Thursday, December 27, 2007

Musical Passings

Two musical passings happened in the past week. Dan Fogelberg died Sunday, December 16th at his home in Maine. He was 56 and died from prostate cancer. A week later on Sunday, the 23rd, Oscar Peterson, the great jazz pianist died at his home in Mississauga, Ontario, outside Toronto. I bought a few Dan Fogelberg records when I was an early teenager in my pre Led Zeppelin days. His music could politely be labeled “soft rock.” I still get a tear in my eye when I hear “Same Ole Lang Syne.” And Oscar Peterson was just one of the all-time greats. His two record interpretation of Gershwin standards are my favorite of his albums. Everyone should have the pleasure of hearing Oscar Peterson playing with Ray Brown and Herb Ellis.

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