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Monday, December 17, 2007
      ( 12/17/2007 06:29:00 PM ) Bill S.  


"WHAT I'D GIVE YOU SINCE YOU ASKED" Living in Central Illinois when the pride of Peoria, Dan Fogelberg, was at his commercial peak, I can testify to the power he held. Was a time in the seventies, if you wanted to present yourself as a sensitive kinda guy, you had at a vinyl copy of Home Free in the record collection. ("You know, in that song, he's singing about living along the Illinois River!") Me, I was too much of a boor to own any Fogelberg, but I dutifully sat through his albums in more than one girl's dorm room in the frequently futile hope that keeping my thoughts to myself would get me laid. Knew a former Peoria high school teacher who claimed to have had Dan as a student in English class: "Wasn't much of a student," was his one-sentence verdict. I could believe it.

Yet – and this is just between you and me, right? – when my wife Becky and I married, we used a song from the Dan Fogelberg/Tim Weisberg collaboration, "Since You Asked," as part of our wedding ceremony. Wife Becky loved that song, and I liked it, too, but in its original version off of Judy Collins' Wildflowers album, not as Twin Sons of Different Mothers' cover version. First time I played Sweet Judy Blue-Eyes' original for Becky, though, she roundly declared that she prefered the 'bergs' version. It was one of the few times I had actually had enough sense to not climb on my folk/rock snob podium.

R.I.P. Dan.

NOTE: Over at his Live Journal, Johnny Bacardi has some even fuller thoughts on the experience of being a guy with a Fogelberg lovin' wife.
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