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02010-05-17 @ 17:05

The title of the new album was inspired by the famous veto letter Governor Schwarzenegger sent to the CA State Assembly last year:


More info can be found here and here.

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:

Petals
On the
Path

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.

Peonies
Of my Little Garden
Part of Heaven

Pausing to listen-
Overture in the moonlight
Perfect symphony

Petals from a red rose
On the ground, at dusk
Path to your house

Petals float
On the water in the
Pale moonlight

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: