Posted by: thebylog | September 12, 2003

Naming AHQ

Goldfish: “Just because I have a three-second memory, they don’t think I’ll mind eating the same fish flakes … Oh boy! Fish flakes!”

Ok, so we’re trying to name our album. Naming stuff has often been a challenge for AHQ. The most extreme example of that was when we were trying to find a name for the group. This was a long, frustrating, and seemingly fruitless process. We actually compiled a long list of “possibilities,” and to show you the absurdity of it all, here are some of them. Remember, these are possible names for the group.

The Young Man’s Quartet. Got a nice ring to it, don’t you think? Very catchy and original.

The Harmony Quartet. Good…but just missing something.

All Star Quartet. We’re a very humble group of young men.

The King’s Singers. That’s good, but it reminds me of something else.

The Master’s Minstrels. The good thing about this one is that it’s alliterative. Alliterative is always good.

Jasper Wall. Sort of like Gold City.

The Jasperians. Notice the subtle reference to heaven.

The Beulah Boys. This is a little less subtle.

Tom Boys.

The Four Squares. This one is accurately descriptive.

The Pitchpipes.

The Jasper Pitchpipes. Notice how it cleverly combines the thought of heaven and a cappella.

Have Faith in God Quartet. Doesn’t that one just roll off the tongue?

Straight and Narrow Way Quartet. This one too.

A Cappella Arrows. Our motto: “Our music cuts straight to the heart.”

Heaven’s Rays. Perhaps a reference to an early song we sang, Send a Ray of Love.

Astute A Cappella.

Awesome A Cappella. Like I said, we’re humble.

A Cappella Separation of Church and State. Staying true to our Mennonite roots.

A Cappella Valley Harvesters. Reference to our thriving Grass Seed industry.

A Cappella Conservative Mennonite Singers. This one would leave no doubt about where we stand.

A Cappella Harmony Boys. Close…

See, we had plenty of creative power, but it wasn’t channelled right or something. Now you can see our difficulty in trying to name our album.

Well, camp starts this evening. Our speaker is a man named Ray Shaum and our theme is Abiding In Christ. I’m really looking forward to it all. Weather’s supposed to be nice, we’ve got lots of people coming, it’s a beautiful thing. There’s this book that goes along with the theme called Abiding In Christ by Andrew Murray. If the talks are anything like the book, it’ll be challenging. I’m being challenged to practice God’s presence continuously, to be in unbroken fellowship with him.

Last night I was going to jog home. It’s what we call “the back way,” an old farm path that winds with the creek on one side and fields on the other. I wasn’t running for very long when I got a side ache, so I slowed to a walk. Then I discovered how wonderful everything was. The moon was out, though partly obscured by clouds. It gave the earth an almost surreal ambience. It was beautiful, a slight wind, the creek rushing and gurgling along. Silence.

The only scary part was when stuff would rustle in the brush. Never know, I’ve seen skunks around.


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