Review by Sylvie Marie and Victoria Scott
In '"United (To Save The World) Kate’s moving vocals combined with Deborah Whitman's lyrics propel a message of unity and hope. The use of flute, acoustic, and electric guitar creates a powerful build. The bass and drums yield a heavy bellow, making the song ethereal. Kate’s arrangement and Deborah Whitman’s lyrics work together seamlessly.
“United (to Save the World) from the album Acquainted With the Night is a call for action. From an environment suffering from neglect and excess to human abuse to a lack of compassion for those in need, the song covers a wide-range of systemic issues.
"We are united to save the world More love; less hate United to help one another To give and not take To make this planet, heaven on earth Is that too much to ask for?"
The message of change and liberation for the world is a great reminder that it takes more than one person, but all of us to understand that we are world citizens. We are accountable for our actions and for our contributions.
Kate’s song “United (to Save the World),” carries a strong and lasting torch of hope and compassion for the world. Kate’s arrangement and musical talent in the vocals are breathtaking, and the message she communicates through music is inspiring. Deborah Whitman’s lyrics complement Kate’s music, and a magic exists where both artists come alive with exceptional talent and precision, and a message for our times.
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.