Nick Fessler | january

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by Nick Fessler

Somewhere on the music continuum between Frank Sinatra and Phil Collins, it is all about the songs: lyrics with emotional resonance, combined with music you can dance to (although ballroom or country dance lessons may be helpful).
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. wildfire
4:50 $0.99
2. where the wind meets the sea
3:58 $0.99
3. listen to the whisper of goodbye
4:18 $0.99
4. my lucky penny
2:07 $0.99
5. away from home
6:10 $0.99
6. who wants to be romeo?
2:40 $0.99
7. did you cry?
4:05 $0.99
8. fairtale romance
5:10 $0.99
9. dancing across the clouds
5:25 $0.99
10. sarah's reprise [where the wind...]
4:10 $0.99
11. your eyes
4:05 $0.99
12. the last of his heart
5:15 $0.99
13. look for diamonds
3:37 $0.99
14. i still wish
3:16 $0.99
15. milk chocolate honey
3:37 $0.99
16. tragedy of love
3:59 $0.99
17. december
5:53 $0.99
18. sweet dreams
2:48 $0.99
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Album Notes

Songwriter, singer, musician ... accountant ... one of these words seems out of place.

Still, I think of myself as a poet and a writer of songs with "emotional resonance" (a phrase coined by a friend with music degrees). Individuals who have heard songs on JANUARY have made comparisons to Frank Sinatra and Phil Collins, and someone who in his lifetime has been a band manager compared my live sound to that of Ritchie Havens. Who knows ... I think of it as "NickMusic". I self-produced cassettes and CDs for family and friends (as a Christmas present) for years before figuring the music might be good enough for public consumption and producing this album.

To me it still seems a bit surreal, but I have written dozens of songs and have performed on the same stage where Elvis (as in Presley) played his first-ever gig (for you trivia buffs, this would be the Overton Park Shell in Memphis, Tennessee). Not too bad for an accountant who perhaps missed his calling as a musician.

In the beginning: I learned how to play drums while very young and even took drum lessons while I was six years old. Later, I managed to nab a drumming spot in my school's fifth and sixth grade band (seems like about half of the kids who came to the first meeting in fifth grade wanted to be drummers).

A family move at the end of my sixth grade year to a school without band effectively ended my drumming career, and participation in music ended for a while, too. It really wasn't until college that I played an
instrument again, the first of those being harmonica. For a poor college student harmonicas were cheap.

At some point during college I borrowed an acoustic guitar, but couldn't get my fingers to fret chords cleanly, so I gave up. Plus those steel strings hurt(!).

Thankfully that is not the end of the story. After graduating from college I purchased a classical guitar from one of my supervisors at work. I didn't really begin to learn how to play it, however, until starting graduate school. Music was a great study break. I mostly taught myself using books and tablature from the internet, though I did sneak in one semester of guitar classes at my university (I took a semester of voice-singing classes, too).

After a while I purchased a steel-string acoustic guitar, and traded that one in on another. I played and played and about midway through my graduate program I wrote my first song. I cannot even remember exactly why, or what I wrote. But after about a year I wrote a song that I considered to be decent, and then worked harder at learning how to write songs better. Again, I taught myself by reading a couple of books.

After graduate school I was unhappy for a while, which proved a boon for my musical interests. I wrote songs steadily, purchased more instruments, and even learned how to play bass guitar. Surprisingly, learning how to play bass helped me improve my guitar-playing skills, particular my ability to play lead guitar (which still remains rather minimal).

During summer 2003 I recorded the songs for this CD. I wrote the songs, played the guitars (acoustic, electric and bass), programmed the drums, played harmonica and keyboard, and sang on this CD: Nick-as-a-band. About the time was recording the CD I was also learning how to dance (ballroom and country), thus, all the songs (except the accappella Sweet Dreams) can be danced to, and I have danced a routine with my instructor to the opening track (Wildfire).

Sometimes I wonder what I think I am doing (I mean, I am an accountant), but you know -- dreams can only be achieved if one first dares a little ....



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Yevgen Pashchenko

a very interesting, multi-expressive work
You do not have to be an expert in or possess any specific knowledge about conceptuality of folk/pop/soft rock to grasp the meaning and subtle melodicity of this truly remarkable work. I personally was growing really surprised approximately after 15 seconds of listening to the first song of the album. A catchy melodism and ever-changing, though highly introspective mood of the most of the songs on this album make the listener peer into a window woven by the interspersing harmonies achieved through a quietly unusual combination of different, but intuitively complementary instrumental sections. It is definitely not a "listen-once-and-understand" work. In some sense, when you reach the last song on the album, you feel like you need to go back to the beginning of the album and start it over. The thematic approach to devising and composing the songs (music and lyrics) creates a positive aura around the entire work. Moderate tempos and somewhat remotely ambient atmosphere of the album help it appear more serene and unruffled. The recorded material draws similarity and creates sensual association with a smoothly flowing river lit by multi-color light, an image which certainly adds to fragile impressionistic dynamism underling this undoubtedly extraordinary work.

Greg Young

a talented multi-instrumentalist hard to label, but easy to enjoy
Nick Fessler is a talented multi-instrumentalist who creates his own brand of music. Careful attention to detail and unique writing perspectives add to the enjoyment of this CD packed full of original songs. Nick's music is hard to label, but easy to enjoy. If you like contempary folk or folk/rock or you are just looking for something new and exciting, check this out...better yet, buy it.