I’ve long wanted to title things with musical phrases, but I’ve yet to come up with a way to do it.

For example, you walk into a gallery, and there next to a painting is a card with some musical notation where the title would usually go, followed by the artist name and materials and provenance and whatnot.

Or you’re in a smoky jazz club one night, and a solo pianist is on the stand, and she says “This one’s called [and she pulls out a bass clarinet and blows 20 seconds of smokin’ solo]” before launching into a new piece.

In the first case, perhaps 1% of the viewers of the title would ‘hear’ it. Everyone else would think something like ‘how strange’ or ‘how quaint’ or ‘how artistic.’

In the second case, most everyone in the club would likely wonder what was going on, but everyone would hear the title of the piece.

But with a written title, like the one above, most everyone who reads English ‘hears’ the title (so to speak).

But ‘Coltrane, Lush Life, track One’ conveys nothing of the first few bars of that particular track that I want to convey with this photograph.

Is there a way around this? Is there a way to get to the feeling of 8 bars of Coltrane within written language?

If you have any clues, I’d love to have a conversation…

D7000. Nikkor 75-150mm f/3.5 Zomb-E Series. ISO400, 1/4th (AP Mode), f/8, with a healthy amount of post processing in Aperture 3.3 (which I like better today than yesterday, though it’s not remembering what it loaded from one day to the next any more: buggy).

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