-- Joshua Rose, Rabbi at Congregation Shaarie Torah, Portland.
I was so gratified today to read this in Rabbi Rose's message to his congregation. It came as a welcome balm for my head and heart.
It's a gentle corrective to the notion that in order to be "successful" or "right" a recording has to be totally perfect, with the highest, slickest recording values available in the industry. (The preponderance of auto-tune in current pop recordings seems to be an unfortunate nod towards this ideal.)
Mistakes aren't all bad. Because when it comes to human beings making music, mistakes aren't always mistakes. You play and we hear the crunchy. metallic slide of the fingers up the fretboard to the next chord; you sing and I hear that you are trying very hard not to cough (or cry) in the middle of a phrase; you speed up ever-so-very slightly for a chorus and I know that you are not recording with a click-track in your headphones.
On such a recording, we listen and we are instantly reminded of how brave it is to put yourself out there in recorded form, warts and all, for posterity.
I believe that a few warts here and there are not mistakes.
They are signs of life, and I celebrate them.
It's nice to know that I am not alone in this stance.
Thank you, Rabbi.