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Interior Design

by Felicity Buirski

Part two of "Wayfarer" - One woman's journey from Illusion to Light in four parts. Following on from the spiritual awakening that led to the debut album, "Repairs & Alterations", my journey continued inwards, onwards and upwards.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Strange and Familiar
5:01 $0.99
2. Warrior Woman
6:37 $0.99
3. The Window and Me
5:33 $0.99
4. Soldiers of the Spirit
4:28 $0.99
5. More Than a Lover
5:35 $0.99
6. Fortitude of Pain
3:29 $0.99
7. Is It Over?
4:35 $0.99
8. Interior Design
5:57 $0.99
9. Blow the Bridges
4:45 $0.99
10. Repairs and Alterations
7:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
After finding God, or more accurately God finding me, when I was 26, I spent the next few years learning to play the guitar and writing songs, until meeting singer-songwriter and recording engineer, Michael Klein for the second time and making some demos and recording my first album in 1986. This was completed in 1987 and released on Run River Records, a small independent label, set up by an American antiquarian bookseller Fred Underhill who was living in Devon in the UK. Fred told me that my work reminded him of the mystical peak experiences that Joseph Campbell had written and spoken so much about. The album received immense critical acclaim and accolades from renowned music journalists such as John Tobler and many others and even awards. It won the Which CD and Hi-Fi Award for Best Folk Album of 1989 and Peter Gabriel and I were Commended in the Most Original/Innovative Performer(s) category that Prince won. Well-known Radio D.J’s would let me know, that after playing my songs, their desk lights had lit up all at once, with listeners ringing in to enquire about me and where they could buy my records.
This was before the incredible internet World Wide Web had begun.

Leonard Cohen, who I met when I was 21, told me after listening to my first album, that he loved it and played it to many of his friends in Los Angeles. He told me at the time he felt I was a powerful, important voice for women and that my voice was "a very clear light". He also said how much he loved the song that I never told him I wrote for him (though he may have guessed) called "Come to me Darling" and how he had experienced a vision of the Divine Feminine whilst thinking of it in meditation at the Mt. Baldy Zen Centre, having heard it playing on his car radio on his way there. All this was deeply inspiring to me and praise indeed. The airplay was thanks to the radio station KCRW and John Sutton-Smith and Robbie Cavalino, two lovely young men who were promoting me in Los Angeles.

I had fallen in love with Leonard when I first heard him singing, as if directly to me, on a car radio as a child, It was as though love had called me by my name. This was very soon after my father died, who was also a musician and Leonard's work inspired me to want to live really. His early albums were released in the nick of time for me.

Giancarlo Cesaroni, whom the Italian press dubbed 'The Boss' when it came to critiquing singer/songwriters, promoted me in Italy. He spoke to audiences and to the press about how much he believed in me, but told me back in the 90’s: “You know, if you were half as talented you’d be twice as successful…..you’re unique and can’t be boxed." He'd set up the renowned Folk Studio in Rome in the 60’s I believe, bringing Bob Dylan to the Italians and later Suzanne Vega…I guess he should know. But to me it made no sense. What did he mean?

Well a few years later, I remember doing a concert in the U.K and a man who seemed to love my work came and sat next to me on a step, after the gig, as I was signing a few albums and told me: “You know Felicity, it wasn’t just what you said when you released your first album, but when you said it.”
That stuck with me and helped me make sense of my journey through the years. A Wayfarer’s journey is never easy….and fortunately my inspiration came from within and above, though I always wanted to share it.

I remember the renowned singer, Jennifer Warnes, ringing me up after a concert in Los Angeles in the early 90’s and telling me that I was "digging roads" and that she'd waited all her life to hear songs like mine. A few other people, including critics, seemed to know more about my work back then, than I did. Jennifer was a great support to me at that time and attended most, if not all of my gigs in L.A. I was told that she had mentioned me on a radio interview as being an artist who hadn't sold out. There’s a double meaning there of course….but I think she meant what I think she meant.

Some people found the honesty and openness of my lyrics disarming. But there were others who would come up to me after a gig and say “Thank God you exist”...and it was those people who kept me going. But actually it was the others too. For they were both reflections of my own, once, very divided self.

Let it be known that I have loved you
Let it be known that I have cared
Let it be known that a time is coming
That was long ago prepared.

Let it be known that I have loved you
With a passion deep and wide
And that I’ve travelled a great distance
To bring good news from the other side.

Let it be known that I ventured on
Through a dark and deep terrain
But into golden light I have transmuted
The dark dross of my pain.

Let it be known that I travelled on
Unafraid of being scared
That in collapse and dissolution
I was lovingly repaired.

Let it be known that I was wounded
At the very centre of my soul
But on my knees in repentance
I fell apart and became whole.

From my song "Let it be Known" that will hopefully be recorded for my fourth and final album of "Wayfarer".

So here is the second instalment of my journey of transformation. The songs were written in my thirties whilst living in a flat in Putney, London, with my beautiful Persian cat Mastermind Oedipus Maui, who, when I was writing a song would only miaow when it was finished, no matter how many hours, weeks or months it would take to write. It was like a seal of approval. When I would attempt to record a finished song on my little portable cassette player I would try to switch it off before the miaow…but I never once succeeded.

Here are two reviews of this album on Amazon UK:

D. Clarke
5 out of 5 stars An Amazing Discovery
Audio CD Verified Purchase
I only came across this CD by accident around 4 months ago and bought it purely on spec. Since then it has rapidly made it to be probably my most played CD in a collection of over 3,000. There are absolutely no weak tracks but 'Fortitude of Pain', 'Strange & Familiar', 'Warrior Woman' and 'More than a Lover' just about edge ahead of the rest. I would strongly recommend you to buy it and listen - you will not be disappointed.

Graeme brennan
5 out of 5 stars A wondrous and unique talent
2 November 2003
Audio CD
This is an amazing album made by an unique singer songwriter. Felicity's voice has always astounded me from first hearing her "repairs and alterations" album which came out in the late 80s. Then she was compared with all kinds of diverse artists but the name which rang truest for me was Leonard Cohen. It's the style of songwriting and something about the delivery. This time though Felicity has really pulled out all the stops and this one feels more personal, and her voice is much stronger and even strident when needed. The songwriting is excellent, "more than a lover" is beautiful, as is "interior design". I could talk about every song and find something (usually many things) to recommend them. The absolute high point and a song I play again and again and never tire of is "repairs and alterations", it is musical and lyrical genius. The emotions it stirs up are many but the overriding one is pure aural pleasure.
I can't recommend highly enough that you seek this album out and listen carefully, it's worth every second of your time.



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