Kate Wolf‘s 1980 album, Close To You, weaves visions of vast, blue skies. Mountains and trees wind their way to the ocean, with the breeze slowly, warmly, blowing. Her music carries the feeling of people coming together, uniting strongly through their mutual humanity. Learning to live in peace and understanding, they take their time and fight for truth with love. It is a gentle world, slowly flowing through the trees like white mists on the wind. As each song expands into deepening and deepening complexity, the intimacy of the lyric and the intimacy of her performance summon ever-greater emotion in the listener.
I first came to hear Kate Wolf’s music through a Bonnie Prince Billy single that covered Kate’s “Brother Warrior”. Her story is amazing, and is better left for someone who would do it justice. Kate Wolf’s music is celebrated each year by thousands at the Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival, held outdoors in Laytonville, California.
[download] Unfinished Life
[download] Close To You