Magic of the Heart

The main theme of Magic of the Heart, recorded in 1999, is the cycle of life beginning with a lullaby, Rock-a-Bye Baby and ending with an a cappella version of Ave Maria sung in Latin.  Her accompaniment includes cello (Wayne Templeman), accordion (the late Robert Davine), violin (Chinese musician, Hong An), vibraphone (Chris Allen) and guitar (Paul Musso).   The majority of the compositions are Linda’s own, and she also features a Tanzanian folk chant performed in Swahili, Malaika, and a song with French lyrics by the composer, Claude Nougaro and music by Charles Mingus.  Linda painted the cover art which showcases a gouache of a raven and tulips with bright red hearts dangling from their roots.  A fitting image for Magic of the Heart.

Listen to “River and Rain” from Magic of the Heart: