What Makes Jim Croce’s Operator So Unique 

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In this episode my friend and fellow BRvidr Mary Spender and I analyze and react to Jim Croce's classic hit "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)".
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Tears streaming as I listen to your commentary. Knowing that you have recognized our brother Maury’s musical talent is heartwarming. It’s 49 years now and the memories are like an unbelievable yesterday. Thank you for remembering and honoring their lives.
Well said! This is a wonderful video and tribute. This is one of my favorites.
@dell5gibson Anos atrás
I am so sorry for yours, and all of our loss with your brother’s passing. He has been an influence to many. I recall being enthralled as a kid watching him play with Jim on a Midnight Special. God Bless.
@lw216316 Anos atrás
How did Maury learn to play guitar and become so good ?
@63002 Anos atrás
@@lw216316 practice extreme skill talent and a touch of magic...
I'm sure I'm just one of billions on the planet who feel this way, but here it goes....... Your brother is the reason I took up the guitar in 1980 and have been playing it ever since. I saw him play an Ovation Balladeer guitar on T.V. when I was a boy and so, when I was 15, I was beyond happy when there was a guitar just like the one your brother played on that program under the Christmas Tree. He was, is, and ALWAYS will be my personal "guitar hero." I could say he was an "inspiration" and still is, but "inspiration" seems so inadequate in describing what your brother's music meant to me, still means to me, and will always mean to me. I listen to "Gingerbreadd" and it sounds just as awesome and just as fresh fifty years on as it did when I first heard it as a seven year old kid.
@BlueSun4886 6 meses atrás
I too was crying through the entire commentary. Before Jim Croce ever recorded, I was a friend of his and his wife, Ingrid's. I was 5 or so years younger, a folk guitar accompanist (I still play at 75) and part of a group who used to meet at Jim's old white farmhouse near Lindell (IIRC), in the western exurbs of Philadelphia around 1970. We'd sit around on the lawn drinking beer, playing guitars, singing traditional songs & some of Jim & Ingrid's earliest works (see his album "Jim & Ingrid Croce" from the late '60s for these) & having the time of our lives. Everybody could see that, if he ever got his break, Jim was going to be something extra special in the folk world. The songs that he had already written were among the best I've ever heard with "Operator (That's Not the Way it Feels)" in the #1 position ("Operator" was officially listed as written in 1972, but Jim recorded it on singles as early as the mid-60s). I have always loved the way Jim & Maury blended their guitar styles to the point where 1 + 1 was so much greater than 2. They combined to blend all of the best of Martin guitars' low & high ranges. I'd love to see you analyze "Time in a Bottle" (which reached #1 on the charts posthumously), another song I simply can't listen to without crying. Play it all the way through before you start to dissect it for its full effect. The thought of all that Jim and Maury missed in life that should have been their time to shine to the world is tragic. It is always crushing to lose a friend, but to see Jim & his brilliance, along with Maury's, which sadly passed almost unnoticed outside of the musician world) resurrected 5 decades later is a remarkable synthesis of Joy and Sadness. Thank you for rediscovering Jim's "Operator," one of the all-time most moving songs I've ever heard. Perhaps the perfect song. BTW, not only did Ingrid perform herself for a number of years before opening her restaurant in California, but Jim's son, A. J. does remarkable covers of his father's songs.
@dlbstl 15 dias atrás
Wow! Thank you for this remembrance. He was a blessing, and I bet you were a blessing and light in his life too.
@Sabe53 2 dias atrás
This song hits home with me so hard. Had same experience when I was in my teens, twenties. I'm 70 now and still miss her SO MUCH!
@chrisazar9545 6 meses atrás
There was no Jim without Maury. Great song writer, great guitar backing. Outstanding time to grow up.
@shldnfr 5 meses atrás
What a great team they made.
@sharongaskell 4 meses atrás
We were so lucky
@whiplash_pants 4 meses atrás
Im so envious of those who experienced this magnificent team while it was happening. Tears, chills, laughs …all the emotions come through on their songs
@Jalleur14325 2 meses atrás
Yes indeed, I think magic with music almost always happens with the chemistry of two souls connecting
@The1rockerman 14 dias atrás
I respectfully disagree....Jim actually used to back up Maury in his band when he first started out, and although they were a team, Jim was the star. I've often said if that plane had not gone down, people today would be saying "Simon and WHO?" God speed my friend.
@mhsewbiz 9 meses atrás
I'm 78 years old, and a former telephone and directory assistance operator, mostly all-night shift. Loved it! Every time I hear this song, he is singing to me! I can so relate to this! ♥ Such a classic and clever song!
@helmutsecke3529 7 meses atrás
Mum were an old school Lily Tomlin type telephone operator ... 😢
@mhsewbiz 7 meses atrás
@@helmutsecke3529 I started out on cord board, loved it!
@aliciawilson9799 6 meses atrás
Great video of a great song of maybe the best singer/songwriter the Bossman, Jim Croce. I really like "I Got A Name" but I don't think Croce wrote that one. Although he certainly made it his when he sang it. TY so much for this video
My mom is 75 & was a long distance operator back in the late sixties. She said dudes would ask her out on dates. She always turned them down. She was already married to my dad at the time. Lol
@brianeastman3547 5 meses atrás
Keep up the good spirits ✨ man, Rest in Peace Jim Croce
@ferdiremo 3 meses atrás
Jim is just like a shooting star. A short burst of amazing that left us wanting for more.
@anniejacs5750 3 meses atrás
Love this.
@ptrelc 9 meses atrás
10:28 the depth of the singer’s tragedy is revealed in the line, “I think about a love that I thought would save me.” Thus, rather than overcoming the blow, he is interminably devastated by the loss of someone who was to be his savior. The upbeat melody aligns with the facade of recovery found in the lyric. This facade and its aligned melody make the listener’s discovery of the real meaning, all the more jolting. The song is a masterpiece.
@georgebeierberkeley 3 meses atrás
You took the thoughts right of my head. He’s still holding on, thinking of the life that could have been. A falsely cheery melody masking his pain.
I have been a trucker for 50 years. The day Croce died I was delivering a load of beef in LaSalle St in downtown Chicago. I was a big fan of his music. While tuning to WLS one of Croce's songs had just ended when the DJ announced that he had died. Then Operator came on... I was so sad. I had sung along with his songs, played on my 8 track, for 100,000 miles or more. The world is always a little better when I hear his music. Thank you Rick. Thank you ( and I love you) Mary.
@DanielinLaTuna Anos atrás
What’s an eight track
@philhofland5501 Anos atrás
@@DanielinLaTuna Its the venue where real music met real cars. If you were not present to see it in person there is no way to explain it. I was very young but the shift that occurred when 8 track went into the muscle cars is like no other phenomenon known to man. The synergism present when that occurred is what put the word synergism into the dictionary..... And lexicon.
@WeTubule Anos atrás
Croce's lyrics and his untimely death are both sad. But the reminder of the horrific 8-track format is what's bringing tears to my eyes now.
@CedricSatterfield Anos atrás
WLS!! Love it! I grew up in Aurora in the realty 80s and WLS was one of the only stations I could get on my battery powered radio that hung on my bedpost.
@nevaladder Anos atrás
I bet you loved his trucker songs. 💜
@kevingreen6939 5 meses atrás
This song has always murdered me. Croce was able to communicate what the rest of us can only feel. Brilliant.
@sethcollins4940 7 meses atrás
Croce is one of my all time favorite song writers and he died 5 years before I was born. I grew up listening to him and Lightfoot and all these greats from that era. Just an amazing writer.
@rossmacdonald3880 5 meses atrás
So glad you enjoy them both brilliant, Lightfoot just passed as you know buried not far from where I live. Croce just too young when he left is.
@rjszrama 4 meses atrás
And then there is Chapin
@mytahiti1004 3 meses atrás
They told great stories in their songs.
@BarrackObamna 2 meses atrás
Nah dude hes not dead he’s in Cuba with Tupac and Epstein.
@snausages43 2 meses atrás
I've listened to this song hundreds of times, but still every single time the "you can keep the dime..." line gives me the feels.
@mikedkc 6 meses atrás
I’m 68 and you two have helped me appreciate this song even more than I have for the last 50 years. Your analysis took it to another level. Thank you.
@roadglideusmc 5 meses atrás
Agree my brother. Shalom
@PeppieP 9 meses atrás
I’m 58 years old and just want to express the lyrical and musical talent we lost when we lost Jim and Maury was immense. Let’s hope people still appreciate them in 2023.
@marksc1929 Anos atrás
Rick I hate to admit it … but every single time this masterpiece of a tune comes on … someone starts chopping onions 🥲
@snap403 Anos atrás
They’re chopping in my house also.
@marksc1929 Anos atrás
@@snap403 😰
@thomastimlin1724 Anos atrás
HAHA...great way to put that. that goes for any tear jerker Croce wrote, like Time in a Bottle, Photographs and Memories...they take you to a different place and time, like when my parents and younger brother and I were altogether and alive. I am the last one left of that family. Croce's music transcends just the lost lover routine....
@snap403 Anos atrás
@@thomastimlin1724 Agreed, his songs remind me of family, trips in old cars in northern Michigan and both good and sad times. Love his music.
@marksc1929 Anos atrás
@@snap403 that’s great .. My homes in the south.. but it seems we all have the same things going on , ultimately .
@georgeperillo6421 7 meses atrás
I absolutely love this song and Maury's guitar fills are so well done, it's timeless magic.
@AnthonyL0401 3 meses atrás
"There's something in my eye... you know it happens every time I think about the love that I thought would save me" What a sad yet relatable line. Great analysis, Mary and Rick.
Thank you for analyzing this song, Rick. My dad was a huge Jim Croce fan, and I really feel in love with his music myself. I always thought the song was pretty amazing, and even more so now because my dad passed away last year. Hearing you break this song down reminds me what a masterpiece this truly is, and connects me to my dad again. I always enjoy your videos, but this one's special.
@creynolds0216 7 meses atrás
Rick, even to this day when I hear the line, "I've overcome the blow, I've learned to take it well...," I get the chills! That line is sooo good!
@aelder5057 9 meses atrás
I'm 59 years old and have loved this song (and the whole album) since I was a teenager - huge Croce fan - my teen years were when phone calls were actually a dime! Not long ago I rented an airbnb from someone whose last name was also Croce so I asked...and it was his cousin!! I was thrilled. Lost him way too young. Just discovered your channel and this was the first video I wanted to watch!!
@stanley2004 3 meses atrás
@deang8017 Anos atrás
I'm 33, and have never used a payphone and this song is still more relatable than 99% of what gets written these days.
@butlerdawgs78 Anos atrás
@@A.L.75 I'm 32 and we were definitely born at an interesting time. Had some exposure to the "pre tech" era when I was younger, didn't have my first cell phone until I was 15 either. There was a pay phone at the bowling alley, etc. We pranked some poor guy named Frank Moscow we found in the phone book relentlessly lol. Another song I'll throw into the ring is "Callin Baton Rouge" by Garth Brooks... also payphone related haha
@FlashCadallic Anos atrás
I can still hear the cling cling sound when you drop a dime in.
@TedBilk Anos atrás
music is relatable its just not relateable to you anymore
@savvymegs675 Anos atrás
Damn. 33 also haven't?? 37 and I guess I really was born on a cusp!
@420Gold 11 meses atrás
I’m 32 and remember using a pay phone a few times as a kid. I think it was quarters by that time though, not dimes. There’s actually an old, completely broken and disconnected pay phone right next to my apartment lol
@4absentfriends 7 meses atrás
The 'live' version of "Operator" is stunning, so well played and sung. You must check out all his songs, they're brilliant.
@michellemichon 2 meses atrás
I attended A.J. Croce's concert last night. What a wonderful storyteller & entertainer he is. We all laughed, cried & sang along to the songs. It was a magical night. Extra appreciation for your video. LOVE
@karlzuelke426 8 meses atrás
Love this. The guy has lost his girlfriend and his best old ex-friend, and he's lonely. The only person available to talk to is the operator. So this song is about heartbreak, but it's also about the loneliness that follows from that. A beautiful song.
@worldtrav72 7 meses atrás
This is such an awesome ‘story song’ from the ‘70’s. Love how concise and pointed and dense the lyrics are.
@davedechants2956 4 meses atrás
The joy on her face when singing along is awesome! That’s exactly how this music makes me feel! ❤❤❤
@Souzawrites Anos atrás
I saw his son in concert last year and he explained where this song came from. His father was in the army stationed at Fort Dix, and when the soldiers had free time, they'd line up at the only pay phone on base to wait their turn to call home to talk to their girls. While he waited for his turn, he heard one side of tragedies playing out before his eyes as soldier's girls moved on while they were away. As a song writer, he realized it was pure gold.
@hatdrummer Anos atrás
I believe his son became a jazz pianist and he and his mom, Jim's widow had a Jazz Club in the gas light district of San Diego.. I want there once.. I just stopped in.. But when you saw his son, did he play his dad's version, his own? A jazz version? Was he at the piano?
@katjayurschak7039 Anos atrás
I think that story also appeared in VH1's "Behind the Music" episode on Jim back in the 90s. The other things I remember being mentioned there was that the "You can keep the dime" comment was a little bit of dark humor being thrown in - after all, the operator doesn't personally get the dime nor is the phone going to return it after the connection was made!
@TimTheMusicMan Anos atrás
What make guitar is Rick playing ?
@392HEMI32 Anos atrás
Yep … I saw AJ Croce last month … and he told the same story about the origin of his father’s “Operator”
@cyc4usa706 Anos atrás
@@TimTheMusicMan Gibson
@chrisgirth7373 5 meses atrás
One of my all time favorite songs. I have sat and contemplated the lyrics to this song. His cadence and conversation with himself is unparalleled songwriting. Unsung hero of this song is Maury. Could listen to this a million times and never get sick of it.
@ricklerch5339 2 meses atrás
Rick Beato and Mary Spender, a songwriting tour de force. Rick discussing song structure and style, and Mary discussing the emotion invoked by lyrics and vocalization. They could teach a class… Outstanding content!
@s2snider 9 meses atrás
I forgot how great this song is. I didn't know Mary Spender before seeing this, and goodness... she's wonderful. Beautiful voice, lovely personality and she really adds to the depth of this song's analysis. So a big Thank You for this video. I'll be subscribing to Mary's channel.
@888Longball 7 meses atrás
Such a brilliant song. Jim didn't live long enough to see how loved he was.
@user-xd7bo1nh8g 6 meses atrás
I was in high school in the 70s and used up many a dime on a pay phone trying to get hold of my old crush who lived several miles away. For anyone who has gone through a relationship that went south, you can FEEL the emotion Jim Croce was able to put into song in such a great way!
i’m a 17 year old girl and i’ve had a strong emotional connection to Jim Croce’s music ever since last year. he’s gotten me through hard times 🤍 young people can totally connect to older music although the lyrics may describe a world we can’t fully relate to, the emotions held in the music transcends the barriers :)
Your post gives me hope for the future!
@RowlandGosling Anos atrás
So glad you posted this! Yes! It doesn't matter what age you are, pain is pain and his music is timeless.
GREAT to know someone your age knows about and likes anything from times before you arrived on this planet. Keep up the good work.
@SterlingJames Anos atrás
I’m a Gen Xr and it’s refreshing to hear such a young person enjoy a timeless classic. And, thank you Rick/Mary.
@SyntagmaStation Anos atrás
@mickeyneal6374 5 meses atrás
66 years old and been listening to this song for years. It still gets me. Goosebumps and tears. What a song. Great respect for your analysis and the respect you show the music.
@justingreer4001 4 meses atrás
Mary singing in that low register sounds so good! Rick you are no hack at anything you’ve played ever! Talented and fun to watch as always.
@Valkonnen 8 meses atrás
This is one of my favorite songs. It tells a story in such a concise and heartfelt way with resignation and a calm vibe. He left way too soon!
@mddell58 5 meses atrás
I was 14 years old when this more-than-beautiful song came out. I couldn't help but see my sweet mother's eyes tear up, & some facial tension appeared, too. ❤ In my naive youth, I remember thinking that the 'operator' and the man calling would actually get together, run off into the gorgeous sunset together, & live happily ever after. Yes. That is exactly what I had so hoped for. ❤
@ManduRugas-oe4kv 4 meses atrás
He was a very good story teller, thats the reason for the many quick changes in chords, talking in melodies😊
I played this song for a 19 year old co-worker (I’m 63) and he was just amazed at the lyrics. He said not only was Jim Croce a great storyteller, he transported you into the role of the person in the song, that you were living the experience and feeling the emotions. I knew he truly got it.
@robertbetz8461 11 meses atrás
Memphis by Chuck Berry is another great operator story song.
@Thomas-pq4ys 11 meses atrás
Most good music has story lyrics... a lost craft....
@batautomat 5 meses atrás
Listening to the album “Don’t Mess Around With Jim,” I’m struck with the fact that all the songs are between 2 and 3 minutes long! To pull heart strings in such compressed little songs is a testament to his refined writing ability. There’s a new high quality upload of Jim and Maury hosting Midnight Special- don’t miss it! The live sound is very clean and revealing.
@worldissuesmatter1643 3 meses atrás
In those days, you had to make it fit about 2:30 if you wanted radio play, so the writers were really good at making a really emotional story fit that time.
@coldlakealta4043 2 meses atrás
there's a lot of dispute, but the Animals' House of the Rising Sun seems to be near the top of the list of 3-minute format breakers@@worldissuesmatter1643
@andykase 4 meses atrás
I would immediately purchase these two doing a complete studio remake of this song.
@verytallmichael 9 meses atrás
Maury deserved part of the publishing rights to these songs. His guitar contributions help define the songs.
@tommybewick 4 meses atrás
That's the difference between a songwriter who can come up with an incredible melody and a guitarist that can play better than he does. Jim had the name and the songs. Unfortunately Maury never wrote his own songs. Some of the best guitarists in the world don't have a single hit song. Look at the jazz guitarists. Most of them are way better than the rock guitarists. But they don't have a hit song!
@buckmurdock2500 4 meses atrás
@@tommybewick uh, Maury had an album released in 1970 with 11 songs written by Maury. This was before he hooked up with Jim.
@Jalleur14325 2 meses atrás
Same with so many artists, the arrangements can make or break an artist. Simon and Garfunkel released sound of silence for the first time and no one paid it any attention. They re-recorded and the rest is history.
@LorenGold 5 meses atrás
Love this so much. One of the most underrated artists of his generation. More Jim please!!
@Dave-uo4ll 9 meses atrás
Until I heard I heard Mary's voice, I would have placed this song in the category of non-replaceable vocalists. Songs that that are set in time by style, artists who are no longer with us, the memories we tie to the song and the voice we knew are the hardest for anyone to cover. For a moment, she has given this song a new breath of life. Wow, just lovely talent on display. Would love to hear a full version.
@cdub9416 10 meses atrás
This is probably one of the most underrated songs in history. The guitar parts are unbelievable and the story is so well told.
@J__C__ 7 meses atrás
And underrated is one of the most overused words in the music community. You can find people who think ANYONE is underrated. Doesn't matter who it is. Someone thinks they're underrated. You see it nonstop in the comments. They look just like yours. "so & so is sooo underrated" even though they're in the R&R Hall of Fame, they're on every Top 100 list, etc... For example, Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band. People constantly say he's underrated yet he's consistently considered one of the greatest guitarists that ever lived and even Duane Allman said Dickey was better than he was. Maybe in the 80s he was underrated but today, Dickey gets all of recognition he rightly deserves.
@cdub9416 7 meses atrás
@@J__C__ Both are underrated
@ChristianSmith-zf9tv 6 meses atrás
@@J__C__dicky was for sure not better than Duane, especially before he died. That was just him being humble
@michaelgorenflo5022 5 meses atrás
​@@J__C__I get your point but objectively, Maury Muehleisen IS legitimately under-rated. In fact he's virtually unremembered and little known considering he was one of the smoothest guitarists ever to play in that style. He likely would be legendary today but for that tragedy.
@lindahill5890 5 meses atrás
One of my very first albums, I listened to it over and over and over again. Such a great song, so beautiful brings tears to my eyes.
Rick, haven't seen all your videos but many, but this one is so poetical and digging so profound in our loved memories. This is really a special gift. Thank you.
@JJL1342 8 meses atrás
One of my favorites. His son AJ is a fairly accomplished jazz musician and is definitely worth a listen.
A.J.'s early records are all gems. Love his stuff.
@ChrisZwolinski 3 meses atrás
This is one of the of my favorites. Being a child of the 60s/70s (I’m a couple years older than you Rick) I don’t even have a second thought of all the things that don’t exist today. My absolute life song has always been “I’ve got a name”. It’s one I’ve always fell back to in times of personal turmoil.
@ZOT369 8 meses atrás
When I was a child I watched his award get accepted for him. Singer songwriters like Jim and Bread made the heart hurt. These masterpieces grip the soul out of everyone's experiences. Snapshots of the life in melancholy melodic strife. Anyone who has loved and been rejected is served in verse now reflected. This is Legend...... My 2 cents, you can keep the 8
@BillDyszel Anos atrás
The genius of this song is the way the character reveals his feelings by the manner in which he denies those feelings. Croce isn't telling the listener how the guy feels, he's leaving the listener to figure it out, which is much more powerful. It's like overhearing someone else's heartbreaking phone call when you're not a party to the call.
@JSees Anos atrás
Well said.
@kevjtx1 Anos atrás
Great take on this...his vocal melody with the guitar parts n then the lyrics....omg
@fredandersen9873 Anos atrás
Which is what it is. It's based on a phone call, he overheard, while he was in the Army Reserve.
@mos6507 Anos atrás
Which is the opposite of our reality-show tell don't show culture.
Great insights!
@iamjackyo 4 meses atrás
JC lived less than 30 yrs but so much impact he brought to us by his powerful songs. He can be more famous and legendary if he is alive until today. Long live JC
@jimmyayub 3 meses atrás
Found this video just now and I must thank you both guys for dissecting this song for us. This made me love the song more than ever 🙂
@dangauldin6497 8 meses atrás
I was born in '78. I recognize every cultural reference in this song. But you're right, its dated but at the same time timeless. Croce is one of the finest storytellers ad pssionate artists of all time, and I mis the potential he could hav e given us.
Jim Croce is one of the best songwriters who ever lived. And his singing is so great with breathy tones, connected tones, and getting to the vowels so beautifully. Love him and miss him.
@cleanslate2004 10 meses atrás
This is my favorite Beato show yet. It touches more than just other musicians. It's like a mini tutorial for song writing from both ends of the process, while digging a lil deeper into the sense memory this song evokes. By the way guys, to your point about sad lyrics with major cords. Chuck Berry's "Memphus Tennessee" is about missing his lil girl & trying to see her again, but yet it's got a Boogie pace that you can't help dancing to.
@garrett2980 Anos atrás
Jim Croce was such a phenomenal songwriter because he could make meaningful and deep emotional connections with the listener with conversational diction while being musically fluid yet deceptively complicated. I always recommend him to others in my generation (Millennials), hoping they will take the time to truly listen and appreciate his music.
Yeah, my daughter's like, "Check this song out, Mom!" She plays "Sweet But Psycho." I sigh and cue up Billy Joel's "Stiletto" and mutter, "The crap you kids listen to nowadays."
@Darkkfated Anos atrás
This song and "I've Got a Name" give me goosebumps every time, no matter how much I listen to them. Just phenomenal lyricism.
@robertsmith4019 Anos atrás
The other thing about Croce's lyrics, is that the story they tell unfolds in such a way that the lyrics are easy to remember.
@mikegillettify Anos atrás
I had a group of great friends in High School (graduated in 2005) and we all listened to 70s folk like Croce, Taylor, King, Cat Steven’s, Joni Mitchell, etc. The lyrics were just so… fantastic. Timeless even.
Millennials & the current generation will neglect this 'old school' music at their peril, theoretical musical ignorance & no small emotional cost. Much of the greatest blues is from the 1920-30's, rock & R&B from 1955-2000 is at it's artistic apogee - the vast majority of work is superior to that of most music post 2000-2022. Just my 2cents; u rock Rick🤘& you're a livin' doll Miss Mary❣. Curmudgeonly guitarcheopteryx & guitarcheologist since '79. Oz.🪃
@user-kp9jt7rd2s 3 dias atrás
Not a musician and I just saw this nicely done analysis on the late great Jim Croce and Maury. This is one of my very favorite songs. What talent. I was an 18 year old lonely first semester freshman at little Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana in September 1973 when I attended my first concert in the basketball coliseum there. It opened with a very funny comedian and was followed by Jim and Maury. Though I was more into Grand Funk, Beatles, and Creedence at that time, it was my good fortune to attend this concert of two exceptional musicians and thoroughly enjoyed the concert. It was a shock in the highest magnitude to learn the next morning about the horrible fatal plane crash that occurred at takeoff after that concert that took so many lives. Such a tragedy. I mourned then for their families and reflect on that often listening to Croce--50 years later. As I recall, several of his great songs were released posthumously. He was an up and comer then, or else our school would have not be able to book him. Kind regards to their families.
@veronikafreeman 5 meses atrás
Grew up on his greatest hits vinyl... so beautiful. Sang a Time in a Bottle as a solo in chorus concert... he was amazing
@alanplummer 8 meses atrás
One of the greatest songs ever written!!! One of the saddest tragedies when Jim and Maury passed, along with other passengers, on the plane. A true poet and storyteller and musician!!! Thank you for presenting this.
@Drumm216 4 meses atrás
jim croce has to be the most brilliant songwriter of all time, everything he made was magical and sonically amazing.
@r.dunkley9625 9 meses atrás
I was a huge fan of their music going through high school at the end of the 70s. Right from the get-go I recognized the special talent of Jim and Maury and have loved the music they created all my life. I so wish that Jim and Maury could've been with us longer but what they created and left us in the short time they had was more than almost anyone of us mere mortals could ever hope to achieve. Thank you, Rick, for shining this spotlight on this song and these artists who are such a part of the fabric of my life.
@milesfrommission Anos atrás
The really poetic thing about this song is how the "operator" is the only one who hears his struggle between sadness and acceptance. In the face of the operator's absolute stoicism he forgoes his effort to reach out, his tenuous acceptance yields to his profound sadness. It's as if he's speaking to the Oracle at Delphi, to whom he leaves his dime offering. Maury's upper register embellishments make the melody.
@marieroberts5458 Anos atrás
Ok, I just have to hand it to you. ... "Oracle at Delphi" is just brilliant! A perfect summation.
@brunojaysutter Anos atrás
Miles if I work for a Rolling Stone magazine, and needed a reviewer, I’d say you’re hired
@l.alexander4696 Anos atrás
Spot on
@imout671 Anos atrás
Dang, going all mike row on us
@jamie49868 Anos atrás
Yeah, it's sad that we can openly and expressively tell our feeling to strangers yet find it impossible to tell them to who they are meant for. Rejection is a bitch.
@og190 9 dias atrás
What a breath of fresh air Mary is, Rick I love your channel operator has always been one of my favorite songs of all time I was only 10 when JC died but even at such a young age I felt what he was saying in his music. I may not have understood it but I felt it . Please have Mary back on . She is wonderful.
Never met a Jim Croce song I didn’t love. And because of the beautiful music and complex and relatable lyrics, your love for his music grows each time you listen. ❤ Just bought tickets to see his son AJ Croce in October. Happy to see him carry on the legacy.
@warrenp.5916 9 meses atrás
1972, got my draft card and this came on the radio. Had to run to the record store and get this album. Listened to the words closer and they hit my soul, all these years later it still hits the same way. A year later when we lost Jim and Maury, it hit my soul again. But I still smile listening to their magic 🙏🙏
@MYOB822 4 meses atrás
OMG, when Mary started singing, I was blown away by her voice.
@dvdiii 9 meses atrás
The complexity of the guitar changes, as you say Rick it makes you wonder what else he had in store for us. One of the Spotify playlists I have included this song and other such as “Walkin’ Back to Georgia”. Such a talented soul, it makes you wonder why such lives are cut so short.
@timpike1976 10 meses atrás
So there are at least two people who appreciate this exceptional song as much as I do! My take on the lyrics has always been that he never intended to complete the call in the first place; he just wanted to pour his heart out to a disinterested party - one who wouldn't tell him where he went wrong or how he was better off without her, but someone who would just listen. Been there.
@donh4330 6 meses atrás
Well said!
@leonardkurtz1383 6 meses atrás
100% agree!
@rgc1961 6 meses atrás
A great take on a great song!
@Siskos-pn7nd 6 meses atrás
I like your take, Jim Croce was unique among songwriters and great guitar player, his sidekick complimented him as only he could. Great duo. I guess you have to be old to appreciate it, and experience some familiar emotion. I am proud to be a 77yo songwriter who admires other musicians.
@timpike1976 6 meses atrás
@Siskos-pn7nd Yes sir. The music he left behind in his short career is a national treasure.
@thekolt533 19 dias atrás
I love Jim Croce, super happy you're showing Big Jim some love ❤
@brucemorrissey4259 3 meses atrás
50 years ago when I first heard Operator I just loved it! Being a teenager with my share of heart break it felt like Jim was looking into my soul with his understanding lyrics in ALL of his songs. When he died I was so sad and angry that such a talent was taken from us. Even today when I am troubled or going through a rough patch, I load my Jim Croce playlist. It always makes me feel better. Loved your comments on this great song. I read that Jim's wife Ingrid would get a lot of love from Operators back then when she gave them her name. ["Croce, you mean like Jim"] She goes on to tell that back in the day the Operators told her that they knew that Jim wrote Operator for all the Operators [and maybe he did] I also had a huge Jim Croce Greatest Hits collection first on Vinyl then 8 track [hated that format] then audio tape, then CD and now I mostly listen via MP3s If you guys are looking to pick some more of Jim's songs, AGE would be my first choice. DREAMIN again would be a close 2nd.
@AK-kj6ec 9 meses atrás
Great video Rick & Mary, so many aspects of this I never realized until you both dissected the song, very well done. The. memories came flooding back and I still listen to Jim today. RIP Jim🙏🏻❤️
@craigmurray1953 7 meses atrás
Just the words “my best old ex-friend Ray” sets up the mood and the story for the rest of the song.
@johnnyamado5780 16 dias atrás
Rick, you have granted us such a wonderful blessing by highlighting one of the most remarkable songwriters ever. Mary's angelic voice augments this blessing...and I hope this video serves to urge all musicians to revisit and appreciate the wonderful contribution Jim Croce gave us. I do wish to add a shout out to his sideman, Maury Muehleisen, who is so frequently unrecognized.
@bradwitt7190 Anos atrás
I was at his last concert at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Such a solid performance that night, the singing, guitar playing, harmony... all of it. He did "I got A Name" which was released the next day. Such a full life, productively, in such a short time span. One of a kind.
What a treasure of a memory, bless you!
@DanEdelen Anos atrás
“I Got a Name” is one of those songs that can’t not make the listener feel better about life. It’s a pick-me-up when I’m down, because there is so much winsome joy in it. Sadly, it also reminds us of what we lost with Croce’s untimely death.
@landenpf2010 Anos atrás
@@DanEdelen Said very well & precisely.
@thomastimlin1724 Anos atrás
@@DanEdelen Reminder....Jim Croce did not write I've Got a Name, but made it his own.
@billobrien5140 Anos atrás
I saw Jim Croce in Detroit in August [Pine Knob] and he died in October. I was young and saw him from the top of the hill.
@NotAsTraceable 5 meses atrás
So much story and emotion in really very few words. A master craftsman.
@videovoidtv 7 meses atrás
this song always broke my heart. even as a kid in the 90s. shame that we lost him so early. imagine what he could have given us. great episode guys.
@johnduval482 9 meses atrás
That song is the number one musical memory from that year. Anyone remember seeing him and Maury on Midnight Special?. .unreal guitar player and one of the most gut wrenching lyrics ever. Unreal.
@user-tq2rd5gc2b 6 meses atrás
Great Pick Rick as Always and Mary Spender brings so much love the teamwork!!
@dylan7926 7 meses atrás
The line “a guy she says she knew well and sometimes hated”…I always took it to mean that the girl loved the other guy from the start, but she just told Jim she hated him to cover up the fling until they finally just ran off together. And the line “you can keep the dime” is one of my favorite lines ever written. It’s just a perfect way to end such a deep song with such a seemingly flippant comment. It’s like the narrator is so crushed and emotionally drained and ashamed of what just happened it’s all he has left to say.
@johnkeith2450 7 meses atrás
Well stated
@loubunk977 5 meses atrás
I believe the line is " a guy she knew well and sometimes dated ".. that would make more sense..
@loubunk977 5 meses atrás
OOPS! you are right. The word is "hated".. for 50 years I sang it "and sometimes dated".. Sorry, you can keep the dime... Lou
@oscardiggs246 Anos atrás
As a huge Croce fan, I need a cover album of his hits sung by Mary. Such a gorgeous voice for this material.
@ralex3697 11 meses atrás
@@A.L.75 Go check him out, he was a brilliant talent. Died tragically in a plane crash.
@awboat 11 meses atrás
@@A.L.75 There is a really good documentary about him floating around. Check it out. He is an amazing person.
@chrisbrown6544 10 meses atrás
Agreed - Mary please think about doing a cover album of his songs 🙏
@zippitydoodah5693 3 meses atrás
Still love this episode. Two of my favorite channels co-creating.
@kylemueller4936 2 meses atrás
“Operator” has always been one of the best, and most emotional songs I’ve ever heard. There is a purely magical combination for lyrics and music that i don’t believe I’ve ever heard in another song. THANK YOU so much for bringing a light to this powerful amazing song.
@suefink7292 9 meses atrás
i still miss him, and yes i had his greatest hits album. both of them were taken way too soon. thank you for sharing this, brought back alot of memories
@mikebaddeley 7 meses atrás
This lyric could be made into a two hour movie just on its own. It tells us so much in just a few verses and choruses.
@motfc8 2 meses atrás
Love this song, had a similar story in my life. It helped me learn the appreciation for economy of dialogue. Thank you for shining light on this masterpiece.🙇🏼💖
@sarradet Anos atrás
There is more to this story. Jim's inspiration came from this time in the army in the 1960s. I served in the 80s and it was the same. There were pay phones near the barracks and soldiers would line up for their turn calling home to talk to their parents, wives, and girlfriends. That "old friend" Ray had the universal name of "Jody" among soldiers and he was the guy who would steal your girl while you were away. We even had cadences we sang while running and marching about what we would do to "Jody" when we got back home. Many times, the soldier found out during one of these not so private phone calls and the other soldiers in the line could hear enough to know that Jody has struck again. Any soldier who served before cell phones can identify with this part of military service. I recall an interview Croce gave where he explained all this as his inspiration for Operator.
@brendaamador8582 Mês atrás
They were an amazing duo of talent! Nothing more moving than a great acoustic guitar paired with lyrics that move your soul!
@renkoch2531 3 meses atrás
I just discovered your channel and I think it's amazing. Especially watching you too talk back and forth about the song and the lyrics and the guitar. It's really really good
@blufalconactual3807 10 meses atrás
My two favorite music BRvidrs talking about one of the songs that has spoken my life since it came out. It doesn't get any better.
@brianarnold9430 4 meses atrás
Man I loved this video! Mary is totally awesome and I hope you have her back on the channel soon. Jim Croce was always playing in my house when I was a kid.I got a name was me favorite. The guy wrote from his heart and we lost him way to soon.
@Jasmine34952 7 meses atrás
I loved Jim Croce. Such a wonderful story teller. Another one lost too soon. 😭
@LMacNeill Anos atrás
This is why I love this channel *SO MUCH!* You take apart songs that I've heard literally hundreds, if not thousands, of times, and make me see something new in them. Every. Single. Time. It's a gift, man. Really wonderful!
@WitchKing99 Anos atrás
And then there are people like me who love Rick's channel because we get introduced to awesome songs that we never heard before! :D
Absolutely 🥁🥁🥁
@vobdog2398 4 meses atrás
This is such a great song, always been one of my favorite soft songs since high school
@pswift586 6 dias atrás
Absolutely superb analysis and explanation. You guys fire off each other and come up with some golden nuggets. Keep doing it, never stop; it's educational and delicious.
@nathancate582 Mês atrás
One of my fave songs all time. Miss Jim
@jonathanlafrance8643 5 meses atrás
Great music great lyric …and Rick, great side kick! She’s ADORABLE! Good chemistry!
Rick and Mary: pretty sure my first exposure to Mary S. was on this video, watching it in very early 2023. In this past year, I've seen so many more of Mary's videos. I will say it without all caps: Mary, you are so genuine, honest, totally prepared, professional, and so informative. You are a treasure. And the voice... oh mellifluous. Rick: same goes to you, too. Hope that 2024 is even more successful to you both. My to do for 2024 includes singing One Less Set of Footsteps somewhere karaoke.
@alanclayton9277 Anos atrás
I love the way Mary slips in the vocal, in a seemingly casual way...and it's heaven.
@ralfklonowski3740 Anos atrás
So it is🥰
@davidanderson4091 Anos atrás
My goodness, I know its only tube quality audio, but I can really hear how smooth Mary's voice is.
@ralfklonowski3740 Anos atrás
@@davidanderson4091 Like warm almond oil.
@Jkhey52977 Anos atrás
who does she sound like? her voice is magical
@alanclayton9277 Anos atrás
@@Jkhey52977 Good question, I don't know but she's a game changer.
@ronvogt4128 4 meses atrás
Rich and Mary. So very talented and insightful. I love them both!
@MychalSims 4 meses atrás
I always loved JC's Operator, especially how his guitar just matched the lyrics so well. Really liked you both interacting together, and Mary, love your voice! Great listening to you both, thank you!
@stevenotte3447 3 meses atrás
The genius, revealing the ease of it all, and I love that Jimmy's inside of me !
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