Naming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Square Pig in a Round Hole exists to reward five favorite band names each week. Winners are (usually) listed alphabetically.
Selection is wholly unscientific and subject to whim, with a bias toward wordplay, humor, and local flavor. In most cases, I won’t know anything about the bands at the time of selection. Thanks to the Seattle Times club listings for abundant source material!
I was surprised and tickled this week to learn that my blog and I were mentioned (not by name but it was obvious to those in the know) in a promo video for past honorees Blood, Fire and Rainwater. I’m here to celebrate a small but important aspect of the music scene and encourage shares if it will help promote a band. This week, that means these five:
Local flavor tastes even better with an umlaut.
This is what we call “maturity.” In childhood, nothing made sense and nobody explained anything. At eighteen, I knew it all. At nineteen, I went back to not knowing much and have remained there for 3 decades plus. It’s been an educational trip. (In trying to find out about the band, I learned that this is the title of a book on leadership. Sounds right.)
Feel-good music at a neurological level.
When I was young, most kids’ books seemed to be set on the East Coast or in Europe (or fantasy Europe). I longed for western — specifically Pacific Northwestern — settings that I could recognize. Now I write them for myself.
I like how this can be read as stage directions, categories of gestures, or a duo act with these nicknames. But you won’t get a straight answer no matter how you read it.
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