Kala Farnham - 'Beautiful Heart'
Music Review by Ionas Finser & Staff
Kala Farnham introduces us to this expressive gem of a song with a moody piano that welcomes in the first verse.
Farnham’s voice is angelic and masterfully reverberated, and her melodies prove to be flowing and natural. In fact, ‘natural’ is a perfectly descriptive word for “Beautiful Heart” as a whole. We find this especially true in the piano part’s subtle use of rubato, an element that speaks to the artist’s sense of freedom and independence. By the second chorus, a beautiful, uplifting motif is introduced in the piano part. The motif carries on and becomes increasingly powerful through to the end of the song. This motif seems to act as a symbol for finding strength and not letting it go.
It is clear that the lyrics of “Beautiful Heart” are sung by a voice that has dealt with pain and trauma. Farnham paints a moving message for women across the world, centered around the idea of finding inner strength and never giving up in a society that was built to suppress the feminine voice. The message is uplifting, but while Farnham inspires courage, the troubled world she sings of does not seem to be changing as quickly as we would like it to.
“It’s a hard game girl; / Sometimes justice never comes. / Don’t you lose faith girl; / Gotta hold your head high and be strong.”
In a post #MeToo Era society, songs like “Beautiful Heart” are more needed than ever in order to perpetuate courage, freedom, and integrity. With the melodic genius of Ingrid Michaelson and the harmonic soul of Enya, Kala Farnham has found the courage to speak her truth in this emotional masterpiece that should be added to every folk playlist that values musical integrity.
"Beautiful Heart" by Kala Farnham is featured on BWH Music Group’s new release, ‘On Peace Street, Vol. One.’ The compilation album is a collection of 19 original songs in various genres by today's best independent artists and songwriters. Sharing songs about peace and social justice, the artist's songs will ultimately remind you of the importance of peace, fairness, love and unity. Filled with meaningful lyrics and exceptional music, this playlist is an example of how music can influence, and even change, people, movements, and society. Visit BWH Music Group Album Release Page for more information.
About Kala Farnham
Armed with a voice, entourage of instruments, and faith in the power of story, songstress Kala Farnham set out into the world with one vision: To inspire through the transformative power of musical storytelling.
Farnham has garnered numerous awards and recognition, including 2019 Rose Garden Performing Songwriter Contest winner and alumni of the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project.
Farnham's recent album, a heartfelt account of adventure and homecoming titled "Samadhi: Home Is Where You Are" was nominated for RI's Motif Music Awards "Best Americana Album" and hailed by Bill Copeland Music News as "soulful Americana" in "one of New England’s best voices in one of this year’s best written and best recorded works."
Drawing from a classical education and professional career in musical theater, Kala presents hallmark reinvention of the folk tradition; her passion for fairytales, ancient history, and vivid storytelling draws her audience into imaginative re-creations of the familiar world.
For more information about Kala Farnham, please visit her website.