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I write a lot of tunes, and I can never thing up any sensible names for them, if you've read my posts recently 🙂
You'll notice Scots, Irish, old-time, bluegrass tunes seemed to be named after people, places, events etc.
Well, I'm kinda confused about all this methodology when it comes to naming my own tunes.
So, I name them in a rather special way. Don't ask me what the formula is, because I don't know. I just come out with them.
Here are some names for starters. Some refer to tunes I have already written, and some will be attributed later on to future compositions :
"I Closed my Eyes And Kissed Her, And When I Woke My Teeth Were Gone"
"Gordon Gorilla's Farewell To Bananas"
"She Touched Up My Mona Lisa With A Sharpie, But I Love her All The Same"
"Tom Tom The Boogie Rat"
"Kilty Cameron's Tiddlers / Upskirt Winds"
"Koi Carp Variations"
"It's The End Of The World, Says R. McGeddon"
"The Selfish Shellfish"
I'm Just Daft, Me.
No, that's not a tune!
Don't forget the classic "After a Dram or Two I Heard This Tune"
And in case you have more nameless tunes -
"Startled by Granny's Knickers or Laundry Day Blues"
"A Stone in My Shoe Beats Two in the Stew"
"Hortense Fufflebottom Won't Flirt With Me"
"I Fell Up the Stairs and Broke My Toe"
"Never Have a Pint While Hanging Upside Down"
"I Didn't Win the Lottery So I'll Fiddle Instead"
"Old Coot Shuffle"
They're great names.
I was in a songwriting workshop once where they advised always coming up with the name first, before even thinking about the music. The logic was that often how a person who has never heard of you in a record shop may get interested is from the name, so it was the most important part. A catchy and interesting or fun sounding name will get people to listen, and you'll be ahead of people who write songs with dull sounding names.
I am lousy with names, and my writing tends to get names like "Stuff", "Stuff #46", or that old favorite, "Goofing Off #83". Of course, the largest suite is "WIP #s 1 - a lot".
Your titles are great, though.
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
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