How I Name Things
I thought it might be interesting to explain the names of some things. I try to find names I will remember five years from now. Ideally, I can find something unique in the song that I can hang a title on. When I hear the song, it will trigger the name. It is harder than one might think, with mostly instrumental music.
I decided to name my initial series of CDs Dance of Noodles. These CDs are all intended to be VERY RELAXING and were written to listen to during my massages. When I came out with more up tempo tunes for Return To Self, I wanted a new series name to distinguish this CD from the others, so I came up with Bonsai Method. The meanings behind these names are described below.
Dance of Noodles - when musicians are just fiddling around we call it "noodling". My songs are not written out in advance. I noodle around with the (digital) tape running and then heavily edit the results. The goal is to make my noodles all work together -- to dance.
Bonsai Method - another way of looking at this technique is that I first overfill the songs. There is too much going on with too many people playing at once - it is a bit unpleasant at times. Then I gradually remove all but the parts I choose to keep, much as a bonsai tree is revealed through pruning. I thought of calling it Musical Archeology, since I also feel I "find" the music as much as create it.
Room for Birds
A Simple Pat - Feels like a Pat Metheny rip-off
Dinamel - This used to mean something 30 years ago, I think, but I certainly don't remember what it was.
YadaYada - The song seems to go yada yada quite a bit
Coming Fourth - Fourth song and seemed like a "coming out" song
Press On -
Soon To Be -
Seep Edge - Definitely some seeping sounds in this one
Paul Horn in the Loo - Lookup Paul Horn's "Inside" series
Alistair Gets Even - Lookup Monty Python: "I can never visit Philadelphia without being reminded of the story of the Texan ..."
Waves of Despair - self explanatory
Impensive - Made up word - I stopped doing those kind of titles, for the most part
Chimes Of Lun - Named after the Woodstock Chimes I used - this song was their maiden voyage, for me
Room for Birds - Could mean several things - I like most of them
Through the Leaves - Vague sort of name that I can rarely hook back to the song
Tour the Nebula - Another generic name that is hard to keep with its owner
Li'l Horny - If I have to explain this, you're not old enough.
South of Wujiba -
The Sixth Plateau - This song has a lot of minor-6 chords in it, such as Cm6.
Dance of Noodles - Nothing but noodling - with splashes of Margo's song (she'll know what I mean)
Formless Steel - Features a poorly fabricated steel drum run through a lot of effects.
Personal Pity - To me, the song seemed to be complaining a bit. Poor me.
bob'n'ebb - This one just seemed to float and gurgle - oooh, wish I'd thought of "gurgle" earlier ...
Spokane - Written in Spokane, WA many many years ago - one of my oldest songs
Be Nice -
Room for Birds II - Another version of the same song
Fin - Seemed like a nice ending, and so I named it as such - bit of a Wayne Shorter rip-off
Empty Reflection -
Monk y Funk - Seems to have both
Jenn's Sacrifice - Jennifer gave me the recorder (flute) I play on this song many years ago, but her real sacrifices were much more serious than giving away a recorder. I hope you are well, Jennifer.
Broken Bird - For me, the title creates a back story that gives the song much greater potential impact - my own little "Fox Chase"
Delta Flotsam -
Descending Stairs in Stone -
Stone Flue - Can you hear the smoke rising up and out? I can, and then I can remember the name of the song.
Spilled Milk - Boo hoo - I'm such a whiner!
A Brief Thaw - Drip, drip, drip - another successful title for remembering
Zoned Therapy - Meant as a bit of an homage to my Reflexology therapist
Woolly Remembrance - I don't quite recall
Quiet Hollow - Pronounced in the southern style it is "quiet holler", a bit of an oxymoron
Beached - If I can catch the "whale sounds", I'll remember the title
Dozy Canoe - Just floating the day away
Touching Up -
Simple Explanation - Or so I thought when I started ...
Las Sombras - Hanging out in the shade ...
Autumn's End - Another lousy generic title that I can never remember
Moons of Melodrameda - Fun name, but hard to keep with its song.
Floating Dance - Based on a romantic evening in a swimming pool
Eubie - Sad song written around the time when Eubie Blake passed away and for some reason named after him, although I do not know his music.
Woodrow's Wanders - Named after the Woodrow it is played on, a sort of dulcimer for guitar players.
Crossing Over -
On the Mend -
Fretless Beano - More fun if you figure it out for yourself
Triton Epsilon -
Having No Voice
O'er the Rise - As it says
Maybe Next Time -
Hulusi Hurt - Named after the Hulusi, with a cheap poke at my sister Luci.
L'adieu - Farewell to my darling Criquette, as fine a feline as I've ever known.
Ice Girl Melting -
Ambling Rhodes - Typical pun
You Know What You Did -
Paint the Sky -
Enjoying the Journey -
Polishing a Memory -
Disembodimentia - Another made up word, but this one sticks with its song, for me. I'm happy with it.
To Be Naught -
Wrong Again - I always think this is Having No Voice, but then I realize it isn't. Wrong Again.
Must Make Waves - Implications of trouble making - title seems to stick.
Forgotten Houseplant -
Over Before It Started -
Swell Idea - Definitely a lot of swelling in the song - some chance of the name being remembered
Dancing on Eggshells -
Having No Voice -
Another Small Failure -
Skeeter's Moment -
Long Day Done -
Cord of Hope -
Return to Self
Return To Self - Back to try making some songs with a beat, after three space cadet albums where I learned a TON about my recording technique.
Scooter Buzz - Cruising along on my scooter late a night ...
She Walked Away or Sushi Bar Blues - not the musical blues, but the sadness blues - some guy at the sushi bar mumbling to himself ...
Strain to Impress - How fast can I play? Not very. That's not really my thing.
After I've Been Crazy - self explanatory
Kneading Someone - Massage humor. Except not humorous.
Melancholy in Paradise - My typical state on vacation - some folks are simply never happy.
With My Squiggle Out - You can hear the dan bau - that's the squiggle - then I just had some fun with it
There's Kindness - self explanatory
Flugel Horned Gnomes - One of my favorite titles, featuring imitation flugelhorn, naturally
Sticky Fingers - The song felt a little ... sticky to me. A tad unsavory.
Simon's Credo - Keep It Simple
Tweak the Cat - This song bothers my cat, who gets quite upset when it winds into the its most frenzied moments.
Morning Routine - This song has a set of "cycles" it goes through, which led to the name.
Should Be Easy - I can just hear the words with the melody, "Should be easy ... to do."