Thursday, March 26, 2009

Farewell to the Great Dan Seals

One of my all-time favorite singers died yesterday at the age of 61. Dan Seals was considered a "crossover artist" when he moved from pop music to country in the 1980s. He was formerly in the band called "England Dan and John Ford Coley," who sang the famous seventies anthem "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight."

But Seals grew up in Texas and had sung country music all his life, so the country scene was nothing new for him, and he had eleven number-one hits in the 80s and 90s, with four more of his songs reaching the top ten.

My husband and I had the thrill of going to one of his concerts in the 80s and even meeting him briefly afterward. He was tall, handsome, and gentle, and he spoke even during his concert about how important spirituality was in his life.

Seals died of cancer in his daughter's home, where he was under hospice care. I like to picture him as he is depicted in the final image of this video, where God has created "trails to lead old cowboys home again."

Farewell, Dan.

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