“Flameland” is not still at CD Baby, but is once again at CD Baby. Each and every song has either been rerecorded, remixed or both.
Was this done because the songs were recorded poorly or performed poorly when the CD was first sent to CD Baby? Absolutely not. Considering the limited technology that Michael Bonanno has available to him, the sound was amazing the first time it appeared on CD Baby.
It should be well known, however, that the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement. Thirteen good songs which contain important messages have now been improved. It’s hoped that the reworking of the songs will introduce a subtle hook that will keep people listening longer.
The world is a mess. There’s an occupation still taking place in Iraq even as we’ve morphed from a president that was very unpopular to one that, at least in the beginning, was extremely popular.
If anything, Barack Obama hasn’t proven to be adverse to starting and/or escalating wars. He may be very slowly getting our troops out of Iraq but he’s just moving them over to Afghanistan.
If the Iraq invasion had death as its main accomplishment, then the illegal invasion of Afghanistan and the “secret” war in Pakistan have merely perpetuated that accomplishment. The wars and occupations have not accomplished anything more prolifically than they’ve accomplished death. The only other major accomplishment has been the commission of impeachable crimes by a consecutive string of US presidents. For you who aren’t aware, for whatever reason, The Constitution of The Former United States of America clearly states that Congress, and only Congress, can declare war or get The FUSA involved in war.
So just as with The Regime before Obama’s and The Regime before that one all the way back to Harry Truman’s Regime, the laws of the land have been executed by men who all committed acts deserving of impeachment.
This is one reason why an angry Neil Young produced and published his intense CD “Living With War”. It’s also the reason that Young, fairly disgusted that music has not played a larger role in trying to bring the death produced by all of these illegal wars to an end, began accepting musical submissions that speak to our depressed society at his web site Living With War Today.
Two songs from “Flameland”, “Casey’s Song” and “Soldiers Of Peace” spent time on Young’s top 500 “songs of our time”. “Casey’s Song”, which was written in memory of Casey Sheehan who was murdered in Iraq in April of 2004 and dedicated to his mother Cindy, made it to number 133. “Soldiers Of Peace”, which is not only found on “Flameland”, but also on “LIFE; THE MUSICAL”, got as high as number 241.
Considering how many songs were submitted, just making the chart is quite an accomplishment. Michael’s two songs made it into the top half of the chart, an accomplishment of which he’s justifiably proud.
But it’s not only about recognition of his talent or making money. Michael’s messages are from his heart. Michael Bonanno is a published poet and a line editor and regular contributor for OpEdNews.com. Words are his weapon. He believes that words are much more powerful than weapons if the intellect is there to absorb them.
You see, Michael’s a child of the sixties and saw one irrational war in which 58,000 American military personnel died. He can’t believe that we, as Americans, keep falling for Orwell’s prophetic line “WAR IS PEACE” and he definitely understands Young’s anger.
Michael’s described his music as new Baby Boomer music for Baby Boomers who want new music. Michael’s part of the generation referred to as Baby Boomers, which makes him part of the generation whose passion and activism ultimately pressured Richard Nixon into getting our citizens out of Vietnam.
Today, we are business partners with the very same Vietnamese government whose rise to power The FUSA attempted to stop. This is what 58,000 young men died for. How can the families of those dead men accept this insult which has been added to their injury?
Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon were murderers, nothing more, nothing less.
“Modern Propriety” and “Sermon” are, indeed, sermons aimed at the so called religions right as well as at Islamic fanatics. Can a religious leader legitimately call for the assassination of a human being? According to Michael, religious leaders of all stripes think that it’s OK as long as they “try to buy a piece of Heaven for when we die.”
“Gods Of The Factory” and “Save The World” shine a light on what multi millionaire heads of multinational corporations, staunch supporters of our profitable wars and occupations, do to people and the environment that enables them to become multi millionaires. In fact, the true government of the Former United States of America is what Michael calls a Corporacracy.
The second song on the CD, “Everybody Knows”, is Michael’s image of what saying good-bye to this world would be like if caused by the imperious attitudes The Regimes of The FUSA exhibit towards savage war and its use against the human race. In “Everybody Knows”, the line “but volumes could be written on what mankind never learned” vividly and eerily fades the song, and the imagined world, to an end.
“Everybody Knows” is not the only song that breathes life into poetic and lyrical imagery.
The warmth of the CD’s title song, “Flameland”, also evolves from Michael’s imagination, only it’s filled with hope. It’s a place that puts one in the kind of peaceful trance that staring at the flames dancing in a warm fireplace on a cold winter’s day can create. It’s a place where people don’t mind speaking because those to whom they speak actually listen.
Michael Bonanno is a child of the sixties and his musical style aggressively and proudly brandishes that proclamation. Music is not static. Beethoven was the precursor to Hip Hop. None of the music that evolved along the way has disappeared and that includes the styles that were popular in the sixties and early seventies. It just doesn’t go away and never will.
“If you really want to see, Flameland is where you should be.”