From Fergie


Fergie Frederiksen has written a track by track comment for the songs included In the highly anticipated album with Tommy Denander “Baptism By Fire” released on Frontiers Records on June 8th 2007. Enjoy the read!

LET HIM GO – Tommy sent me the files on this one and Pamela McNiel and I did the lyrics. I had always wanted to do a song about a gal who had to move on from an abusive relationship. Everyone’s saying how she needs to get out but she can’t. It happens too much in this world today. Let him go. Protect your pride, dignity and dreams. It can be done!

RIGHT HEART – So many times in life the timing is bad. Could we have met earlier or later and would it have worked out? Destinies are not always inline and love is not always enough.

SILVER LINING – This song has been with TD for many years. I took the lyrics and changed them to fit a personal friends situation. He was having a hard time with a break up and it was very clear to me he had lost his silver lining.

CROSSING OVER – This is Ricky Phillips at his best. A great musical track and Ricky and I ran with it. The connection we all share with loved ones doesn’t end after their death. We keep a piece of them with us forever. The tears, the joy, the good times and the bad. The strength, the weakness all lives on. The bridge sums it up.  Save me a place, I’ll see you tomorrow. And until then I will always cherish your love!

WRITTEN IN STONE – “I Love You” are the three words written in stone. When you have the need to find answers you will. Ricky again is amazing and took TD’s music and made it work for us.
I loved the first low verse and then letting it sore for the next verses while keeping the chorus layered and structured. 

SAVING GRACE – This song is for Tris. When I was going through Hep C treatment she was my saving grace. She also is my best friend and works for the American Liver Foundation and does the rock event for the awareness of Hep C that we do each year. She and the ALF have helped to raise awareness for Hep C and save life’s. Someday we hope to bring the concert to Europe.

BAPTISM BY FIRE – Baptism By Fire is the one song that means the most to me. I think TD feels the same way because it is about our Fathers. When my Dad was slipping away and I was home in Michigan, I wrote the hook. I was in and out of the hospital with him for days at a time and had a real awakening. My sister, Char, was there every day taking care of both him and my Mother and for the first time since he was getting worse I experienced what she was going through. Because I live in a Minnesota I wasn’t able to be there all the time. Not to mention I was on the road for days and weeks at a time. I thank God for her and felt what it was like to deal with all the emotion she had dealt with on a daily basis. The lyrics put the whole thing together. Jim Peterik is first of all a dear friend and also someone who has a way with story telling not many possess. He and I took the time to discuss my feelings and the situation I was wanting to describe. It all happened quite quickly and no one could have helped me better to express my feelings in this song. Thank you Jim.

CAN’T GET ENOUGH – A fictitious wet dream I think. You can’t get it out of your head good bad or otherwise. There’s no explaining chemistry.

NEVER TRY TO LOVE AGAIN – This is one that TD had for a while and is just a good song. All you do to make things work sometimes is not enough if the other person is not signed up for it. Even if it means everything to you! Then you might just give up.

DEAD END – I reworked the lyrics and the melody to this song TD wrote. I think it had actually been released before by some other band. I had a blast singing it. Got me back to some serious kickass vocals. Fun song. I’ve never met Corine!

KEEP A LIGHT ON – A commitment of love. Asking for a show of faith with someone you want to spend the rest of your life with. If there is a light you will follow. Will there be a light on? If there is you’ll find your way home. LEFT WITH NOTHING – Caught up in doubts. Your self esteem is being questioned and your pride. Not a very comfortable place to be in life. Especially after you have been lead on that there really was something to believe in. Played for a fool. Not a good place to be but unfortunately it happens.
Another from TD’s archives.

Note:  Thanks to my friends Jim Peterik, Ricky Phillips, Pamela McNiel and the other co-writers. And especially for TD’s craftful guitar work and song writing. Also here comes an extract from the first album review that appeared on the Web from “If you think Radioactive, Jim Jidhed, Mecca and Pride Of Lions is AOR that you want to hear then Baptism By Fire is a album you can’t avoid and if you do that I think that’s a felony. The production is top-notch with and the whole album sounds super tight. This could be the AOR-album of the year and it must be one helluva album to beat Baptism By Fire. Fantastic work guys and don’t makes us wait other 3 years for a follow up!” – Juha Harjula


19 thoughts on “From Fergie

  1. Fergie thanks for coming to Hutchinson, MN to support McLeod Alliance on 7/7/07. You are a wonerful artist. I wish more people would have come. There was so much going on this weekend, it being the 4th and the car show going. I have gone to many concerts and music festivals and enjoy the music world very much. Hope to see you again. I do not remember Hutch having music artist like yourself come here. People missed out. Again thanks .

    Your fan,

  2. Fergie:

    Thanks to you and Heartbreaker for playing Hutch last week. I second Nora’s wish that there had been more people but those that did attend had fun, I think. I like Foreigner and I came across a quote today that made me think of that line from “Double Vision.” Who knew arena rock could be so deep? 🙂

    “We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.” — Albert Camus


  3. In conjunction weith your last hepc rock show, there was a bracelet that you could buy with a symbolic drop of a blood colored stone. Unfornuately, I didn’t buy it at the time, bur hindsight being what it is, I want to now. Do you still have the name of the artist who created these? Thanks!

    Cyndi J.

  4. Hi Fergie,
    I am a Toto fan and I really find your voice great.
    I think you are one of the most underrated singers ever.
    I heard your samples of the new CD on myspace: these rock, absolutely !!!!
    Great AOR !!!
    Thanks again
    Dave (Monzon)

  5. Fergie:
    this might be far fetched, however, seeing you and knowing you in TRILLION was landmark in its time! Knowing that the band has reformed in Chicago, and has brought the life back in it, would you consider giving them a call?

    a HUGE fan!

  6. I’m writting from Mexico City, we hope to see you guys over here, soon enough. I’ve been listening to Baptism By Fire, over and over and I have to say that is an amazing album. There are two particular songs, the powerful “Dead End”, and the beautiful, Toto-ish-vibe, very cool “Left With Nothing”. For a minute there I thought I was listening to all the swing and feeling of Michael Porcaro on that cool bass line. Just want to say congratulations on a great work, and like Dave Montini says on his comment, I too think you’re a fantastic singer, and a part of Toto’s best album (my opinion, of course) Isolation. Cheers, mate!

    • Hi Michael!
      If you have them on your computer, then you can e-mail me at: klaus (at) fergiefrederiksen (dot) com
      If not, then send me an e-mail, and I can give you my address…


  7. Fergie – do you remember the fall of 1971 at “the Bank” in Grand Rapids – I was the sax player in the original version of “Flyin’Home” – I lost all copies of the “Flyin’ Home Boogie” for 40 years until i chanced to find one on ebay a few weeks ago. It was wonderful to hear you and Harry Lucas’s voices again. I can see life has been good – thats wonderful – best to you always!

  8. Hi Fergie… Next time you are in Jacksonville FL. contact me. I have a great golf course you will no doubt enjoy. Take care… Dave Hollingsworth

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