Stephen Bennett

About Stephen Bennett

Whether playing his great-grandfather's harp guitar, his 1930 National Steel or a standard 6-string, Stephen Bennett is a musician to hear. His playing has won awards and critical praise. In live performance and on record, his diverse musical influences and interests are joined with a lifelong love affair with the sound of guitar strings.

Errata

As the old joke goes “I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken”.

I am a human being; thus I make mistakes. And since I am an independent musician who puts out his own recordings, there have been a few mistakes in the accompanying texts of some of these projects that have slipped by the editor. Er, wait – that’s me…

So to correct these errors as I find them, I’ve been meaning to put this page up for a few years now but just haven’t gotten around to it until now. Here are a few of the mistakes. I will add more as I get to it.

– On my cd Everything Under The Sun – in the text about the inspiration for the tune Tenochtitlan, I inadvertently used the word Mayan when I should have used Aztec. I knew what I meant!

– On my cd Pictures – the tune Karl And August should have been Carl and August. The tune was inspired by the legendary luthiers the Carl and August Larsen. I should have caught that.

– Also on Pictures – in the Joplin Rag The Easy Winner, I inadvertently left out a whole section of the tune. Kind of dumb actually, but I did it. I had arranged the entire tune years before from the piano music. As I began committing it to memory by taking the sheet music away from my view, somewhere in that process I forgot about the entire second section. And so I played it for years with 3 sections instead of the 4 it actually has. It still sounds fine — unless you know the tune. In the last year, I have relearned the second section of The Easy Winners and will include it on one of my next cds. I’ve already recorded the new version.

– On my cd No Net – the tune In Memory Of Joe LaMastro should have been In Memory Of Joe LoMastro. Actually, when I wrote the tune (which was based on a story I had been told) I did not know what the correct spelling was. I didn’t find out the error until some years later.

– Speaking of No Net – some would say the whole cover was a mistake. It features me in tights when, in fact, I have never worn tights. My head looks funny on this cd too. But it all served me right. I gave the artist free rein to do what she wanted to do with the cover – and she did. I wasn’t crazy about it the first time I saw it but thought it would be wrong of me to go back on the terms I had agreed on with the artist. I liked the concept of what she had drawn for the cover, even if I wasn’t crazy about how I looked personally on it. Whatever. It’s still a good cd!

– Some would also say that the Alert The Authorities cd – my all-vocal recording from 2008 – was a mistake, by its very existence. (Because the world didn’t need that much of my singing, blah, blah…). I think in fact that there are 2 mistakes on that recording. One is that the tune Just Like You is a little too happy sounding in its delivery for the subject matter involved. The other is the tune On The Occasion Of Our Anniversary. The marriage it refers to was over in a practical sense, if not a technical one by the time the tune was composed. And while the guitar part of that tune is way cool (I think), the lyric is not. Fortunately for that cd, most of the other tunes one it are strong performances, in my unbiased opinion.

– On my cd Cool Tunes For Harp Guitar – there is a knucklehead mistake that there is just no excuse for. I recorded Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie #1 on this recording (and a lovely version it is, if I may say so myself) – but in the liner notes, a photo of myself standing in front of Mr. Satie’s home in Honfleur, France is mentioned – as if it were there on the cover somewhere. By complete oversight, it is not.

– Sad to say, that I missed another spelling error on my Still On The Line cd. The word “tuning” came out “tunning” somehow in one spot in the liner notes.

– And another was just reported to me by my friend Frank Doucette on the More Beatles cd. In the liner notes for For No One, somewhere in the process, some info from the notes to Across The Universe got pasted in. The tuning for the sub-basses is the first line: E A B C# D F#

– Just remembered this one: On Guitar Town (from 1994), I listed the tune You Are My Sunshine as being a traditional piece. In fact, it was written by the former governor of Louisiana Jimmie Davis, along with a Charles Mitchell, first recorded in 1939.

I’m sure there are – and will be – more of these as life goes on.

Best to all,
sb