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War Prayer

by Jon Anastasio

Jon's strong acoustic folk rock style delivers this set of original songs that touch progressive politics, self-discovery and relationships.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Aging Hippie's Lament
3:27 $0.99
2. If I Could Play the Blues
4:27 $0.99
3. Radio Man
2:57 $0.99
4. Northeast Corridor
3:57 $0.99
5. Atlas
4:39 $0.99
6. Maybe My Inspiration
3:43 $0.99
7. War Prayer
4:27 $0.99
8. Thoughts from a Bench in Monterrey
4:11 $0.99
9. A Friend Like You
4:02 $0.99
10. After Fireflies
4:28 $0.99
11. Stories of the Road
3:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jon\'s humorous tunes look a little sideways at the things we do every day; his political and “social commentary” – themed songs address decidedly progressive subjects; and his introspective tunes explore personal growth and change. His lyrics touch the heartache of fading love and the long reach of our memories, the ways we find hope and inspiration, and the bigger issues facing us all.

About “War Prayer”

Just as Mark Twain\'s essay, “The War Prayer,” was in 1904, the title track is a warning about the dangers of believing you own the “truth,” and clinging to it blindly. Inspired by Twain’s essay, it sounds a warning about the consequences of living with a closed mind.

“Atlas” was written for - really, to - Jermaine Goffigan, a 9 year-old Boston boy killed in gang crossfire in 1994.

The breezy guitar on “Aging Hippie\'s Lament” strikes a contrast with a satirical look at mass submission to a skewed American dream, while “Radio Man” offers a biting commentary on the hypocrisy of talk radio and the politics of division.

The imagery in “Northeast Corridor,” and ” “Thoughts from a Bench in Monterrey,” are all about the cycles of change, while “Maybe My Inspiration,” “After Fireflies,” “If I Could Play the Blues,” and “Stories of the Road” express the challenge of putting feelings into words, and finding the courage to be true.

And, “A Friend Like You” celebrates the best we can give each other.



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Andrew Black

This CD is fantastic. The lyrics are thought provoking and the music is beautif
The music on this CD is great. The lyrics are thought provoking, and poetic. The guitar work is rich and lyrical, and Jon has a great voice. His style is very original, and I find his vocal quality haunting and unique. If Alanis Morrisette had been a guy, she would have sounded like this. The genre could be described as contemporary folk, and anyone who loves acoustic guitar with a conscience is going to love this CD.