Tool's Maynard James Keenan rocks and… raises ducklings

An Easter story
Maynard James Keenan
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It’s easy to imagine that the world’s biggest rock stars live lavish lives when they’re not on tour or in the studio. For some, it may be relaxing in their palatial oceanside estate or high atop the city in their penthouse. For Maynard James Keenan, it’s raising ducks.

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The Tool frontman shared a beautiful short film, An Easter Story, about the ducks he’s raising in Arizona’s Verde Valley.

“This is An Easter Story. There are many. But this one is ours,” the video’s description reads.

The story focuses on one duck, Larry, who has gone missing. Keenan has raised Larry from a duckling and is sent on a search to find his missing duck.

His search leads Keenan through a series of philosophical epiphanies as he muses on the season of spring, the meaning of renewal, and Easter egg hunts from his youth.

“We are not islands and we cannot always do this thing called life on our own,” he narrates in the film. Ultimately, Keenan finds Larry sitting on, you guessed it, her eggs.

At the end of the film, Keenan describes spring as “the bringer of life, rebirth, reproduction, resurrection, reconnection, of salvation, of infinity and of hope” and wishes viewers a “Happy Easter.”

It’s good to see Keenan back to being his creative self after he described his experience catching COVID-19 twice.

He contracted the virus for a second time back in November and it hit him so hard that he wound up in the ER on December 1. “"Ugly, ugly. Couldn't breathe. I could barely put two words together without going into a coughing fit,” he said of his experience. After the virus progressed into pneumonia, he was presented with the option of staying in the hospital and potentially waiting for a bed and a ventilator that the hospital didn’t have.

He recalled, “‘Well, I need to breathe and I need to sleep.’ So, you're just treating symptoms at that point. There's nothing you can do other than treat the symptom, so for a real cough medicine, not the crap over-the-counter and then like an inhaler, and some antibiotics to fight the pneumonia and strap the f*** in."

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