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Kate Magdalena - 'In The Bleak MidWinter'
Review By Reagan March & Staff
“In The Bleak Midwinter” by Kate Magdalena is the perfect holiday song that we needed with it’s tranquil and reassuring feel. The acoustic instrumental compliments the serenity of the piece, combining perfectly with Magdalena’s pure and clear vocals.
The crescendo into the bridge of the piece is created quite magnificently, as a gentle buildup is welcomed with the tender feel of this holiday piece. The quality of Magdalena’s pristine vocal tone is what truly distinguishes her musicianship as an artist and makes this song so very beautiful.
Besides the soothing instrumental, Magdalena’s voice has an evident professional and angelic quality that makes the song have an overall majestic sound. The control she uses throughout the piece is what builds great texture and creates the heavenly sound listeners cannot help but to be intrigued by. T
he spiritual portrayal of the song is exemplified through the lyrics, “Poor as I am If I were a shepherd, I would give a lamb If I were a wise man, I would do my part. But what I can I give him, give him my heart, give him my heart”. The devotion to the Lord and trust in faith is unveiled throughout the piece but is quite axiomatic through these specific lyrics, as she is explaining how the truest gift to God is love. “Look, now for glad and golden hours, come swiftly on the wing. O rest beside the weary road and hear the angels sing, and hear the angels sing”, exhibits the true joy and hope that is given through devotion to the Lord.
Magdalena’s “In The Bleak Midwinter” deserves a worthwhile listen to during this holiday season. The impact of this song is unique to the listeners interpretation and connection to the lyrics, but overall is an uplifting piece for anyone wanting to bring some spirit to this winter season. Kate Magdalena has a heavenly sound that makes the winter season feel warm.
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About Kate Magadalena
KateMagdalena is an independent singer-songwriter out of New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, whose songs have been aired on country radio nationally. Most at home in folk-pop and adult contemporary, she calls her genre ‘Timely Americana’, as she is inspired to write for the particular times in which we live. Kate was selected by BWH Music (Boston) as one of 2020 Women to Watch: Best Female Independent Artists, and her recent album “The Water Is Wide” was just awarded Best Album in the Adult Contemporary genre in the 2020 W.A.M. Awards. The album, released in August 2020, contains 9 songs of water and land, including the iconic covers “Downtown” and “I Know A Heartache When I See One,” as well as several original songs crafted from well-loved poems like “The Waking,” (nominated for Best Song, Social Justice 2020 W.A.M.) “Sea Fever,” and “Cloths of Heaven.” On this album is also Magdalena’s song “Backstory” about some of what we are witnessing now; the song was nominated for a W.A.M. Award in the social justice category.
In November of 2019, Magdalena released her second album of songs, with Grammy nominated producer Billy Smiley (Johnny Cash, WhiteHeart, Clay Aiken) titled “A Larger Dance” with singles – Be the Lark, New Earth, Battle Hymn, Streets of Any Town. The full album includes songs by Joan Armatrading, Leonard Cohen, Sinead O’Connor, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. The title track “A Larger Dance” was chosen by BWH Music as one of the best songs of 2019.
Kate’s first album “Acquainted With the Night” was released in 2018 and contains the song “United (to Save the World)” (featured in the album “Peace Street” by BWH Music. Kate is at work on an EP for Christmas time, and on her album expected spring 2021, “CANYONLANDS.” She lives happily ever after with her husband Randall in Northern, CA and Franklin, TN.
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