How to Name a New Tune, NM Style.

We are so excited to be performing our own new material as we work toward picking tunes for our first album! The new tune we are playing doesn't have a name, but I was hoping by sharing the story of this tune with you, that it might inspire a fitting name! 

Writing That Tune

To Start, The name at the top of the page currently, as with all my new tunes, is the date it was written - Feb 23 (2018). Remembering back, this was during the week of constant rain. I was stuck inside.. and my wife had been working 80 or so hours this week. So.... I had not been seeing her. So I got to work...

The tune basically wrote it self, starting with the bridge and the last idea of the melody. While the bridge did not have lyrics, the last little bit of the melody did have a few lyrics - "I Miss You So (much)" Repeating three times, these words helped me to make a melody that jumped the gun a little, rhythmically speaking, for an interesting ending. 

But... It's Not Sad!

The problem is... using the name "I Miss You So" is too sad. This is a pretty happy tune... and for good reasons too! I was happy writing it, and happy to know that Laura is coming home!

Also, My dog, bongo, was chilling with me all week and we didn't miss one walk... even though it was so wet. So of course the tune had to take a break from the writing table to get him out. While we were on our walk, the melody at the beginning of the tune came to me. Inspired by the fact that though it was a rainy week, and we had made a muddy mess of the house, we had a blast. We were muddy and happy.

A Quick Overview... and the new name of Feb 23

To sum it all up, the tune was written under the influence of four things.

  • The Original Name, Feb 23
  • A Rainy Week
  • Missing The Wife
  • A Muddy House, and a happy dog. 

.......... And the final new name is:

Rainy Weeks Missing Mud... 

February Rain Misses Dog...

23 Muddy Dogs...

Dog Rained the Wife Away...

Muddy With Missing Rain...

The Rain and Mud...  

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