Posted by: Glenelg Guitar Studio | March 4, 2018

What’s in a name ?

What’s in a name ? Well a lot I suppose, when you’re in the music or entertainment industry and want to make it easy to be remembered.

Lots of famous people have changed their name, either legally, or just by taking a stage name. Sometimes it really because their parents didn’t think ahead that far when planning to name their child, or maybe that traditional family name just doesn’t suit today’s language.

Did you know that  Miley Cyrus was actually born Destiny Hope Cyrus. As a child she was always smiling, so her parents nicknamed her ‘smiley,’ which later got shortened to Miley.

Katy Perry was born Kathryn Hudson. She decided to change her surname to Perry (which is her mother’s maiden name) so that people wouldn’t confuse her with actor Kate Hudson. Elton John, the ageing singer, changed his name from Reginald Kenneth Dwight, because when it comes down to it, Reginald isn’t exactly the most hip and happening name.

Actors also feature with oddball actor Joaquin Phoenix originally known as Joaquín Rafael Bottom. He probably changed his name because he was the butt of too many jokes.

But getting back to musicians. Here’s a great piece from Australian artist James Gabriel Wanderson Keogh. Oh, that’s Vance Joy in case you didn’t know (he took that name from a character in a novel).

The piece is “Georgia”, which is a very interesting piece that can be learnt by students from grade 1 onwards. Don’t let the speed put you off as it also sounds great when played at a slower tempo.

As always let me know if your interested in learning this piece when next we catch up.

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