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Peace Rocks

by Steve Bonino

Steve Bonino's debut album is an edgy prog rock, psychedelic pop tour de force. Featuring contributions by Jimmy Keegan, Dave Meros and Ryo Okumoto of Spock's Beard, this is a thinking man's ode to peace.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Peace March
1:28 $0.99
2. Wake Up Call
2:52 $0.99
3. Godsexmoney
3:17 $0.99
4. Construction
4:39 $0.99
5. Personal Revolution
4:37 $0.99
6. Dyin for Love
3:26 $0.99
7. Rose Colored Glasses
1:12 $0.99
8. Big Brother
3:26 $0.99
9. True North
3:45 $0.99
10. Will the World Mourn?
2:55 $0.99
11. Paradise Lost
2:24 $0.99
12. Peace, Love, Truth and Understanding
3:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
About the songs:
"Peace March" was originally called "Ode To The Doo Dah Day" and was intended to be a children's tune. This interpretation however places it in Zappa territory.
"Wake Up Call" is me railing against the apathy we all share in the drone of life. Guilty, but getting better.
"GodSexMoney" was inspired by a class I attended. The teacher suggested that almost all good, bad and evil things that have happened in mankind's history have been inspired by either God, sex or money or a combination thereof. Sounds right to me! Wrote a song about it, goes like this...
"Construction" was written back in the 80's with my friends Brad Swanson and Greg "Harpo" Hilfman. It just seemed to us there might be a better way to build this world.
"Personal Revolution" begs the question: "What would the world be like if we all tried our best to be good to ourselves and to each other. Close your eyes and imagine...
"Dyin For Love" ...Aren't we all?
"Rose Colored Glasses" My good friend, Sheryl has inspired me with her innocent and optimistic view of life. She always says she sees the world through rose colored glasses. Mine are green, bummer.
"Big Brother" Self explanatory!
"True North" is about crossing the oceans (or doing whatever it takes) to find love.
"Will The World Mourn?" I'm very sad to say I don't think the world will miss us when we are gone. UNLESS...we get our act be continued...
"Paradise Lost" confirms you don't mess with Mother Nature!
"Peace, Love, Truth And Understanding" ...the search goes on.



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Rock Tale Hour

Great Music Loaded with Meaning
Steve Bonino’s Peace Rocks is a riff-based, vocally driven rock album that seeks a resurgence of anti-establishment ideals and pays tribute to the counterculture of the past with a modern twist. Lyrically, the album is loaded with deep meaning and embodies a 21st Century spin on the peace movement, free love, and civil unrest of the ‘60s. Peace Rocks makes you realize that despite 50 years of progress, society’s challenges and unrealized ideals haven’t changed much.
Bonino takes us on a pacifist romp from “Peace March” through “Big Brother,” where he excoriates the “fascist state” that “rob[s] us of our privacy” “to keep security.” And in “Will the World Mourn?” he poignantly asks “who can stop what is happening right now?” and “will the world mourn when we are gone?” Peace Rocks rounds out its progressive themes with “Paradise Lost” that warns us not to “mess with Mother Nature” who is “our home” and an “unforgiving landlord.” The album is literally a “Wake Up Call” for a “world turned upside down” where “the good are now called evil and the evil are called good.” Bonino challenges listeners to have a “Personal Revolution” by extending a hand to offenders and not pushing others away because they are different. The artist does not excuse himself. In “Peace, Love, Truth & Understanding” the singer admits that he can’t face himself in the mirror anymore, observing that “I see the brokenhearted people living in the world, and I can’t take it anymore.” The album leaves us with the final plea, “what is it going to take to find our way to peace, love, truth and understanding?”
Peace Rocks is as great musically as it is inspiring lyrically. Although in capturing a retro feel that matches the message, the music doesn’t break any new ground. Bonino is a seasoned vocalist, and his Beatle-esque harmonies and energetic guitar licks on “True North” match the passion and imagery of a man “heading where love is” and “risking it all.” The album has infectious riffs like the acoustic bass-line phrase that launches “Paradise Lost” and the dynamic acoustic and electric riffs in “Big Brother.” This is an album that stays in your head, and your head is happy it’s there. Peace Rocks ROCKS!