Today, Steve Cormey shares the story behind his book The Brothers Foot.
I am a songwriter, not necessarily an author. The two are one in the same, I believe. And, I have been inspired by many songs and books over the years. The “Foot Foot Song” was one of the first songs I can recall.
My parents gave my sister, brother, and I a record player for a Christmas present when I was about 4 or 5 years old. It came with a 45-record sung by Ray Bolger (the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz). I only remember that one side had a yellow label and the other side was pink. The pink side was a song called “I’m Glad I’m not a Rubber Ball” and the yellow side was called “The Foot Foot Song!”
I listened to those songs so many times that I never forgot them. Years later, when I was playing guitar and singing to help get me through college, I would sometimes play “The Foot Foot Song” and everyone would get a big kick out of it. In 1979, I joined a band in Colorado Springs and occasionally we would do the song just for fun and it was always a big hit.
Somebody even made rabbit puppets for us to use. They wore little ties and one time when we played at a restaurant where when someone wore a tie, the wait staff came ringing a bell, cut off the person’s tie and stapled it to the wall with their business card attached.
One night, when we were playing the song…they came out ringing the cowbell, cut off the rabbits ties, stapled them to the front of the stage and labeled them “foot,” “foot foot” and “foot foot foot!” That song has always been fun to sing and obviously, sticks in a person’s (or child’s) mind forever!
About seven years ago, I came up with an idea to write a simple children’s book based on the song. I asked my friend and artist, Ronda Eden if she would like to do the illustrations. Ronnie knew the song and even used to sing it for children’s story time visits to various schools and libraries in Wyoming (she still has the puppets, by the way).
Well, to make a long story longer…we collaborated on the book. I got the copyright approval for the song and we are very proud of it. The Brothers Foot: A Hare Raising Story has received great reviews so far, but neither one of us are very good at marketing or selling, so we are hoping that the “World of Ink Tour” will help us promote the book. We do have a sequel in the works with a song I wrote years ago called “The Carrot Song.” Why that would relate to three rabbit brothers, I don’t know?