http://wonomagazine.blogspot.nl/2012/11/heart-thief-stephanie-fagan_23.html) and in an interview in which she tells the listener about herself, her life and the creative process behind her songs. (Read here: http://wonomagazine.blogspot.nl/2013/01/interview-with-stephanie-fagan.html) Now she is back with an EP on a re-named label, as Yonder Music became Big Mavis Music, still run by Missy Davis Jones.
From the very first notes of The March it is clear that something is very different. An electric piano is played, Stephanie starts singing with not another instrument in hearing. The March is very different from Heart Thief. In that way. The important communality is the warm and kind voice of Stephanie Fagan. And here I am, the strong guitar-minded guy, not liking most of the likes of Elton John, Billy Joel, etc.: piano driven music, melting away again in front of the voice of Ms. Fagan.
Stephanie Fagan seems to have hit a string with people of the marrying kind. I can't tell, not having been to one for quite some time. With that idea in mind she decided to write a few songs with "The Big Day" in mind or with her personal Heart Thief in mind of course. That are the first four songs on the EP. There are two bonus tracks and four instrumentals of the wedding songs, that make The March something of a real album, but I'd say it is at heart an EP. An EP with a theme: Wedding day.
For the rest I find that I'm at a loss for words. The March holds beauty. It is that simple. Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder or in this specific case my ears, but everything on The March comes together under this word. I could write about the daring way that this album is kept small (and resisted the violins temptation!), something about the lyrics, but it would only take away from the effect the songs have. They make me quiet, totally in listening mode. So let me be silent for once dear reader, while I refer to the website where you can have a taste of Stephanie Fagan's music yourself and then buy the album.
You can buy The March on Stephanie Fagan's website: