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Jim Croce's music was pure poetry. The poignant singer/songwriter died in September of 1973, just as his career was taking off. His third studio album, You Don't Mess Around With Jim, was released in April of 1972. One of the songs from that record, "Time in a Bottle," took on extra meaning after his untimely death. The haunting song deals with cherishing time and facing mortality; the message gained more weight after his passing. A true wordsmith, his lyrics touched on

"You Don't Mess Around With Jim" and "Operator (That's Not the Way it Feels)" were singles that also charted, at #8 and #17 respectively. They also exhibit the inherent talent of the gone-to-soon troubadour. "Time in a Bottle" charted at #1 on several U.S. charts, eventually achieving Gold status. The melancholy, beautiful song encapsulates a decade of bittersweet optimism and dreams deferred.

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About the Curator - Sonya Alexander

Sonya Alexander - Musicto Curator

After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.