Pairings

by Fawn Fritzen

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Pairings: playful and passionate with bluesy undertones. An intoxicating voice paired with Canada's finest jazz musicians, including David Restivo, George Koller, Reg Schwager, and more.

This is the second recording from the award-winning Fritzen, a Whitehorse-based artist who came up with an adventurous concept for the album. As the title suggests, every song features a pairing of Fawn’s voice with one particular instrument.

The couplings on different tunes include acoustic bass, guitar, piano, prepared piano, percussion, and a saxophone section, resulting in a rich variety of tones and musical moods. The instrumental formatting means the arrangements are generally on the sparse side, but there is a large dynamic range to Pairings. The settings place a clear spotlight on the vocals, and Fritzen’s warm, strong, and clear voice is certainly up to the task.


"The Yukon jazz singer makes the minimalism work on her second album 'Pairings'. By limiting herself to very few backing players - and in most cases, just a single supporting musician - she creates a lot of open room for her sublime singing and her collaborators' superb sense of swing. I'd like to suggest one more pairing...all jazz lovers' ears and this wonderful recording."

— Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio

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released April 29, 2016

George Koller, bass (feature)
Reg Schwager, guitar (feature)
Karl Schwonik, drums (feature)
Steve Amirault, voice (feature) with Jon Maharaj on bass and David Restivo on piano
Daniel Janke, piano (feature)
David Restivo, piano (feature)
Featured sax trio:
Richard Underhill (alto sax)
Kelly Jefferson (tenor sax)
Shirantha Beddage (bari sax)

"Straighten Out" arranged by Steve Jones
"Always" arranged by David Restivo

Produced by Fawn Fritzen and Daniel Janke
Art direction, design, and layout by Michael Wrycraft
Photography by Jeffrey Care
Engineered by Daniel Janke, Bob Hamilton, and Jonny McKibbin
Recorded at Northern Town Films (Whitehorse), Old Crow Recording (Whitehorse), Canterbury Music Company (Toronto)
Mixed by Daniel Janke at Northern Town Films (Whitehorse)
Mastered by Phillip Shaw Bova at Bova Lab (Ottawa)

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Fawn Fritzen Whitehorse, Yukon

Fawn’s voice is warm, rich, and willingly vulnerable, with hints of Karen Carpenter, Julie London, and Barbra Streisand. A multilingual artist, she is the winner of the 2014 Julian Award for Emerging Canadian Jazz Artists.

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Track Name: Do Do Do
I remember the bliss
Of that wonderful kiss
I knew that no boy could ever get more joy
From any little miss

I remember it quite
It was a wonderful night
Oh, how I'd adore it
If we could encore it

Oh, do do do what you done done done before, baby
Do do do what a do do do adore, baby
Let's try again, sigh again, fly again to heaven
Baby, see, it's A B C, I love you and you love me

I know know know what a beau beau beau should do, baby
So don't don't don't say it won't won't won't come true, baby
My heart begins to hum, dum dee dum, dee dum dum dum
So do do do what you done done done before
Track Name: Make It a Double
Hey bartender, gotta pull up a stool
My heart is heavy, been played for a fool
Things are quiet here, I could use an ear
That’s nice of you, make it a double

Hey sugar, we all get the blues
It’s the human condition to get battered and bruised
Take a load off now, it’s late anyhow
Just relax, I’ll make it a double

I never thought it could happen to me
It’s a sad, sad story, now don’t you agree?
I’ve heard them all and some of them twice
But yours takes the cake, here, have some more ice

I feel lighter now, thanks for the chat
I can’t remember the last time I sat
It’s been a pleasure, honey, come back and see me
And for you, anytime, I’ll make it a double


~~Instrumental~~


Hello darling, good to see you tonight
You seem much better, are you doing alright?
Just pull a seat up, and put your feet up
You’ll have the usual? Mmm hmm, I’ll make it a double

Yes, thanks so much for your kind attention
It means so much more than I could ever mention
I know you’re closing now, you sure I’m not imposing now?
Hmm, that’s sweet, make it a double

Who would have thought we could end up this way
Eager to see you at the end of each day?
Let’s say we team up, goodbye to trouble
Cause life is twice as nice when you’re a part of a double

I’ll close up shop now, switch off the sign
It’s my turn to tell you what I’ve had on my mind
I’m thinking twosome, that’s me and yousome
We’ll make it a double (a double) we’ll make it a double
Track Name: Tea for Two
Picture me upon your knee
With tea for two and two for tea
Just me for you and you for me alone

Nobody near us to see us or to hear us
No friends or relations on weekend vacations
We won't have it known
That we own a telephone, dear

Day will break and you'll awake
And I will bake a sugar cake
For you to take for everyone to see

And we will raise a family
A boy for you and a girl for me
Can't you see how happy we would be?


German lyrics by Fawn Fritzen:

Komm hier her, setz dich zu mir
Mein Herz fliesst von diesem Klavier
Ein Lied für dich
Von mir, für dich allein.

Es gibt niemand in der Gegend
Brauchen nirgends hin zu gehen
Nur wir allein, zusammen
Mit Herzen ganz in Flammen
Wir erwarten keinen Gast,
an unserem Lieblingsplatz, mein Schatz - nein.

Ich mit dir und du mit mir
So warm und selig kuscheln wir
Nur du für mich und ich für dich - allein

Und wenn du willst, du Liebchen mein
Dann haben wir ein Kindelein
Siehst du ja, wir könnten glücklich sein!
Track Name: La tête dans la lune
Je veux m'en aller d'ici
Je voudrais perdre mes soucis
Je veux m'enfuir avec toi
Qu’en dis-tu? Qu'en penses-tu?
Tombe dans la lune avec moi!

Le ciel est bien dégagé
Nous pouvons bien voyager
Déployons nos voiles de soie
Qu’en dis-tu? Qu'en penses-tu?
La tête dans la lune, toi et moi

Nous pourrions regarder le monde passer tous les soirs
Et disparaitre dans un grand bien-être et le rêve d’une histoire

Je veux changer mon destin
Je cherche un meilleur chemin
Il fait si sombre dans ces bois
Qu’en dis-tu? Qu'en penses-tu?
La tête dans la lune, toi et moi
Viens donc, chéri, partons,
Tombe dans la lune avec moi
Track Name: Small Day Tomorrow
I don’t have to go to bed
I got a small day tomorrow
A small day tomorrow
I don’t have to use my head
I’ve got a small day tomorrow

I can sleep the day away
And it won’t cause too much sorrow
So tonight this cat will play
She’s got a small day tomorrow

Now all those big wheels
With all their big deals
They’re going to need their sleep
But I’m a drop out
Who’d rather cop out
Than run with all the sheep

Honey child tonight’s the night
There’s a car I can borrow till the day after tomorrow
We can swing till broad daylight
We got a small day tomorrow
Track Name: Just a Little Dance
You know it isn’t fair
You know it isn’t nice
My back’s to the wall, I’m not going to fall
For a wolf in a sheep disguise
I’m no stranger
To your danger
Saying this is just a little dance

I see you watching
I see you waiting
And I have no doubt what you’re all about
But reason is fading
No salvation
From this temptation
To have just one little dance

Ooh, you are trouble
You’re the devil in disguise
You will set us both aflame
With that flicker in your eyes

I should ignore you
And I can assure you
Many a day I managed to stay
On the high road before you
Anticipation
Intoxication
With the thought of one little dance

Instrumental

You know it isn’t fair
I know it isn’t right
But your spell is spun, and you know you’ve won
I have nothing left to fight
You have caught me
Good and got me
In your tantalizing dance
Pull me closer . . . it’s just a little dance
Track Name: Always
VERSE
Everything went wrong and the whole day long
I'd feel so blue
For the longest while, I forgot to smile
Then I met you
Now that my blue days have passed
Now that I've found you at last...

CHORUS
I'll be loving you always
With a love that's true always
When the things you've planned
Need a helping hand
I will understand
Always, always

Days may not be fair always
That's when I'll be there, always
Not just for an hour,
Not just for a day,
Not just for a year,
But always
Track Name: Can't Find My Way No More
CHORUS
Lord, I’m afraid I have lost the path
Can’t find my way no more
I will wander long in this dark valley
And never find heaven’s door


On the day I was born, the sun shone bright
Your path ran straight and clear
I sang your songs and I walked your way
And I felt your footsteps near

I followed it up and I followed it down
I followed it straight and true
I followed it thick and I followed it thin
And I stayed right close to you

Oh, Lord, I confess I was led astray
Now my soul is dark and worn
I have searched in vain to find my way
To the path where I was born
Track Name: Begin the Beguine
When they begin the beguine
It brings back the sound of music so tender
It brings back a night of tropical splendor
It brings back a memory ever green

I`m with you once more, under the stars
And down by the shore, an orchestra`s playing
And even the palms seem to be swaying
When they begin the beguine

To live it again is past all endeavor
Except when that tune clutches my heart
And there we are, swearing to love forever
And promising never, never to part

What moments divine, what rapture serene
'Till clouds came along to disperse the joys we had tasted
And now when I hear people curse the chance that was wasted
I know but too well what they mean

So don`t let them begin the beguine
Let the love that was once a fire remain an ember
Let it sleep like the dead desire I only remember
When they begin the beguine

Oh yes, let them begin the beguine, make them play
'Till the stars that were there before return above you
'Till you whisper to me once more, darling, I love you

And we suddenly know What heaven we`re in
When they begin the beguine
When they begin the beguine
Track Name: Lies of Handsome Men
I believe in star signs
and I believe in film romances
I believe in in fantasy
and I believe with just one glance he's crazy for my eyes
'cause I believe the lies of handsome men

I believe in witchcraft
and I believe in Cinderella
I believe in gypsies
and I believe I cast a spell that sends him to the skies
'cause I believe the lies of handsome men

Somewhere in the corner of my mind
I'm not a fool, completely blind
But even though he's hooked me on his line
I find the pleasures been mine

I believe in love songs,
they seem to know just what I'm feeling
I believe in Prince Charming
I never guess he's double dealing
How my spirits rise
Believing in the lies of handsome men

Somehwere in a dark and quiet place
The truth and I come face to face
And even if His Highness disappears
I keep some stunning souvenirs

So I believe in heros
and I expect my happy ending
Wishing on some rainbow
I pretend he's not pretending
Someday I'll get wise
But for now I need the lies of handsome men
Track Name: Straighten Out
Well you asked me to be your escort, baby, on graduation day
Wrote me a note, here's what you wrote
You cried boo hoo hoo
And your tears were killin' me babe
Wah wah wah.

Think you better straighten out
Gimme a break
Straighten out
If you can

I heard you knockin' but you couldn't come in
And we went walkin' down the road to the bin
That was when you were ten, now is now, then was then
Ha ha ha (Do you hear me laughin’ now, babe?)
Ha ha ha

(scat)

Well I telephoned you and I asked you if you wanted to go to
That other comin'-out do
You said goodbye, started makin’ me cry
I said boo hoo hoo
'Cause your leavin' was shakin' me up
Wah wah wah.

Think you better straighten out
Gimme a break
Straighten out
If you can

Wah wah wah...
Track Name: Please Send Me Someone to Love
Heaven please send to all mankind
Understanding and peace of mind
If it's not asking too much
Please send me someone to love, someone to love

Show the world how to get along
Peace will enter when hate is gone
So if it's not asking too much
Please send me someone to love, someone to love

Nights I lay awake and ponder the world's troubles
And my answer is always the same
Unless man puts an end to all of his sin
Hate will put the world in a flame, what a shame

Just because I'm in misery
I’m not asking for sympathy
But if it's not asking too much
Please send me someone to love