Begin the Beguine

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    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.

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Tranposed to a minor key, this song has hauntingly beautiful melody that I think suits the mood of the lyric better than the original. (My apologies to Cole Porter!) I chose this song to record with Karl Schwonik on drums because it is such a strong melody, it could stand completely on its own if it had to. Karl fills the space so tastefully, you almost don't notice how starkly the song is arranged. It's moody and mournfull and quietly passionate.

lyrics

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

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from Pairings, released April 29, 2016
Fawn Fritzen - vocals
Karl Schwonik - drums

Music and lyrics by Cole Porter

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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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