May 13th, 2013

No One Remembers

Van der Saar Allan Lewis No One Remembers

Remember Your Name
I learned via a random facebook post that my friend’s father used to say this to him and his siblings before they’d go off to do big things like university or the first day of work. “Remember Your Name,” I imagine he’d implore; as if to say, “respect yourself and your family,” while slipping a fifty into their hand. It’s a phrase that speaks of honour and dignity, and one that evokes an idea of self-carriage, and doing it the right way every time. But it also sounds a little too much like the title for a Foo Fighters record, like “In Your Honour,” which I learned is homage to United States military personnel; and that’s as far as I’m willing to run with that hot potato.

Da(i)ly Every Day
This has a nice ring to it, and I like how it invokes the idea of the quotidian. The biggest problem is that it sounds a little bit like a Grandaddy title (not a bad thing), especially if you spell ‘Daily’ like ‘Daly’, which I would do. Why, though? Why do I want to do that? The problem here is that you’re getting into that aloof territory occupied by bands like Pavement, where you’re never sure quite what anything means, despite thinking that you’re somewhat sure, and wanting to be more sure than you are. Plus, there’s that one Grandaddy song, ‘Hewlett’s Daughter’, where the ‘Hewlett’ reminds me of the ‘Daly’ for some reason (because they’re names?). I think the VdS bio says that VdS is influenced by Grandaddy, which is probably true, because it is.

No One Can See You
I’ve had this one for a while. I read about it as a disused title for someone else’s album, and liked the sound of it (still do). I suppose that acknowledging and revealing this last fact really does preclude the title from use, which is unfortunate, because it gets at the same theme that ‘Daily’ or ‘Daly’ lands on. I also remember Maz once saying that after a certain point, no one really cares how cool you are, and that no one really notices how hard you may or may not be trying except for you (unless you’re a total fucking disaster in one direction or the other). In this way no one can see you. I like the idea: it’s 100% true and it makes a case for caring way less about what people think.

What will it be, then? Fuck knows, but we’re on to the bass tracks just now after what seemed like a glacial six weeks or so recording drums. We’re getting closer…

Ok, Big.

by vandersaar | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments » |


Comment by Maz
  • Of those three, my money (and I don’t have very much at the moment) would be on Daily Every Day. But I’d leave the “i” in, because golfer John Daly.

    But I wonder if another title will suggest itself. The only album I ever managed to put out was named, painfully, after everything else was finished. And the title was actually staring me in the face the whole time.

    Looking forward to more VdS in my life.

    May 13, 2013 @ 3:37 pm
  • Comment by vandersaar
  • I see- any reasons for that, Mazzle?

    May 13, 2013 @ 6:11 pm
  • Comment by Maz
  • Reason for the Daily preference? From what I’ve heard, it feels like the best name of the three for the material.

    As for the suggestion that another title might come along, that’s based on my experience, and hesitation, about naming ‘Lowlands’. I had a whole bunch of options, but none of them felt right.

    And then the right name was there. My point being: I think you’ll know.

    May 13, 2013 @ 6:53 pm
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