Symphony of Love was written with the song “Happy Heart” in mind, the idea that feelings can be heard as sound and music. Literally?
In Seattle, working on ADAT machines, I stacked up all the guitars, bells, tons of vocals, and my Rickenbacker 12-string. I used that guitar on whatever needed it for the album, then delivered it to a buyer in Leicester who figured it was cheaper to fly me there than to pay shipping and VAT. I wasn’t keen to sell it.
When I was able to move back to SF, I’d started mixing the CA Redemption Value CD at Hyde St. This song was mixed in one pass, it just fell off the bone that way without a struggle.
When I met Les Fradkin in Hollywood after the album came out, he said, “Symphony of Love, that should be a number-one hit song!” Coincidentally, that Rickenbacker 360-12 that I’d let go was a custom color white model, made for Les when he was in the original cast of Beatlemania! on Broadway in the ‘70s. He’d sold it to Henry Gross (of “Shannon” fame) who sold it to the shop where I’d found it in 1991.
I had good feelings about “Symphony Of Love” too, and put it in the mythological “hit song” spot in the album sequence- third song, side one.