We are in an age where recording devices are aplenty. As is the ability to manipulate the recording to make something appear to be a full take when it’s not.
I take pride when I can do a full performance of something, but sometimes things need editing.
Some people have the privilege and means to record in an environment with endless time to make their craft.
A lot more of us if we do have that space have a precious amount of time in there.
Adrenaline kicks in and we are aware of every error. A 4 minute performance is marred in our head because of an error that took place in a second.
Though, for all this pressure, it’s easy to underestimate a quality that is important.
We are humans, making mistakes and errors is part of the process of making something. When so much has gone well in a take, is it really worth discrediting because of one minuscule discrepancy that only you (or the real analytical snobs) can discern?
There’s also a charm in the imperfection of a note as well.
There’s a subjectivity here, a need for careful judgement, but I know for a fact that aiming for perfection alone sets up a trap for ourselves.