A little fiddle, a little blues, and a whole lot of silly swinging satire.
The Swine Flu Blues features Vi Wickam singing, fiddling, playing mandolin, and showing off his song-writing chops, too.
“Good music is good melody,” says Vi. "If you like it, it's bitchin'. If you don't, it sucks." Vi said that too, but he liberated it from Frank (the original mother of invention) Zappa.
The song is catchy. It’s beat is upbeat and lively. And the satire is more fun than biting. After all, who wants biting when we’re talking about the flu bug?
As you’ll hear on this song, Vi plays fiddle pretty well; he’s a regular competitor and judge at fiddling contests around the US. He’s also pretty good on other stringed instruments, too. Even those with frets.
But what you’re really asking yourself is; “What’s with the name?“
Vi is short for Vivan - NOT Vivian. It’s not quite as bad as a boy named Sue, but it's close. The big problem is that whenever people read Vivan, they throw an extra "I" in there for good measure, so he just goes by Vi. He was named after his Dad, and Grandpa Vi Wickam, who also handed down the family fiddle, a great love of music, and more than a little talent. (Thanks, Grandpa.)
"Swine Flu Blues is a timely satirical acoustic lament. It features Vi Wickam on Vocals, Mandolin, and Fiddle. If you enjoy acoustic blues, you will love the Swine Flu Blues.
I'm glad somebody was well enough to get off the couch and write this! It's a little topical time capsule of funky fiddling, tasteful mandolin playing, and heartfelt singing."
Special Thanks to:
Tyler Andal - for help with mixing the audio
Lani Nielsen - for help with writing the lyrics