage here in Anchorage Alaska. I have waited 30 years to see you in a live performance and the anticipation was realized in that magical hour. I was introduced to your music while I was being courted by my first husband in college back in 1976. He was a musician from Natchez Mississippi and the Alaska pipeline had brough him a long way from home to Fairbanks Alaska. Songs like "Looking for a Lady" he would play for me and it started a love affair with you and your music that has never waned. Your music has put so much poetry and meaning to so many things and I was so proud of your green album "The Wild Places". Your grace and clarity of thought has buffered me in those musical moments and made more solid my own convictions within a harmony of the soul. I thank you for this and I pray for you every day. May God bless you and your wife Jean as well as your family. Health to you. Much love ~ Becki Squires (Anchorage Alaska)