truth to power

this album is the product of a long-distance collaboration – and a budding friendship – between a European multi-instrumental recording artist and a Canadian singer-songwriter. we met online a few years ago over a set of lyrics Kevin wrote in the wake of the 2016 U.S. federal election, and the resultant song – “Cancel My Trip to America” – led inevitably to the cultivating of our transatlantic ties and the making of this record.

our world has changed a lot since the recent arrival of the “post-truth” political era, and seven of the songs recorded here offer a musical commentary on events that have shaped that change. these songs are thus a sort of musical journalism, each one an op-ed reflection on a particular political moment – and an embodiment of our urgent need to respond to that moment in our work as musical artists. we didn’t deliberately set out to write nearly an album’s worth of protest songs; on the contrary; each song came spontaneously, arriving in real time on a flood of sadness or outrage. sometimes in the creation of art there’s no resisting circumstance: when the Muse announces a song’s arrival, the song must be free to write itself.

although we put our hearts and souls into this project, we would be happy to see most of these songs – these too-contemporary folk-pop responses to an expanding culture of fear and loathing – become irrelevant, forgotten musical footnotes to a dark history that will soon vanish into the light of a coming better day. so we hope. we wanted to write far different songs – and we hope to do so now that this project is completed – but we needed to work our way through these ones first. our album’s title, Truth to Power, is taken from the opening track, “I Wanna Go to America,” in which we sing “Here’s to the ones not afraid to stand / Marching on the Mall speaking truth to power.”  

and so, although many of our songs express a protest against recent American policies and political practices, Truth to Power is not anti-American. on the contrary, we offer our songs as a heartfelt tribute, sent from Canada and the European Union, to our many friends and heroes in America, fearless souls who work, march, take a knee, and otherwise speak out for peace and love.

London Meeting

bon jorno & hutchings is

mike bohrmann aka bon jorno – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, background vocals, lead vocal on “Hello Paris”

kevin hutchings – lead and background vocals; acoustic guitar on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 9; harmonica

bon jorno & hutchings, that is

bon jorno & hutchings

excerpts from the album can be listened to in the player above:

1. I Wanna Go to America
2. Remember the Good Times
3. Terrible Tuesday
4. Cancel My Trip to America
5. Lies, Damned Lies
6. The Great American Reality Show
7. Hello Paris
8. Banned at the Border
9. Fool’s Paradise
10. No More War

all songs were written and recorded between november 2016 and april 2019
produced by bon jorno and hutchings
recorded by mike bon jorno at xtracks audio, wiesbaden, european union; and rick irvine, cheslatta records, prince george, canada 
mixed by mike bon jorno
mastered by george seara at george seara sound, toronto
cover photo images created by mike bon jorno from pexels.com

 

All rights reserved. SOCAN

 

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I Wanna Go to America

Words and music by Kevin Hutchings
 
Here comes that alt-righteous American
With his MAGA hats and his loaded guns
Bringin’ Fox and Frenzy hell to pay
Carryin’ on like the end of days
I can still hear that rally cry
Shoutin’ “Lock Her Up!” and “Build that Wall!”
While Mar-a-Lago millionaires spending their tax cuts
Cry trickle-down prosperity for one and all
 
I wanna go to America
And spend my money there
Walk down the streets of America
And breathe that freedom air
But the bridges are burning
And the trade war’s comin’ on
I’ll find my way back to America
Just as soon as the walls are gone
 
Rifle-totin’ truth detractors
Calling victims “crisis actors”
Scripture-quotin’ baby jailers
Earning a new kind of fame
Preppers and birthers and crazy flat earthers
Science deniers, “fake news” criers
Open-carry boys down at the dairy queen
Holding ice cream cones and AR15s
 
I wanna go to America
And bring my family along
A holiday in America
It’s already been too long
But the bridges are burning
And the trade war’s comin’ on
I’ll spend my money in America
Just as soon as the walls are gone
 
Here’s to the ones not afraid to stand
Marching on the Mall speaking truth to power
With their pussy hats and their school backpacks
Shining a light in the darkest hour
Don’t call me anti-American
Believe me when I say
That some of my heroes and dearest friends
Are living in the USA
 
I wanna go to America
And see what I can see
Climb to the top of the Empire State
And the Statue of Liberty
But the children are missing
And the President’s wearing a frown
I’ll bring my loved ones to America
When the walls come tumbling down 
 
I wanna go to America
And spend my money there
Walk down the streets of America
And breathe that freedom air
But the bridges are burning
And the trade war’s comin’ on
I’ll find my way back to America
Just as soon as the walls are gone
I’ll snowbird back down to America
Just as soon as the walls are gone