Fauzya Moore | My Six Seasons

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My Six Seasons

by Fauzya Moore

My Six Seasons is a celebration in song of the six seasons that have shaped this singer's life and work: from rainy seasons to the summer warmth, and winter in Canada. See http://mysixseasons.webs.com/ for more information.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Way Down Demerara
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2. Rainy Season Come in Fast
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3. Skylark
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4. Waters of March
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5. Wild Mountain Thyme
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6. Timba Man / Sityra Gyal / Janey Girl
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7. Twilight
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8. Song to the Moon
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9. Song for a Winter's Night
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10. Noche Anunciada
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11. Mary's Boychild
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12. Cuando Calienta El Sol
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Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The world according to my cheerfully divided consciousness has always contained more than four

seasons. I sang my way through childhood and adulthood in Guyana (I was born in the county of

Demerara) and the Caribbean, where there were rainy seasons and dry seasons, and also in Great

Britain and Canada, where spring, summer, fall and winter were the norm. To me, some songs just

attach themselves to seasons, and my selections for this album are entirely arbitrary. I have called it My

Six Seasons so as to bring together the songs of rainy and dry seasons, along with the northern four.

My Six Seasons begins with a celebration of rainy seasons; I chose R.C. G. Potter’s Way Down Demerara

because in Demerara, Guyana, two rainy seasons contribute to luxurious if chaotic abundance of tropical

life; the song Rainy Season Come In Fast, teases out the challenges of living on Guyana’s watery coastal

plain, a Dutch-style polder full of dams and canals and kokas (sluices) five feet below sea level. We then

move to spring, with Skylark and the Waters of March; and summer with Wild Mountain Thyme.

Summertime in Canada coincides with a dry season in Guyana; a time when people explored the lush

and, until recently, untrammelled forests of Guyana’s interior; and a time for play after the sugar cane

was harvested and the sugar estates had ceased “grinding”. Three Guyana folksongs fill this section.

Timba Man describes how men cut down trees with axes and then hauled the logs to a collection point

on the sea, (despite Caymen, Jumbee/ghosts) where they were taken via “sea punts” to sawmills in

Demerara.

In Sityra Gyal, a young lady is gently scolded for playing too much, lifting up her petticoat and “whining

(dancing, suggestivelyI suppose) like a Buxton bull”. In Janie Girl a young man begs his beloved to

accompany him to the “back dam” where under fruit trees they might while away their time.

The brilliant sunsets and bright moons of September and October mark a cooler time of year in Guyana

and of course, the onset of fFall in the Canada. Guyanese Cecileia Burgan-Nobrega richly describes such

evenings in the song Twilight; and in Dvorak’s Song to the Moon, a young water nymph begs the “little

moon” to shine on her beloved, to make him dream of her.

For me, the perfect winter hymn has always been Gordon Lightfoot’s Song for Winter’s Night; and in

tribute to Christmas traditions further South, I have added the Argentinian Noche Anunciada and, of

course, the traditional, Mary’s Boychild.

The album closes with my ultimate would-be snowbird/January-in-Canada-dreamsong,Cuando Calienta

El Sol.

Happy Listening

Fauzya Moore currently lives in Ottawa, Canada and has sung most of her life; most recently with

the Maria Knapik singers, and with the Capital Vox Jazz Choir. My Six Seasons is her first album.

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