…. There is sadness in life, and then there is true tragedy…. Mind-strangling, life-crushing, soul-bruising tragedy…. And no, I’m not talking about having your home swept down the Mississippi in some Huricane-induced mudslide….. I’m talking about music…..

…. Around here?.... well, it is usually pretty thin on the ground….. but tonight I have allowed myself to be swept into a deep, deep, dark & gloomy depression……

… see, whilst scouting YouTube for blogfodder, I chanced to find a few of the wonderful oldies…. James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce….. and as I listened to tune after blissful tune, it suddenly occurred to me that the only song of EITHER musician’s that I had bothered to learn to play was “Roller Derby Queen” by Mr. Croce…..

…. Sweet lord, the humanity…..

…. And for those of you who are uninitiated in just how shameful it is to not learn “Time in a Bottle” (and no, that's not Jim, but it is a damn good version) and to choose “Roller Derby Queen” instead, just listen to ole Jim singing it here….

… yes, I know… it is a catchy tune….. but looking back now, I really wish that I’d spent the time learning “Operatorinstead…..

…. But hey, you live and learn….. that’s just the way that the cookie bounces…..

by Eric on August 21, 2007 | Bullshit (13) | TrackBack (0) | Music
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so, learn it now...

Bullshitted by Jean on August 21, 2007 07:30 PM

..... perhaps I will give it a try..... we'll see....

Bullshitted by Eric on August 21, 2007 07:32 PM

First song I learned was "Come Monday" back when Jimmy Buffet had a soul. Now he just has a drink.

Bullshitted by Joan of Argghh! on August 21, 2007 07:42 PM

Dammit man, quit posting this shizzle. If word gets out about the lackaknowlegeatude then Acidman hisself may return from the great unknown and kick your behind!

Bullshitted by Cappy on August 21, 2007 08:17 PM

Jim Croce had a great guitarist backing him up named Maury Muehleisen, who died in the same plane crash as Jim.

Bullshitted by Jerry on August 21, 2007 09:42 PM

Operator... one of my favourite Croce tunes...

Bullshitted by That 1 Guy on August 21, 2007 11:40 PM

Now let's all give thanks that planes crash....

Just sayin' is all.

Bullshitted by bitterman on August 22, 2007 12:32 PM

Operator is one of my all time faves...

Bullshitted by Richmond on August 22, 2007 03:33 PM

I have absolutely never heard this song and what in the hell was that I just watched?! Is it a race? Or is the goal just to beat the ever living snot out of each other while wearing skates? Good Lord.

Bullshitted by Bou on August 22, 2007 05:40 PM

Boy, that song brings back memories of my eight track player.

Bullshitted by sticks on August 22, 2007 06:39 PM

Just what I needed, a reason to break out some of Jim's stuff and have a listen.

Bullshitted by Rey B on August 23, 2007 11:00 AM

Oh my, that definitely brought back memories!

Bullshitted by Raging Mom on August 23, 2007 02:12 PM

Jim Croce was in the Army when he wrote Operator.

He was standing in line for the mess hall in the rain and he overheard another GI on the payphone. The song is almost verbatim what he heard said into the phone that day in the rain.

Bullshitted by chris on August 29, 2007 01:49 PM