Songs in a Bottle, the 2013 release by Yours Truly, is a 9 song collection plucked from my "working musician's" repertoire. These influential tunes have been handed down for generations, and I like to think I've been helping to keep them alive by performing each one in every bar, coffeehouse, yacht club (no joke!), farmers' market, festival, and living room that will have me. "I Don't Wanna Spoil the Party" by the Beatles has been a family favorite for decades. "Tumbling Dice" by the Rolling Stones and "Ooh La La" by Stone Ronnie Wood (from his Faces years) are rock and roll comfort food for me, as is "Me and Bobby McGee." A couple of years ago I was asked to learn Rod Stewart's "Forever Young" for a Father/Daughter wedding dance. I fell in love that day, too, that is, with the song, immediately adding it to my permanent rotation. Bob Dylan's "Isis" has been on my turntable since I picked it up at a used-book shop in the early '90's when I was a teenager, probably around the same time "Handle With Care" and "Leaving Las Vegas" were on the radio. The biggest challenge I posed to myself with this bunch was settling in to learn Joni Mitchell's "Circle Game." Joni is new for me: her singing, finger picking, and non-standard tunings always intimidated me. Recently, I realized I had nothing to lose by trying to figure it out. Performing it has been a joy and it is always well received. A ton of connections can be made between these songs and artists based on their time and space, but I think, as far as I'm concerned, this collection just illuminates my real love of '70's folk-rock artists. I wouldn't chalk it up to much more than that. It's fun, people enjoy the tunes, and I enjoy performing them on my acoustic guitar.