Met Him on a Plane
Favorite version: Jimmy Webb, And So: On, 1971
(excerpt from Jimmy & Me album notes):
This has always been one of my favorites. Probably because I had an experience very like this once myself. Or twice… This is a prime example of how Jimmy takes a supremely personal moment and turns it into an evocative song that anyone ever struck dumb by a pair of eyes can relate to. Of course, for me, the eyes weren’t feminine. But feel free to use your imagination, the way I’ve always done since the first time I heard this song.
My arrangement preserves a few elements from the original, among them the piano intro and a couple of the string lines. One of those in particular I have loved ever since I first heard it: the ascending triplets in the middle of the second verse. (You’ll hear the same kind of line in another song coming up, too, so stay alert.)