Thursday, July 23, 2015

"Make Love Stay" by Dan Fogelberg

Song#:  1336
Date:  02/05/1983
Debut:  80
Peak:  29
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Fogelberg's "Greatest Hits" disc included two brand new songs. The first, "Missing You," served as the LP's first single and reached #23 pop, #6 AC. The second new song was this follow-up single which performed similarly at pop. However, at AC the song became a #1 hit. It would be his third AC chart topper.

ReduxReview:  This song finds Fogelberg moving back towards the "Hard to Say" territory, which works well for him when it comes to singles. AC was all over this tune but pop wasn't as enthralled. Fogelberg's late-70s soft rock sound was losing steam around this time so the result is not too surprising. Although not one of my favorites of his, I like this song which is enhanced by a lovely arrangement.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Fogelberg's inspiration for this song came from the 1980 novel "Still Life with Woodpecker" by Tom Robbins. The phrase "make love stay" appears in the novel, which was Robbins' third book. Although it seems to be a love song, it is really a philosophical meditation. Fogelberg has said of the song that it is "a musical question that, unfortunately, eludes me still."


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