In this episode, I talk quite a bit about how I developed the Mary Magdalene character for the When Love Meets Dust video which premieres on February 10th, at 7pm CST.
You will also hear a scratch recording of a song I wrote last fall that I will be recording for next year's album. I think it lends a lot of support to the points I try to make!
The painting of Mary Magdalene (above) is by Leonardo da Vinci, and I sat with this painting while listening to Joni Mitchell's "Magdalene Laundries" over and over, to develop how I would portray Mary in my video. I speak about this more deeply in the talk below.
2/6/2021 11:54:36 pm
Thank you so much for this beautiful song (and rumination), Alana. Mary Magdalene is one of my three personal Patron Saints, so I look forward to your premiere video with tender but excited anticipation!
2/7/2021 02:42:25 pm
I am grateful you have shared this with us: it is profound and opens hearts to what dehumanization means. And you give it a context re: what our longing is really about. Disobedient or not, it is of the holy and leads to the sacred, too. Thank you. The feel of the song has soul, Alana, and lyrical depth, too. I look forward to this project unfolding and once I get our small home refinanced, look forward to adding a small monthly offering as a patron - perhaps as early as this time next month.
2/8/2021 07:12:49 am
Thank you, Alana. This song is an eternal reflection of the feminine experience. You articulate for us the songs of our hearts.
2/9/2021 08:05:17 am
Thank you, thank you Alana for what you shared in this podcast and for the spiritually rich song! It is as if seeing the dehumanizing lies removed from Mary Magdalene also removes them from me, from all of us.
2/11/2021 04:09:31 am
Thank you for this illuminating and beautiful rumination and song, Alana. I learn so much from you.
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Alana Levandoski is a song and chant writer, recording artist and music producer, in the Christian tradition, who lives with her family on a regenerative farm on the Canadian prairies.