ebbony&lune: The Story Behind the Name






The night I decided to re-brand my blog and start again from scratch, I spent solid hours scouring my brain for a name. Many of the words I came up with had something to do with music (but of course, right?), yet nothing felt right; it wasn't meaningful nor was it personal enough.

Somehow, my tired brain at 2:30am created the combination that is ebbony&lune. It seemed completely random and spontaneous at the time, but following some reflection, I realized that it was, in fact, quite meaningful, and symbolic - what can I say, I love my symbolism!


a hard, heavy, durable wood, most highly prized when black, from various tropical trees of the genus Diospyros ๐ŸŒณ



the flowing back of the tide as the water returns to the sea ๐ŸŒŠ



anything shaped like a crescent or a half moon ๐ŸŒ™

Upon seeing my blog name for the first time, you might have thought, "Hey, she made a spelling error with the word 'ebony'." Nope, it was intentional - there is logic behind this madness! Did you know: the black keys of the piano were traditionally made of ebony. Seeing as how piano is my primary instrument, and music one of the more prominent topics on this blog, I thought it fitting to use the word in the name. As for the spelling, I decided to fuse it with 'ebb', a tidal action, and therefore associated with waves.

Quick story: During the school term, I attended a mental health/wellness workshop titled Ride the Wave, which focused on various ways to cope with depression, stress, and anxiety. I experienced my first (recognized) panic attack a few months back (around the same time I went to the workshop), and my counsellor at school told me that the only way to get through it was to ride it out. Like a wave. As a (soon-to-be) music therapist, one of the clienteles I wish to work with is surrounding mental health - this, and overall wellness, is very important to me and to my career, and will be a central focus in this blog.

I have always been fascinated with the moon for as long as I can remember, and this connection is not coincidental: my name - Cynthia - is actually associated with the Greek goddess of the moon, Artemis. To add on to the whole wave thing (going to go a little science-y on you here), tidal waves are formed by the gravitational pull of the sun and moon on the earth. Also, the moon is white/ivory in colour, which is the other half of the ebony to my piano keyboard. Bam, connections!

ebbony&lune - the name encompasses so much of me. A name is not just a name; it holds a story.


What's your story?