Monday, July 01, 2013

Well I know it’s kinda late

Let’s time travel back to the seventies, and grab a piece of memory.

An odd thing happened as I started to create this post. I was going to run with this crazy idea of updating a Jim Croce song with modern social media terms. As I researched a little background on Jim Croce and the song “I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song” I realized his story is more interesting than my silly updating of his hit song.

Really, changing the lyrics to “I’ll have to say I love you in a tweet” is not that creative.

Anyone remember the late great Jim Croce?



downloaded from Ingrid Croce website


Like many my age I enjoyed his hit songs back in the 70’s. Jim died in plane crash much too early in life. He was only 30 and left his wife, Ingrid, and a son who was a week away from his second birthday.

What I found was an amazing story of a widowed single mother conquering hardship. Ingrid did eventually remarry. She and her husband co-wrote a biography of Jim, titled “I Got a Name”. It was published in 2012. I have not read the book but now I’m interested.

From the wikipedia pages and online interviews I learned that Ingrid continued to sing, opened and ran a successful restaurant in San Diego, wrote cookbooks and won numerous awards. She has a website with information about her story, restaurant and books. Ingrid Croce

On her website I found the introduction of the book “I Got a Name”. In it she wrote:

“We were both intense individuals. When it was good, it was magnificent, passionate, and soulful. But when we hurt each other, when our friendship and trust were challenged, it was horrific, painful, and empty.”


24 comments:

A Daft Scots Lass said...

wow is all I have to say...

Dawn Saros-Kirk said...

I remember Jim Croce. I didn't realize his wife sang and I didn't know much about his life. Interesting, thanks for sharing.

lisleman said...

wow is a nice comment thanks

lisleman said...

I was the same. Enjoyed a number of his songs and knew he had died. I probably knew about the accident back then but forgot. thanks

missliz said...

Like you, I loved his music, but didn't know much about his personal life. She was, and is, a survivor. Thanks for sharing and the beautiful walk down memory lane with his music.

lisleman said...

You're very welcomed. thanks for sharing a comment

Joanne said...

Thank you. That was so long ago.

lisleman said...

You're very welcomed.

OneStonedCrow said...

I'd heard of Jim Croce but never listened to his music - thanks.

lisleman said...

Oh you should listen to a few more of his hits. One of his hits was "Bad Bad Leroy Brown". Here's a link

http://youtu.be/EwPRm5UMe1A

Bearman Cartoons said...

Lots of info I didn't know

lisleman said...

same for me thanks for browsing by

Secret Agent Woman said...

I loved Jim Croce. Such a sweet, friendly voice.

lisleman said...

thanks

Tami said...

I do not remember hearing about the plane crash, but then again I was a young girl. I do, however, remember the song. I enjoyed the YouTube video. Do you know what happened to his son?

lisleman said...

Adrian had a tough childhood having suffered a brain tumor. He is now married with kids. He has released 7 albums and writes his own songs. I have not listened to his songs yet. Here's the wiki page on him

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._J._Croce

Tami said...

He was born in a town about 45 minutes from my house.

lisleman said...

Interesting - does the town recognize him with a street, park name? Maybe a plaque.

Cheryl P. said...

I am a big Croce fan. I did a post quite awhile ago about "love songs" and included "I Have to Say I Love You In a Song". I had been reading Ingrid's book "Thyme In A Bottle" one of her cookbook type of books...and she told the story of why Jim wrote the song. They had a fight about their finances and he wasn't good at communicating when they had disagreements she said. He wrote it during the night and sang it to her the next morning.


I think his loves songs were amazing, especially given the fact he died so young.

lisleman said...

I read that Ingrid did a few cookbooks. I found the 2012 book "I got a name" at the library and started reading it. thanks

Lisa said...

I knew the song but did not know anything else about it. I enjoyed ALL your posts, thank you for bringing me to this one.

lisleman said...

you are welcome thanks for sharing a comment

longhollow said...

I loved Jim Croce. I remember the moment I heard he had died. I still love his songs and listen to "Time in a Bottle" quite often.

lisleman said...

I'm liking this new bio "I Got a Name". thanks

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