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Band Names

How do you come up with a band name? In blogging content is king, and obviously for a musician their content is the main focus as well, but I figure the name has to play a pretty pivotal role as well, right? There are all sorts of studies, some that seem to stretch more than others, that suggest our lives are heavily affected simply by the decision our parents make in naming us. It makes me realize that I definitely need to change the name of my own blog. Sometimes artists choose to use their given names or use only a slight variation. Examples include Kanye West, Christopher Francis Ocean (Frank Ocean), Elena “Ellie” Goulding, and plenty more. Sometimes these stage names transform from real names to nicknames. While not completely changing their identity, they differ more so than just shortening a name or using a middle name (see Kendrick Lamar Duckworth). Some examples may include Chancelor Bennett who goes by Chance The Rapper, or Dwayne Carter Jr. who you likely know as Lil Wayne. Next are the artists who don’t even pretend to include their given name in what they go by on stage. Whether or not this decision is used to separate their on stage persona from their daily life personality is completely up to the artist. Something like Childish Gambino, Gentleman Contender, Clams Casino, Ghostface Killah and more. So far I’ve only talked about solo artists. When it comes to band names, group acts tend to be my favorite. There has always been the combination of ‘frontman’ and the ‘blanks’. You got Florence + The Machine, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, and Bob Marley & The Wailers. I suppose that name formation might be a little more old school, but certainly not out of the question. My favorite band names tend to come from group acts that pass on highlighting a member and instead just come up with something they like. Every group has their own story so I’m sure plenty have relevance, but I’d wager just as many were completely random. Groups like The String Cheese Incident, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, or Bowling For Soup. There isn’t a limit to naming your band and I appreciate everyone that continues to validate that statement. I’ll leave you with a few band names I’ve come up with on my own that I may or may not eventually come up with music to accompany: Simultaneous Combustion, Who Put The Remote In The Fridge Again?, Campfire Bat Mitzvah, Lemonade Sit, Accidental SkyDive, Our Vests Are Ironic, Tom Bousquet, Anticipatory Breakfast, Escalator Seance, 2:30 Dentist Appointment, and Frida Kahlo’s Sunrise Rodeo. END

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Perpetual Motion

It was obvious today how much happier I am when I’ve got stuff going on compared to days where I’m just sitting around. I’m not half bad at operating before sunrise these days. Also, it’s kind of weird actually being tired at the end of the day. I pass out right around ten which is hilarious because I went to bed around three in the morning all second semester. Work today was shoveling, washing, and moving beautiful Delaware blend quarry rock that will be used in the decorative concrete. I realized that the tune I thought Jose has been humming is actually him singing, “Un otro día en paraíso.” And another day in paradise it was, Jose. After a particularly dirty day at work it wasn’t long before I met with a friend about a start up she’s working on. I think it will be really good for me to be involved especially as I try to gain experience in advertising and I love the entrepreneurial spirit. After that I came home and had dinner. Dinner was more exciting than normal because Dad told me to start helping him plan a trip out west for the end of summer. He mentioned Olympic National Park in Washington, but said that was open to interpretation. Rocky Mountain, Zion, Yosemite, and more will be tough to follow, but I can’t wait to do some more ‘splorin’. Now I’ve got plenty to think about when I’m working out in the sun during the day so that’s nice to. When I get lost in my
thoughts and zone out I can really crank out some high quality manual labor work. I’ve been told that as I continue to apply for internships and jobs it’s important to have a story. Well a story worth telling that sets you apart. In that sense I think I’m doing alright this summer. The whole internship thing didn’t work out, but I’m writing a blog, working concrete, trying to get a little better at Spanish, working on a start up, traveling a little bit, and trying to make it all count for something. I’m cool with that. END

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Roller Coaster Millionaire

For a long time I’ve had this idea where I somehow make money riding roller coasters as my profession. It would be difficult at first, but definitely possible. I really need to succeed in marketing myself to various amusement parks. I think it would likely start with roller coaster review videos. I figure I ride the coasters with a helmet cam capturing the experience and finish with a commentary on the ride filled with dramatic insight and hilarity. Eventually my reviews go viral and everybody loves enjoying the rides with me. Advances in virtual reality like Oculus Rift are extremely beneficial for me as viewers. albeit experiencing the ride through a computer, feel like they are actually on the ride next to me. As time moves on my reviews serve as advertising for the rides I enjoy and people make it a point to go to the parks I visit. Soon I begin to be invited to amusement parks all over the world and am compensated for the significant increases in attendance the parks see due to my services. Parks will advertise their rides as ones I’ve reviewed and soon I begin to start saying no to certain rides which don’t operate at the level of my standards. I’ll produce shirts, hats, umbrellas and more featuring my brand and different rides I’ve reviewed. Money really starts to come in when I begin to be contacted by clothing companies who would like to sponsor me and supply me with shoes, shirts, and more to wear at the parks and be featured in the reviews that I record. I would travel the world, meet exciting people, and get to ride roller coasters all day. It’s a dream job for sure.

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New Idea

Instead of these simple word posts, I think I’m going to start posting videos of me writing the posts.The videos will be of me in various locations, really wherever my life takes me. I’ll voice over segments of the post with light music playing in the background. The final line in every video will be so incredibly generic that everyone will find themselves relating to it and feeling quite nostalgic. Everyone will love it.

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Music Video

Pretty uneventful day at work today, but it was shorter than the past few days so that was nice. I found myself thinking about my music video idea that I’ve decided to keep pocketed in case the opportunity arises. The thing is I’m not really in the music scene, despite the fact that I like to pretend that I know what I’m talking about. I still think it’s a good idea to at least have a plan. Another issue is that I don’t currently have a song to go along with the music video and considering my complete lack of musical inclination it’s unlikely I craft one in the near future. Honestly, my music video concept is so phenomenal it actually doesn’t matter what song it is set to. You could pick any song ever made, or any song to come out in the future and not only would the music video go along with it, it would make the song better. So here’s the idea. I’m sprinting. The music video is roughly 40 different shots of me running at full pace in different locations. The individual shots can’t be too long because me moving at anything less than 100% velocity is not acceptable. The location of the shots will vary greatly. I picture the crowded city street shot, the barely traversable jungle scene (likely log hurdle), an empty church, through the mall (escalator involved, direction undecided), through a stream, the into the ocean scene is followed by the the frozen section at a grocery store, through a major sporting event, through a construction area, into a tunnel (not out of, too cliche), desert shot, amusement park shot, airport runway, and more. I don’t want to give everything away. Making the video even more impressive is that not only will the location of the shots vary, but also the point of view of the shots. There will be six different angles used. One where I’m running away from the camera, one where I’m running towards the camera, one from my left and one from my right. Those were probably expected. In addition to those four options, there will also be the birds eye point of view shot as well as a shot taken from my own point of view. People everywhere will establish insane reasoning as to what the video is about and what deep moral codes it alludes to. Honestly it’s just brilliant and there isn’t much more to it. At least I think so. A few songs that I think may pair well include: Feel Flows, I’m God, and Howling At The Moon. END

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