A Magical Night

I’m speechless.

It was a truly wonderful, wonderful night. The Dan Fogelberg Tribute Show went really, really well. All those rehearsals paid off, the band really came together and was TIGHT. The instrumental stuff sounded good. The vocal stuff sounded good. From our perspective on stage at least, the sound mix was really good. And many of you told us the same during intermission…
Speaking of you….you showed up! Approximately 250 of you showed up!! And you stayed! You stayed through intermission and through every last night of “Gambler.” (What fun it was to have all 250 of you singing along with us at the end! And thanks for the generous applause)

At this point, we know that we have at least raised $2,500 for the United Methodist Committee on Relief. This money will help UMCOR respond quickly to the next natural disaster or global conflict that arises. Thanks for your generosity.

Well, there is a lot more to say about this show. I’m still up on cloud nine. I think everybody in the band is. I am told that there are at least two sets of pictures from the night (digital ones) and I’ll post some as soon as I can get my hands of them.

And when I have the pictures to help me tell the story, I’ll post a more detailed description of the show, the songs, and what the whole evening was like.

But for now,
…to Dan Fogelberg who inspired us all
…to all you who came
…to all you who gave so generously
…to all the dozens of great volunteers, and staff, at Spring Valley
…to our really kickin’ 20-member band
…and especially to my friend, Rusty King,
thank you

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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