Okay. I told you I'd do it, so I did it.
Some things to bear in mind:
1.) THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK
. They may be puppets, but they are WICKED NAKED PUPPETS
doing WICKED NAKED THINGS
1a.) This YouTube Video is probably not safe for your grandparents either. At least, I won't be showing it to MY grandmothers. Although, come to think of it, my own mother is a grandmother (to my nieces) and she
cackled. So use your discretion.
1b.) NO, REALLY! USE YOUR DISCRETION
! Don't watch it if you are sensitive to this sort of thing. The LAST thing I want to do is offend you. I'm here only to AMUSE you.
1c.) To that end, maybe don't show your YOUNG CHILDREN either. (Unless you want to have that
conversation.) Because, again, though they are puppets... THEY ARE WICKED NAKED PUPPETS
2. I wrote this for my beautiful actor friend Eric. He sometimes does Voices. One of his Voices is named "Ivan." Eric makes astonishing metaphors out of coffee mugs and broken lightbulbs. He also sometimes jumps out of airplanes. (Hence the "Icarus.") I wrote this song to make him laugh. I never thought it would have puppet theatre put to it. But life is, at its most exciting, TOTES UNPREDICTABLE, YO. Kind of like this FRIKKIN CAMPAIGN.
3. I got to sing "Ivan Icarus" for a few mixed audiences last summer, when my Apocalypse Girls (Amal El-Mohtar
and Caitlyn Paxson
from The Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours
), my brother Jeremy Cooney (AKA "The Celtic Musketeer") and I all went on a mini-tour.
4. My magical Canadian wizard friend Magill Foote of Rule2 Productions
took my ridiculous phone footage of last week's dining-room-table-puppet show and made it all purty, with red curtains and and a bouncy sing-along-ball and all. ALL THE KUDOS TO MAGILL THE MAGICIAN!!!
5. I recently gave this song (and all its silliness) over to a project called "Angels of the Meanwhile," a chapbook spearheaded by writer Alexandra Erin. Proceeds will go to benefit Elizabeth R. McClellan's shoulder surgery. Now, our Elizabeth, you may or may not remember, is the gal who inspired the entire ALECTO! ALECTO!
album to begin with. She is important to me. An important woman, an important poet, and one who helps whoever she can whenever she can. To read more about her shoulder surgery and how YOU might be able to help, follow this link
Without further ado, allow me to give you...
This is, of course, all the fault of BRIMSTONE RHINE!