Kate Magdalena - 'Dance Me to the End of Love'
Review by Victoria Scott & Staff
Kate Magdalena’s exquisite and stirring cover of “Dance Me to the End of Love” by Leonard Cohen, off her new album A Larger Dance, is astounding.
A beautiful melodic piano enters with moving violin and soulful vocal harmonies. The piano entrances as the violin moves the song in progression. The brushes on the drums add a light beat, but are still distinct enough to keep the guitar and bass tight. The violinist and pianist offer impressive and heartfelt performance as the vocals glide over the harmonic structure.
Kate’s rendition of this song is pure magic; her expressive touch raptures you. Incredible performances by Nashville musicians include: Byron House, bassist; Blair Masters, pianist; Fred Eltringham, drummer, and Brennan Smiley, guitarist, come together flawlessly. The recording took place at Dark Horse Recording Studios in Leipers Fork, TN with Grammy-winning Producer Billy Smiley who gives the song a pristine sound.
Love is the ultimate and maximum emotion for the human soul. And love, in the end, is the meaning of life. Kate offers subtle nuance and phrasing to bring out the emotion of each word as she sings, “Oh, let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone, Let me feel you moving as they do in Babylon, Show me slowly what I only know the limits of, Dance me to the end of love, Dance me to the end of love.”
In “Dance Me to the End of Love”, Kate Magdalena's angelic voice and incredible artistry offer a work of grace and beauty. Kate’s cover of “Dance Me to the End of Love” represents her ability to perfectly innovate a gorgeous song, making it gloriously fervent.
About Kate Magdelana
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.
“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
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.
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