My friend Stonefish (Hi, Stoney!) recently posted a song called “So Much Love In My Heart”, a catchy little number from the 1970s by an Australian band called Mr. George. Because it has a rather catchy chorus I was rather tempted to post it here, too, but discovered that I already had.
The song was written by the magnificent Australian songwriter/recording artist Ted Mulry, so I thought to myself: “No problem – I’ll just play the original as performed and recorded by Mr. Mulry”.
I tracked it down (pun almost intended), had a listen and thought: “Hmm, I don’t think Ted’s version is as good as the one by Mr. George – maybe I’ll skip it and not put it on the blog”.
But then I listened to it more intently (i.e., properly) and discovered something rather surprising: a glaring mistake played by the guitarist.
I don’t know if I’ve told you this before (I probably have), but I love hearing mistakes on records – not for any sense of schadenfreude (I don’t wish ill on anyone, or derive any joy from people doing embarrassing or regrettable things) but because it lets me know that actual human beings were involved in the recording process. You know – people. Not machines. People. Playing music.
Hearing a mistake also gets me thinking about the recording session, and then I start to wonder a few things:
- Did anyone at the session (musicians, producer, engineer) notice that mistake?
- If they did, why didn’t anyone at the session (especially the producer) suggest re-recording it? (It was the 1970s – where re-recording little bits of a song was relatively easy.)
- If everyone involved in the recording knew about the mistake, did they decide to leave it in thinking that no-one else would notice it?
- I’m guessing that the guitarist knew he* made a mistake. If no-one else noticed it, why didn’t he pipe up and say “Uh, sorry guys – can I do my part again?”
It’s for all those reasons (and the catchy chorus of the song) that I’m playing it to you today:
Mr. George – “So Much Love In My Heart“ (1973)