Music! Some of us can’t live without it. Have you ever driven without a working radio in your car? It’s torture! Do you need your portable tunes wherever you go? Do you require a High-Fi musical experience? Do you enjoy perusing your album collection on a regular basis? Then consider the challenge I put to myself years ago -examining all of my favorite songs to see if any of them deserved an even higher ranking of…
In the early 90s I realized that All My Love by Led Zeppelin had been my favorite song for a really long time. What was it about that song that was so important to me? As a teen, I would ritualistically listen to it through headphones on my turntable. It still is a song I have to listen to completely, or at least apologize, out loud to the Led Zeppelin god for cutting it short. Anybody?
For me, All My Love is a Perfect Song because it takes me back to that turntable and Koss headphones, John Paul’s keyboards still give me goosebumps, and because it just feels like an old friend.
After much thought, I created 3 criteria in recognizing a Perfect Song, and they are:
1. Test of Time Of course a song can’t be lofted to the Perfect Song List in a matter of months. It has been a favorite song of yours for years, and your appreciation for it has not wavered one bit.
2. Technically Perfect Which means you couldn’t imagine changing the song to make it better. In fact, you are constantly amazed by its flawless perfection.
3. Emotional Connection We all have songs that bring up old memories and emotions when we hear them. If that song also meets criteria 1 & 2, then you can definitely consider it for a Perfect Song. While criteria 1 & 2 are essential for a Perfect Song, the Emotional Connection you have for a List wannabe, might be minimal. That being said, whether the memories are happy or sad, an emotional trigger can really turbo-charge a song onto The List.
Right now, I have 6 songs on my Perfect Song List which are: All My Love-Led Zeppelin, Wicked Game-Chris Isaak, Just What I Needed-The Cars, Lips Like Sugar-Echo & The Bunnymen, Ring of Fire-Social Distortion, Eyes of a Stranger-Payola$
Oh yah, I also have a Perfect Song waiting list, with a dozen songs just simmering, waiting to prove themselves worthy.