MP3 Stephanie Haffner - Are You The One?
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12 MP3 Songs
FOLK: Folk Pop, FOLK: Political
"A down-to-earth diva of searing poetic detail, catchy tunes & wicked humor," Stephanie Haffner proudly presents her debut CD, "are you the one?"
Released December 2001, the CD brings you 12 songs that pack a punch: love songs for girls & boys (comic book love, under the kitchen table, adversary), yer every-day rock-n-roll anthem of bi longing (f***in boys), rants about coffee, anxiety, the presidents, & giant corporations taking over the world (can't sleep), & more uncommon songs about common (if not always talked about) things.
Fans identify when Stephanie sings, "I'm sitting here under the kitchen table cause I'm scared I called a girl too many times my friend says its ok to want to talk to her but I don't believe her I'm sitting here under the kitchen table I'm sitting here..."; and, in the song "kiss me", "I like you so much it terrifies me, when I realized how much I liked you fell into a terrible state of anxiety & all I want is for you to kiss me again"
Stephanie started composing songs at a wee age when she would walk the "99 acres" between the Gallup NM school bus stop and home, singing to herself. She fell into writing songs down during a break from studies at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall school of law, and quickly began building a following around the SF Bay area.
With more than 15 years playing the guitar and decades of singing in choruses, musical theater & now solo, her songs are musically excellent: excellent melody & song structure, "flat-out beautiful" singing, solid acoustic guitar playing.
Now a legal aid lawyer in Stockton CA, she continues to sing and litigate. In December 2001 she released this CD; the following month she filed her first federal civil rights case.
Shy in person, many have remarked on her disarming stage presence; she's earned a loyal & growing following with her energizing, engaging performances.
Stephanie & her package of wit, skill & unabashed honesty may frequently be seen in Northern California venues from San Francisco & Berkeley to Stockton, Sacramento & Redding.
REVIEWS & SUCH:
"a bit raunchy, a bit cutting edge, a bit traditional, a bit sincere, a bit sarcastic ... and always entertaining. . . . What's also especially notable about Haffner is her exceptional guitar work. Throughout this disc, she creates various moods in a manner far above most folkies, a trait that also enhances her live performances" -David Meyers, Davis Enterprise
"an artist with a biting sense of humor who's not afraid to turn it on herself" -Brian McCoy, Stockton Record
"Her voice ranges from goldenrod to Arizona slate, from coaxing and hopeful to fed-up-with-the-whole-charade." -Scott Mobley, Redding Record Searchlight
"Stephanie Haffner kicks acoustic butt with her 2001 release 'Are You The One?' . . . Her sweet singing captures the love lost and innocence gone but head held high and strong. Perfect for chilling at home or for you brave interpretive dancers out there. . . . Witty, soulful, fun and entertaining, [Stephanie] puts out both on stage and on her well-produced CD." -SPECTRUM: News of the Community, SF
"Emotionally charged, funny, smart lyrics about things that apparently happen to everybody BUT song-writers & about people that everyone BUT song-writers knows -- and & flat out sung beautifully on top of that." - Jack Daniel, Fresno poet
"BRAVO!" - Gail Lang, Lavender Library Archives & Cultural Exchange, Sacramento
"nicely done!" -Michael Colby, Music Librarian, UC Davis
"The very first song, I can't think of the two punk girl cartoon characters, I put that song on repeat and just listen to it over and over. It's perfect, your voice, the tone of your voice, just all of it. I'm so impressed with the whole album and I especially love that song." -Rebecca Smith, San Francisco
MORE CD INFO: WHO/WHAT/WHERE...
Produced by SF Bay area performer & songwriter Laura Chandler, recorded by Lisa Richmond of Emeryville CA's Dance Home Sound; mastered by Matt Baxter and Lisa Richmond at Dance Home Sound.
The CD features guitar & vocals by Stephanie, additional guitar and vocals by Laura Chandler, fretted, fretless & upright bass by Jack Hines, and percussion on teenage lush by Lisa, Laura & Stephanie.
Artwork by Washington DC-based fine artist Andrea Haffner (Stephanie's sister) and photographer Marlene Haffner (Stephanie's mom), all put together by Stockton graphic designer Christopher Beckrest.
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