Angela Masciale | Take Back the Land

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Take Back the Land

by Angela Masciale

Acoustic Modern Folk - Soaring Soprano Voice, Dynamic Guitar Work, Poetic, Healing , Socially Conscious, Political, "Casualties of War" about experiencing PTSD, "It's Ok Mother" on resolving infertility, "Singing Bowl Chant", Tibetan singing bowl healing.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Casualties of War
3:38 $0.99
2. Take Back the Land
3:24 $0.99
3. Breathe
3:47 $0.99
4. Hungry Horizon
3:07 $0.99
5. Petite Woman Blues
3:41 $0.99
6. It's Ok Mother
3:52 $0.99
7. Snowbird
3:53 $0.99
8. Machu-Picchu Quest
4:50 $0.99
9. Shoebox Shelter
2:57 $0.99
10. Giving All to Enhance Each Other
4:43 $0.99
11. New Moon Rises
4:02 $0.99
12. Breezes of Possibility
3:22 $0.99
13. Singing Bowl Chant
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Album Notes
Angela Masciale has a hauntingly beautiful voice, folk-classical in sound, with a three octave range. Her soulful original songs are composed of exquisite melodies, woven with mellifluous, poetic and stirring lyrics. Her voice is palliative a sweetner to allow the hard knock and blunt truths of existence to be serenadad, and elucidated. Her joy of singing and playing the guitar fills the room. She passionately showers her listeners with an uplifting spirit, delivering her message with a voice that soars over all. She delivers harmonious, often complex finger-picking guitar accompaniment to her singing.

Her songs are landscapes, reflections of nature, healing messages, and stories about the traumas and victories of living.

" Take Back the Land" is her third CD released in November 2008. The underlining theme of this CD is:
The struggle to move from discord to harmony…………………………

There are 13 original songs --all words and music by Angela Masciale. Other incredible musicians performing with Angela Masciale on her new CD include, Raymond Gonzalez- acoustic guitar, mandolin, base, keyboard flute, Adam Zampino-Piano, 'djambe, Pam Kuras-fiddle.

Songs on the CD "Take Back the Land " include:

Casualties of War- One cannot completely annihilate a thought. When one refuses to acknowledge an experience, it returns with a vengeance, including the universal horror of war trauma.

Take Back the Land-The child and coyote are the nature warrior innocents and like a fairy-tale they fight to take the land back in the battle of nature contra civilization.

Breathe-You are in the washing machine and trying to get out. The worker battles the inhumane demands of our "working" civilization trying to once again to regain a sense of balance.

Hungry Horizon- Mother nature, warrior hold’s the ultimate power, as she reestablishes harmony, imposing her needs and devouring with a vengeance.

Petite Woman Blues-Humorous protest song about adapting to and living in a world designed for a person of "average" height.

It’s Ok Mother-Reframing infertility as fertility---Serenity graces one who embraces with gratitude what one does have, accepting your existence for what it is.

Snowbird-Mildly protesting nature's return to dark and cold, she exudes a sense of freedom, inviting us to join her riding on the wings of wild horses.

Machu-Picchu Quest-The Andes Mountains a power ring of nature is both awe inspiring and humbling, as she exerts her warrior will to save her love from nature’s deadly pull.

Shoebox Shelter-The indomitable homeless man resting on the fringes of civilization exerts his eccentric will to survive.

Giving All To Enhance Each Other-A mother sings her wish for true lasting love at her son’s wedding. She speaks of willing, loving self-sacrifice in the making of a marriage.

New Moon Rises-Like the new moon, life’s impassioned dreams exist in the shadows, becoming a reality as one transcends the demons that falsely exalt the victim at the expense of the victor.

Breezes of Possibility-Love is a powerful force, providing one with the courage and will to take the uncertain pathways of life’s adventures.

Singing Bowl Chant-The Tibetan Singing Bowl inspires the human voice as a healing muse. The sound is a resonance that links one with the core universal vibration. The spiritual seeker tunes the mind and intellect in order to live in harmony with the world,utilizing acquired knowledge for spiritual elevation and the welfare of mankind.

Angela has played at numerous venues most of which have been in Massachusetts and New York, such as Club Passim, The Mee and Thee Coffeehouse,Marblehead, Natick Center for the Arts, Emerson Umbrella for the Arts,Concord, Marblehead Festival of Arts, Java Jo’s Milton and J.P., The Nameless Coffeehouse,Cambridge, Oasis Coffeehouse, Waltham, Worcester First Night.
She has released two other CD’s of all original songs, the first in January 2000 titled,“Time Will Tell”, and the second, in September 2004 titled, “Ancient Voices”.

Angela is a performing member of Indiegrrl, the largest networking music organization featuring independent women singer-songwriters, and businesses that support them.

She is the founder and cohost of the King Hooper Café, Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Raymond Gonzalez Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter says: “Angela is an energetic songwriter whose passionate performances are distinctive and engaging”

Oen Kennedy, Singer-Songwriter,Guitarist and Music therapist: "Angela Masciale sings directly from the heart. Hers is a heart full of compassion for her fellow humans and for all other living things. Listening to her connects me immediately with what I love most, and helps me to accept my humanity and to grow. Angela's guitar playing is excellent, her songs are always searching, and her voice is a powerful instrument which melts walls. It is a great blessing to know her, and to swim in the river of her loving creativity."

Jimmy Dorr Singer/Songwriter says: “Beautiful, versatile voice. Big and Sweet, well crafted songs and well-produced CD’s.”

Ellen Schmidt Singer-Songwriter says: "Angela's songs are healing messages, with a voice that soars over all"



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Ira Grollman

Thoughtful, Etheral, and Delightful
"Take Back the Land" is a well-crafted collection of thoughtful commentaries on life by a keen observer and chronicler. Angela Masciale's delightful voice is nicely complemented by a diverse set of musical instruments, and the compositions are masterfully engineered by guitar virtuoso Raymond Gonzales. This CD-with timely songs and soulful laments balanced with humorous songs such as "Petite Woman Blues"-engages you fully and compellingly.

The songs capture and present poignant observations on daily life and our interactions with people, nature, and the world around us. The lighthearted pieces offer a counterpoint to the unpleasant realities of the social issues covered in "Shoebox Shelter." The ethereal quality of Angela's voice, gently present throughout the collection, is the focus of the meditative closing piece, "Singing Bowl Chant."

Although it's a challenge to capture the expressiveness of an artist's live performance in a studio recording, this CD is a surprisingly good substitute when you have a yearning to hear some of the best songs by Angela Masciale. Only missing from this CD are the insightful stories behind the songs; for that you will just have to catch a live performance.

John Boehmer

Take Back the Land
With Take Back the Land, Angela has crafted an extraordinary collection of songs that evoke vivid images of a planet that is both beautiful and endangered. Her ability draw the listener into the environment that she creates with her beautiful voice and contemplative guitar work is reminiscent of Joni Mitchell’s first records. But this is music that is unlike anything I have ever heard before. It is music for the soul!

don white

This is a beautiful recording. Angela's writing here moves seamlessly from playful to soulful to acutely observant and introspective. Her voice is enchanting. The musicianship is extraordinary and the songs are delicately crafted. But to me what comes through the clearest in this collection of songs is her warm and wonderful, compassionate heart.

felice kachinsky

Take Back the Land
I was enchanted with the melodious and free-spirited sound of Angela's soaring voice, and I was particularly moved by the poetry of her lyrics. From the social import of "Casualties of War" to the playful flippancy of "Petite Woman Blues", and then to the etherial quality of "Singing Bowl Chant", Angela shows herself to be an utterly enjoyable, multi-faceted artist. I can return again and again to her music, and continue to discover more nuances of sound and revelations of deeper meaning in the words. She is to be commended for her musical talent and the importance of her messages.

Angelic Angela
Beautiful songs, beautiful singing.

Jeanie Stahl

Take Back the Land
Take Back The Land, Angela's recent CD, is such a great reflection of her caring sincerity and humanity, Her love of music, people and the environment shine through

-Jeanie Stahl, Singer-Songwriter Guitarist

Ana Eder-Mulhane

Compelling Work of Art
Angela Masciale's CD of 13 orginal songs "Take Back the Land" is a compelling work of art. Her songs are rich: at times searing, at times yearning, at times matter of fact, at times light and humorous, and they make for powerful relevant storytelling. Angela's beautiful, muscular and complex guitar playing matches her powerful lyrics strength for strength, keeping the listener riveted and involved. The songs are lyrical, descriptive, bold and thoughtful. They deal fiercely and tenderly with the seemingly broad issues of homelessness, war ("Shoebox Shelter", "Casualties of War"), social justice and injustice, inferility ("It's OK Mother"),love ("Machu-Picchu Quest" and "Giving All to Enhance Each Other"), the misuse of our ecological envirmonment ("Take Back the Land"), and turns them into poignant, personal experiences. Angela's humor, sense of fun and gentle mockery of our stress filled existences are delights found amoungst her pieces in this collection with her songs "Petite Woman Blues" and "Breathe". Raymond Gonzalez, a gifted guitarist, adds guitar and mandolin on a many of her songs. Adam Zampino enhances the song "Casualties of War" with the keyboard and Jambe. The striking slate sculpture of Earth Mother, by Daniel Zampino provides a vital, raw and lovely image on this wonderful CD cover. It is a joy to hear this work for the first time, and then it is an ever enriching experience as you relisten and revisit her passionate words and indelible melodies.