Dizzy & Fay are a recently formed Canadian duo who are excited to unveil their first festive-themed single here today, just in time for the upcoming holiday season. The duo may be a relative newcomer to the jazz scene, but are no strangers to music circles within their native Ontario homes, comprised of JUNO-Nominated folk singer (with Dala) Amanda Walther (“Fay”/Toronto) and multi-instrumentalist & multi-genre musician Mark Lalama (“Dizzy”/Welland).
Brought together by their mutual love of smooth jazz, and “inspired by the great American songbook,” Dizzy & Fay have spent the last year working their magic on a collection of jazz pieces; songs often shared on their social media pages for short periods, before being whisked away, leaving their growing followers hungry for more. “I Wish That You Were Here” is their first formal soft jazz single, one that shall whisk you away on a sentimental journey from the first notes alone.
Set to an accompaniment of Dizzy’s timeless piano skills and some inviting, warm strings, Fay’s beautiful voice quickly lulls you into her holiday themed reverie. Just close your eyes while you listen, and soak up every imaginary scene she sings of. “Sweet tangerines / It’s the season of giving / The gleam from the trees / Captures me reminiscing,” Fay sings, evoking sweet memories of togetherness. “And I’m ear to ear / With thoughts of you, dear / I wish that you were here.”
Many of us will be spending the holiday seasons a little differently this year, myself included. This heartfelt song is perfectly timed with an added sentiment given the global situation. “Dizzy and I wrote this song last year, not knowing the depth of grief and loss that the whole world would be feeling today,” Fay empathizes. “What a rare time we are in, when every person on the planet has one shared feeling … longing for the people we love, and wishing we could be together.” May we all feel just a little more connected in knowing we are in this together, even as we have to remain apart.
Learn more about Dizzy & Fay here: https://dizzyandfay.com
Jess has always enjoyed a wide range of music genres and eras. Connecting deeply with classical music, she played cello from grade school through high school, and although no longer actively playing, her affinity for finding an emotional connection to music is still strong. Residing in central PA, she is new to the Canadian music scene and enjoys listening to new artists as a way to break away from “the usual.” Jess is an avid yogi who often finds a sliver of peace while on the yoga mat with good music playing in the background.