By Any Other Name

A blog is a blog is a blog, I guess, but I’d like to come up with a good title for this one. The current working title — Musings of a Retired Guitarist — is fairly accurate as a description, but it doesn’t seem like a very good title. It’s not snappy enough. Something a little cuter would be nice.

I’ve always liked the word and concept of fermata. In music, it means to momentarily suspend the beat. It doesn’t mean to pause for a beat or two, it means that the beat actually stops for a short time. It’s unmeasured time. Your foot stops tapping, the pulse is suspended. It’s a special moment.


/fɛrˈmɑ; It. fɛrˈmɑ/ Show Spelle[fer-mah-tuh]

n. Music.

  1. The prolongation of a tone, chord, or rest beyond its indicated time value.
  2. The sign indicating this prolongation.

[Italian, from feminine past participle of fermare, to stop, from Latin firmāre, to make firm, from firmus, firm.]

It’s a thought.

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2 Responses to By Any Other Name

  1. Pamilearner says:


    Good luck with your new blog. Be sure to post lots of pictures of your neck of the woods.


  2. JPD says:

    Thank you, Ken! Will do. And you keep those excellent YouTube videos coming. -John

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