Okay, here’s a weird one, my mouth is poised on the brink of bizarre fame … well then again, maybe not. Anyway, The Flaming Carrot is an old independent black and white comic book about a guy with a carrot for a head with flame coming out of the top. It was a pretty funny comic in its day, and I always loved his motto or tagline, “Fortune Favors the Bold!” The character said is all the time and I always liked it. I used to have a t-shirt of it back in the mid-80s. So why bring it up now? Because several months ago my old Canon camera had broken and I was playing around with it after I finally got it working again. I was looking for a subject while waiting for Porter’s bus to arrive and not seeing anything to shoot, I turned the camera on myself and shot a picture of my mouth wide open using the macro function. I thought the results were pretty funny but I didn’t think I would do anything with the photo. But Sarah told me I should “be brave” and post the picture anyway. It was then that the Flaming Carrot’s words resonated in my head and so I posted it on my photoblog back in December.
Click on the photo to see the original photoblog post.
Anyway, I thought that would be the end of it, but I just got an e-mail from some young guys in England with a garage band called Multi Purpose Kompost. They recently completed work on a video for their new song, The Edible Song. And they wrote to tell me they used my mouth in their new video. You can see it at Google Video. It’s pretty funny and mercifully short, since it relies heavily on Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. If you want to know more about the band, they are listed on MySpace.
So you see fortune does really favor the bold. If I hadn’t posted my big mouth at Sarah’s urging then I wouldn’t be in a music video. Now that’s fame. Who knows what could come of it. Breath mint ads, perhaps? Dental advertising? And did those teeth in ancient times walk upon England’s mountain green …. [channeling Monty Python again.]