Music/Lyrics: Aaron Hersey
Original Artist: Pork Tornado
Original Album: Pork Tornado (2002)
Historian: David Steinberg
Pork Tornado is the side project that flies under the radar. While Clone, Trey Anastasio, and Vida Blue all received extensive commentary from the curious community, Pork Tornado’s self-titled CD managed the near impossible feat: to go unnoticed.
As a result “Blue Skies” was the song that people were most curious about in the “show and tell” set in Worcester on 2/26/03. “Clone” and “Drifting” were among the most well known songs in Mike and Trey’s projects. “Final Flight” might be a more obscure Vida Blue song, but the appearance of 3/4 of Phish on 12/31/01 meant that many people owned at least that show and therefore had some sort of idea of what the Vida sound was like.“Blue Skies,” though, was a complete mystery.
Due to the magic of Live Phish, the secret of the song was soon revealed as a straightforward bluegrass song; it even used the trick of many successful bluegrass songs – use upbeat music to disguise a depressing lyric. While a pleasant enough listen, there isn’t much here to distinguish it from a million other similar songs. If you ever wondered what “My Sweet One” would sound like without the humor, “Blue Skies” is the answer.