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February 15, 2005

New and Improved

I showed the new piece to Scott Weiss when I was in San Antonio last week. His reaction was positive (whew!), but he wasn’t crazy about the title. Scott’s thinking was that “Lone Star” wasn’t, well, great, and the “Polka” part of the title wasn’t accurate. “It’s not a polka,” he told me. Scott suggested, correctly, I think, that the piece is more about cowboy than polka. Plus, “polka” doesn’t sound especially hip.
I spoke to AEJ about it that night, and she started brainstorming. (I don’t know what I’d do without her…) She quickly came up with this new title: “Sasparilla.” I like it, and so far, the reaction has been positive all around. (For those who don’t know, sasparilla is a liquor that used to be served in saloons.) The title fits, as the piece sounds like it tells the tale of an old west saloon. Plus, “sasparilla” is a pretty cool word.
Thoughts?

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  1. At 4:26 pm on February 15, 2005
    jim Says:

    I like the title alot! BUT it’s not a liquor — it’s a soft drink, alot like creme soda. Ninnies and greenhorns would drink it when they came into a saloon and couldn’t stomach whiskey.

    Trust me — I lived in Missouri.

    IT’S STILL A GREAT TITLE!

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  3. At 7:07 am on February 16, 2005
    Daniel Montoya, Jr. Says:

    I thought at first you had titled it, “SOPAPILLA.” Now that would be a SWEET title…

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  5. At 10:38 pm on March 7, 2005
    vince Says:

    I think it’s a good title as well; isn’t it actually spelled “Sarsaparilla”?

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