Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Another generation

C took his guitar into school yesterday and played a Dan Fogelberg song for the kids so they could share the beauty of the music and know why all the folks between 40 and 60 felt a loss. For his high school English students, he played this

Leader Of The Band

An only child alone and wild, a cabinet maker's son
His hands were meant for different work
And his heart was known to none
He left his home and went his lone and solitary way
And he gave to me a gift I know I never can repay
A quiet man of music denied a simpler fate
He tried to be a soldier once, but his music wouldn't wait
He earned his love through discipline-- a thundering, velvet hand
His gentle means of sculpting souls took me years to understand
The leader of the band is tired and his eyes are growing old
But his blood runs through my instrument and his song is in my soul
My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man
I'm just a living legacy to the leader of the band
My brothers' lives were different for they heard another call
One went to Chicago and the other to St Paul
And I'm in Colorado when I'm not in some hotel
Living out this life I've chose and have come to know so well
I thank you for the music and your stories of the road
I thank you for the freedom when it came my time to go
I thank you for the kindness and the times when you got tough
And, papa, I don't think I said 'I love you' near enough

We watched this performed on a Youtube video and speaking after the performance, Dan Fogelberg said that after "Leader of the Band" there was nothing left unsaid between he and his Dad, who died shortly after the song was written.

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