How did you get the name “Room for Cream”?
Walk into your neighborhood Starbuck’s, order a coffee, and the barista will say, “Room for cream?” John, a big coffee drinker, always thought Room for Cream would be a good name for a coffee-house band. When he and Haruka started playing together, it seemed like a logical name for the act. Ironically, Room for Cream has played at few coffee houses but plenty of bars.
What’s the significance of the album title “Thursday’s Child”?
It’s from the traditional poem:
Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for his living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.
Incidentally, Haruka was born on a Thursday, and her name means "far away" in Japanese. She has indeed gone far from her home in Yokohama, Japan.
What’s a euphonium?
A euphonium, also called a baritone horn, is a brass instrument resembling a small tuba, and commonly associated with marching bands and Salvation Army bands. Euphonium was John’s first instrument before he started playing trombone, and in his opinion, it is a beautiful-sounding (i.e., euphonious) and highly underutilized instrument. He would play euphonium gigs all the time if only someone would call him. Hello.... anyone there?