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Favorite Things – Suggestions from NYC Musician Stefan Alexander

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“If you let your tears run free…”

We’re not sure we’re ready to show our own vulnerabilities like singer-songwriter Stefan Alexander, but we may have to after hearing his sophomore EP, Cry Again.

Stefan opens up over the course of four songs. The result is a confident work, a higher-pitched voice playing off well-timed beats.

This is a nice add to your electronica collection.

Below, we talk with Stefan about some of his favorite things.

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MY FAVORITE MOVIE, AND WHY

My favorite movie is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The concept of the movie is so eerie and moving, the acting is incredible, and the score and soundtrack are gorgeous. Jon Brion has always been a big influence on me and his composition work on this movie is amazing. I’ve watched it dozens of times and will keep going back to it for years to come!

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MY FAVORITE BOOK, AND WHY

My favorite book is The Book of Night Women by Marlon James. This book totally blew my mind! It’s about an enslaved woman on a Jamaican plantation in the early 1800s. The story is so raw and intense and the dialog is rich. This is the most honest telling of a slave narrative I’ve read and it gave me even more compassion for the plight of enslaved people. The magical elements of the book are also spellbinding. I intend to read the book again soon.

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A PLACE I WANT TO VISIT, AND WHY

I would love to visit India. I’ve been in love with Indian music ever since I heard Lata Mangeshkar on the Eternal Sunshine soundtrack and watched several Bollywood films as a kid. Not only that, but the architecture and history of the country fascinates me. I took a class on ancient Indian literature in college and that deepened my appreciation. I’ve also heard from friends that have visited who’ve said that being exposed to the level of poverty in India was so foundational in their understanding of the world and appreciation for the luxuries we are afforded here in America.

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MY FAVORITE OUTFIT, AND WHY

I found this sequined track jacket (above) at my 98-year-old grandma’s house several years ago when we were cleaning out her closets with her. In a moment of inspiration, I asked her if I could try it on. When I looked at myself in the mirror, I felt more like myself than I ever had. I’d always been reserved in my clothing choices, trying to blend in, but after that moment I found expression through fashion and I quickly became a master thrifter, rummaging through women’s sections in second-hand stores whenever I can. I told myself I’d wear the jacket when I was finally able to sing publicly again after my illness. I wore it for my first performance at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City back in January 2019. This photo was taken by my talented friend Michael George.

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IMAGE CREDITS

Stefan Alexander Cry Again Single Promo Photo 2 by Benjy Bradshaw

  • Lead-In Image by Benjy Bradshaw
  • Sitting Portrait by Michael George
  • EP Cover Courtesy of Stefan Alexander
  • Sequin Jacket Portrait by Michael George