It’s the last day of “Sonny Meadows Week” at Peace Couple! (If you have not headed over to CD Baby to check out his work, and get copies for yourself and as gifts, you should do so now, while you remember.)
On this last day: What song should we pick?…
“Drums of War” by Sonny Meadows is the Peace Song of the Day for December 11th. You can find this song on the album Bibles, Guns & Flags. In the liner notes, Sonny Meadows comments on his inspiration for this song:
Written in response to Kosovo and my own personal experiences in Viet Nam, but applies to the Mid-East, Africa and everywhere we let vengeance take the place of common sense.
You can find a sample of this song, or buy the album or MP3,
at CD Baby: here.
(Drums of War is Track 4)
Excerpt from lyrics:Drums of War
by Sonny Meadows
…And this one’s a good one, we assemble our might
To challenge the devil with justice and right
Only traitors question our intentions so pure
And we march and we dance to the drums of war…
We carry the torch our fathers carried before
To our sons and our daughters it will pass once more
This torch of flaming flesh shall burn forevermore
And we march and we dance to the drums of war.
I could not find a video on-line for this particular song. Though, you can sample a piece of the song, or purchase the MP3 of the song, from CD Baby at the link above.
Also, the drumming on this song was done by two drummers. One of the drummers is musician and producer, Phil Jimenez. Below is a sampling of Phil’s powerful drumming, as he led a drum circle at PeaceSmiths peace and justice coffeehouse:
Peace Couple has an ongoing project called Peace Song of the Day. We find and list songs which inspire peace and justice, and express the value of nonviolence.
This week, we are trying something new. We are focusing on one, particular artist, who has written a whole catalogue of peace and justice songs…
Sonny Meadows is a Long Island singer/songwriter. We know Sonny from the activist trail. Over the years, he has supported projects to end the wars, support green values, help the environment, and ask for tolerance for immigrants. His songs reflect all of those issues.
Sonny has been part of various bands, including Blacklisted & The Banned and The Defibrillators. (Bob Wescott, from both those bands, is on the left in the photo above!) You can learn more about Sonny Meadows at his webpage: www.sonnymeadows.com
You can purchase Sonny’s CD’s at CD Baby: here. CD Baby is an excellent source for independent musicians to share their products with the world. And, if you click through our link, Peace Couple will get credit for sending you over there (So, thanks!).