In search of the perfect tracks
OK, music lovers, here's something to divert your attention from the summer heat and the NEPR fund drive — after you've contributed, of course. In honor of the two perfect games tossed this season by pitchers Philip Humber and Matt Cain, I asking you to give us your perfect tracks. By that I mean individual musical selections that come as close as humanly possible to achieving perfection. They may not be the grandest or the deepest; indeed, they may be quite modest. But from beginning to end, with economy and grace, they accomplish exactly what they set out to do. They can not be altered or bettered; they're just right as they are.
To stimulate the conversation, here's my list. They're in no particular order. All but the last can be heard on Spotify and perhaps on other services (Rhapsody, Pandora, etc.). And there's nothing terribly new. Hey, it takes time for a track to mature into perfection! Please reply with yours, however many or few. They can be in any genre. It would help if you said what album they're from, especially if there are other versions from live albums, outtake collections or the like. And remember, musical perfection is in the ear of the behearer, so no questioning anyone else's choices allowed.
Mabel Mercer: Some Fine Day
Nathan Milstein: Chausson's "Poème"
The Left Banke: Pretty Ballerina
Duke Ellington: Dancers in Love
The Association: Cherish
Louis Armstrong & Earl Hines: Weather Bird
Early Music Consort of London: Guillaume de Machaut's "Se je souspir"
Ray Charles: What'd I Say
Artie Shaw: Stardust
Clifford Curzon: Schubert's Moment musicale No. 6
Hank Williams: Lovesick Blues (version three)
Nick Drake: River Man
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Otto Klemperer, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus: "Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit" from Brahms's "A German Requiem"
The Beatles: Eleanor Rigby