I like ambiguous and misleading names for my pieces. The names I like the most are self-referent: the title mentions itself.
For example, I've written pieces called The Name Of This Piece Is, This Is Not The Title and This Is Not The Title EITHER.
It is factually true that I don't know why this piece is called whiskey. When I started it I needed to save a sound file before I could start composing and for some reason the word "whiskey" popped into my head at that moment. Maybe I needed a belt. In any case I saved the sound file as WHISKEY.NKM and assumed that's what I would call the music as well.
Of course, the title of the piece did not turn out to be Whiskey. The eventual title, I Don't Know Why This Piece Is Called Whiskey, is incorrect on that point; it contains a fundamental falsehood. I did not end up calling this piece by the name Whiskey.
I did chose to spell the word "whiskey" rather than "whisky" because I do like a bit of single malt now and then. There's even a bottle of Laphroaig in the cabinet although I didn't bother to pour myself any while I was writing. Nor did I partake once I was finished. Thus proving that needing a drink was not the reason I chose that particular name (or rather, didn't choose that name).
I promise you that I was stone cold sober the whole time. Also I'm sober as I write this spiraling-to-nowhere essay. I haven't had even a glass of wine for weeks on end. You see, temperance is one of my many endearingly annoying traits. I've just never had much desire to over-indulge.
My music also has annoying traits. While temperance and sobriety are not among them, my music can be quite ambiguous and misleading. I would love to find a way to make my music refer to itself somehow directly, using only music. You know: the whole "This Is Not A Pipe" thing. I haven't figured out how to do that without using words. Titles always use words. Sometimes they misuse them.
Click here to hear I Don't Know Why I Called This Piece Whiskey - © 2013 by David Ocker 42 seconds
Apparently John Maynard Keynes' last words were "I wish I had drunk more Champagne." It would be a good thing if we were to learn from his mistake.
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