Here’s how it goes for me. I listen to satellite radio in my car. I hear a little bit of a song and think to myself, “That sounded pretty good.” Maybe it’s some soaring strings, or a few piano chords, or a voice that just sounds right. I try to remember the name of the song or the group so I can make a point of listening further. And, then, it slips my mind. These things happen when you’re approaching 50.
A few days later, there’s another little bit of the song as I switch from one station to another. Yes, I remember that. I wanted to remember it and listen to the song in its entirety. What’s the name of the group? Oh, there it is. I must plug this into Spotify and get the full impact of the song. And, then, well, I forget. These things happen … never mind.
Finally, a moment arrives when I hear the song in its entirety. I hear the lyrics. I get the mood of the song. The sound. The beauty of the song and it gets added to my list of perfect songs. You know, like Live in a Northern Town by Dream Academy, Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, Sky Blue and Black by Jackson Browne, Nobody Knows Me by Lyle Lovett. It’s a list that keeps growing and those four songs are just a sample of what I’m talking about.
This all happened to me again over the last couple of weeks. I got a glimmer of this song awhile back and finally this week I really heard it. And thought, a song to add to my perfect song list. Then an odd thing happened. I put the name of the group into Spotify and was listening to some of their other stuff while driving my youngest to a friend’s this evening. The perfect song was replaced by another perfect song. It’s this one…
Actually, no, that is a GREAT song, but the perfect song is this one. I just absolutely love the mood of the song, the sound (the voice, the piano, the strings), and the lyrics. It is … the perfect song.
(By the way, here’s hoping you got the version with the Coca-Cola Super Bowl commercial at the beginning and that you didn’t skip it.)