Same Old Lang Syne
The late Dan Fogelberg wrote a bittersweet holiday song of a chance meeting with a former sweetheart on Christmas Eve at a Peoria convenience store.
It’s a familiar story. High school sweethearts go to separate colleges, try to stay in touch, but life gets between them. For most of us, those times are distant memories but for Dan Fogelberg and Jill Anderson those memories were awakened by a chance meeting.
From an article by Phil Luciano in the Journal Star:
On Christmas Eve 1975, Jill and her husband visited her parents, who still lived in the Woodruff district. Also at the home were some friends of the family. During the gathering, Jill’s mother asked her to run out for egg nog. Jill drove off in search of an open store.
Meanwhile, a few blocks away, a similar scenario was playing out at the Fogelberg home, where Dan Fogelberg was visiting family for the holiday. They needed whipping cream to make Irish coffees, so Fogelberg volunteered to go search for some.
By happenstance and because almost every other business on the East Bluff was closed, Jill and Fogelberg both ended up at the Convenient store at the top of Abington Hill, at Frye Avenue and Prospect Road. She got there first, and Fogelberg noticed her shortly after arriving.
They bought a six pack, sipped beer in her car and gabbed away. “We had some laughs,” Jill recalls.
As two hours flew by, Jill’s family and friends grew worried.
“We were like, ‘Where is she?'” says a laughing Eileen Couri of Peoria, one of the friends at the gathering that night.
When Jill returned, she simply explained that she had run into Fogelberg, and the two had caught up with each other. No big deal.
Five years later, Jill was driving to work in Chicago. She had on the radio, and a new song popped on. First, she thought, “That sounds like Dan.”
Then she listened to the lyrics, about two former lovers who have a chance encounter at a store. “Oh my gosh!” she told herself. “That really happened!”
Enjoy Dan Fogelberg – Same Old Lang Syne: