Thursday, January 27, 2011

What's in a name?

Just in case anyone's wondering, the name of the blog is inspired by two things:

First off, there's the old folk song "Portland Town" by Derroll Adams:

Here's a beautiful cover of the song by Jeremy Barnes' (formerly of Neutral Milk Hotel) band, A Hawk and a Handsaw:

Secondly, I've had the simple rhyme "The Rain Shits Down on Portlandtown" drifting through my mind for past many winters spent in PDX.  Been saving it as the title for a song (so don't steal it, folks) but haven't got around to writing that ditty yet.  For some reason, when naming the blog, I decided that while it was the perfect name for a tune, it might be a tad too crass as a blog name--thus, the slight change.  Ah, my personal aesthetics...sometimes they're a mystery even to me.

So, there you have it.  The long way 'round how we (the royal we, obviously) arrived at the name.  Hopefully, it's not too boring a tale.  And, seriously, check out the A Hawk and a Handsaw's gorgeous!

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