Kate Magdalena - 'United (to Save the World)'
Music Review by Ionas Finser & Staff A gently strummed guitar and soft flute sooth the ears into the beginning of this feel-good song by Kate Magdalena. Magdalena’s voice is magically pure and bright; the perfect messenger for the motives of “United.”
Dreamy percussion comes in halfway through the first verse, and instantly there is a strong urge to close one’s eyes and sway from side to side. Over the course of the song, Magdalena will employ shimmering vocal harmony, breathtaking flute riffs, and slight percussive variation to build off of these peaceful, uplifting textural ideas.
Magdalena’s lyrics call for peace and awareness, especially in regard to the climate. “United” serves as a prayer for change, and speaks to a world where we do not have an abundance of time to act. The artist’s message highlights the idea that the change we need to see in the world will come if we find unity in our shared humanity.
“We are united to save the world / More love; less hate / United to help one another / To give and not take”
In “Unity,” Magdalena demonstrates how it is possible to give back to the earth in what has always been a symbiotic relationship. Her voice is one of someone who is truly one with nature; an ideal for every human to live by. There is no doubt that “Unity” can be a rallying cry for activists for years to come.
'United (to Save the World)' by Kate Magdalena 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 Kate Magdalena
Kate grew up to the sounds of music on Broadway in New York City, during the 1970's exploding singer-songwriter, folk, rock, and psychedelic music scene, featuring Crosby Stills and Nash, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, and so many more artists who continue to inspire listeners worldwide.
Kate was a child of the ‘60’s, and when she came of age, she moved from the East Coast to San Francisco on a quest to discover the meaning of her life. Kate’s journey was an unusual one in that she did many other things before turning to music as her central career focus, and traveling many paths to arrive at where she is now.
She adores teaching children and has done so as a music and classroom teacher. She was a hospital chaplain, bringing healing music to patients, and most important of all, she is a mother to two beloved children, with her husband Randall. Kate calls the Bay Area her home.
Drawn to many different styles of music, she became enchanted by Irish-Canadian artist Loreena McKennitt, who conjures a lost world with her harp and singing. Kate intends to do the same. She is also enamored of artists like Rachel Platten, Sara Bareilles, and the controversial Sinead O’Connor, and many others.
For Kate, “Singing is a way to bring what is inside, outside. It is to make the invisible audible. It can change minds and soften hearts. I believe that music is part of every cell of the human body; and that we can use music to reach others in ways words cannot.” Kate has an ability to move her listeners with her voice, to bring healing and joy. Her songwriting began through her poetry writing, and by setting a few poems to music, by great poets like WB Yeats and Robert Frost, and then in discovering a love of writing which came from her own heart.
Kate was raised in era in which people looked to the arts and music to inspire social activism. Like Dylan’s great songs, Kate’s songs address some of the pressing issues of our own day. She also sings of unity, hope, loss, and of the power of prayer in dealing with life’s many challenges. And she hopes that her own pursuit of her dream at age 62 might inspire others to follow their own cherished dreams regardless of barriers.
For more information on Kate Magdalena, please visit her website.