Lordd Virgil's "Flint, Michigan" Goes Viral
Tue, 05 Apr 2011 13:05:48
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The video for Lordd Virgil's new song "Flint, Michigan" is becoming a global, virtual hit courtesy of YouTube, with views in 60 countries. The rocker is taking his original bedroom-demo of the song into the studio for a proper recording with Sponge's producers. Director Michael Moore is not the only one shining a spotlight on the plight of Flint!
Watch the video here.
The song, which is quickly resonating as an anthem that speaks to the plight of Flint, combines a nostalgic sadness for what Flint has been, a quiet resignation to the state of Flint today and a fatalistic acceptance that, no matter what, Lordd Virgil will someday die with pride in his hometown as seven generations of his family have done before him.
Lordd Virgil and his band will be recording "Flint, Michigan" and other tracks from his upcoming, as-yet-untitled album at The Loft in Saline, Michigan, the same studio that gave birth to Sponge's landmark albums Rotting Piñata and Wax Ecstatic.
"Virally, the video for 'Flint, Michigan' did a world tour without me. Hey, what gives?!," Lordd Virgil said with a laugh. "That video probably has more frequent flyer miles than Richard Branson, but the original song never got much further than the bedroom until now. The least I could do was drive a couple hundred miles and get into the studio to make a proper recording."
"The support has been overwhelming," Lordd Virgil said. "In the beginning, it was mainly people from Michigan, but now I'm hearing from fans everywhere about how the song feels familiar to their town too. People are adopting the song and it's becoming a soundtrack for many cities that have fallen into economic ruin."
The video is quickly resonating as an anthem that speaks not only to the dire economic situation in his hometown of Flint, Michigan, but cities nationwide. The song combines a nostalgic sadness for what Flint has been, a quiet resignation to the state of Flint today and a fatalistic acceptance that, no matter what, Virgil too will someday die there too.
The inspiration for the song came to Lordd Virgil when he attended the funeral for his musical mentor and local legend Gary Buckner in 2008. As Virgil followed in the funeral procession, he watched as the hearse drove down a street littered with dozens of huge potholes and heaving pieces of broken pavement.
Did you watch Lordd Virgil's video for "Flint, Michigan?"