Sunday, January 10, 2010

time in a bottle

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809) philosopher, author, radical

today is the anniversary of the publication of common sense, which was published on 10 january 1776. however, today's quote comes from paine's other great work the american crisis, published after common sense. because of the power and significance of paine's writings he has claim to the title of being the father to the american revolution.

today is the birthday of singer-songwriter jim croce. croce died tragically in 1973 in a plane accident when he was only 30 years old. after his death his song time in a bottle, became a hit song. jim wrote the song for his son a.j. who was a just a baby at the time. today a.j. is older than his father ever was; like his father a.j. is also a singer-songwriter. I wonder if a.j. has ever covered his father's song for him - or if it is too painful.


photo: tagged utility box, cleveland. january 2010

8 comments:

tut-tut said...

Lots of interconnections here today!

subby said...

Most favourite Jim Croce tune...evah!

One of the Worcester colleges has a stone much like your "wall" here. It's been painted so much, you can't tell the original shape!

California Girl said...

Croce's bar & restaurant opened in San Diego in the early 80's in what is now known as the hipe & swingin' Gaslight Quarter. When they opened, however, downtown was a dump, neglected, full of bums and drug addicts. I know. I worked downtown for my first radio station, KJQY 103.7. Jim Croce's ex-wife started the restaurant and catered to musicians. It is still going strong. And, AJ is an incredibly talented musician who plays there regularly as well as touring. Pretty remarkable foresight on the part of Mrs Croce. Nobody ever thought the Gaslight Qrtr would move beyond hookers, porno shops & fleabag hotels.

subby said...

@ California Girl, way cool tale ;)

Merle Sneed said...

How many of the great ones died in plane crashes hurry from one gig to another? I remember Croce's death as though it was yesterday. I was still young enough for death to shock me. Nowadays, not so much.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

tut - ;)

subby - mine too! though I'm quite fond of photographs and memories. actually his voice makes all his songs favs

cg - great story! 6 degrees of separation!

merle - I remember it all too well - it was my first year in college I remember the news hit me like a ton of bricks. you raise an interesting question - how many singers have died in plane crashes and how does their rate compare to the general population? a query for an epidemiologist!

Roy said...

"Time In a Bottle" was one of the tunes I played back in my coffeehouse days. It certainly brings back memories!

Alan Burnett said...

Great image and great post. Made me think and made me listen. No finer accolade than that.