For so many musicians and composers of instrumental music, the hardest part of their job is finding appropriate titles for their compositions.
A good title is like a map of the uncharted territory of emotions; a good, meaningful title is a guide, taking the listener by the hand, translating in a few simple words what the poet calls “the inarticulate speech of the heart”.
Raymond Scott (1908-1994) was a fantastic musician (not jazz, not classical, not popular), but he also had a gift at inventing titles which are still remembered as the true evidence of a genius at work. Almost a literary experience, they are like short stories with soundtracks; and the soundtracks are always worth investigating.
If you are still sceptical, try these:
New Year’s Eve in a Haunted House
War Dance for Wooden Indians
Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals
Serenade to a Lonesome Railroad Station
Boy Scout in Switzerland
Girl at the Typewriter
But don’t forget the most famous one (does it remind you of something?):