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Felicity Buirski | Committed to the Fire

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Committed to the Fire

by Felicity Buirski

My spiritual, mystical journey, documented in song, continues with this third of four albums, which will make up "Wayfarer - One woman's journey from Illusion to Light". The classically influenced melodies are given a Country embrace.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Collision of Desire
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2. Blow the Dandelion
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3. The Vampire Waltz
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4. Sweet Charity
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5. I Will Do Nothing for You
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6. Up Where the Eagles Fly
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7. Let It Be for Love
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8. Modern Art
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9. Nothing to Declare
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10. The Mutual Sigh
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11. Who Will Guard the Dog?
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12. Like a Phoenix
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13. Committed to the Fire
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Album Notes
This third part of "Wayfarer" was recorded in 2008 and due for release in 2009. I'd developed a 'habit' of releasing an album every ten years. Life however had other plans and I was involved in a major car crash in March 09 when I was cut out of my car with a broken sternum and spent years in recovery. In this heightened state of survival I paradoxically surrendered to the frailty of the flesh and resolutely accepted the supremacy of the spirit. Sometimes Life puts us on our backs to make us look up and down a little further. Confronted yet again with the continuing necessity to transform or die, I faced more of the demons I thought I could run from and wrote many of the songs for "Home", my fourth and last album that will complete "Wayfarer".
I always felt "Wayfarer" would be a lifetime's work, I just didn't quite realise it would take my lifetime to complete it.

Forgiveness is the 'F Word' that has been on my mind and lips for many a year because I have found it to be a process and not an event. My autobiography, that I've been writing over the years, even has the 'F-Word' as its working title. For me it has been a spiral and not a linear journey. I've returned to the same people and experiences that I thought I had processed, only to find that the roots had not been dug up sufficiently to effect a lasting change and liberation. I've slowly learned that only true, complete forgiveness can lead to the emotional and spiritual freedom that bears the fruits of peace, trust, unconditional love and joy.

Here below is a review of my last concert before my car crash:

Reviewer Jill Berntsson Local Radio

Felicity Buirski Glastonbury Concert, 27/11/2008

Singer/songwriter Felicity Buirski stunned her audience at her recent concert. Her voice had both a purity of tone and a rich resonating power, which soared through the hall and held her captivated audience spellbound for the duration. She accompanies herself effortlessly on acoustic guitar, which adds to the sense of purity and truth she imparts. In addition she achieves drama and power with impassioned strumming in places, which underlines the potency of her work.

17 year old Charlie Buirski, opened with a well-received debut performance of his composition ‘Fake Love’. Then with immense presence Felicity took the stage. What a performance! Her well-articulated and intelligent lyrics gave a sense of hope and inspiration for humanity. It is not just songs for singing’s sake. She has a clear message to impart, born from her life journey “from illusion to light”. With disarming honesty she examines life’s illusions and with gritty self-awareness imparts the realism and wisdom she has gained on her way.

‘Up Where the Eagles Fly’, had a sonorous quality, which suggests it should become an iconic environmental anthem.

Her poetry presentation was such that people were mesmerised by the force of her oratory. Felicity is a woman giving back to the world, speaking from a place of maturity in gratitude for the lessons she has learnt through life and from God.

The albums tell of a journey into self-awareness, which resonates with all our lives.

Below is a selection of communications I have received directly or indirectly throughout the years since the release of my first album, "Repairs & Alterations". I place them here with deep respect and gratitude.

What Others Say:

Thanks for introducing me to the work of Felicity Buirski, spellbinding…….magic.

I came across Interior Design by chance when it was issued and it has always been in my top ten cd’s – I have about 800 – as it’s such a brilliant combination of meaningful lyrics and a wonderful controlled performance. I’ve always hoped to catch you live but never managed it so you can imagine when I saw a gig advertised in the independent gig guide for tonight I was really pleased!!
Also I now have the first 2 parts of Wayfarer, so is Commitment and Fire the third – and is it now available?
Best Wishes and thanks for all the pleasure your music has given me and the friends I’ve played your music to.

Hi, we are very eager to see Felicity and wonder if you could help by advising me of any forthcoming performances in the London/Oxford/Reading area?
I was given a tape back in 1986/87 and her voice has haunted/affected me ever since!
Grateful of any help,

Thank you very much for the CD Interior Design, what a lovely collection of songs you have composed, and I was right, your voice too is quite fine, expressing delightful, compelling, unique and thought provoking poetry. You use music beautifully to communicate your own particular very strong emotions……….your music makes people think and think again.

I’ve just come across your album in Spitalfields Market and wondered why I haven’t heard your music before. Love to hear you live. Love your music.

My sister heard you on a radio interview about 10 years ago and says she’s been looking for your cd everywhere since then and now I have the internet thought it’d be an ideal way to find it.

I got your cd Interior Design by chance and have really liked it ever since- it’s good to have lyrically thoughtful music so well performed. I’m afraid I don’t know much about you – do you tour at all these days?

It’s great to hear your voice again and sample ‘part two’ of the quartet; nice also to see so many familiar names amongst the ‘dramatis personae’.
I’m glad to hear my appreciation has encouraged you: there is definitely an audience for your work out there, and you owe it to them – and yourself, of course – to keep going. By the way, these aren’t the words of an armchair supporter who doesn’t understand the business you’re in. I work – or try to work! in a similar field of endeavour, so I know just how difficult and soul destroying it can be. But the ‘act of creation’ itself is worth a lot of the grief (sorry if I state the obvious).

I love Dream On, and, in fact, your whole first album.
Your website is intriguing. I am presently reading Sigmund Freud, who has a slightly different take on the subject! I like your theories about woman –man needs some understanding in that area. In this country (America) we are all so self-centred that we don’t even understand other people of our own sex, let alone the opposite sex!
If you ever tour the states, let me know. I’ll be there.

During a car journey the other day, I found myself singing ‘Heartless Hotel’ – amazing really, since I only own a vinyl copy of your first album which I haven’t played for a while as my record player is out of action.
Anyway: I was equally amazed to realise I remembered all the verses (in sequence) as well as the inflections of your voice as you sang them. It’s an incredible piece of work and I shall now make it my business to introduce all my friends to it.
I first heard your music when I was a student in Leicester in the late ‘80’s: a late night DJ on Radio Trent (his name was John Shaw, I recall) used to play REPAIRS AND ALTERATIONS regularly and I remember the album causing quite a stir amongst discerning listeners. Such a stir, in fact, that you did an interview for the programme, which I remember very well: you came across as a very gracious, serious-minded person.
So, as you can imagine, I was delighted to find your website and to learn a bit more about you. I’m going to get hold of your second album asap.
I imagine you get quite a few e-mails like this, so please don’t feel obliged to reply – but if you have any news of live dates, or even a new record deal, I’d be grateful if you could let me know.

Hello there, I hope it’s all right to write to this address to say how much I love your music. I bought repairs and alterations when it came out and was stunned by it, and that impression has never left me. It wasn’t until I bought a pc a couple of years ago that I realised you had released another album, and it was wonderfully easy to get hold of! Your song repairs and alterations must be the most played song in my ample cd collection! It is incredible and I don’t imagine I’ll ever tire of it. You have a beautiful voice and an immaculate way with words, unlike any other poet/lyricist I’ve heard. I’ve yet to hear and see you live but I hope to have the pleasure of that experience sometime soon. ….
So I just felt the need to say thank you for bringing so much pleasure and joy with your music, and so much that challenges and asks to be really listened to, not just glossed over; I wait with much anticipation of new material, I hope it’ll come soon.
Many, many ,many, thanks, and I do hope this has reached you!

I wondered if there is any news of a new album by Felicity Buirski? I wait expectantly for the third, having been totally bowled over by the last two.
Are there any plans to gig anywhere in or near Norfolk? It would be such a treat to hear her much adored songs live.
Is there any way to contact Ms Buirski through you? If not please pass on my grateful thanks for her music and her hauntingly beautiful voice.

I was very sad to read that you have nothing planned in the way of concerts or recordings. I sincerely hope you do not really believe your songs simply “got through the net”. I have rarely been affected by anyone’s music in the way I have been by yours. Only Leonard Cohen has had a similar effect. I am sure I am not alone in this.

Just thought I’d drop you an email to say how very much I enjoyed Repairs and Alterations which you sent me a few months back. It’s quite beautiful and I shall treasure it. Hard to select a favourite song but the entire mood of the album is enchanting and fascinating. I’m really pleased I found it!

Please let me know how I can get a copy of “Interior Design”
P.S. I still remember very fondly a terrific concert you gave at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica years ago. Any plans to tour the states soon?

Can’t believe it – have talked about Repairs and Alterations for years and tonight here I am up in my office playing around on the internet – when I thought “Okay, let’s see if there is anything on Felicity Buirski” – even though I have tried before and always drawn a blank. Friends talk about Google and how it’s useful to use a “search engine” but I’m a bit stubborn and do it my way. Anyway, tonight I tried it – and you know what? I found what I was looking for.
Would love a copy of Interior Design and the video made in Italy……..the best things in life are often hidden away and appreciated by a few…, I guess! Which reminds me of Repairs and Alterations. It’s been my absolute favourite album since I first bought it which must have been the late 80’s, didn’t even know what it would be like – just saw it and thought “Hmm, that looks folkey!” – and what a revelation – it’s unusual to find an album where you like every single track. Even wooed my partner with it – a bit of a test really – but they love it as much as I do! Doesn’t depress me – I find it quite inspiring – neither does Leonard Cohen!

Just watched the video and I’m totally blown away by Blow the Dandelion! It was all brilliant but I did have to listen to that one twice. It’s absolutely fascinating to see a live performance of songs on Repairs and Alterations – always loved the way you accentuate words and phrases – and to see you performing brings that out even more. I’ve had the original album for 15 years and never had a clue what you looked like. I suppose there’s always been a slight mental image buried away in the sub-conscious and strangely enough it does match very closely! You’ve got an amazing voice – did you have training or were you just born with something special?? Wayfarer looks like it consists of four parts, will there be any more albums? I hope so.
Anyway I loved it…would be lovely to keep in touch – someone who writes such beautiful and poignant songs as yourself is quite a rare and exceptional person and I’d be honoured to know them!

I truly appreciate your taking the time and effort to let me know about the gig. Your email has instantly brightened-up my day, my week, my month…
I’ve not yet had the pleasure of hearing/seeing you perform live but have been very affected by your poetry; I guess you’re already aware of the deep/lasting impact you have.
Many thanks for the personal communication. I will be there without fail.

Congratulations on such a wonderful performance last week. Your music and poetry has been etched on my mind for over 20 years and hearing you perform it again brought it alive once more. And your new stuff sounds awesome.
Please forgive the word ‘awesome’ but it is appropriate here. I’m now hungry for your next album and the lyrics of ‘Mind the Gap are still resonating in my head.
I was given your first album back in 1987 on my 20th birthday by a dear friend who knew I wrote poetry and enjoyed deep /meaningful lyrics. And therein was the birth of my distant love affair with you and your music!........
I look forward to the next performance and the release of your 3rd album. And just in case nobody has reminded you already today, you are an incredibly beautiful woman.

Thanks so much for your email I’d forgotten the name of the Trent FM programme: indeed it WAS Here Be Dragons.
Wanting to hear Repairs & Alterations again gave me a great incentive to get my record player repaired: I hadn’t forgotten how wonderful it is, but it was great to be reminded of the strength of the other material. I think it’s aged incredibly well – dare I say it, maybe the world is more ready for it now than it was in ’87? Certainly, the song that makes the biggest impact on me now is ‘Travelling Home’: I think you need to have’ lived a bit in order to ‘get’ that one.’

Whoever else is or isn’t taking notice I’ll still be listening to your songs and deriving enormous pleasure from them – a bit like a really great meal that you never quite get to finish, so you, so you just have to go back, and back, and back. So much thanks for all you have done and will do,
A very appreciative fan,

I have to say I was spell-bound so often during both your performance and doing these audios….from your lovely, lovely, concert @ Hugo’s: Who will guard the dog? Affected me both then @ Hugo’s and again and again and again on repeated hearings – this is such a fantastic song. The “Heartless Hotel” 7” vinyl is a true discovery! Different mix….wow! (You’ll never hear me say the word but I’ve been known to write it down from time to time; honest.)
Felicity: you must sing again: Hugo’s was just another wonderful evening (Oxford…Barnes…Holmfirth…)
Thank you for your songs and music.

Just a quick note to tell you how much I enjoyed Thursday’s concert.
I thought you might be a bit rusty not having played much recently but your guitar and vocals were both superb.
Hope this is the first of many forthcoming appearances and you can get the third album out soon.

Please extend my warmest wishes to Ms. Buirski for further success. In a business that is so full of hype and empty words, it is truly rare that a vision and voice as clear as hers rings so true. I only wish the best for her career and look forward to more deeply moving and haunting songs.
Nicholas Hondrogen (Artist and filmmaker), who included my work as part of the soundtrack for his award winning film Perfect Moment alongside Elton John, Sinead O'Connor and Philip Glass.

A short note to say how much I enjoy your CD Interior Design.
I saw you in ‘Sunday Morning ITV. I loved ‘More Than A Lover’; very moving words, I play it quite often. It’s such a pleasure to listen to songs with meaning and real emotion…so rare these days. Did you know that St. Felicitous is the patron saint of Fortitude? I’m sure you do!
The words of your songs sound inspired to me and the musical accompaniment – all beautiful. I wish you every success with your singing and your life. God Bless.

Thank you for the wonderful music – I am a new fan and have only heard the songs on the internet but I am sure I will love the CD’s.



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