I’ve decided the name of my album, which will be out on or before November 7th, 2020.
First, let’s take a look at each of the seven name possibilities.
If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the poll from last week with the possibilities:
- A Bunch of Seagulls
I’m a sucker for any album title that makes me laugh (Hairway to Steven), so when this ridiculous group of words passed through my head a while back, I immediately wrote it down. I also love 80s rock references, and upon hearing this one, thinking of the Flock is unavoidable. Still, the title didn’t have a ton of legs for me, and by the poll results, you seemed to agree.
2. All Songs Point to Yes
I had “All Signs Point to Yes” written down at first, but changing “signs” to “songs” just made sense at some point. If you’ve used your Magic 8 Ball, you probably already know that, despite this one placing high in the poll, I didn’t choose it as the title.
3. Cadillac Reflexes
This is actually my favorite album name on the list. I picked it up somewhere, thought it sounded cool, and couldn’t believe it wasn’t already taken by Dire Straits. Still, I couldn’t get past the fact that the name doesn’t remotely refer to anything that will actually be on the record. It’s a good name for something, but not for this record, so I decided no.
4. Oregon Sky
This is the title of one of my favorite songs on the album. Also, the album’s cover — the designing of which gives me no small amount of stress — would be easy. Still, as an album title, it’s a little boring for my taste, and from the poll, you seem to agree.
The above is more or less how I visualized this title appearing on the album cover — maybe alternating right and left justification for each line. Again, I like that I can visualize the cover, and that the word has nine syllables, making it long to the point of ridiculousness. Still, I didn’t like the name enough to pull the trigger.
6. The Long Way to the Ocean
This is a line from one of the songs on the album. I feel like, as a title, it’s close to what might be the album’s theme — if it has one. Still, there’s something mature about the title that didn’t strike me as quite appropriate for the breadth of material on the album, so I called this one the runner up.
Therefore, the name of my 2020 album will be:
Loving Every Other Minute of It
Why? A few reasons:
It made me laugh the first time I thought of it.
It vaguely references 80s rock music.
To sing it along with the Loverboy song makes that song uncomfortably 5/4.
The songs on the album alternate between what I’ll call happy and what I’ll call sad themes.
The fact that you overwhelmingly chose this title in the poll didn't hurt either.
Probably the biggest reason, however, is that the title reminds me of my favorite misheard lyric ever.
You know misheard lyrics:
“I’m a pool hall ace/Every breath you take.”
“There’s a bathroom on the right.”
“‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy.”
Well, somewhere I picked up that someone had misheard the famous KISS chorus as:
“I wanna rock and roll all night/And part of every day.”
I love that. I can picture this guy who’s like, “Come on, I need a break.”
Anyway, Loving Every Other Minute of It reminds me of that line, so that was the clincher.
Therefore, my new album will be called Loving Every Other Minute of It, and it will be out on or before November 7th, 2020. There’s also a plan in the works for an album release party in Portland on that date.
Next time, we’ll chat about what it means to release an album in 2020, and what forms your albums take these days.