It’s certainly too early to think about an album name, but song titles are always something to consider. As usual, I’m conflicted about whether I should go with a more metal theme, or a more folky theme.
Bluegrass Song Names
Ok, I’ll admit to being a bit unfamiliar with typical bluegrass song names, but they often tend give the feel of simple living in Appalachia. Also, the titles tend to be very literal. Examples:
- Beautiful Moon Of Kentucky
- Wreck On The Highway
- Tomorrow is a Long Time
The above names are usually as long as they get in the bluegrass world. You’ll see a lot of 2 or 3 word titles, and I’ve seen a lot of one word nouns as well.
Of course, a person’s name is quite often all you need to express romance and/or heartbreak!
- Little Maggie
- Poor Ellen Smith
I could easily take this path for Blood & Banjos. It’s simple, and elegant, and it gets the point across. But it’s only half the story!
Metal Song Names
Now I could go on all day about these. But mainly because metal is way too broad a genre. Generally, the feel of titles are foreboding, condescending, or otherwise intense, and they tend to be more conceptual/metaphorical. Let’s look at a few examples.
There’s the violent/graphic song title (and these are quite tame):
- Carnal Ways To Recreate The Heart
- Entry Level Exit Wounds
- In Her Blood
Plenty of ironically fun/silly titles:
- Apocalypse Now and Then
- Dogs can grow beards all over
- There’s no penguins in Alaska
The seriously epic/dark song title:
- The Blackest Incarnation
- In the Shadow of the Horns
- Lord of the Depths
Ridiculously long titles:
- I used to hate cell phones, but now I hate car accidents
- The sadistic motives behind bereavement letters
- You suck at life, and I’m not talking about the board game
For some reason, analogies involving body parts were also popular for a while:
- Mouths Like Sidewinder Missiles
- Teeth the size of Piano Keys
- Fingers like Daggers
The list goes on…
If we were focusing on black metal in particular, the titles would probably fall in the dark/foreboding/violent category. But again, I’m still undecided about which way we’ll take this.
I’ll have to come back to this topic later… In the meantime, I still have more music to write!