A perfect song? What are your choices?

Can there be such a thing as a perfect song? I have a suggestion, what are yours? Here is a thought...






“Moon River” - Mancini/Mercer

“Duchess” - Scott Walker

”Rubberband Man” - Bell/Creed

”Forget Me Nots” - Washington/Rushen/McFaddin

”Tecumsah Valley” - Van Zandt

”Two for the Road” - Mancini (I prefer the stunning instrumental version on the RCA ‘Legenday Performer Series’ LP - the one with the circular cut-out sleeve cover where he’s smiling and pointing at the camera in an avuncular way - to the vocal version with lyrics by Mercer)

I think everyone has a different idea of perfect, but "Morgen" by Richard Strauss is one of my very favorites. Here are two recordings by two singers who really embody the perfection of this piece:


It was easier to list "the good songs" before I got my system to where it is today. Now, almost everything I stream, spin or put in a CD tray sounds at least very interesting, if not incredible. I never thought I'd be in revery over any country song, but there I am breaking down to Kris Kristofferson's "Why Me?".  And, that I, a hard bop jazz enthusiast and classic R&B guy, would be swept away by Lucinda Williams.  Her 2018 album, "Vanished Gardens" with Charles Lloyd have several songs on it that leave me transformed.   So, more and more I'm grateful for this hobby.  Having decent reproduction equipment allows me to explore music I would never have considered before.