Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Song is Named...

Thank you everyone who gave me so many wonderful and inspiring ideas to name this last song on the album. You all should be poets because you submitted some very beautiful, original ideas.

Last night, My Mom and I went over all of the ideas that I received here, The Belly Diaries, and also on my Facebook page. I had about 50 or 60 submissions in all. Some of my favorites had the words "Daydream", "Ballet", "Serenade", "The First ___", and there were also some ideas submitted that had personal stories to go along with it and I was so touched.

But even with all the great ideas, I couldn't find one that fit exactly right. I even tried many different combinations of ideas.

So last night I decided to just sleep on it. I laid there in bed trying to think...think...think. I started going over words in my head like "Evening", "Twilight", "Midnight", "Nighttime", all things NOCTURNAL. When...it dawned on me that "Nocturne" would be a perfect name for the song, since the meaning of the word Nocturne is a "song of the night".

Wikopedia describes a Nocturne as:

A nocturne (from the French for "nocturnal") is usually a musical composition that is inspired by, or evocative of, the night. In its more familiar form as a single-movement character piece usually written for solo piano, the nocturne was cultivated primarily in the nineteenth century. However, the most famous exponent of the form was Frédéric Chopin, who wrote 21 of them (see Chopin nocturnes).

One submission was from my friend, Lisa Davis, who suggested a French name "Joyeaux de Rever" (sorry if I mispelled), meaning Joy of Dreaming. I loved this name, and though I didn't end up using it, I did go ahead with a French name.

The final decision - is that the song will be called "Une Petite Nocturne", which in French means "A little Nocturne" or "A Little Song of the Night". I thought it was very fitting since it is a) a very short song, b) written for babies, c) a lullaby, d) to be played at bedtime, and e) I was very much inspired by Chopin's style when composing this song.

So thank you Lisa Davis. I'll send you a CD once it's released.

And everyone else - please accept my thanks by downloading your free copy of this song. I'm sorry to say this version you are getting is not mixed or mastered yet, but the final polished version will be on the actual album. All this means is the piano might have some higher end notes that peak out a little (may twange your ear), where in mastering that will be compressed down so no ear-ouchies.:) But still, it's a great version.

http://rcpt.yousendit.com/694557976/a332d36af8f891d18de0ef1a2f4b9347

4 comments:

Noelle said...

I love it! I think it fits perfectly! I had not read about naming it since I left my browser open and posted later. Anyway-I am glad you liked the ideas. I think the name you picked is just right and it was fun to help out.
Love ya-N

Roemhildt Family Fun said...

Thank you for the free download. yesterday we replayed your song on the blog like six times just to put Gwenevere to sleep. she really really likes your song. I'm going to try to record her singing to your music. It's just too cute.

Lori-ann said...

I love it!!! I think it's perfect for the track.

Thanks for the rough version - beautiful as always. Can't wait for the final version.

Karen said...

Sweet!! Not as poetic as "Sway song" but, oh well :)