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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dan Fogelberg Covers Neil Young's "Birds" on YouTube

A quite heartbreaking cover by Dan Fogelberg of Neil Young's "Birds" on YouTube.

The track "Birds" is on Dan Fogelberg's final album Love In Time, which was released on August 13, 2009 -- his 58th Birthday -- approximately two years after his death. He recorded the tunes in his own studio at his home in Colorado before his death and then put the recordings away - to be released after his death. After his death, his wife Jean sent them off to be finished and commercially packaged.

The last song of the album is dedicated to his wife Jeanie. Listening to someone who knows that he will soon die while singing the refrain 'It's's over' is "unbelievably poignant".

Thanks Pat & Sheri (for correction).


At 1/24/2011 09:52:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you for posting "Birds". You are wrong, though, about the part that the album was released shortly before his death. Dan Fogelberg's last album was not released until approximately two years AFTER his death. There is more about this on his website too. He recorded the tunes in his own studio at his home in Colorado before his death and then put the recordings away - to be released after his death. After his death, his wife Jean sent them off to be finished and commercially packaged.

At 1/24/2011 09:58:00 AM, Blogger Ruralgurl said...

Dan was a huge Buffalo Springfield fan according to various interviews where he sites his musical influences (along w/ Joni & the Beatles). You can often hear both Neil's and Stephen's influence in his early work. While my fave version of Birds is still Neil's on Sugar Mountain - Live at Canterbury House, Dan's cover is close to my heart, a musical meeting of my two favorite artists.

At 1/24/2011 10:08:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks Sheri for correction. Updated.

@Ruralgirl - didn't know about Dan's Buffalo connection. thanx

At 1/24/2011 11:56:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

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At 1/24/2011 11:58:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

Dan Fogelberg was an early influence on my guitar playing,interestingly enough with a 'Birds' song - The Raven, which I still love and still play. It's a rocker. He was a gifted talent. Saw him a few times over the years. Great playing, great voice. Sadly missed.

At 1/24/2011 12:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could hardly get through it. Great job on a great song. Putting in that context gave me the chills.

one in eleventhousand

At 1/24/2011 05:10:00 PM, Anonymous juergen said...

This is totally off-topic, but i just found a hilarious clip on youtube that every neil fan should enjoy much :)

At 1/24/2011 06:19:00 PM, Blogger doc said...

Far out!..I didn't even know he had died!...I remember having a beautiful Dan fogelberg album back in the late 70's

this is a beautiful song...and I've always loved it..I'm glad someone picked up on it and recorded it..i love the words


At 1/29/2011 02:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After my live-in girlfriend died (many years ago), I listened to this song on After the Gold Rush hundreds of times, and it broke my heart every time. Thanks for posting this, it's one of my favorite Neil songs of all time and brings back a lot of bitter-sweet memories.


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