Mysql .. calendar setup

i’m trying to use a calendar script called totalcalendar. it said it needed an empty mysql database for it to work… so i made a new one with a new host name. but… at the setup screen for the calendar, it has a blank for mysql server and mysql database. I tried everything i could think of but it always says something’s wrong with the mysql information i entered. Dreamhost says both the database and the host name are active.
So, i guess i just need to know exaclty what the mysql server is and what exactly the mysql database is. I just need examples of what these should be.