Ssssssh! Don't wake the lion . . .
When I was a teeny little boy, approximately the size of a newt, the first song I fell in love with was The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." I listened to my mom's crackly 45 hundreds of times in a row until both my parents went completely mad. Decades later, the incandescent vocals of guest soprano Anita Darian rival a Theremin in perfect, soaring clarity and remain the single most beautiful thing I've ever heard committed to vinyl in my entire life. Unofficially (not another lawsuit, please), I've always felt they influenced the theme from original "Star Trek." The stunning Ms. Darian left our telluric dimension on my birthday (Feb. 1) this year, but she will live in my heart, always. Give this your full and undivided attention for 2 minutes and 41 seconds (no cats, kids, texts, neighbors, car problems, Vimeo, Twitter, falling meteorites) and your ears will fly with delight.