Here’s ‘The Covid Kid,’ a Coronavirus Song in the Style of Steely Dan — from Steve Porcaro, David Kamp, Marc Bonilla, Billy Sherwood and More, for MusiCares

Rock Cellar Magazine

There’s a time and place for levity among the harsh realities of a global pandemic, and it inspired particularly entertaining bit of music from Steve Porcaro of Toto (among many other acts) and writer/lyricist David Kamp in the form of “The Covid Kid,” an homage to Steely Dan.

This timely project stemmed from the stark reality that there was not a pre-existing Steely Dan song with the title “The Covid Kid.”

The song premiered last week. Its corresponding music video was featured in Rock Cellar Productions’ All Together Now! LA fundraising online concert event on April 25, which has raised more than $110,000 so far for the City of Los Angeles in its efforts to combat COVID-19.

Porcaro and Kamp premiered the song in an effort to raise additional funds for MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund, which you are encouraged to do if you enjoy the track, along with this brief note:

The Fabriani Bros. = Steve Porcaro & David Kamp + friends, in homage to Messrs. Fagen and Becker. Don’t be like the Covid Kid: Stay home, stay safe, and donate to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund for musicians whose livelihood has been affected by the pandemic:…

Special thanks to Steve Porcaro, David Kamp, Marc Bonilla and Denny Dias (who played guitar on the song), Billy Sherwood of Yes (on lead vocals), Shannon Forrest on drums and everybody else who participated in making “The Covid Kid” a reality, and for contributing it to our fundraising efforts for the city of Los Angeles.

Full credits:

Music by Steve Porcaro
Lyrics by David Kamp
Lead vocals by Billy Sherwood (Yes)
Guitars by Marc Bonilla (Keith Emerson, Derek Smalls, Ronnie Montrose) and  Denny Dias (Steely Dan)
Drums by Shannon Forrest (Toto, The Dukes of September)
Keyboards by Steve Porcaro (Toto)
A Fabriani Bros. production
Mixed by Mike Ging
Video produced and directed by Ted Kamp
Video edited By Dan Wolfmeyer
Original illustrations by Ross MacDonald
Additional photos and video via Envato

The Fabriani Brothers approached Steve Porcaro to do a homage to Steely Dan with a topical subject and so we did. David Kamp – Lyrics Steve Porcaro – Music and Keys Marc Bonilla – Guitars Shannon Forrest – Drums Billy Sherwood – Vocals

Posted by Marc Bonilla on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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