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by Michael Bonanno

Baby Boomer Michael Bonanno's benchmark tenth album, containing an eclectic collection of original songs, ranging from folk to rock to a very powerful spoken word piece.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Adelyn
4:47 $0.99
2. Young Ones
6:10 $0.99
3. I Hope You Understand
2:26 $0.99
4. Yarn of Truth
5:21 $0.99
5. Dead Man Walking
3:48 $0.99
6. Reach Out (With Love in Your Heart)
4:48 $0.99
7. Deep Into the Night
2:42 $0.99
8. Catherine's Song (It's Not Your Fault)
3:19 $0.99
9. And Music
3:31 $0.99
10. Brothers
4:26 $0.99
11. I Long for a Better World
10:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
At 63, Michael Bonanno, Baby Boomer and rocker, has produced his tenth album, which he has cleverly entitled 10.

Like his first nine albums, 10 is an eclectic mix of music. Like his last album, Unholy Trinity, 10 contains some very personal autobiographical material, mostly about his six grandkids.

In fact, the first song, “Adelyn”, is a didactic but hopeful welcome to the world tribute to his newest grandchild, a very little girl at the time of this writing, of course, after which this song is named.

There is some sadness in some of Michael’s relationships with his grandchildren. Again, at the time of this writing, Michael, for reasons still unknown to him, is not allowed to see his young grandson, Ryan, and his even younger granddaughter, Lucy. He’s sadly never even met them. The sadness is powerfully expressed in both the lyrics and the music in “Young Ones”. If the song reminds you of a John Lennon song it’s because Michael had Lennon’s voice and some of the Lennonesque reverb in mind when he recorded “Young Ones”.

Another sad tribute to a granddaughter is the eighth track, “Catherine’s Song (It’s Not Your Fault)”. Michael understands a six year old’s tendency to believe that she is the reason her parents have split up. He wants to ensure “Little C” that she is not responsible for the behavior of other people, even her own parents. Even though Michael never tries to outright imitate anyone, hearing his voice in “Catherine’s Song (It’s Not Your Fault)” should bring Tom Petty to mind. It just happens.

His final grandchild tribute is for his twin grandsons, Nate and Sam. The tenth song is called “Brothers” and, a bit like “Adelyn”, there’s a didactic tone to it. Michael is certain that these two boys are two of the most precocious five year olds that he’s ever seen. “Brothers” is filled with hope and requests the twins to always be there for the other.

Michael plays “I Hope You Understand” with only a guitar, a harmonica and a voice that again might remind you of another artist, 60s folk singer, Arlo Guthrie. It’s also an autobiographical song about a very happy time in Michael’s life.

Michael fully writes the lyrics and music for nine out of the eleven songs on 10. Tracks four and five are exceptions. Michael wrote the music to Blind Pathos’s song, “Monkey Chow”, which can be found on Michael’s album, Unholy Trinity. Michael has gotten together with Blind Pathos again to write music for “Yarn Of Truth”, a song that attacks Wall Street and its lack of conscience. This is the only song that really “rocks” on 10, although most of the other songs are undeniably Rock n’ Roll.

The second song Michael co-wrote is “Dead Man Walking”. If you liked the lyrics to the songs “no man’s land”, “shock and awe” and “storm front” from Michael’s album Young Man (take a look at my life), “Misery” from Haven’t We Met? and “Peace” from Unholy Trinity, it’s certain that you’ll like Jamie Redhead’s lyrics to “Dead Man Walking”. Michael wrote the music for Jamie’s “love hopelessly lost” lyrics. This is shuffle rock with a definite hint of jazz.

“Reach Out (With Love In Your Heart)” is a song Michael brings to the present from the ‘60s. It’s a message so many young people were sending in those turbulent years of Vietnam and Martin Luther King’s struggle for equal rights for all Americans, especially those with dark skin. It’s a message that Michael strongly believes is needed and needs to be heeded at this time, in this year of 2013. It’s rock but utilizes a subtle Reggae rhythm.

“Deep Into The Night” showcases Michael’s genius with lyrics. Could it be about death? You decide. The music is unusual and unique, both in rhythm and tune. Michael wanted this song to be eerie and his lyrics and music work very well in doing that.

“And Music” is just a plain old happy song. Michael says that he doesn’t write music, he doesn’t play music and he doesn’t sing music. He says it’s more like he feels music. “And Music” expresses that sentiment. The lyrics are amazing!

Finally, Michael does something on 10 that he’s never done before. On Young Man (take a look at my life), Michael speaks words rhythmically in the song “denial”. Michael realizes that he’s not a rapper or a hip-hop artist and doesn’t try to be in “denial”. However, the words he speaks are in rhythm to the music and rhythm of the song.

In “Misery” on the album Haven’t We Met?, Michael comes about as close to rapping as he ever has and probably ever will. Of course Michael only uses the spoken word in a small part of “Misery”.

In 2007, Michael Bonanno wrote an OpEd piece inspired very strongly by Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. The piece was first published by OpEd News. Wanting to do something special for his tenth album, Michael turns that OpEd piece into an unbelievably powerful spoken word song he calls “I Long For A Better World”. Although Michael realizes that Dr. King’s speech will never be matched, it is obvious that Michael can stir peoples’ social conscience and emotions. If “I Long For A Better World” can’t match Dr. King’s speech, it may have the same effect on people as that great speech just the same.

Michael utilizes some special effects in “I Long For A Better World”. He also utilizes the beautiful voice of Halley Crast on that track. Halley belts out improvised gospel singing in “I Long For A Better World”. It’s a powerful 10 minute and 42 second piece that needs to be heard, from beginning to end! Michael speaks for millions in “I Long For A Better World”.

10 is special for Michael Bonanno. He started writing music a very long time ago and has written over 110 songs, mostly on his own, but some in collaboration with some very talented writers. Michael considers 10 a benchmark, but it’s doubtful that he’s finished writing, producing and publishing music. It’s his love for music and poetry that keeps Michael Bonanno producing both.

If you haven’t yet purchased music by Michael Bonanno, 10 contains music that will almost compel you to look online for the rest of Michael’s music. When you find it, you’ll love it and you’ll want it.

If you have purchased music by Michael Bonanno, you know what kind of pleasure you’re in for by buying music from 10 – or possibly buying the CD, either by downloading it or having it sent to you.

Michael appreciates it when anyone buys his music. However, one regret you may have if you don’t buy the physical 10 CD is that you’ll miss some outstanding album artwork, which was provided by Tina Bonanno, Michael’s wife of 19 years and his youngest daughter, Leyna. The artwork makes it worth owning the CD, but the music is worth hearing and having all on its own.

After producing, publishing and performing nine albums worth owning, Michael Bonanno is proud of his newest benchmark album appropriately entitled 10.



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