Thanks so much for the album you sent me. I have to tell you that I think it's one of the best records I've heard in a long time. I love it! Good luck with it. You should not hesitate to play it for anyone... so get going! And let us know when you need the Uptowns for the grand tour!
Larry Etkin, Uptown Horns
"Before and After"
If you're looking for background music, do not - I repeat - do not buy this CD. However, if you crave a good soul-stirring lyric, backed by a lush musical tapestry of Harmon muted trumpets, latin percussion, piano, even steel guitar -- then you must add this CD to your collection.
Simply titled “Before and After” this is the much overdue announcement that Fonda Feingold, perhaps the closest creation we have to a female Stevie Wonder, is back with a vengeance. Fonda is one of those artists who must have been at the front of the line when God was doling out talents. She writes; she plays; she sings; but most importantly, she has a deeply-rooted feel for life, so movingly expressed through her poetic lyrics, unique vocal styling and phrasing. I first heard this unforgettable voice years ago and knew immediately it had to be shared with the world. Then I heard her original songs, filled with phrases that raise goosebumps with their simple beauty: “Would we know to love the sunshine, if it never came a rain?” Still my favorite Fonda gem from her Mercury album
“Before and After,” opens with a Latin feel and sets the tone for this collection of original songs, all written by Fonda. The title song tells the tale of a broken heart viewed through the lens of a camera; there's the lament, (“Love You Should’ve Stayed”) that love skipped out long before one was ready to say goodbye; a bluesy you-done-me-wrong song (“No Trouble At All”); an apologetic plea for forgiveness (I Was Wrong”); not letting reality ruin the remembrance of an old lost love (“I Still Think About You”); and a country love song (“Show Me How Love Goes”) that would be at home on any country artist’s CD.
“Both Sides of the Gun” is an eye-opening observation about two people involved in a shooting/murder. Feingold was moved to write this after a family member was indiscriminately killed in a car theft. The words hit home because everyone knows someone…
“Angels of Eighth Avenue” and “Goodnight New York” were inspired by Fonda's years in New York City. “Angels” focuses on the Eighth Avenue streetwalkers who risk limb and life for a few bucks, and are seldom mourned when tragedy steps in. And “Goodnight New York” came out of Christmas 2001, but it’s as current today as it was then: “Another Christmas, another never silent night".
But the song that lets us into Feingold’s inner sanctum is - not at all surprising -- “Music Is the Medicine.” Clearly and succinctly she attributes music with saving her, curing her, giving her cause to go on. It’s her own personal “moonbeams and butterflies” and it’s a salve for many a hurting heart, too. Listen to this CD; then listen again. If you don’t feel a personal connection, then drop by the nearest dentist’s office, close your eyes and listen to the mundane. This CD is not for you.
Joe Litsch, longtime entertainment columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Andy here. I got your record yesterday. I'm halfway thru it. I've gotta say, so far, it sounds fucking great. I love your direction or style. Whatever the hell you want to call it. Really nice work. I guess you really can't rush greatness! Anyway thanks for sending it. And its got quite an all-star cast. Its pretty flattering to be included on a project with the likes of Joel Rosenblatt, Marc Quinones, and of course Ratso! talk to you soon with a full review,
Andy La Due, famous drummer
Oh, my gawd. Your CD is great! Good luck with becoming a household name.
Dejie Johnson, famous singer
and from a new "old" friend who remembered me from the Mercury years
Thank you so much for sending me your CDs I really appreciate it. I have listened to your new CD and am totally digging it. You still have that nice R&B groove that I have always liked, but you’ve added some nice horns and I really enjoyed the sound. Your voice is outstanding and you can certainly turn a phrase musically. The one song that really stood out to me as a personal favorite was “Both Sides Of the Gun.” Whoa!! Some serious lyrical things to chew on. What I really liked best about that song was the way in which you turn the lyric at the end. When I was listening the first time through the CD I had it playing while I was doing some internet surfing. About halfway through Both Sides of the Gun, I was caught by the lyrics. So I grabbed the lyric sheet and started reading along. I then played the song again and was totally blown away. I also enjoyed the mass choir feel to this song which gave it a gospel soul vibe.
I also want to thank you for sending along the CD that first introduced me to your music.
Back in college at my campus radio station I got a phone call while on the air from a gal who was a dear friend. She would call me up and ask me to play Carole King's "You’ve Got a Friend" and asked me to dedicate it to myself!! I said I can do that but keep listening because the next song I play after that is my dedication. I would then play your song "What Is It, Anyway?". She called me back right after the song and asked .."Who was that??" and "What a great song!!" So when I heard the song "What Is It, Anyway?" it brought back all those wonderful memories of my dear friend...it also brought a flood of tears. I especially like your song "Music is the Medicine", and have been taking a strong dose of your medicine recently. I hopefully won’t become some crazed fan, but a fan who appreciates you and your music
and...on 11.20 - overheard in the powder room...
It was great to re-connect with Fonda's music after all these years. To hear her play live was an unexpected treat...
Fonda's music is better than ever. Seems we've all matured...nicely.