Only 11 days until I'M BORED is available on the shelves! In celebration, my friend Errol Elumir and I cowrote a song inspired by the book, and turned the song into a music video. You can find out more about how the song and music video were created below. Note that the story in the picture book ends differently; to find out what REALLY happened to the potato, do buy the book.
Making Of The I'M BORED Music Video
As soon as I handed in the final art for I'M BORED, I was keen on writing an I'M BORED song. Happily, my friend Errol Elumir was crazy enough to volunteer to help me write it AND do a book-inspired music video. Errol is my creative doppelgänger, with multiple projects on the go: he's a writer, artist, songwriter, musician and (here's where I have zero knowledge) video editing guru. You should check out his comedy duo and daily comic at DebsandErrol.com (a different Deb from me :-)).
Above: a short clip of Zoe practising her part before the I'M BORED music video book trailer shoot. Zoe is truly an amazing 7-year-old. Not only did she learn the song that Errol Elumir & I had written and study the character in the book, but she also helped set up the props, had useful suggestions throughout the shoot AND was willing to do a shot over and over again without complaint.
THANK YOU, ZOE!!!
Scroll down to the bottom of this post to read the lyrics to this song.
Here are the lyrics for the song:
Words & music by Debbie Ridpath Ohi & Errol Elumir
Sung by Zoe & Errol Elumir - Keyboards by Errol (DebsandErrol.com)
Inspired by I'M BORED, a picture book written by Michael Ian Black
and illustrated by Debbie, coming out from Simon & Schuster Books
For Young Readers in Sept/2012.
VERSE 1 (sung by Zoe):
Can't believe, another hour is crawling by
C Am G F
Can't conceive how time is slow I think I'll die
Nothing to play with and nothing for me to see
F G C
My life is full of ennui.
VERSE 2 (sung by Zoe):
Can't believe, I totally don't know what to do
Can't conceive how other kids can make it through
mind-numbing woe & nowhere to go
and all I got is this….potato?
F G Am F
I'm Bored, really really really bored,
F G C
I'm bored, I'm BORED.
Potato: Can't believe
Zoe: Wait a sec, you can't be talking
C Am F
Potato: Can't conceive why I listen to your squawking
I'm stuck on this couch I should have hid
F G C
from this really boring kid. (Zoe yells: HEY!)
P: I'm Bored
Z: Hey Me Too!
P: I'm bored. Because of you. (Zoe: "WHAT!?")
Zoe: I'm Not Boring
Am G F
P: Sorry but kids kinda are
F G C
Zoe: Are NOT. We are lots of fun - We're AWESOME!
F G Am G F
P: boring I'm so bored
Z: I am not boring! Don't be so smug. You are just a silly spud.
F G C
Z: We're not boring
P: YES YOU ARE
Z: Kids can do anything
P: SO BORED THAT I COULD DIE
Z: Know what I want now
P: A world without children?
C G C
Z: I think I WANT SOME FRIES