Schtuff My Kid Says: Don’t Change that Name

Diana Beebe, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, MDDW, Diana Beebe's Blog, science fiction, fantasyI had a funny conversation about names with my daughter, Armadillo, recently.

It all started when we were listening to the radio in the car. (1980s music rules!)

The song playing was one by John Mellencamp.

It’s not enough that I told her his name (because I always tell her the artist’s or band’s name), but I also explained how the people in charge of getting him started in the business made him use John Cougar at first, because they didn’t think he would be successful with his real name.

He was successful. But the question remained: Would he have been successful without the stage name?

After a couple of years, he changed his name by adding his last name. He performed as John Cougar Mellencamp for awhile to get people used to the name. Then he dropped Cougar, and no one even blinked.

Armadillo laughed. “Those people were crazy! Mellencamp is a great name. It’s an awesome name. Someone should go back in time and smack those people on the heads for being dumb. He should’ve just used it.”


Do you know any other artists who used different names before using their own? What insightful things have you heard children say?






6 comments on… “Schtuff My Kid Says: Don’t Change that Name”

  1. How interesting – I never knew that about John Mellencamp. My husband is one of those that knows all kinds of history behind music. It’s good she’s getting an appreciation of the classics. πŸ™‚
    Awesome logo BTW – where did you get that?

    • Diana Beebe

      I full of all kinds of trivia. πŸ˜‰

      Don’t you love the logo? I LOVE it! My web designer, Laird at MemphisMcKay created it. She is so fabulous!

  2. That’s an awesome logo! I like the name Mellencamp. Way better than Cougar! And, yes, ’80s music rocks. So does ’60s and ’70s! πŸ™‚

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks so much, Lynn! I always wondered why they chose the Cougar as the name. Do you think they drew words out of a hat? πŸ˜€

  3. I know. Cougar is a strange name! Maybe they opened the dictionary to a random page and pointed at a random word? Haha!

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