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Not that long after Joyce made the journey to her final and better home in 2009, I first heard some of Jim Croce’s music.  By now, I have all that he made public, and I return his albums on a regular basis.  “Time in a bottle” is my favorite piece.  Its impact hasn’t changed during the many time I have listened to it.

“Time in a bottle” is an example of how the right words combined with a beautifully harmonized tune can enter my soul, continue to focus my attention, and bring to my consciousness the thoughts and memories I need to ponder.

The song points beyond itself.  In Croce’s case, he didn’t live long enough after composing and recording the piece to realize its impact; he died in a plane crash not long after the song became part of one of his few albums.  His only son, A J Croce, was only two years old when the song was composed.  Jim had written the song in honor of his son.

But, the song goes beyond the specifics of its composition.  Some events are such that we want to forget them; sometimes we succeed.  Other events the contrary; we never want to forget them.  Again, sometimes we succeed.  Like many people, my memory includes both what I wish I could forget as well as what I hope to never forget.  You don’t have to guess very much to know in what category the memories of Joyce are found.

It is when Croce gets to this stanza – “If I had a box just for wishes and dreams that had never come true . . . The box would be empty, except for the memory of how they were answered by you.” — that I am most impacted.  What a fascinating twist of language to say that box (bottle) is completely full of satisfied wishes and dreams!!  “Yes they are, Joyce.”

I would be remiss if I failed to recognize that the pointing feature goes beyond the one whom I have loved as no one else.  For, I find myself asking the question – “Have I been helping people have good memories for their bottles and boxes?”  Joyce left me with unforgettable memories.  Am I doing anything comparable for others?

To listen to Jim Croce’s “Time in a bottle”, click www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO1rMeYnOmM&list=RDkr-LzfEuuac.  The lyrics are:

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then
Again, I would spend them with you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do, once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go through time with

If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty, except for the memory of how
They were answered by you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do, once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go through time with

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