And some stuff you just love from the very first chord … timbre, qualities of its attack, sustain and decay, the authority with which it’s played, the key it’s played in, the instrumentation and even their arrangement, the way all these elements come together in that brief moment when sound establishes itself as music. You know that if this song doesn’t come together then the composer, or the musicians, or both, have done this chord — this perfect moment of music — an injustice.
A big blissful yes, to Donny Hathaway for I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know. And thank you, Donny, for carrying forward what began so perfectly in a single moment. By the very first rap of the snare drum, I knew this song was there.