Tim Tamashiro, host of CBC Radio Two's national jazz program "Tonic" says that jazz can be either "thinky" or "drinky". Drinky jazz is the tonic for people who think they don't like jazz because they don't get it; it's fun, tap-your-toes party music.
I know plenty of jazzers out there disagree with this dichotomy, but who doesn't love fun music, right? "Drinky" was what I had in mind when I wrote this song.
This swingy tune that starts with a woman walking into a bar and ordering a stiff drink. She’s also looking for a willing ear to discuss her romantic troubles. The bartender is warmly sympathetic, which she finds comforting. Well, I won’t tell you how it all ends, but isn’t it fun when a song tells a story?
This song features Steve Amirault singing the bartender's part.
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
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
released April 29, 2016
Fawn Fritzen - vocals
Steve Amirault - vocals
David Restivo - piano
Jon Maharaj - bass
Music and lyrics - Fawn Fritzen
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.