As any artist knows inspiration can come from anywhere and like family, you don’t get to choose your muse. Such is the case with the strange, yet beloved Happy/Sad Foot sign that once stood at the border of two Eastern Los Angeles Neighborhoods. While all it really was is a piece of advertising for a foot clinic it somehow became a well-heralded piece of Americana.
Paying tribute to the now-defunct sign, Diane Coffee released her new single “Foot Sign Song,” which was written by renowned novelist Jonathan Lethem and Walter Salas Humara. The song is somewhat of a call to action to support a piece of musical theater about an indie band in East L.A. that heavily features the fortuitous sign. The piece is an adaptation of Lethem’s novel You Don’t Love Me Yet.
In his position as Roy E. Disney Creative Writing Professor at Pamona College, a position formerly held by David Foster Wallace, Lenthem should have more than enough reach to bring his creation to the stage. Considering he is currently one of the hottest authors on the planet with Edward Norton adapting one of his novels, Motherless Brooklyn for the big screen with names like Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, and Alec Baldwin attached he might just have the juice to get the sign returned to its former glory standing proudly between East Lake and Echo Park too. Motherless Brooklyn is in theaters now!