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As some of you know, Dan Fogelberg is my alltime favorite songwriter. And I've had the great good fortune to intersect with his life and legacy, through being invited to the dedication of a memorial in his hometown of Peoria some years ago now, and performing for his family, friends, and fans at the Welcome Party. I fell in love with his song, "Icarus Ascending" that weekend, and some of the lyrics are engraved into the memorial that now overlooks the river there. So, here's a cover of the song, from my and the Looper. Hope you enjoy it.
Here's what he said about it:

"This is one of the most recent, a very important song to me as a songwriter. It's a statement of my personal philosophy of being an artist. It does give hope for those who are willing to plumb the depths of individualism in any endeavor, in any art. The gift of art is an incredible blessing from the creator...It's perhaps as close as I will ever come to really expressing my core philosophy. I'm not talking financial here, but spiritual rewards.
Many great artists never realized financial rewards. This is a song to those artists, more than someone like me, who has had every reward I can possibly think of. So many great artists struggled all their lives and will never see the perks. This song says you have to have enormous courage to follow the muse and that's Icarus. The Greek story is one of the great stories of optimism and foolishness, that he would make wax wings to fly to the sun. But as an artist you've got to be fearless and keep flying to the sun even though you know you might crash. ' There is a gamble in each proud act of flight' is one of the best lines I've ever written."
-- Dan Fogelberg
 

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Thanks for stopping by my music website.
Please check out my music, and upcoming shows.
Here and there, I post demo-videos of newer songs that are still cooking in the kitchen.

I love playing my songs for people, and am always moved by the mystical connection between audience and performer.
I'm grateful for every new song, and for every chance to share them with you.

A few years back --during a dark time in my life, when I was looking for some hope-- my therapist taught me about things could help me get out of the hole. He said science has shown several things that lift our minds and spirits from depression.
Medication, yes. But also...healthy food, deep relationships, exercise, prayer and meditation. So, we talked about how I could get more of that stuff.

But then, when he learned I was a musician, he became extremely animated, and excitedly told me how research has shown how musicians get special hormones and brain chemicals from playing and singing.
In a very real way
, he said, music heals us.


"You must play your music," he said, with a stridency and passion that surprised me.

The moment he said this, I knew he'd given words to an unnamed truth I had known for a time. Music is one of the things that saves my life.
I hope it helps save yours too.
And I'm grateful you've stopped by here.

If you happened to be looking for my blog, where I write on all sorts of things, go here.
If you were hunting the cover band I'm a part of, where I get to play with some incredible friends, and raise tons of money for charity, go here.
If you're looking for info about the church I'm privileged to serve, go here.

And, again, I hope you enjoy this site, hope you'll snoop around...and thanks for stopping by....EF

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Previous events

Oct28

Connections in Plano

FUMC Plano, 3160 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano

We will play our new 2017 set, in a fundraiser for Hurricane Relief. This show will specifically benefit the US Virgin Islands, who are not receiving much attention. We'll play many artists from the 1980s....Hall and Oates, U2, Dire Straights. We'll also put back in several songs to honor Tom Petty. Great music for a great cause...don't miss it!

Connections at Northaven: Hurricane Relief

Northaven UMC, 11211 Preston Road, Dallas

We will play our new 2017 set, in a fundraiser for Hurricane Relief. This show will specifically benefit the US Virgin Islands, who are not receiving much attention. We'll play many artists from the 1980s....Hall and Oates, U2, Dire Straights. We'll also put back in several songs to honor Tom Petty. Great music for a great cause...don't miss it!

May19

Connections in Allen

We'll be playing our annual show as a part of Change the World Weekend. This will be a new show, filled with a brand new set off music. Details and venue later.....

Feb17

Connections in McKinney

FUMC McKinney, 315 N Church St, McKinney

I'll be playing with Connections. We will be performing our "Summer Party Set" at FUMC McKinney. The beneficiary is "Hope Rising's" program called "Stronger Than Expresso," a group dedicated to equipping survivors of violence with the tools to reclaim what abuse took away.

Jul7

With Connections - Private Event

Gaylord Texan

I'll be playing with Connections at the National Church Networks Convention at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine. This is a private event.

Feb12

Connections with the Allen Symphony Chorus

Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church, 1015 State Highway 121, Allen, Texas

This will be a big show, with the Allen Symphony Chorus and a large orchestra section. Connections will be doing songs we've done before, but backed with a huge group of musicians....songs such as "Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me," "What's Going On?" and "The Pretender"

May15

Connections Tribute to Chicago and the Eagles

Joe Farmer Amphitheater, 1201 E Bethany Dr, Allen, TX 75002

Connections will play our Tribute to Chicago and the Eagles. Joe Farmer is a huge outdoor amphitheater where we drew 1,000 people the last time we played. We're hoping for another great crowd, and a great evening of music.

Free Age limit: All ages

  • South Florida Folk Festival Finalist
  • Honorable Mention, Billboard Song Contest
  • Honorable Mention, Great American Song Contest
  • Wildflower Festival Semi-Finalist