While cover art may have something to do with the impulse to purchase a particular recording,Â itâ€™s unclear just howÂ important it is to separately title a CD.Â
I donâ€™t recall titles being an issue in the days of LPs;Â a list of works and the names of the performers and composers were generally what we saw on album covers.Â Â And the Schwann catalogue (plus Fanfare, Stereo Review, High Fidelity andÂ other record review journals)Â organized theirÂ write-upsÂ justÂ the way we do today, according to theÂ artistâ€™s surname.Â Â Nevertheless,Â starting about a decade ago I began toÂ create titles separately for discs of my music, in part asÂ a way to keep track ofÂ which piece(s) were on which disc.Â
Â This has turned out to be a fun thing to do –Â and takes as much thought as designing titles which matter for the piecesÂ themselves.Â Â If thereâ€™s any â€˜theme â€˜ at allÂ implicit to this particularÂ group of pieces,Â the CD titleÂ offers the listener a guide,Â Â suggestingÂ at least one way to approach this music.Â Â My first try at titling was for theÂ 1996 CD Neon Rhythm –Â a natural choice considering that the disc features the cool color of windsÂ and most ofÂ the music is built on dance rhythms.
Â For each later recordingÂ there is a small side-storyÂ just about the titling process.Â Â The one withÂ the best inside joke is aÂ 2005 Albany discÂ ofÂ small-forces chamber music.Â Â I had the good fortune to have my husbandÂ createÂ that cover art.Â Â When Gary and I discussed the music to be included and heÂ heard that one of the titles I was tossing aroundÂ was â€œpure colorsâ€,Â he went away and came back with a design featuring anything but the pureÂ variant of each color !:Â theyâ€™re all off-tone variations of prime colors,Â and the whole thing is based on versions of a singleÂ angled shape.Â Â Considering the â€˜angularityâ€™ of several pieces on the discÂ Â — especiallyÂ WIZARDS, and clarinet solo Astral –Â Â the design concept fit perfectly, and it remains my favorite CD cover so far.
AÂ full list ofÂ my CDs with cover thumbnails may be found here.