Last week’s episode of This Just Out with Liz Feldman brought to my attention this band called Speck Mountain that formed its name from the first and last words of a Bret Easton Ellis novel. I was thus inspired to form my own band’s name from my favorite novel.
However, I couldn’t limit myself to one novel. I wanted options. Therefore, I present you with the short list of potential names for my rock bandâ€”or, let’s face it, folk band.
If I use Democracy by Joan Didion, I get lightback. I’m assuming we’re excluding articles, but even then lightback doesn’t make a lot of sense, even in a quirky musician kind of way. I do like lightback better than Lightback, though.
If I use Run River by Joan Didion (what? you knew I liked Joan Didion), I get Lily Wish, which I like as a name so maybe I should go with something like Lily Wish and the Lightbacks. Or maybe not.
If I use The Awakening by Kate Chopin (I had to go there), I get Green Air or Greenair or greenair. All of them make my band sound environmentally-conscious. I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on my art.
If I use Beloved by Toni Morrison, I get 124 Beloved, which is definitely the one.