You know the one. The one that really does something for you.
When I was about twelve, I heard that one song on the radio. While it was playing, I felt as if I was living inside a myth. All the ordinary, banal things in the world around me were transformed into things of beauty and significance. Everything about the song helped this effect – the content, the poetry, the melody, the harmony, the way all these elements worked perfectly together.
Several minutes later, the radio station played their phone number. I immediately called them.
“What was that song you played a few minutes ago?”
“What did it sound like?” they said.
But the song had completely gone out of my head. I could not remember one single musical phrase or even one single word of it.
I laughed at myself, apologized, and hung up.
The song was this: