1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random The first article title on the page is the name of your band.
3. http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4. Use your graphics program of choice to throw them together, and post the result as a comment in this post.
I've sung in bands before, but we never made any recordings (except for when someone's brother videotaped us with his Betamax camera; I'd give my eye-teeth to get a hold of one of those tapes). So coming up with a band name and album cover was a fun exercise in fantasy, and the result, after a little manipulation using Microsoft Publisher, is above.My random Wikipedia article was on Rocket Science Games, and the full quote that came up on the random search is attributed to St. Augustine: "Oh, Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet." Apt, apt; so very apt. The gorgeous photo is Občas modré nebo, by mariannakoutna.
Of course, my fantasy doesn't end with just the outside of the album; I like to imagine what my band would record if given the chance. I've always wanted to sing in a band that played a mixture of Celtic, bluegrass, zydeco, and folk-rock; years ago when I mentioned this to anyone, they looked at me like I was nuts.
But now there are bands I love that make similarly blissful fusions: Nickel Creek, Donna the Buffalo, and the Duhks, to name a few. The Chieftains love to hook up with roots-type people from all kinds of traditions and come out with greatness. And if Alison Krauss and Robert Plant can mix up some cross-genre magic, why not Rocket Science Games, too?
For more Music Monday fun, visit Soccer Mom in Denial. And if any of you make your own album using the above meme, be sure to let me know!