Last night I worked late on my new CD. We edited, added music and made a few other changes. Bob Webb, who does my recordings, is a master of the art, let me tell you. I think he could make a frog sing soprano. I got home just before midnight with a new copy in my purse. Today I will listen and make notes for whatever editing is still needed. I will also be working on the liner notes for the insert, and contacting the CD reproduction company for prices and to get the project rolling in that arena.
Here's my problem: I don't like the titles I've come up with. First I called it "Appalachian Ghost Stories." All the stories on the CD are ghost stories, and there are also three ballads (murder, mayhem--you know how ballads can be).
Listening to it last night with Bob, I realized that my title wasn't really accurate. The stories are all from West Virginia, and most actually pre-date the formation of the state. If I lived in Tennessee and bought this CD, would I be disappointed to find that the stories were all from West Virginia? I think so. So "Appalachian" isn't the right word. Maybe it should be titled "West Virginia Ghost Stories and Ballads?"
The title was too bland, too. It says what it is, and that's always a good thing. Is it catchy? Would you grab it off the shelf? Find it online? Want to listen to it? That's what I need to know.
The CD will include the stories Wizard Clipp, Burnt House, a local story I call Sidna and the story of the Greenbrier Ghost, and others. The ballads are Pretty Polly, Railroad Boy, and a Greenbrier Ghost ballad that I wrote. The CD title may, of course, influence the cover art.
So I need some ideas from you. What title would grab your attention and make you yank this CD off the shelf and run to plunk down your debit card? If you suggest a title that I use, then you will get a copy of the new CD for free when it's done.
Any suggestions? I need ideas by the weekend so I can get this thing moving to the repro company.