The title of the new album was inspired by the famous veto letter Governor Schwarzenegger sent to the CA State Assembly last year:
It has been suggested that the letter was specifically written so that the starting letters of the two main paragraphs, when read vertically, convey the true meaning of the note.
Well, I thought that was a cool idea for a poem and, with the help of friends, started working on a three-line haiku, where the first letters from the three lines would combine to form the word “POP”.
The poems were all a little long, too long for an album title, and I figured I might have to call the album “P-O-P”, which would give away the hidden meaning of the poem. Then a friend simply took a knife to one of the poems, and cut it down to just four words:
The reason I wanted to hide the word POP in the title is that to my ears the new album is some kind of genre-busting pop-instrumental music, with elements from Rock, Flamenco, Jazz, World Music and so on.
Here are a few of the poems that were too long:
Pale moonlight reflected
on the water.
Poetry of the evening.
Of my Little Garden
Part of Heaven
Pausing to listen-
Overture in the moonlight
Petals from a red rose
On the ground, at dusk
Path to your house
On the water in the
The album cover could be stepping stones of a path, with a few red rose petals strewn on the gray stone. Maybe something like this photo I took in Japan last November, but with a few flower petals: