My favourite songs?
Your three best songs?
The ones you have to ration yourself from playing too often in case they might ever spoil?
A man on some crackling radio station was asking that question this morning - just while I tried to park before talking to Australian Broadcasting Co's Bookshow, just as I was preparing to say more about that Princeton conference on the decline of book reviewing.
2) My Funny Valentine: Rodgers and Hart: 1937: forgetting, since songs mean words, the Miles Davis/ Bill Evans version from 1958, I'd choose Rickie Lee Jones from Girl at her Volcano, an EP (remember those?) 1983.
3) Lady Stardust: David Bowie: 1972: again with a preference for the acoustic version added to the resissue of Ziggy Stardust: 1990.
Now, back to the production of this week's TLS.