Over the years, fans and friends have written to me about Jim Croce and how he has touched their lives. It is always a wonderful feeling to know that Jim’s music and memories continue to inspire others. The letters, photos and musical tributes that people have shared with us have helped to keep Jim’s spirit and music alive.
If you feel moved to write about how Jim has touched your life we’d love to hear your story. Please email us here.
I cannot even BEGIN to put into words what being a part of last night meant to me. It was not about bringing home some trinket... it was not about hearing "xxxx you were the best" it was about honoring Jim and I was proud to be a part of it.
I was so very happy to raise a glass to Jim and Maury... and proud to have you and Jim standing there next to me when I did it. I'd be lying if I told you a little part of me was saddened by the fact that none of the other contestants mentioned that, but this meant different things to different people.
I wish you could have seen the smile on your face when I started singing... I wish you could have seen it grow when the place started singing along. Walking home the winner meant nothing compared to being there with so many people that loved Jim to celebrate his music and to remember what a tragic loss we all suffered... the world suffered 40 years ago. Not many people would really understand not wanting to come home with the prize... but the prize I get to take with me... being there on that night and making you happy and doing Jim proud is something better than anyone could ever give me to hang on a wall. Not even "my Ingrid" Krista or her mom understand that...
LOL... but that's ok. It was important to me to do this right and do Jim proud... from the look on your face and the crowd's reaction... I could not be more pleased.. anyway forgive me for rambling on, this was a very emotional moment for me and I know it was for you too.
Thank you again for allowing me to be a part of it.
I am happy and proud to call you and Jim my new friends and I am truly blessed to have been a part of this all. I look forward to new year's eve... I truly hope that xxxx doesn't get stuck with working again. The only thing that could have made this whole experience any better would have been to have her there to share it with me.
You are a warm wonderful person Ingrid. But that was really no great surprise. How could the woman who inspired one of the greatest love songs of all time (Have To Say I Love You) not be? I've written more than my share of love songs for xxxx so I know the feeling... I know what it means to be so moved by the love you have for someone that you have to put it in song. We were all blessed that Jim shared that very special gift to you with the world... just like he shared A.J.'s "Time In A Bottle" with us all. I never got to meet Jim, but through the magic of his music I got to know him a little bit... and now with the book... I loved the book... and now I have TWO copies! ;) and having met you in person, I know a little bit more and will continue to keep his music in my heart.
I told you that one of the GREATEST compliments I ever received was having my writing style and performing (if you call what I do performing) style compared to his... I am in NO WAY anywhere near Jim's class, but I do put my heart into it all just like he did... I do sing TO the listener like he did making each story that I put in song my own. That is something the music world needs more of today.
There was only and could ever only be ONE Jim Croce... thank you Ingrid for sharing him with the world... you had so little time with him, but the love you shared was and is beyond inspiring.
Ok... the Italian from Brooklyn has run off at the mouth long enough.
I'm packing up and heading home to my baby... bringing with me an amazing memory, honor, and prize that I will cherish forever.
Best of luck getting the new place set up and I hope we can give the old place a proper send off on new years eve!
With much love and respect... your new friend