We now have an orchestral arrangement of “Longer Than” by Dan Fogelberg, featuring harp, piano, oboe, clarinet, flute, and string ensemble. I started playing piano for weddings when I was quite young, and this is one of a handful of songs that I used time and again for wedding preludes. It seemed everyone knew it and liked it; it offended no one in more conservative churches, and was compelling with it’s folk guitar picking style and gentle orchestration.
It is one of the few songs you’ll ever hear that made it’s way up the pop charts to the top 5 (actually, all the way to #2) that has a trumpet solo. The only other song that comes to mind is Penny Lane by the Beatles. I suppose if I posit the question to my trumpet playing studio friends, they could name a dozen more…okay, I just remembered Herb Alpert and the Tiajuana Brass had a couple in the late 60′s I think? Correct me if I’m wrong on that…and I don’t know how far up the charts it went, but the theme from Hawaii 5-O was pretty popular in the day.
Fogelberg also penned such hits as “Leader of the Band”, “Same Old Lang Syne”, and “Run For The Roses.”