“These Dreams”

Jim Croce (1943-1973) recorded a number of lovely songs in the late 1960s to early 1970s before a plain crash took his life. This is one song that I particularly like. Enjoy!

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  1. This wonderful song was on the album, “Life and Times”, that was released in July 1973 prior to Jim Croce’s death. The last album was released posthumously in December of 1973, the well loved “I Got A Name.” Altogether there were 5 great albums in his short but productive life. I do not have the first one, the 1966 “Facets” that has an interesting story behind it. I do have the second one from 1966 “Jim & Ingrid Croce” that has a song that I loved “Age” that appears again on the posthumous 5th album too. Ingrid, as you may know, was his wife and sang with him until the birth of their only child in late 1971. One of my other Croce favorites is “Time in a Bottle” from the 3rd album in 1972 “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim”. “Operator” is also on that same album. His son, Adrian James, known as “A. J.” has followed in his Father’s footsteps and looks remarkably like Jim with a similar sound. He has released a number of his own albums. A.J.’s life has had many ups and downs, beginning with his Father’s death and most recently in 2018 when his wife of many years succumbed to a rare heart virus. A few years ago I saw and listened to A.J. singing this very song whilst playing Jim’s guitar to honor a recent birthday anniversary of Jim Croce. I no longer recall exactly where that was, but perhaps it can still be found by some internet exploring. It would be worth your time to do so. I also like his rendition of “I Got A Name”, although the source of that is forgotten too. Though “These Dreams” is not Jim Croce’s most well known or highly rated songs, it is one of many that I love. Thank-you!

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      • Let’s see, Google also says, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (Big Bopper) (both died with Buddy Holly), Randy Rhoads of Quiet Riot, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Otis Redding, Ricky Nelson, Glen Miller, Jim Reeves, and Patsy Cline, to name a few.

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        • Some of these names were coming to my mind too. It is very sad how many there are.
          I also thought of Reba MacEntire . She didn’t die, but her whole band did when their airplane crashed.I can’t remember why she didn’t go with them, but I can’t imagine how she must have felt losing her whole band, who had become dear friends, and knowing she would have died as well if she had been with them!

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          • Goes to show how little I’ve kept up with things. Either that or I’ve forgotten all about this crash. What a tragedy. That’s just like losing a bunch of coworkers, who you’ve grown close to.

            I once interviewed Reba, back in 1981 when her career was just starting to gain momentum. She was a nice lady. And very patient, as I was a lousy interviewer. She helped me make the interview go well.

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            • My husband and I are not big fans of Country music but we do have some favorites and Reba is definitely one of them. We have most of her CD’s. I forget when the crash happened but it was quite a few years ago. Her “For my Broken Heart” CD was dedicated to the friends she lost.

              But wait, you actually interviewed her??? How cool is that! Can I have your autograph? 🙂 Any other famous people that you have interviewed?

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              • Yeah, I was a country music deejay in the early 80s, at a small radio station in New Mexico. She was giving a concert in our area, and we were one of the sponsors. So she came into the station and I interviewed her.

                I also interviewed Mundo Earwood, and I hung the phone up on Gene Watson, when he called in to be interviewed (that was a mixup I never lived down). Earwood was a minor singing star, but he wrote some big hits, such as “The Games People Play”. Watson was a fairly big country star at the time, but seems now to be largely forgotten. One of his big hits was “Pick the Wildwood Flower.”

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                • Ahh, that is an interesting fact to learn about you.
                  I can see you being good at being a deejay, I had always thought that would be a fun job.
                  I don’t recognize the names you mentioned but I can imagine your embarrassment at hanging up on a star! 🙂
                  On second thought I probably wouldn’t make a good deejay. Just think of Cat Steven’s and no more needs said!

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  2. When I think of Jim Croce I always think of “Time in a Bottle”, love that song! I wasn’t as familiar with this one, but I enjoyed it. Another one of my favorites of his is “I’ll have to say I love you in a song.” I remember listening to that one over and over when I was younger.
    Thanks for bringing back memories.:)

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    • You’re welcome. Isn’t it amazing how music goes way beyond simply producing something pleasant to listen to. So many of us use music as an association with events in our past. They become musical milestones in our life journey. 🙂

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        • Such is the importance of music … and yet how much time does our/your education system dedicate to it? Sadly, it is a business model that is driving education, and not a personal development model. Sir Ken Robinson is on YouTube (check out “Do schools kill creativity”)

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