What Does Mojo Philter Mean?

To announce our upcoming gig I sent out a group e-mail to a whole mess of friends.  Apparently our name has been met with some confusion.  Our name isn’t gibberish, it actually does mean something:

mojo \moh-joh\ noun:

1. the art or practice of casting magic spells; magic; voodoo.

2. an object, as an amulet or charm, that is believed to carry a magic spell

philter \FIL-tur\ noun:

1. A potion or charm supposed to cause the person taking it to fall in love.
2. A potion or charm believed to have magic power.

transitive verb:
1. To enchant or bewitch with or as if with a magic potion or charm.

Some things you can feel coming. You don’t fall in love because you fall in love; you fall in love because of the need, desperate, to fall in love. When you feel that need, you have to watch your step; like having drunk a philter, the kind that makes you fall in love with the first thing you meet. It could be a duck-billed platypus.
— Umberto Eco

So, a Mojo Philter is a love potion, love talisman, or love spell.  It is also one of the lines in the Beatles song Come Together:

He roller-coaster he got early warning
He got muddy water he want mojo philter
He say “One and one and one is three”
Got to be good-looking ’cause he’s so hard to see
Come together right now over me

The idea is that our music is a mojo philter.  You’ll fall in love, maybe a little against your will; but love isn’t about control anyway, is it?


~ by Cram on February 2, 2009.

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