The singer-songwriter from Durham, England, now living in France, presents
his second CD "These Days". All those who, two years ago, felt
like struck by lightning by Stephenson’s first CD "Light Green Ball" will find
again so many things which are easy to love – the Beatles, James Taylor, being
head over heels in love on a glorious spring day.
How does the sensitive Englishman’s song-writing work? Stephenson takes stories
he has lived through himself or has been told by others, and poeticizes his
material into a finely woven texture so appealing that one feels like singing
along with Paul on first listening to his songs.
As usual Stockfisch’s renowned musicians on this CD deliver the whole spectrum
between the slightest sonic impressionism and the bold, dynamic brushstrokes of
A true mark of genius is to be found in the last track with its joyful tune
reminiscent of folk dances of old – then fading into the noise of fireworks.
Even in the midst of summer you can feel the icy air of winter, typically full
of fire, smoke and champagne to be drunk in a "wonderful world".
"Light Green Ball” was a poem, and this is also true of "These Days”. Like
planning a journey into the unknown with the friends of one’s golden youth,
perhaps a journey to one’s own self. Verse of a time full of promise, written of
what was or what could have been. Maybe you will find your loved ones there too?
In Paul Stephenson’s music the answer is a comforting "yes", beautiful like
light itself, captured in the cut of a diamond: Heaven on Earth Today.
Paul Stephenson - vocals, guitars
Chris Jones - guitar
Siard de Jong - violin, viola, mandolin, mandola
Anne Harer - violin
Martin Huch - pedal steel
Hrolfur Vagnsson - accordion
Hans-Jörg Maucksch - fretless bass
Christina Lux - backing vocals
Mike Silver - backing vocals
Thomas Klippel - Hammond B3
Christian Rien - trumpet, flugelhorn
Michael Kleinhans - tuba, backing vocals
Carsten Porath - tenor horn
Christian Archontidis - drums, percussion
Beo Brockhausen - saxophone, accordion, flute, percussion
1. These Days
2. Engineering Frank
3. Not Long Now
4. Don't Mind If You Do
5. Captain Of The Loving Kind
6. Ready To Rain
7. The Making Of Zachary
9. Perfect Place
10. Love You Not, Love You True
11. Big Meeting Day
Total playing time 43:28