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March 2007

Dear Dan, Please know you are in my prayers for your speedy recovery. Your music has always played a special part in my life, and so many memories come flooding back with each and every song. Thank you for your beautiful lyrics and emotion-filled music. You have a unique and wonderful gift. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. Praying for you and your family. ~ Barb

Dan, I still listen almost daily to your "Twin Sons" album and this will forever be a part of my life.  I cannot hear "The Power of Gold" without thinking about a certain anorexic woman with whom I lived during my sophomore year of college. We played this album until it played no more, bought another one, taped it and wore these out as well.  I still have the tape and play in regularly. You are forever in my thoughts and prayers.  May God bless you and your family.

Hello, Dan! I was quite surprised to learn of your diagnosis during a recent visit to your web site and feel compelled to reach out. I, too, have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. This has occurred in the last few weeks and I am exploring options for intervention and self-educating. I don't know how long you've been coping, but I am quickly understanding some of the challenges in doing so. I have been a forever-fan and have seen you live in several settings in Massachusetts every chance I've had. I consider you one of the greatest lyricists of our time to say nothing of the incredible music you have set your words to. It always leaves me wanting to hear more from you and reaches to my very soul. Perhaps now I know why we haven't heard more. I want to extend my heartfelt wishes to you and your family for the best of health you can attain. This disease we have cannot kill our Spirit. Thank you for reaching out with your caring message on your site to other men as well as your music. I am still expecting to hear alot more from you. God's blessing to you and yours. Most sincerely ~ Vaughn Harding

Dear Dan, I was grocery shopping this morning and heard one of your   "elevator songs" and it made me smile listening to your sweet voice.  It also made me sad to know that you have had to put on hold indefinitely what you always loved -- doing.your music.  I've always loved your radio hits, but I feel the real treasures are all the other songs on your albums that aren't as well known.  Your music is timeless and touches my heart like no other. Just want you to know that I continue to pray for you and your family and hope you are doing well. ~ Sherry from TN

Dan you have been in my prayers since your diagnosis was made public.  I am a die hard fan - your music and lyrics have molded me.  Please give us an update on your progress. Much love ~ Peggy

Dear Dan...... I'm 27 and, despite being probably one of your younger fans,  have been following you for years. Just wanted to take a moment and say Thank You so much for all you've given this world. Truly, they don't make 'em like you anymore. I'm sure many people come here and tell you how much they hope you'll  be able to write and tour again; however, I simply want to wish you all the  best and let you know I'm pulling for you...all music aside. So take care and,  
indeed, let love be your guide. Wishing you well friend ~ Kev

Dan, I have been a fan for more than 30 years, and at 53 your songs still affect me.  To say I love your music is a profound understatement.  I have rocked babies to sleep with some of your soothing melodies and beautiful lyrics.  I saw you in Dallas in the 1980s.  It was a true thrill for me..I will never forget it.  I pray that you will soon be healthy once again. Fight the good fight, dear Dan, and know that you have a legion of fans thinking about you and praying for you to be victorious over your illness.  And thank you so very much for writing songs that I will forever cherish..songs like yours
will never grow old. ~ Marcee

Dear Dan, Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers daily. I have been a fan and have enjoyed your music for the past 35 years, from vinyl records through cassettes to CDs.  The times that I was able to see you in concert have continued to be happy memories for me. I am also a two-time survivor of cancer and know what you must be going through right now. I found that the thoughts and prayers of family and friends made a huge impact on my recovery, and judging from the messages I've read, you have the support of a great many people. Continue your fight and know that you have the support of many like me, whose lives have been immeasurably touched by your music.  God bless. ~ Pat White, Pingree Grove, Il.

Your music and lyrics have been a part of our entire married life, starting with “ Longer” as our wedding song (going on 27 yrs.) so you’re a part of our family too. Please know you and your family are in our prayers for strength and healing! ~ G and W

As a fellow ex-Peorian, all I can say is; git better. We Peorians are a eloquent bunch, no? Seriously, I pray for the best for you. ~ Eric

Dan-  Your music is still stirring the soul.  We do not want to pry, but you are a part of our lives, and we would love to know how you are doing. ~ Sue

If love and prayers have any power at all, then we'll all be lucky that you have beat this disease.  My husband had a very aggressive form of prostate cancer which was caught very early thanks to a very attentive health care provider.  I cannot stress enough the value of the PSA and exam every year for men over 50, especially those with a family history.  Every time I go to your site, I pray for good news.  Every time I listen to your recordings, I say a prayer for you and your family (and that would be often.)  I say a prayer of 'gratitude' as well because we'll always have your wonderful music.  Thank you for letting all your fans share thoughts and well wishes with you. God Bless you and keep you. ~ DJB in Kansas

Praying for your health and happiness and a resolution to your ailment. God hears your prayers and we know that the prayer of a righteous man availeth much. You are loved by many; never, never give in to darkness. You have lit my life in too many ways to mention.

Dan--I've been a fan since the early 70s.  Now I'm a rowdy 51 yr old grandma whose kids and grandkids also enjoy your music!  My dad and father in law are survivors of prostate cancer......I wish men like you would do public service announcements for prostate cancer screening!  You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.  I hope each day brings you warmth, peace, and the blessings of friends and family.

Dear Dan, I'll keep praying for your speeding recovery. You and your music have truly inspired me throughout the years, and will always. My favorite is "Make Love Stay." It represents so many things in my life and past loves. You keep writing these love songs, and I'll keep on buying them! The very best to you and yours. ~ Mary Jane Miles-KY

Dan, Wow. I've only learned of your situation recently and I'm just stunned. Your music has meant an awful lot to me, my wife, my brother and his wife for many years. We've seen you in concert many times. I truly hope you get well very soon. Good luck and God bless. ~ Tim Armstrong, Northport, NY

Dear Dan, I just want you and your lovely wife to know my family is still praying for your recovery.  We are a family of your fans, and you have brought us joy though your music. God keep you, and heal you ~ Constance O'Banyon and family

Hey Dan, just wanted you to know you are still in my prayers for a speedy recovery. I have written you before on this web site. I am a musician and songwriter from Edmond Oklahoma and have followed your work since Home Free. You were the one who inspired me to play guitar some 30 years now and it's always been great trying to emulate your playing style. I will never be able to live up to your ability but thank you for giving me something to work at. I took my daughter to see you twice in concert. She is also a fan, and now that I'm teaching my grandson to play. I have no doubt he too will become a fan of your work. God bless and God speed.Your friend~ Alan Davis

Dan  I named my son after three people --Daniel in the bible, Dan Issel (from Batavia, Illinois) and you. I want you to know that I credit you with my learning to play the guitar. Your songs were so helpful in making learning fun it was though you knew what I was going through in my life. I also progressed spiritually always knowing there was more to life than we were being told. I will add you in my prayers. I wish you a speedy recovery. ~ Danny

I was just relaxing and enjoying "The Reach" for how many million times, I can't remember.  How can I thank you for your passionate words and music?  Your music has taken me through the darkest times in my life and brightened my best of days.  I can only hope that the gift you have given your fans returns to you. I wish you only the best.

You've touched many lives with your words and music, Dan.  My wife and I began dating during the time you were recording your first albums.  Home Free and Captured Angel are "a part of us."   Attended a few of your concerts, the best of which was your solo performance at the Grand Ole' Opry House in Nashville in the late 1970s.   Prayers and best wishes for your recovery. ~ Mike Stroud, Murfreesboro, TN

Hi Dan, I first fell in love with your music in 1976 at Purdue.  I saw you in concert then and again many years later (several times) at the Radison Star in Merrillville, IN.  I am now a physician and have used you as an example why men need a PSA and DRE.  I hope you are doing well and beating the cancer.  If prayers have power, I know you will be fine. ~  Lauren

Dan,  You will never know how deeply your music has touched my soul for these last thirty five years, but I want to say thank you for sharing it with me and the rest of the world. Starting with Home Free, your music has always been close to my heart, carrying me through my trials, always reminding me to keep looking within for the strength to carry on. I love that it's so uplifting, that there is always hope and love will always win...after all, hope is all any of us has, Dan. Thank you for reminding us how much there really is.

I am so sorry to hear you are battling cancer. My sister and mother both had it so my best advice is to eat your dessert first, dude! I live in Houlton Maine, I work for Customs and Border Protection, and I volunteer for the Make a Wish Foundation in Maine.  I have been divorced three times. I stay very busy taking care of my kids, working at the border and renovating my house. But "Lion's Share" is all about me, so I'll always continue looking forward. Thank you for your gifts of words and music to keep hope alive. May God bless you and keep you. Always ~ Nancy Gervais, Houlton, Maine

Get well soon Dan! Our best wishes to you and your wife during this difficult time. Can't express in words how much your words and music have meant to us. You are in our prayers. ~ Mike and Sharon Higgins, St. Ives, Cornwall, England (your unofficial UK fan club)  

I was just strumming my guitar after dinner and "There's A Place...For A Gambler" just came out of the instrument.  I went to your website to get the lyricism and found this link.  My very best to you, I'm sure the last three years have been grueling, yet revealing. Best Regards and get back in the saddle again soon ~ Tiger Kite

Dan and Jean and family, I want to add my prayers for your wholeness and healing. I hold the vision for you, Dan that you are whole, perfect, and complete, beyond whatever the appearances look like right now. I know that your Spirit is infinite, unlimited, and way more powerful than cancer! I am so grateful for your amazing gifts which you share with the world. Peace and blessings ~ Karen Mitchell.  

Dear Dan--our thoughts and prayers are with you. I am a physician with a family history of prostate ca, and I do get yearly psa's. Your music has meant so much to us! My wife and I have been married 26 years---your song "Nether Lands" was our wedding dance song--not so much because we have some of the ancestry in our genes, but because it's such a beautiful song. Your CD's (albums way back when) are masterpieces: our favorite is "The Innocent Age"--absolutely stunning music still fresh today. We played this cassette in our car while we were on the road interviewing for my medical residency position. You have provided us with treasured memories! I have every album,cd,etc that you have made on my ipod. Please know you are loved and missed-hope you are able soon to begin recording again soon! ~ Denny and Kellee Reed

Hi Dan, I was listening to "Windows and Walls" tonight and decided to look around the web and see if there was any news about you touring this spring and summer when I came upon your website. I am so sorry to hear that you have been battling cancer. Please know that you are in my prayers and the thoughts and prayers of all your fans. I have always loved your music and especially enjoyed your live shows. I've seen you at Westbury Music Fair and at Jones Beach on Long Island numerous times. I remember you coming out after the Westbury shows and signing autographs and talking with the fans and how much you seemed to be enjoying it. I hope you are winning the battle Dan. I hope someday you can be out there touring again. Your music has gotten me through some rough times. I hope everyone's prayers can help you through this extremely difficult time in your life. God Bless and be well. And thank you for all the music. Especially Windows and Walls--just an amazing album and a personal favorite of mine. Best wishes to you. ~ Vince Martell, Oakdale, NY

Wow Dan, Can't tell you how sorry I was to read of your illness.  Your music has touched me since I first heard Home Free. I listen to it often and along with Nether Lands they are two of my favorite vinyls and cassettes. I believe I am on my third copy of Home Free now. :) As a fellow musician whose dreams never reached the height of yours, I thank you for your music and want you to know it is part of me.  Thanks to some older sisters, I found your music at a young age. I'm 40 years old now and will be going for my first real physical shortly . I don't mean to age you, but I want you to know your albums touched me even as a teenager. I think about the journeys I've taken with your music as my companion and I even think of the presentation of a fine Stallion I once produced with your music... not "Run for the Roses" as one might expect, but music from Twin Sons of Different Mothers.  Above all, I appreciate and thank you for your writing, your style and your humility. Thank you thank you thank you. Great work I'm glad I have the opportunity to thank you personally. Cheers and best wishes ~ Tim Dougherty

I grabbed the Souvenirs CD the other day and have been listening in the car every day - I have a 1.5 hour drive to work each way. I have been moved to tears by the beautiful songs you wrote.  I cannot tell you how much this has been a part of my life - when I was young, and even now - I am 51.  I decided to look you up on the web, and just found out that you have this illness. I am very sorry for all that you are going through, and have been through.  I will pray for you to beat this disease, and be able to enjoy more quality in your life.  

I also want to say thank you so very much for the contributions you have made to others through your music.  You may not realize the influence you have had on others, but I can assure you it has been great.  We all want to feel like our life has meaning, and I believe each life does. But not all of us have such a far reaching effect to others through our work - you did. God Bless you and your family - thank you again for all that you have given to others. Sincerely ~ Maryanne

I have been a loyal fan since the 1970s when I was a student at the University of Illinois.  In fact, when my family and I take any sort of road trip, your CDs are included in the ones that I insist we listen to. I sing along loudly (and badly, I might add) and your music makes the driving more enjoyable. Thank you for that.

Like you, my father was a musician and conductor.  He taught lower brass and the History of Jazz at Quincy University in Quincy, IL, he played piano in various jazz groups and was my 5 siblings and my first instrumental teacher.  And, yes, one went to Chicago and one to St. Paul. I kid you not.  (Three went to Austin, TX as musicians.) I hope you are well and I wish you all the best.  Thank you for the music.  You remain in my thoughts. Best ~ Sue Winking

I was listening to "Souvenirs" yesterday, and wondered where you were. You are responsible for some of my favorite music. I did a quick google search, and found DanFogelberg.com, and found out about the APC... my best wishes to you and yours, for healing and continued happiness.

Dan, you've been a favorite of mine and your songs an inspiration to me for over 30 years (I can't believe we're that old).  My high school graduating class chose "Part of the Plan" as our senior song, and your albums were always blaring from our dorm room at college. One of my best memories is seeing you in concert in Biloxi with the Eagles in the 70's.

I lost my home and belongings to hurricane Katrina, but I was able to peel the covers off, and through tears, clean and save my albums. So many memories are connected with them, I couldn't let them go. I wish you the best of luck.  I took care of both of my parents through their battles with cancer, and I know you're facing a difficult time.  Just know that you have millions of people, several generations, who continue to be inspired by your music. Best wishes to you and your family.  My thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Andrea Hammack-Wade, Long Beach, MS

"The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one's life. Through a difficult period you can learn; you can develop inner strength, determination, and courage to face the problems" - His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Hello Dan, Your music and lyrics have touched me to the depths of my soul...it's a simple as that.  I pray that you are at peace and surrounded by love always. ~ Marie in CA

Just wanted to let you know, Dan, how huge a part of our lives you have been.  From our wedding song in the 1970s ("Longer") to the tune that will be played at my dad's funeral this coming week ("Leader of the Band") - we have adored your music and your "legacy." Dad was a classical musician, and, in spite of my involvement in the anti-war movement, I was too.  When I first heard the lyrics of  "Leader of the Band", I felt like you had written them for us - you have touched our lives in a way that can never be described.

We will pray for you every day, and hope that you will make a full recovery so that you can continue to touch lives like ours. Thank you. ~ Holly & Frank Graskewitz

I am another for whom you were the soundtrack of youth.  From the early seventies onward, you were the Bard, the Poet, the Voicer of Dreams.  I was lucky enough to see you three times in concert during the early years.  In 1998, I had the pleasure of seeing you at the Melody Tent in Hyannis, MA - in one of the most wonderful performances of my most favorite of your songs.   I was lucky enough to have a seat on the second row, and to be on the aisle right next to where you walked down to get onstage.   I remember feeling like the giddy youngun I was when I first "met" you - almost faint at the idea of you passing by so close I could have touched you, though I knew to respect you enough not to.  And I was in my 40s at the time.  
I listen to your music still - from the early LPs to the latest; I never fail to be lifted by them.  You have always represented to me "The Musician's Musician" and will always hold that title.   Please know that I'm holding you and your wife in my heart and in my prayers.  You have blessed me for over three decades - and I am grateful.  There are no words that can express what I feel.   Guess I'll leave it at "Thank you." ~ DW in Georgia

Dear Dan, God bless you and those that you love.  Your music, your talent, your gentle nature will resonate throughout this world forever.  Each of us is given a gift and when we share it with someone else, that gift is given immortality and lives on forever.  Such is your legacy. ~ Kerrin Winter Churchill

Dan, Your beautiful music has been an inspiration to me for so many years.  May God bless you and watch over you. Sincerely ~ Katherine Knight

I am watching your concert on Voom RAVE HD. All of your songs bring back so many great many memories of my high school years and even now "Leader of the Band" somehow breaks through to my heart....makes me miss my dad. Every one of your songs is special to me. I know them all by heart. Thanks ~ JC

Dear Dan, My thoughts and prayers are with you ~ Tracy K.

Dan, You taught me to load each note with meaning, to let each word inspire and to have impact before we leave this wonderful world. Thank you more than you can possibly imagine. ~ Jim, Santa Monica

Dan, I have thoroughly enjoyed  your music since the mid-70's. Your mastery of poetry,  music, and the genius you possess in knowing how to perfectly marry the two is incomparable.  As a teenager listening to your LPs I sang harmony with you and imagined that our voices blended perfectly.  (Oh, who am I kidding!  I still do that! ).  My husband and I listen to you often and have fond memories of attending your concerts.  You must find it somewhat odd, but hopefully rewarding that so many people seem to relate to you on such a personal level through your songs. My heartfelt prayer for you is for a swift and complete recovery.  I have faith that you and your family will be enjoying good health and happiness together very soon. ~ Debbie from Mississippi

Dan: It was you that inspired me to play guitar.  When I heard "Stars" and then "To the Morning", I really connected with your style and substance.  Through cassettes, records and CD's I have listed to everything you have done - and enjoyed the variety of different musical styles you explored.  When your D-41DF came out I had to get one - and it is a great instrument.  (This acquisition however was lonely and called for and now has many companions...much to my wife's dismay.)  Although I am still a mere mortal, I try to play and (God help all within listening distance) sing many of your songs.  It is music that connects us to the infinite - it transcends language and cultures. My prayer for you is joy, peace and connection with all those that care about you for the gift that you shared so freely. An eternal fan ~ Dale

Dan, I've been a huge fan of yours since the 70's, of  course, and remember seeing you at Grady Gammage Auditorium in Tempe on the  campus of Arizona State University.  I guess this was in '77 or '78. You  were great!   I just didn't like the guy behind me singing every word  in my ear.  "I'd rather hear Dan sing it, thank you!!!! " I wanted to  tell (yell at?) him --I have become much more assertive in my old  age. I have been reminded of you again lately since I got a new Crosley  stereo that has a turntable -- I haven't had one for years.  Plus this  almost 50 year old got an ipod and put all your music on it which soothes me  while pulling weeds in my yard.   I'm sorry to hear you're fighting prostate cancer  and wish only the best for you. I'm also sorry that it seems like I only hear you  on the radio at Christmas when you have so many other great songs.  My dad  (76) has become a big bluegrass fan in his old age and enjoys your "Morning Sky"  like I always have. Best of luck in your fight; I'm in the medical  field (MRI technologist) and know how painful it can be.  My heart goes out  to you.   ~ Vicki Meadows, Scottsdale, AZ

Take care  on your  current journey Dan, I   hope you are blessed with a healing miracle and that you overcome the big "C" .   Cheerie bye for now, from  a kiwi  nurse (New Zealander) who adores your songs. ~ Robyn.

I grew up listening to your music in high school, college till the present time. From Souvenirs to Innocent Age many songs meant a lot to me, my relatives, my dates, my wife and friends. You brought and fostered many emotions in my lifetime. Years ago Robert Hilburn criticized your work (Innocent Age). I blasted him in a letter as being  ignorant and narrow minded. It truly upsets me to learn of your illness. As said, bad things happen to good people and it isn't fair. I wish you a full recovery.

One thing that I found interesting about your lyrics is that you sang about events and people in your life with much unhidden. I listen to Dylan and Donovan and other songwriters and they refer to people in their lives  and the listener can't understand who and what they are talking about until it is explained later. I believe your dad had a thundering velvet hand and your brothers are in Chicago and St. Paul. When I heard that I thought "that is his story" right there. I never played an instrument, but I love music. My son is musical and wants to write. He is in a music program in school. I am going to introduce him to some of your stuff. Though with kids, it is hard. No melody to what they like generally.

Anyway, You have more fans than you know. I did not hear about your illness until I heard the DJ talking about you on XM. Maybe you could go on and tell people what you are going through. I like the format and the forum. In any case, I am glad I had and have  chance to be a fan and have the pleasure of your music and songwriting. to experience in my life.

Hi Dan and Jean, Best wishes and hopeful thoughts for both of you. Dan, fight like hell and come back to us even stronger.  Love, faith and courage!!!!! ~ Susan, Tucson AZ.

Dear Dan, I am a long time fan. I went to college in the early 80's in Maine and my sister was at UNH we sang your songs at pubs in York Beach and other locations and at UNH for freshman orientations. I have seen your concerts and I think you are one of the most gifted artists ever! I just got a new ipod and I downloaded a lot of your songs are on it! I was sorry to hear about your cancer...I hope you are doing well. Love & Hugs ~ Marianne

Hello Dan, it has been a while since we have had an update. I still keep you in my prayers every night. I know you don't owe anyone any information but seeing how many loyal fans you have, it would be nice to have a tiny bit of news. We care about you and you are such a huge part of our past and present. Like peter pan, think happy thoughts. ~ Trish in florida

Dan, I wholeheartedly support your "sermon" to all men to get regular testing. My husband has been part of a clinical trial at the Medical College of Virginia for several years.  Hopefully, through the information researchers learn from this trial, this cancer may be preventable in the future.  So far, the results look promising.

Dan, your song "Longer" was a song that my brother (a musician) shared with another brother during a difficult time in his life.  As a musician, my brother thought that your music was the epitome of greatness.  I agree.  He admired your ability to capture so many of our thoughts and feelings in your music.  My brothers were very close, but became even closer during those troubled times.  When my brother died suddenly at age 45, my brother who remained shared the beauty that your song brought to the loving relationship they had.  So often, men (even brothers) find it hard to say "I love you" to each other, much less express the depths to which that love goes.  Through your music, you gave "the opening" to my brothers to speak about how much they meant to each other.  A friend of ours sang "Longer" at my brother's funeral.  It gave my brother a chance to say goodbye ... and whenever I hear "Longer", I think about the beauty and comfort you gave to our entire family by writing such a beautiful song. I pray that you are in good health and enjoying all the beauty of the world ... the world that you helped all of us to see ... in so many wonderful ways.  Peace and comfort to you and your family. ~ Margie in Virginia

Hi Dan and Jean! Just checking in to say "hello" and hope that you are doing well and are happy.  We think of you often and wonder how you're doing. Be well, my friend. ~ Alexia and Dave Rogers, Reno, NV

Dan, My husband and I will be married 25 years in May.  Your song "Longer" was sung at our wedding and to this day is still our special song.  Your songs have brought many happy times and memories to us and our family. Blessings ~ Lynn Luckianow

Dear Dan,  My best friend, Debby, and I have been fans of your music since the late 1970's when you played in Glen Oak Park in Peoria.  Your music has been a source of inspiration for both of us throughout the years.  We think of you daily and often wonder how you are doing.  Often we check the website to see if there is an update because we are so concerned about you.  Stay strong, fight the good fight and know that many fans in your native Peoria love you and wish you well. We hope and pray that we will have the chance to hear you live again, but more importantly we want you to be stronger and cancer-free!   You are undoubtedly one of the most gifted songwriters there has ever been.  Love and best wishes to you! ~ carol long, peoria

God be with you ~ Lanie

Dear Dan, You and your wife Jean are in my thoughts and prayers daily.  My heart goes out to you both as you battle this illness.  I send you my most heartfelt, strongest  "get well" vibes every day and hope that you are on the path to healing and peace. ~ Lynn Waugh

Dan, Your beautiful music has been a source of inspiration and hope for me since I first heard Souvenirs as an awkward teen in the 1970's. My husband and I walked down the aisle to "Longer"  24 wonderful years ago. May the well wishes and prayers of those who you have touched so deeply with your words and music comfort and inspire you as you have done for so many. Peace and Godspeed ~ Laurel Kleefeld-Baer

Hi Dan, Wishing you happiness and good health.  Your songs have given me thirty years of bliss. Each time one pops on the radio, I can always smile and remember an exact time and place. I saw you in concert in 1988 at the Garden State Parkway Amphitheater.  You were so warm and congenial. You shared insights into your songs.  So many artists treat a concert like just a job, but you were so friendly. Although it's been almost 20 years, I can still picture it like yesterday. Thanks for those memories ~ Cecelia Taddonio

I am four years post-RP and doing well, thanks to good friends and a loving wife and the man above. I wish you well. Your music has given me a lot of pleasure in various places on earth. ~ Spike Kennedy, Rio de Janeiro

Dan- We miss you. I hope you doing better. My wife always says "have you checked on Dan lately?" ~ Terry  Poole

As a long time fan, I have never written to anyone like you before. But, after reading about your cancer and reviewing some of the notes left for you, I merely wanted to echo what you should already know. Your life has helped me, and many others.  Your poetic music, your philosophy, your image of what the world could be, all have made my life much more rich. Thank you. ~ John in Oklahoma

Dan, You are always in my thoughts and prayers.  Best wishes--I hope you are on the mend. ~ Tina, Rio Rancho, NM

Your music and lyrics have been the joy and solace of the last 30 years of my life.  My simple wishes and prayers hardly seem adequate for having been blessed with such beauty.  May God bless you and your family with healing as you continue Along The Road many of us have already traveled.....Sincerely ~ Kathy Reese

Hi Dan.  I was a hostess at a restaurant in Boulder many moons ago. I heard stories from co-workers of all the famous musicians who came in to dine on fresh seafood following their concerts at Red Rocks, though I had no stories of my own to tell. On my last night, you entered through the double mahogany doors and I saw you coming a million miles away. I recognized you instantly by your eyes, because I had sketched your portrait from the cover of Souvenirs when I was 17-years-old and remembered every detail. The second hostess standing next to me that Friday night failed to even look up as she penciled in your name on the two hour waiting list, and in fact, asked you how to spell Fogelberg! To that, you simply replied, "What?". I was standing beside you, stunned just the same, and reassured you by saying, "We'll find you." You were exhausted and disheveled from doing construction on your new home and told us you were going to take a shower at a friend's house in town, and that you would be back. You indeed came back, and hopefully we didn't make you wait too long! Knowing how much you valued your privacy, I refrained from telling you then how much your music meant to me - and I tried so hard to not to stare at you all night. But I do believe, upon your final exit that evening, you gave me a backward glance - and that has been a highlight for me all my life! You didn't hear me squeal, or see me buckle at the knees, I don't think... Anyway, thank you for that memory and  for all the ways that you reached inside my heart. A simple smile, a tender touch, speaks the true language of love.   Praying for you ~ Tracy

In 1979, a girlfriend  and I quit college, quit jobs and packed my honda with backpacks, a tent, a box of books and cassettes. We wandered around this great big country for five months. We played your first four albums over and over. She's long gone, yet my enjoyment of all your music remains. My wonderful wife and I keep your CD's constantly on hand. Our 10 year old son loves "Part of a Plan!" We keep you in thoughts and prayers! We hope you will find your way back on stage, the three of us will there!

Dear Dan, I can remember being in college and walking into a small record shop hoping to buy some new music. In the background was some wonderful music that  grabbed my attention. The owner said I was listening to "To The Morning" by Dan Fogelberg....I was hooked immediately! My roommates and I almost wore the album out due to hours of listening. My favorite to this day is "Wysteria". It touches me deep inside but not sure why. Thank you for giving the world an everlasting collection of wonderful music.

When I married my husband, almost 27 years ago, "Longer" was  performed at our wedding. A few months later, my mother, who has since passed  away, bought us a beautiful framed picture of the lyrics. It has hung in our bedroom ever since. The song still brings tears and goosebumps whenever I hear  it. So thank you for this precious gift, Dan, and please know that you will  always hold a special place in my heart. Love and peace ~ Jill Aul

Hi Dan, I was so upset to see this posted on your site.  I've loved your music for such a long time and wish you all the best in your courageous efforts to fight this hideous illness.  My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.  ~ Francis Walsh

I am sorting through a cupboard and have come across a music book of your greatest hits.  Usually I hear your songs in my head. My favorite is "Run for the Roses" but now I remember playing them.  I haven't played in years. Still, I cherish this book and will keep it forever.  Dan, you touched my life in such a lovely way.  I hope you have had some happiness and contentment during the last couple of years.  My best wishes to you and your family. ~ Judy in Barrie, Ontario (I saw you in Rama)

Hey Dan, I've always been a huge fan  - your songs were always deeper than most. Thanks for the great body of work through the years, and I will pray for Jesus to heal you completely. Blessings ~ Tim Twitty

Dan and Jean, You kept me company on a long car trip and I was struck by your faith and connection with God and your loved ones.  I pray for you and your family often and wish you every blessing. ~ Eileen

I have been a fan of the words and music you have shared since 1974.  They have carried me through the highs and lows of life and everything in between.  Thank you for all of that.  You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers for strength and the hope of a full recovery. Keep looking to the morning! ~ James Shilling

Hi Dan, Hope you are in good health and spirits. I realized why I have liked your music and not really grown out of it. Because there is an intimate connection to nature in many of your lyrics and sound. Back in my college days, my music composition teacher lightly scoffed one day at my adoration for Copeland's "Appalachian Spring", since it was not incorporating as much atonality...but it has always been a favorite (Bernstein version) since it is organic and natural like your work. OK, And now the lecture :-) If you are not meditating daily, start. Meditation will improve your health from the inside-out...not to mention likely give your fans more music from your muse. Cheers ~ Kevin Rundblad, Denver

Dan~ Grew up in Chicago area and was fortunate to see you many times at the Auditorium Theatre...what a great place...the concert I remember most was in the 70's and Fools Gold was your opener and later joined you for some awesome jammin. From then on I have been a DF follower of your music.....many date nights at my bach. pad listening to Captured Angel..Your lyrics are inspiring and can tell from the heart and in some instances I can relate. I came from a very close family and with 4 brothers that remain very close your "Leader of the Band" hit home to all of us. Have had many friends that have gone through your dilemma and came through shining. I'm a big time firm believer of the yearly PSA and all that goes with it. I am 50 now and have two young men to raise with my wife Kelly, Jack & Sam are 7 & 9 and I plan on being around to see them perform in many years to come. They both play piano and are getting pretty good. I truly hope that in the future you will return to the stage and I will be lucky enough to attend to once again enjoy your always entertaining show. We live in the UP (Michigan) now and is a great place to raise kids. Stay healthy sir and from my family to yours...live & enjoy life my man! Best Regards ~ Terry Burgess

Dear Dan, I check your site from time to time to see if we will be able to see and hear you again. I understand not yet so I want to thank you for all your lovely music. You got me through High School. How many times do we stand at the "fork in the road"? "Nether Lands" always comes to me at those times. I wish you well and I look forward to the time when we will hear you again. ~ Sandy

Dan- As with so many of your fans, the highlights of my own life's journey as young adult in the 70's are inextricably tied to your music. Ah, what sweet, delicious days of innocence made richer by your lyrical celebrations.... the intimate confidences, the unique  vulnerabilities you shared with all of us. We feel like you have been our closest friend, our blood brother-even though we might never have had the pleasure of a personal introduction. You've celebrated our joys and known our pain, and we yours. Gratitude is something felt even more deeply, it seems, with age. I feel an ever increasing gratitude to you and to the spirits that be for allowing us the joy of your spirit and your talents.You have been and continue to be a gift and a blessing to us. (Please let us know how you are and what we can do for you.) We send love and light to you for your healing and happiness. ~ Kate

Dan, I am 47 years old and when I think of you and your gifts of music I feel as if I am back in high school.  Simply, thank you.  I am sending you and yours love and light. ~ Blair

Hi Dan, my name is John Lattanzi from Northeast Ohio.  I'm not going to go into detail about how much your music has meant to my wife Sharon and I over the years --  we'll let that go unsaid.  3 years ago my best friend Norm was diagnosed with colon cancer.  Shortly afterward they removed a large tumor from his liver.  Not long after this I learned about your situation which also hit us very personal and close to home.  Norm passed away three weeks ago making this a very difficult time in my life.  I remained strong through this entire time -  delivering words of his wonderful life at his services, without shedding one tear.  I stayed strong for his family and our friends while everyone around me grieved openly.  Norm loved life, and he loved to make people laugh.  I thought he would not want us to mourn for him during his services - that we should be upbeat and share the good times of our times with this wonderful person.  But yesterday, it really hit me -- like nothing else I have ever felt, I wept openly.  I guess I needed that to have closure.  Now one day later, and still a little bit misty, I search your website for some kind of sign that you are doing well and carrying the torch for all of us that have a friend like Norm.  Please Dan, tell me you're doing well -- God knows I need something to help me get through this time. Your friend ~ John

Dear Dan, My name is Mike, a resident of Sydney Australia. I would just like to let you know that my prayers are with you and I will pray for healing. I have loved your music for many years and will go on doing so. Thank you for your wonderful and loving contribution to the music industry over many years and the joy and blessings you have brought to thousands all over the planet. Thank you also for the medical advice as well. Fight on brother and God will be with you every step of the way. Thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Mike.

Dan, I've been listening to your music and songwriting since the late 70s. As a musician, I eventually worked with a bass player from Pekin IL who had studied band under your dad. He really took a lot out of that, and I've enjoyed hearing his stories and memories of those times. I'm wishing you a full and speedy recovery.  Also know that your message about this illness is getting heard and appreciated. Stay strong. ~ Kyle Ashley

Oh, that I would have half the gift you have of putting just the right words together. I would use them all to let you know how much you have meant to me over the years. Please know that I join millions of your fans worldwide in wishing you comfort and peace in a complete recovery. ~ Marti Daily, Indianapolis.

Dear Dan, I pray for you. My wife and I have been fans since our childhood, and to hear about this brought me to tears. My wife's father has been a fan of yours since high school. He even performed "Nether Lands" during college in front of 5000 people and I know you were a great inspiration for him. He follows in your steps to this day. As do I. All I can say is please don't give up. You can beat this thing! So let us all know what's up. You have so many people who love you for inspiring them. I am one of those. I listen to you all the time. I hope to meet you someday...so come back to Traverse City MI and perform so my wife, her father and I can meet you! And give you a huge hug for winning! Best wishes and I will pray everyday for you. Your song, "Leader of the Band" is one of my favorite songs of all time. During a time when my father and I were in disagreement, it made me realize how important he is! I thank you for that very much! Anyways God be with you! Sincerely ~ Benjamin Borton

My friend, Dan -Hey buddy, I want you to know how MUCH of a gift you have given me through all of these years. I want to be encouraging to you with my prayers that is a " Hail Mary " as one year ago ( April 4th , 2006 ) I had an encounter with death and recovered. I was induced into a coma due to respiratory failure from an accident at work. A  priest was called for me. But having a strong will to live and saying prayers (Hail Marys)  I came back from the dead. EVERYONE could not believe I was alive. Please Dan, keep your faith , I kept mine and it worked. God Bless you, man. We need you to conquer this. Dan, please keep your faith .... when God wants us, it will be wonderful.God Speed ~ Ron

Dan, My prayers are with you and your family.  My brother was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year and had his prostate removed.  Luckily, the cancer had not spread and he is fine.  I have loved your music since Home Free came out. I've spent many many hours of my life listening to your beautiful music.  Your music has made such an impact on my life over the years.  I hope that one day you can return to the recording studio and make more albums.  They mean so much to your fans.  Please take care of yourself, and know that there are many people praying for you.  We truly love you Dan. Sincerely ~ Carolyn Powell, Corinth, Texas

Dear Dan & Jean, First let me start off by saying that you will be in my prayers every day from now on. It is the least I could possibly do in return for all the years of pleasure you have given us all with your music, If I may I would like to say how absolutely honest and pure your music has been. I just recently re-purchased "Home Free" again. It is just as good today as it was when I first heard it! I am 53 and know two people personally who have prostate cancer. One of them is advanced. Thank you for being strong enough to try to help others from letting this disease get a hold of them even while you are suffering thru it yourself. Sincerely ~Dan Hartnett, Redlands, Ca.

Dan, my prayers are with you and those closest to you.  Since the 70s your music has inspired me, given me fortitude for the journey, and informed my writing.  You are a true poet and artist, and I wish you God's very best. ~ Deb Kinnard, author

Dear Dan, My husband and I have enjoyed your outstanding musical talent for more than 2 decades.  We have attended many of your wonderful concerts with great satisfaction.  Your music to us is most refreshing and so enjoyable.  Our son attended one of your concerts as a small boy; it was his first, and he will always remember it with great pleasure and inspiration.  Of course, we have numerous "albums" and listen to them over and over.  My husband has several of your songbooks and loves to pick the guitar to your music. We just learned last week of your diagnosis.  We wish you the very best in your endeavor to fight this major bump in the road. My husband is 54 years old and has never had these tests, but since learning of your condition, he is planning to get these in the very near future. God bless and God speed. Most sincerely ~ Donah and Gary Clower, Vienna, Ohio

My dearest Dan, I am writing so tell you that your music has touched my life in a profound manner.  Songs like "Nexus" "Windows and Walls" and "Tucson, Arizona" are the soundtrack of my life. I was introduced to your music by my brother at the early age of 10, which was about the time I discovered The Eagles. His words to me were, "If you like the style of the Eagles you will love Fogelberg." He knew me very well so the fact that he was right was not a surprise. I lost my beloved brother in July of 2003 and to this day your music helps hold him close to my heart. When my grief was at its worse I wrapped your albums around me like an old quilt to keep me warm in the night. Know that you and Jean are in my prayers.

Dear Dan, my boyfriend told me that you are his favorite artist and I was looking for one of your CD's to buy him for his birthday and thought I would search for your website.  When I found it, I read about your current battles and want you to know that I pray for your health to be restored and comfort for you and your family.  I also forwarded your home page to my boyfriend because he will be 49 on his birthday on the 29th of March and he really needs to read that.Thank you so much for all of your music and for helping so many people by letting them know of your battle. God Bless you and don't you worry about a thing. God has you in His hands. :) ~ Dawn Murphy

Dearest Dan, I awoke from a sound sleep thinking of you this am. It was 0300 the hour of DIVINE MERCY (It is a Catholic thing). Needless to say I was and am praying for you very much. I ask for your complete and total healing and quite frankly I am expecting this! I send you at this very moment every ounce of energy health and healing that I have..I pray for you and your loved ones and send you and pray for you to have all the best that our GOOD and GRACIOUS GOD can give you!!! Please be open to healing and make time for miracles to happen!!!!! Please know that even though I can't post here often, I think of you and pray for you very often. Much Love and Healing to you my dear man. Love and Peace ~ Laura

Dear Dan, Just a quick note to let you know that I am thinking of you.  Your music and lyrics have inspired me ever since college over 20 years ago, and I thank you so much for that.  As a result, the themes in your music have helped guide me through my life's paths.  May they also guide and comfort you even more. With thanks and a prayer for you ~ Leslie Lange Kennedy

Dearest Dan and Jean; I thought of your music today and visited your website to see how you were.  While I listened to 'Hearts Hotel' I read of your illness.  I have faith that the beauty of your spirit and the love of all those you have touched so deeply with your gift will help through this difficult time. My prayers are with you. ~ Wayne B. McPeek Jr.

Dan, I'm sitting in my backroom listening to the Nether Lands album.  It's my favorite.  I just wanted to say thank you for all your wonderful music.  I was stationed in Japan when I got introduced to your stuff on the Far East Radio Network.  I've been a fan ever since.  A day doesn't pass without me playing a little of your music.  I wish you well and my prayers go out to you everyday.  It the least I can do to repay what you've given me.  ~ Larry Bohannon

Dan, Thank you for music and lyrics that endure.   From college memories of Nether Lands to today, your music and spirit have touched me and my family.  My teenagers now listen to your music - and I'm grateful for that. We wish you peace and a full and complete recovery.  May the knowledge that you've touched many lives give you comfort.  Thank you for providing a positive influence through the years. ~ Gerald King

Dear Dan, One of my favorite songs is "Believe In Me." The music, the lyrics---perfect. Who inspired that song? I hope you are still creating beautiful music during your treatment. May God bless you with restored health. ~ Jan in Dallas

Dear Dan, I have two friends who are survivors of prostate cancer, so your courage touches me in a very personal way.  My prayers are with you and your family, and I hold you in my highest vibrations.  I fell in love to your music, and listened to it every night as we fell asleep together.  Many of my very best memories include your beautiful voice.  I saw you perform at Indian University in 1977 with the love of my life, and the experience is imprinted on my soul forever. Love, light, and peace ~ Kris

Dan - The darkest light can be broken by the brightest dawn. Your music and lyrics have been an inspiration to me and I am sure to generations. I am sending the most positive thoughts I can. Be well - your mind can take on journeys your physical presence cannot. You have a gift - the gift of a mind. Your life has been dedicated to the music. I for one thank you for that and I look forward too your next album. You move people, change their lives and give them hope. Give yourself hope. My thoughts are with you ~ Davy

Dear Dan - Your music has always shown me that there is a great love out there in everyone, that there is more wonder in nature than any man could replicate, that there is no road that does not have a resting place somewhere on its length and that there is always, always a place for hope. Never having had the pleasure of seeing you live yet having cherished your music for over thirty-five years, I trust you will draw strength from the wonderful music you have produced, just as that same music has strengthened so many. Whatever happens to any of us - your music will go EVER ON! ~ David Shipley, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Dan, I wonder if you are writing more music these days. I hope so. It is God's gift to you. ~ Traci Suzanne

Good Morning, I'm in shock, I feel like I've been told an old friend is ill. There is no way to describe the impact your gentle soul reflected so perfectly in your music has had on me over the years- from 1973 in fact.  You will be in my prayers until you make a speedy recovery. Have faith my friend. A relocated Australian in Indianapolis. Warmest Regards, Best Wishes and our Prayers ~ Peter Ryan, Indianapolis.

Dan, all I can say is that you remain positive. Thank you from the depths of my heart for the many, many beautiful lyrics you have sung over the many years. All the very best for the future. Regards ~ Jan Hutchison, Auckland New Zealand

Dear Dan, I hope & pray that your healing process is going as you wish. I have been a fan of yours since the 70's. Your music has been a part of my life since the first time I heard you on the radio. Since then I've come to know & love every song. I actually named my son Daniel, that may seem a bit fanatical, but my relatives had awful names. So please stay healthy. My prayers are with you & yours. I'm not religious but my best friend was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer and through reiki healers and prayer chains her cancer scare turned into cysts. I will ask many to pray. I love who you are for the world. ~ Connie Bruno, Florida

I too have to stay vigilant with checking my prostate as I now am that age and my 86 year old father has had PC for years. I also sing and play and have put milk on the table for 30 years. I have sung with you almost every day since Home Free. On stage, in the car, splitting wood, to my children, around the campfire with friends you have been in my mind and my heart.  I consider you one of my closest friends,  that I have not met, as of yet.   Love you Dan. ~ TF

Dan, I thought of writing about how your music has been the theme songs for parts of my life.  Of how, from my last year of high school in Puerto Rico (where my family moved when I had a few months left of high school to complete) through my Navy years an on to my parenting/adult years.  Yet, that would be me about me.  And this is about you. You and your wife are in our prayers.  You have made a difference.  Stay strong and know if you ever come to Fenton Michigan, I will bring you down to the Fire station and you can ride a truck with us. Respectfully ~ Michael "Tom" Howley

I have only just become an admirer of your extraordinary talent.  My husband (a long time fan) and I pray with you, your family and many others, through this very difficult time.  May you be blessed with a full recovery and many more years ahead. ~ Suzanne Dickie (Australia)

Dan - It has been a while since we have heard anything from you and I was used to seeing you in concert every few years or so (have seen you over 20 times live throughout the US). I just  bought an MP3 player..Phillips/ 1GB...holds 450 songs or so. Over 150 songs which I have downloaded in the first week or so are  yours. By the time I am finished with your music, I may not have any  room for Joe Walsh, The Eagles, CSN and Y, Jackson Brown, Pavarotti, Ella,  Sinatra, or Martin !!! Best wishes to you. ~ Greg Palumbo  

Dan, Having spent childhood summers sailing on the Eggemoggin Reach, I get a tear in my eye every time I hear "The Reach."  Thanks for triggering those happy memories. Thanks too for the great times that I had at two of your concerts, one in New Orleans in 1984 (I think) and one in Madison, WI a few years ago. You were under the weather at the New Orleans show, but you toughed it out; for which we were all very grateful! I hope your treatment is going well and you can keep smiling despite the circumstances.  There are legions of us out here pulling for you. ~ Dave in Oshkosh

Dan, You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hope you are doing much better and I hope you have been given the inspiration to write a few more tunes for us. Love to you and Jean. God  bless ~ kay, Peoria, AZ

Dan,  Words alone cannot describe what you and your music has given me. During my high school years, when I first met my loving wife, Souvenirs was on my turntable 24/7 as it was our favorite! I have followed your career ever since and have loved every song you have recorded. In the mid 90's I lost everything due to drug use. When I decided to become clean and sober, your song "The Long Way" brought me back. I since have married my high school sweetheart and have my life back with nearly 8 years of sobriety. Everytime I hear "The Long Way", a tear comes to my eyes and takes me back to a time when things were the best for me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Jean. God bless you. ~ Mark Skipworth

Dan, I've been an avid admirer of yours since I first saw you on stage in the 70's when I was a student at Mississippi State.  Back then, it was just you, sitting in a bentwood chair with your guitar (I still have the picture) and I remember being absolutely blown away by your music.  I have since seen you many times in Mississippi over the years.  You are not just an artist, you are a poet whose verse and music transcend time and remain as fresh and spiritual as the first time I heard it.  You still blow me away. Thank you for your gift of music.  It leaves me breathless.  Take care of yourself.  Be well.  God bless you. ~ Melanie

We have never met, but I feel like you are an old friend of mine.   I've seen you in concert 8 times, which is more than any other artist I've seen, over a span of more than 20 years.  You were at college with me in  the 1970's; when I had a baby in 1976; throwing pottery many times over the  years, and now in my 50's as I write this note.  I can't tell you how much  I enjoy and will continue to enjoy your heart and energy that come through your  music.  Thank you so much.  I've meant to write for years and was glad  to find this website. Best wishes with your illness.  I know many souls send you love, as I  do.  Love ~ Anita Vasquez

Dear Dan, I've just visited your website for the first time and learned of the battle you are facing.  God bless you.  Today I pulled out some old cassette tapes from college (I'm 45 now) and put your music (Phoenix, Twin Sons..., and Captured Angel) on the player at full blast all afternoon while I did stuff at home.  It had been years since I had enjoyed being lost in music and memories in this manner--for you see, I am a professional church musician, and I "work" with music constantly; so, often time at home is just plain time to be quiet--but not today.  I immediately got on the web and ordered 4 of your old albums in a more permanent CD format, because I know that these tapes are on their last leg.

Anyway,  today I felt very young again and like I was flying on the wings of song--so to speak.  I have my DMA in vocal performance and just let loose today with your music.  I haven't enjoyed anything as much in eons!   I have always so highly respected you and your marvelous abilities--all the instruments, the singing, and the writing.  Your music is like nothing else.  Your talent is like nothing else and noone else's either.  THANK YOU FOR THE JOY.  --Anne

Hi Dan,  I just came across your website today.  I had to take this moment to let you know that you and your family and friends are in my prayers! You have always been in my thoughts and your music in my heart and cd player! (and turntable years ago).  I first saw you at the Auditorium Theatre in downtown Chicago when I was a teenager. I have been to at least 10 or 12 of your concerts over the years most recently in Rosemont, IL at the Rosemont Theatre. I’m probably not unique in my love for you and your music as I know many are, but when anyone asks who is my favorite? It is always you! I am currently not working in the capacity of a nurse for the past 4 years or so but at heart I am still a nurse. My background included 6 yrs of Oncology nursing out of the past 20 yrs. Probably the most profound years of my life, A truly special privilege!!! My heart goes out to you and your loved ones. I first heard of your battle with cancer on the radio briefly a couple years ago I think and it struck me very hard.  I just want to take this moment to thank you for touching my life with your music!!! I will continue to pray for you! God Bless You Dan!  Warmly ~ Donna (from Cary, IL)

Just wondering how you are doing.  Maybe you could post some new news to set my mind at ease.  Prayers with you and your family.  Still loving your music. ~ Donna Pennington

Dan, May God bless you as you have blessed all of us with your music. I have many of your CD's, but I mostly listen to your Portrait collection. I enjoy it immensely. When I first got it years ago I listened to the Hits and Rock n Roll CD's, now I listen to the Ballads and Tales CD's. I must be getting older. Whether you ever record or tour again or not your music will go on and on. Keep up the fight. With love ~ Brad

Dear Mr. Fogelberg, I was so sorry to hear just today of your illness. I think I can say without contradiction that you have many, many friends in my home state of Kentucky. We'll all be praying for you and your family. Run for the Roses ~ Carolyn Silky Sears, Lexington Kentucky

Dan, In 1980 a man sang to me "...I am in love with you" from "Longer" (apparently, he didn't really mean it), but I have been listening to your music ever since.  It is always fresh to me. When you played in Austin in the 1980s, my sister and I took my young nephew to see you. Recently, a friend asked me to find a song to share with her dad so I gave her,  "Leader of the Band".  Being a writer, I appreciate your sharing your heart.  Wishing you the best as you navigate this unbearably challenging time in your life.  Best wishes ~ Cindee Segal

Your music has brought tears to my eyes since I first listenend in the late 70's.  It was not because of sadness, more because of the beauty.  I lived for a while in Estes Park, Colorado, and spent every day climbing in the Rockies.  When I first heard Nether Lands, I was sure that was  where you were, and drove down there several times hoping to run into you. I just knew we would have an instant connection.  The closest I ever got was right up front at Red Rocks.  That's okay, though, because the physical closeness pales in comparison to the internal closeness we have.  I'm knocking on wood for you every time I think of you.  I love you. ~ Geri from Melbourne Florida

Dan...God bless you for the soul communicated in your music. Music can be transcendent, and your music is that in spades. I'll meet you in the next...but continue in this world, in this life, for years to come. Your contribution to the lives of those who love you and what you've shared is something to rest in! ~ Ed Artigue in L.A.

Dan - I "discovered" - or rather -- I was introduced to you in 1977 in Okinawa by a fellow Marine.  We military folks had a tendency toward buying big stereos.  Usually because there would be 16-20 of us in one room, all listening to our own music - competing as at a multi-stage festival (a la "Memphis in May"), with just as much variety in the music.  I tended toward country and classic rock - still do.  But hearing that album (Nether Lands) was a pure epiphany for me.  I am a drummer, and I keep trying to learn guitar (one day I will).  That day at liberty, I went out and bought all three of your earlier albums.  I've been a fan of yours ever since. When I was growing up, learning everything was what I wanted to do. It's clear that you follow that same philosophy. Your paintings, poetry, compositions and playing all speak to this.  I do all of these things - but, I don't unfortunately have your writing talent, though I am a decent drummer, and I sing reasonably well - many of your songs in fact. Get better - the world needs your beautiful music.  Best regards ~ Martin Michaels

Dan and family, As a family battling this disease {myself in '04 and now my brother} I too can't stress enough the importance of PSA and DRE tests . I've always been a fan but more importantly you're in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. ~ Terry O'Brien,  Saratoga, N.Y.      

Dan, I'm a big fan and have been since the first album.  Thanks for touching my life so many times over the years.  Best of luck with your recovery.  When you're back on tour, I'll be there to celebrate with you. ~ John A.

Hello Dan, First and foremost, I am very sorry to learn of your illness.  You are in my thoughts and I wish you comfort and peace. My name is Kim (47); wife, mother, nurse, and one of a trio that sings traditional songs from the Balkan region.  I'm from 'downeast' Maine; Hancock Co. area.  I have enjoyed your creations throughout my adulthood. I was introduced to your music from a movie I watched, I think in 1980, where a disc jockey played, "There's a Place in the World for a Gambler."  I was hooked from then on and made a collection of the albums you had out.  I have to say I was very taken by your beautiful eyes and looks in general.  I saw you in concert once too, in Portland, ME.  You have a wonderful talent and I thank you for sharing it with the world. My Best to You and Yours ~ Kim

Dan, I pray that you are doing well. You are in my thoughts daily. Your music has been such a large part of my life for 30 plus years now. My kids grew up with your music as part of many things we did as a family. When they hear your music now, it usually takes them back to a great memory and time. I hope to one day see you perform again if that is your will and God's. Thanks so much for your wonderful gift of music, it as blessed me beyond measure. ~ Bill Burke, Colorado.

Missing  you...Good song, correct  sentiment. Your music will  last lifetimes. You've been in our thoughts  & prayers since learning of your misfortune.

Dan, Just wanted to send well wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery in your battle with cancer. Your music is, in a sense of a timeline, before my time. But thanks to my parents listening to your  tapes and the airplay on the soft rock stations, I've grown up on your songs through my parents. I know you've heard it all when it comes to all  the positive speeches that people give about beating cancer. I've never  had cancer but I have had family with cancer, a few beat it and a few  didn't. But from what I can tell you is, my relatives that did beat it,  didn't give up and the ones that succumbed to it just accepted it  and eventually it overcame them. The power of faith in God and faith  that everything is everything and everything will be all right because you  have the love of God, the love of your family and the love of your fans.  Hang in there, this will make you stronger and you'll be up and around  in no time. And your legacy and your music will live on forever...

Best Wishes from Lancaster, Ca.. How I wish we could once again see you perform live -- you, Russ Kunkel, Jerry Douglas....the High Country Snows concert at the Universal Amphitheatre was the very first LIVE performance I had ever been to....and Dan, you're still the best... ~ Jeff Cooper

Dan , You've been one of the most powerful musical and creative influences in my life , and in the 30 odd years I've been in the music industry  you are among the very few artists I find myself returning to for inspiration again and again. Your body of musical work speaks for itself  I think , but I'd just like to say I consider you one of the most important writers and musicians ever to come from these American shores . When I see a Bald Eagle on occasion on my morning walk I think of you and what you stand for and it gives me hope for the future . God bless and keep you and yours! -A brother musician in Nashville - We love you Dan! ~ William in music city

Just thinking about you today, Dan--hoping you are doing well. Your music means so much to me today as it did back in high school. Thank you for a great thirty years of glorious music. May it continue for many years to come----fight the good fight... ~ Greg from Milwaukee

I remember as a 12 year old, my sister bringing home this new album she got called "Nether Lands".  Who was this man, Dan Fogelberg?? Well, I fell in love. I was soooo before my time!!! haha  Needless to say, i was not the most popular girl at school as everyone else was listening to REO Speedwagon and Journey.  But Dan, you changed my life!! I traveled every two years from Page, Arizona to Phoenix to see you with my sister. It was the time for us to let our hair down and scream like teenagers.  Now, as a 43 year old woman, I have made my daughter grow up with you.  Her fave is  "Tell Me To My Face" from Twin Sons.  Music is so much a part of our family and Dan, you have been a part of our family for almost 30 years.  Wow, even I feel old. Our family prays for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us. Thanks and have a great day! ~ Laura Permenter

Dear Dan and Family, I just wanted to let you know that I think of you so much.  I visit your web site periodically to check up on you.  Haven't heard much from you lately but I'm hoping that things are going well for you.  With all the good wishes and love coming your way from all your fans your health will be restored.  I believe in my heart that you will beat this thing. Your music has reached the depths of my soul and I've been listening to you since I was in my very early 20's and now I'm in my very early 50's! (In my mind I'm still that 20 year old).  Anyway, God bless you and your family and Dan know that you are very much loved. Hugs ~ Denise

Your music always has spoken to my heart and made me visualize what you were singing before music videos. I love your acoustic music from the 70's and 80's. You had that long hair and beard and I just thought 'he is so handsome I want a man like him'. This weekend I played your music only on my new Ipod and I slept to the soothing sounds of Home Free and Captured Angel. I call myself a captured angel because I can't fly here in the city or feel connected to this ugly city of LA. I long to be in the mountains or on the beach with a man who loves your music and likes to play it too. I am so sorry to google you and find out that you have cancer. You speak to my soul. You are also a painter like me. I've related mostly to your early music up to The Innocent Age and Phoenix and I loved the bluegrass album. Please know that you have had a very deep impact on my life and always will. You are my favorite artist of all. I'm partial to the acoustic ballads rather than the rock. I wish you were healthy. I know in heaven your music will be there for me because I can't be without it. I thank you for playing beautiful music and I hope your health improves. Always ~ Kay of Glendale,CA

I just want to say thanks for all your songs that have so many meanings for me.  As with you, I grew up in Peoria and went thru many feelings about the place.  thanks again for you songs.  Good luck ~ Jean Bennett

Dear Dan & Family- First and most importantly, I hope that you are feeling well and recovering. If the love and caring of a lot of people makes a difference, you've got a lot going in your favor. I just want to add my hopes and wishes that you'll recover completely, and that life is good for you and yours in the meanwhile. I'm an old man of 54 and have listened to your music so long that I feel like it's part of my DNA now. The older I get, the more value I place in art, literature, and music...the ability to create something which touches others and has a life of its own. You have done that magnificently, and I thank you for it. ~ SW

Hi Dan & Jean - hope everything is getting better with you. Here is my story on how I got to love your music so much. My best Friend and cousin turned me on to your music when I was only 15 years old. If I had to pick to favorites I would pick "Longer" because it is my  wedding song and also it reminds me of my best friend Lynn. My other favorite  is "Leader of the Band" as it reminds me of my dad and grandpas, plus I turned my  dad on to your music as well. I really hope that you will come back to performing in concert. I do miss seeing and hearing you at Red Rocks. Thank you so much for your music. Love ~ Charmaine Makatura from Colorado

Dear Dan, Thank you so much for your music. "Part of the Plan" is the best musical reminder of my high school experience. My 13-year-old son "played" "Leader of the Band" over and over on a uke to your cd when he was four years old (now he's been performing guitar publicly for three years). Thanks for the sermon, I will get checked. Best of luck to you and yours. ~ Ray

To Dan & Jean, Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.  Your music has touched Connie and I in so many ways over the years.  "Nether Lands"  came up on my iPod today while I was out for a run; the simplicity and majesty of that song always moves me.  Your music has made our lives so much richer.  Thank you. ~ Steve

Dear Dan, I have recently been replacing my old albums with CDs of all of your music.  I thought I would  go on line and see if I have a complete collection when I discovered the truth  about your cancer diagnosis.  I thought it to be a rumor so when I read  it, I was shocked. I grew up listening to all of your  music and have always felt inspired by it.  Just hearing a song takes me  back to a specific place and time.  I actually used to live in Littleton, Colorado and my roommate and I used to take drives in and around Ward, hoping to catch you playing at some out-of-the-way pub.  Ironically, I now live with my family in Gurnee, Illinois.  One year after moving to  Illinois I  was diagnosed with breast cancer.  It was extremely aggressive and proved  to be a devastating challenge, especially since my children were 7 and 4 at  the time.  I went through rigorous treatment and was clear for a year  when I then had a recurrence to my liver.  I went through a second round  of treatment and miraculously am now cancer free.  I guess I am now a statistical anomaly.  I know that the many prayers and well wishes that circulated for me helped ease the bumps in the road.  You have always  brought peace and comfort along the road in my life so the very least I can do  is offer my prayers up for you.  I sincerely hope that it brings you and  your family the peace that I have felt.  I pray for all the best for you  as you face this challenge.  Thanks for all the joy in song you have  given to me. Sincerely ~ Carole  Wright

My thoughts are with you and your family. I have family with the same Dx and know the importance of your sermon. I also want to share my love for your music. When I entered college in 1973 I lived alone in an apt. and one day as I listened to the radio I heard of a new artist that I would grow to love. I heard "Wysteria" and that was the beginning of my appreciation for your music. I would sit alone studying, listening to your albums, and every word of every song throughout college. The songs and your voice actually brought me to Colorado where I completed graduate school.  To this day I play your music sometimes with my patients in speech therapy. Thank you for a lifetime of music with profound lyrics. ~ Lareen Chonzena

Dan and family, I do not want to know a world without another great musician in it before their time. So that said my wife's and my prayers be with you and all your family. I am from Kentucky and I saw you at Bellarmine College I think it was 76/77. You did "Run for the Roses" as it was a Derby Eve I think. My wife and I have seen you the last three times you were here in Southeast FL. And Dude we miss you coming here. So again all our prayers and peace be with you. I rank you in with George Harrison, John Lennon, The brilliance of the combined Eagles especially Mr. Walsh just to name a few. ~ Dennis & Meribeth Allen

Dan, my thoughts and prayers are with you. When I was 22 in 1981, I bought my first good stereo system. While in the speaker room, the store played The Innocent Age for me and I was an instant fan. Your music has always been so beautiful. Saw you many times at Poplar Creek. I wish the best for you and a complete, quick recovery. You have always been an inspiration to me. Thank you and God bless.

Dan, My sister and I love your music! You are in my thoughts and prayers!! Peace ~ Jennifer

Hi Dan,  I just found out that you were ill via Rosie O'Donnell's website blog.  She has been a fan of yours forever, as I have. "Face the Fire" was the best song ever written.  I remember 3 Mile Island like it was yesterday.  Such scary times, but we got thru it, as you will now...Keep the faith Dan.  Much love, prayers, and good wishes ~ Becky Kelly, Troy, Michigan

Dear Dan and Family - I have just read news of your diagnosis of Prostate Ca. I wanted to send this message to say that your music has meant a great deal to me in my life. I am 45, but when I was much younger and was introduced to Phoenix and The Innocent Age I was extremely moved by the depth of your writing. I experienced a lot of loss during those years, family members, being uprooted from California to move to Canada, all sense of stability and I had difficulty relating to my peers who had much more traditional and less stressful lives. Your lyrics and music were a haven then and now. I hope you will find strength and comfort yourself in knowing how many people like me whose own life challenges were made easier because of your creativity. You and your family will be in my thoughts. ~ Rebecca MacBride

I must take a moment to express my thoughts about you, Dan. I was introduced to your music, by my college suitemate, in 1978.  I was instantly hooked.  I saw you in concert 2 times. I recently upgraded my very worn-out records to CD's.  I now listen to them everywhere. You have grown up with me over 25 years.  Your music is like an old friend to me and now to my family. Much thanks to you old friend and please have a quick recovery. ~ Jeanette O'Donnell, Austin, Tx

Hi Jean and Dan, Just a note to let you know I am thinking of you and  care much. Hope you are thawing out after the winter snows.I know you love  them, but the flowers of spring are always welcome. If you happen to go west  soon say hi to the desert for me. I moved to the east coast, NC, and I am missing New Mexico and Arizona a lot these days. May you both find spring in your steps and may the trail rise up to meet you. ~ Kristin,  NC.

Dan, I was so sorry to hear about the battle you are going through. You made such a difference in my life when I was a teen growing up. Your music calmed me and helped me get through the transitional period in my life. My prayers are with you. You have touched so many people. ~ Carrie

Dear Dan, Such wonderful news that your treatment is going well and you are enjoying life to the fullest.  Your music has been such a comfort to me over the  years. Each and every day I will keep you in my thoughts.  Seeing  your concert at Red Rocks was so special to me.  I was up in front in my  wheelchair and what a thrill it was! Love and prayers ~ Connie Benson

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