The Story of “The Fate of Merryland”
One regret I have is that (as far as I know – any copies out there?) there are no recordings of The Hated Uncles performing this play-like poem I was quite proud of. The story was that the King decreed everyone in his kingdom had to be happy – be merry – or else…The rebels were the unhappy ones. It was a rather macabre piece of writing that was inspired by myself putting on a happy face even though I was feeling so depressed I was cutting myself – to the point of once having to wear a long-sleeved shirt to work on a very hot day to cover the scars on my arm. In my story, I imagined a time when you couldn’t let your guard down and just be…sad…
The piece was performed once in a small theatre to about 30 or so people. The Uncles at the time consisted of myself, John Kinsella, Bill Day and Paul Settle. I don’t think Bruce Black was on this piece, but I’m not sure. It was a blast – even though I’m not sure how great the sound was. I didn’t even mind sharing the vocals with everyone! To me, it was a play, the words were mine, and The Hated Uncles were the musical actors. To me, this whole story typified the early Uncles in the sense that we would try different things. Check out the whole text of the poem at Harvey Dog Writings: “The Fate of Merryland”.