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Goin’ Viral Artist/Song Bio

The newly released song “Goin’ Viral” is performed by Covid-19 & the Symptoms, a fictional band conjured up by musician/songwriter Eric T. Brandt and artist/animator Tamara Warren, both based in Lake Tahoe, California.

The idea and project began in mid March of 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic was no longer just an inspiration for bat-eating memes, but was now officially in the U.S. and on the minds of every citizen who loved toilet paper and hated death. As Brandt and Warren shared the concerns, fears, and challenges thrust upon us all, they knew they had to do something.

While throwing around song ideas after listening to the increasingly disturbing news on the spread of Covid-19, "Goin’ Viral" began to take shape. What better time to work on the songwriting and animated video than while in mandatory lockdown?

A songwriter who has written snd worked with, performed, and produced music in the early 1980s for novelty bands (The Surf Punks and Eric T. & the Skis), Brandt describes the song as a parody-comedy-satire-metaphorical song performed by a fictional musician/rock star named Covid-19 and his band, the Symptoms.

The song tells the story of Covid's song "going viral" and his overnight rise to fame via social media. "The parallels of the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, with the path of a popular song 'going viral' were too clear and too funny," says Brandt. “We couldn’t resist.”

The accompanying video, animated by Tamara Warren, adds to the comic appeal of the song as Covid, a cute little virus cell-shaped character, travels and performs on his world tour as his song heads to the top of the charts. Ultimately, Covid comes to terms with the reality that he’ll be "done and gone" since his fame as a one-hit wonder makes him destined to fade away.

As a bonus, Covid leaves his audience with a new dance they can learn while stuck, quarantined in their homes. "It's kind of like a practical line dance," says Brandt. "It's a fun reference to now well-known practices such as social distancing and hand washing.”

While the song does poke fun at a very serious and deadly global pandemic, Brandt and Warren's intent is to bring a little humor in these dark times. “We’re all in this together, and people can use some comic relief," says Brandt. "Our hope is to generate smiles and a few laughs, and we’re excited to be donating all proceeds from downloads of the song to Covid-19 relief efforts.”

“Goin’ Viral” song is available on most music distribution platforms. All proceeds from song downloads will be donated to Covid-19-related relief efforts.

Downloads and more info can be found at http://goinviralsong.com
Social Media: #goinviralsong. #covid-19andtheSymptoms
The music video is available on YouTube: covid-19andtheSymptoms

Produced by Eric T. Brandt and Tamara Warren
Music: Written and performed by Eric T. Brandt
Lyrics: Eric T.Brandt & Tamara Warren
Recorded at Round Rock Recording, Tahoe City, CA.
Video Produced and animated by Tamara Warren
Lead Guitar: Gary Stutz
Publisher: Brandt Music/ASCAP
All elements ©2020 EricT.Brandt


GOIN’ VIRAL - Performed By Covid 19 & the Symptoms

Please let me introduce myself 
They call me Covid 19 
My big world world tour is underway
And I'm makin’ quite a scene 
I’m comin' all the way from China, 
thru every country, state and town
If you want to join the fun
 keep passing’ me around

Cuz I’m goin’ viral  
yea, this is how I roll
I’m goin’ viral
I’m totally outta control.   

I’d been Lurking in the shadows
undiscovered far too long
I finally got my big outbreak
’when I penned this simple song
My debut single is off the charts
seems no one is immune
I’m an overnight sensation
and a global flu tycoon

I’m goin’ viral
Yea this id how I ride
I’m goin’ viral
And now you’re stuck inside.

When we all get together 
My fans, they multiply
and when the Symptoms start to play
the fever starts to rise
So come on out and catch my show
At the new CoronaDome
In the meantime here’s a brand new dance
That you can learn at homeBreak it down boys!… 
Grab some friends - no more than ten-  and stand six feet apart
wash your hands and disinfect,
and  you’re off to a really good start
now hold your breath, and  cover your face 
then  turn your head and  cough
put the back of your hand to your forehead,
feign a fever 
And shake it all off 
Everybody say “hey my Carona”
We're goin’ viral
Go on, share me with a friend
Goin’ viral
hope my pandemic never  ends

Well I know my fame will will fade in time
One hit wonders disappear 
And when they find a new vaccine
You can bet I’ll be outta here
But when I’m done and gone
And you’re all free from quarantine 
in case you might forget my name…I’m Covid-19

©2020 Brandt Music/ASCAP