I’m putting together a new music project for which I am the songwriter and head of the project but I am not performing as part of the project. In the music circles I run in, pretty much everyone is mostly locked into a singer-songwriter model- so, it takes a little explaining on my part to really communicate what I’m doing with this new project.
I can handle the detailed description of my role, but I also am trying to put together a humorous short-hand explanation.
As the guy directing all the other participants, I am the . . .
Whip Cracker (Guy cracking the whip)? Too harsh and unpleasant sounding.
It struck me that “Coxswain” is nearly the perfect metaphor to use.
The only problem, the only problem, with “Coxswain” is that it is too silly a word and provokes inappropriate giggling.
So, if “Coxswain” is the perfect metaphor, what is the next best metaphor?