Icarus Ascending

So, I’m a few days late, but here’s a tribute to Dan Fogelberg, in honor of what would have been his 67th Birthday this week. It’s a cover of what became one of my favorite Dan-songs, following our weekend in Peoria some years back.

I still recall that weekend with such fondness.
— To meet his wife, Mom, family and friends….
— To be invited to play some with some great musician friends, who are all in their own way keeping alive Dan’s musical “legacy,” and watch while his wife and friends rocked out to our homage to him.
— To attend the dedication of the memorial in his honor overlooking the river.
— To connect with musical friends who also admired this amazing soul and talent, gone too soon.

It was a truly amazing experience. “Icarus Ascending” got stuck in my head that weekend. I think it was my earworm the entire way back to Dallas. Dan calls it his song in honor of artists. (I’ll post an extended quote from him about the song in the comment section below…)
Anyway, I’ve worked up a version with the Looper, which I think is kinda fun. Hope you like it.

“There is no darkness in this place that we’re bound,
Love the only thing that matters….”

Happy Birthday, Dan. You’re still my favorite, and always will be.

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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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