NEW MONDAY! CAT DOWLING – Freedom
by Walter Price
Freedom doesn’t always mean that you nothin’ left to lose. It can also be a vibe one thrives in when one realizes they’re in control of their future. And they can be an unencumbered guiding light for the new lives that populate their world. And the recent aptly titled single, “Freedom”, from Irish indie-pop songwriter Cat Dowling is a song that takes an introspective look at such a life epiphany.
In a Facebook post, Dowling reflects on the single’s origins, “It was in the early hours of a random morning and I was plucking the strings of a tiny guitar with a newborn on my chest. The house was beautifully wrapped in a silence that exists when the world sleeps. The melody and opening lines landed on me.
“This one hits upon the freedom to be the person we were born to be without the shackles and chains of what went before. Freedom is sweet.”
This empowering track is a lullaby and an anthem simultaneously. Dowling delivers her lyrics with an indelible tenderness but when the chorus hits, an all-out defiant hallelujah type of chant aimed directly at the sky takes over and it will shift your soul into new places. “Freedom” is a brilliant example of how to write a song that will mean something weighty and personal to each and every listener. And it’s a powerful experience, to say the least.
If you’re a fan of KT Tunstall, Meredith Brooks, and/or you just need some rock n roll affirmation, then add this one to your fave I-am-me playlist. You can stream “Freedom” as well as Cat Dowling’s Top Spotify Tracks, now at the GTC.
CAT DOWLING – Freedom
Artist photo by Angie Pappas Constable
Produced by Gerry Horan
Co-produced by Cat Dowling
Recorded by Karl Odlum, Gerry Horan, Jed Parle
Mixed by Ger McDonnell
Mastered by Fergal Davis
Performed by Cat Dowling, Gerry Horan, Jeremey Hickey, Marja Gaynor.
Music and Lyrics written by Cat Dowling
“it’s a song about being free to be the person we’re born to be without the baggage and shackles of what went before us,” – C. Dowling