October 22, 2013
We have all heard the expression, “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but what about a books title? Book titles can intrigue, inspire, and inform a reader about a book with just a few simple words. As for Laurie Rubin’s book, Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight, the title is an important part to the story and reading experience as a whole.
Here, Laurie shares some inside information about choosing her book, and song, titles:
Book titles are incredibly important. They capture in a nutshell what a reader is about to get themselves into, what world they will be in for the next several hours, days, weeks, months whenever they pick up a given book. I chose the title, “Do You Dream in Color?” because it was the question people have asked me from time to time. I think it’s such an interesting question for people to ask because I think of dreams as something you are living, not something you’re watching through a television screen. Therefore, I dream about being in places, experiencing sensations, hearing voices, etc. I don’t literally dream in color because I’ve never seen it. However, I visualize color because it transcends vision. We taste, feel, smell, hear, and perceive color in our moods and auras.
I also felt that dreaming in color was a way to get readers to think of doing something in their lives beyond what they felt was possible given their individual limitations. At first, I had no idea what the book would be titled, but then I had an offer from a composer to write a piece of music for me setting a poem I would write about being a blind artist. That project inspired the title of the poem, and is also the title of the piece of music. In terms of other songs, most of the time, titles are apparent because they are the crux of what the songs are about. There are rare occasions when I have no idea what to title a song.