Thanks to Peter Schmidt for the translation into English

Cathy Oakes - To See You Again 
Sierra Keys Music, 2013


When I Am Afraid
A Sixth Sense
To See You Again
Farewell, Bonnie Lass
Cheryl `s Legacy
The Tempest
Variations On A Daydream
Under The Shadow of Your Wings
Dance of Rememberance
In the Key of Lost
Bittersweet
What A Friend
A Prayer

To see you again ... In this title of the new, third album by Cathy Oakes, one hears the sadness of parting, but, above all, those four words are filled with hope and the belief that all will be well. I'd add that I personally am also very happy to see, or, rather, to hear Cathy Oakes again - her previous releases were wonderful and promising, but «To See You Again», bringing about in my soul a slight but inescapable revolution of feelings and emotions, simultaneously promoted this American artist to the rank of my personal favorites. And I think that in this I am not alone, and that in the near future many listeners will experience the tremendous power of this music.

The new pieces of this amazing woman are works in which the music became a reflection of life – sometimes filled, like all life, with incidents that are not of the most joyous sort, and which the love and support of those close to us, and faith, help to overcome. All this has found its place in «To See You Again» - not an expressive and "young" romanticism, but a deliberate and confident mature sensuality (ideally represented in «A Sixth Sense»), integrating it all in one heart; family values and the bitterness of loss, which none of us will be able to avoid. Several titles on the album («To See You Again», «Farewell, Bonnie Lass», «Cheryl’s Legacy») are dedicated to friends and relatives who passed away - however, Cathy replaces the dramatic aspect of those events by a bright melancholy that makes you relive, not the bitterness of loss, but the brightest moments spent with them when they were still alive, and, of course, these pieces are filled with hope, that very hope expressed in the title of the album, for its author sincerely believes in God, calls Jesus her friend, and holds in her soul the conviction that after the transition to "the other side" we will all be reunited forever. With several pieces, such as «When I Am Afraid» and «The Tempest», Oakes proves how important it is to keep this faith when trouble is at your doorstep, threatening to overthrow the usual balance of life - these pieces were created during a time of problems and worries, and by executing them in an expressive rush the performer transforms the negative aspect into something more quiet, again, full of confidence in a successful outcome. Well, she does it perfectly - so great is the power of the music that I personally could not listen to «The Tempest» until the end the first time I played it, as there is so much personal pain, but which echoes in my soul, and which one has to come to terms with, to go through, when confronted with it in one’s struggle for faith and hope. The album also comprises several sublime hymns («Under The Shadow of Your Wings», «What A Friend»), inspired by the biblical psalms, and several quiet, pastoral sketches. Such as «Variations On A Daydream», about which Cathy writes, not without irony, that her husband loves simple melodies, and that this one was written on his special request. The album would not have been complete without some Christmas atmosphere - in «Bittersweet» Cathy is happy when the family gathers for a festive table, and sad when they all leave again. Hence the title of the track, which has become a very accurate observation of Christmas events.

«To See You Again» is that very "soulful" album uniting the best of what we usually mean by this concept. Most beautiful melodies, honesty in the expression of the deepest feelings and emotions, a great technique - all this makes Cathy Oakes’ new work one of the top favorites among this year’s «solo piano» releases. 

Thanks to Peter Schmidt for the translation into English

 

To See You Again
Cathy Oakes
2013
50.5 minutes


Pianist Cathy Oakes is a shooting star of the New Age Piano genre.

Each year she surprises us with a new work, To See You Again being her third album. With reminiscences of Jim Brickman, and moving on from her classical beginnings, the pianist presents us with an album of thirteen compositions that make up a melancholy and nostalgic CD, marked by the artist’s proper experiences.

Written at a time of difficulty, "When I Am Afraid" reflects a bittersweet feeling which then turns into kindness and hope. The melody is pure sentiment, covering adversity with a blanket of optimism.

"A Sixth Sense" strongly reminds of the touch and the passion to be heard in Brickman’s pieces; in fact, it is one of the great pieces on this CD. A romantic piece, "A Sixth Sense" is written to be a lovers’ soundtrack.

The title track of the album is a lament, a goodbye, dedicated and written for a friend of Oakes. We can feel the pain with each touch of the keys, each note being another tear shed.

Another goodbye. "Farewell, Bonnie Lass" consists of all the memories that the pianist retains of her sadly deceased cousin. There is nothing to say, so just listen to the music, the feelings flow by themselves.

"Cheryl's Legacy" continues with the memories of those who left. "Cheryl's Legacy" stays true to that nostalgic feeling already heard in the previous pieces.

"The Tempest" is a fight between the two hands. The right hand hits notes while the left hand is an exhalation, briskly running chords in the lower part of the keyboard. The resulting music is dolorous and full of rage. Another great title on To See You Again.

The word sweetness written with just four notes. "Variations On a Daydream" is a gentle breeze, music that flirts with our ears ... To let oneself be carried away ...

"Under the Shadow of Your Wings" is a composition inspired by a psalm. Again, the tenderness of Cathy’s touch is the feature to be emphasized.

"Dance of Remembrance" is another remarkable composition. The piece is a celebration of victory after a hard past fraught with difficulty, and although the music is quiet, the urge to reveal the joy can be sensed.

With "In the Key of Lost" we appreciate a change of mood. For the first time, the music is endearing, leaving behind the continuous state of decay and melancholy encountered so far.

Again the music is bitter. This time two feelings coalesce in "Bittersweet", the joy of receiving an expected visitor, and the sadness of his leaving. Perhaps the music had to be composed from the joy of being with loved ones, and to set aside the sadness.

The only adaptation found on To See You Again is "What a Friend", a version by Oakes of the hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus". It is one of the pianist’s favorite tunes, that is why we can enjoy it on this album .

To close the CD, and keeping to its overall character, Cathy Oakes says goodbye with "A Prayer". A variation on an original theme by Oakes herself, written for piano and guitar in 1978.

The album title says it all. To See You Again is a melancholy CD, among the most nostalgic and sad that we have received. Comprising thirteen pieces, all of which have a very important meaning for the pianist, representing different and hard times experienced by Cathy Oakes, now transformed into music to convey those difficult emotions to the listener.

To See You Again by Cathy Oakes

Although pianist Cathy Oakes is relatively new to the world of recording, she has taught piano and voice for over 30 years. She released her first CD, Like a Song, in 2012, yet in the brief span of time since then, she has been prolific, and her new release, To See You Again, is now her third album. One would hope that as an artist progresses along their creative path, that there is an evolution, a deepening of their work. And this certainly holds true for Cathy Oakes. She makes a good point with regard to her music and relationships in general when she says: “When I meet a person for the first time, I don’t reveal my true, deep-down self. I don’t think any of us does that. We present our “outward” self. Only through getting to know that person, spending time with them, testing the waters, so to speak, do we begin to reveal the “inner” person that we are. We become more comfortable, feel more accepted, feel safer with that person and begin to reveal the deeper parts of our personality. It is the same with my CDs.”

Cathy’s first album was her “introduction” as a recording artist, both to the music community and to the world at large. Her main goal with that release was to be accepted as an artist on “Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio” program, created by well-known pianist, David Nevue. When Cathy was writing songs for her debut recording, she intentionally wrote with that in mind and created compositions, which she thought, would fit that mold. While she did become selected as a feature artist on the program, Cathy was surprised when particular songs were accepted or rejected in complete opposition to her expectations. Since her second album was a Christmas album, this third one is actually the sequel to the original music of her debut. But now, she chose to write from a different perspective than her introductory effort. In her words: “This time, I wrote using my own voice. It reveals more of the true me. I am a person of many moods and many emotions. I feel deeply. I am a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a cousin, a pastor, and friend. Those feelings are shared on this CD. There is anger, frustration, sorrow, joy, wistfulness, homesickness, longing, love and worship expressed through the instrumental music on this CD. As I said, it’s much more ‘honest.’ It expresses who I am and what I feel.”

Some of that emotional range is portrayed in the first track, entitled “When I Am Afraid.” This composition was images written when Cathy was going through a difficult time with one of her children and some of what she was feeling is channeled into it, as well as a sense of hopefulness, no doubt inspired by her deep spirituality. There is a nice sense of dynamics in the piece as it drops down into quieter, more introspective sections. Poignant feelings of loss are reflected in a number of songs such as “Cheryl’s Legacy,” “Farewell My Bonnie Lass,” and the title track, which pay tribute to dear friends and family who have passed on. The gently wistful strains of the title track are quite moving in their own quiet way. While Cathy’s playing style is not flashy or overly dramatic, I was impressed with how much feeling she was able to imbue her sweet melodies with.

Some of the personal challenges mentioned above in the first track are mirrored again in a composition called “The Tempest.” This one has a bit more of a minor feel to it and includes some intriguing chord changes and progressions. Its interesting how one person’s emotional experience can evoke resonant memories in another. A track called “Bittersweet,” was created to express the feeling Cathy had as she watched her adult children from the front window as they drove away after spending time together. That brought up a very old memory for me as I remember my own mother telling me the feelings she had watching me drive off to begin a new existence 2000 miles away in Denver, when I was a young man starting out in life. Listening to the emotion in Cathy’s song resonated in me and I truly felt her intent in this piece. While there are themes of loss and longing on this album, a track, which Cathy feels expresses her playful side and quirky sense of humor is “In The Key of Lost.” Its’ more bouncy and upbeat air do reflect another facet of her musical personality.

As a pastor and person of great faith, Cathy relies on her spirituality, not only in her daily life, but to help her get through the tough times. This particularly shines through on songs like “Under the Shadow,” “What a Friend,” and “A Prayer.” Cathy emphasizes that she has been honest with her feelings in the creation of this music and in her words: “This CD is much more emotional, darker in some ways and is not as “easy” to listen to. I think it requires the listener to engage. Good thing or bad thing? Only time will tell, I suppose. But it’s written from the heart and is expressed through my own musical voice.” I certainly didn’t find this music not “easy” to listen to. In fact, I thought it was quite lovely and I enjoyed it all. I appreciate that Cathy has followed her creative muse and produced a solo piano album of reflective compositions that I’m sure will find resonance in those who listen with the ears of the heart and soul.

To See You Again
Cathy Oakes
2013 / Sierra Keys Music
51 minutes

To See You Again is the third solo piano release from Cathy Oakes, following her 2012 debut, Like A Song, and her 2012 Christmas album, Let There Be Joy. Oakes started playing the piano at the age of six and continued her music studies through college and beyond. The pastor of three churches in western Tennessee, she spent more than twenty years in music ministry and taught piano and voice for nearly thirty years. Much of To See You Again was composed in honor of friends and family members who have recently passed on, but this is not a sad or mournful album. Inspiration also came from various life experiences and her faith. I had the pleasure of having Cathy Oakes perform a house concert here last year, and found her to be a very warm, articulate person with an incredible sense of humor, and those qualities come through in her music. Recorded at Joe Bongiorno’s Piano Haven Studio on his Shigeru Kawai concert grand piano, the sound quality is perfection.

To See You Again begins with “When I Am Afraid,” a piece written during a particularly difficult time with one of Oakes’ children. The melody is almost conversational, making me think of fervent prayer and the calm that can come from placing trust in God to handle matters. “A Sixth Sense” is a beautiful love song that conveys passion and grace. Oakes composed the right hand almost entirely in parallel sixths, giving the title a double-meaning. The title track was composed at the piano as Oakes processed the loss of a dear friend. Tender and sad yet incredibly beautiful, this is definitely a favorite. I also love “Cheryl’s Legacy,” composed in honor of a friend who spent every day thinking of ways to show love for her friends and family. Overflowing with grace and affection, this piece has a hymn-like quality the is both touching and comforting. “The Tempest” expresses an entirely different set of emotions. Dark and full of turmoil, it also suggests what a source of sanity the piano can be when emotions are in an overwhelming state of chaos - an unwavering friend who can take whatever you need to express. “Variations On a Daydream” is sweet simplicity with a canon-style melody that uses only four notes and creates a warm, dreamy mood. “Dance of Remembrance” celebrates enduring the difficulties of the past and emerging stronger and wiser for them. A mix of emotions is expressed, and although the thoughts are celebratory, the music itself is subdued and thoughtful. Oakes calls “In the Key of Lost” a musical spoof where she intentionally broke every rule of modulation that she learned in music theory classes. Light and playful, it expresses the fun of breaking time-worn rules! “Bittersweet” is another favorite, poignantly expressing the sadness that comes when happy occasions must end. “What a Friend” is Oakes’ lovely arrangement of “What A Friend We Have in Jesus.” While adding many personal touches, she remains faithful to this favorite hymn. Appropriately, Oakes closes the album with “A Prayer,” a beautiful arrangement of the first song she ever wrote, back in 1978.

To See You Again is a wonderfully heartfelt third effort from Cathy Oakes and is available from www.CathyOakesSoloPiano.com, Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Recommended!!!

Kathy Parsons
MainlyPiano.com

 

Let There Be Joy
Cathy Oakes 
2012 
52 minutes
(Translation  from Spanish done with Google Translate)
Nobody better than Cathy Oakes to show us the true feeling of Christmas with his album Let There Be Joy. Oakes thirteen pieces hidden in the most popular carols, merging with completely new compositions. Each title is the emotion that pervades the artist, adapting to Carol and carols that are enclosed within, what makes Let There Be Joy is a continuous surprise. 's better than the "Hallelujah!" Friedrich Händel to give the welcome Christmas, or at least an adaptation where Cathy's hands go up piano scales and interpret the popular chorus forcefully, giving way to tranquility and tenderness of The First Noel, a beautiful contrast. A weakened fro base notes provide the backdrop for an affectionate and warm melody. A whisper. "Pastorale Noel" is smooth, scraping the lullaby. Draw a smile on the listener emotionally. "Let There Be Joy" hides the famous Joy to the World, with a feeling calmer than the original score, replaces joy and passion for love and delicacy, a perfect contrast to join the cheerful Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. I like!. Away in a Manger is hidden behind the title "Sleep, Baby, Sleep", a popular lullaby keep hearing not only at Christmas. Away in a Manger joins another famous lullabies that exist, the lullaby created by Brahms. Cathy has done a smart and perfect binding. You have to hear it!. In "Shepherds' Song" found the medley of While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night and Silent Night conocidísima. Slow and soulful, making the interpretation Oakes breaks deep meaning, giving the piece a very intimate emotion. The second original piece of Cathy Oakes is "Stars Over Bethlehem", where a touch of grace Oakes makes dance the notes, playing a piece that radiates optimism and happiness. Two carols with originality unite; Angels We Have Heard on High and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. "Hail to the Newborn King" is strong and intense, without breaking the softness and feeling that envelops Let There Be Joy. The third piece is original Oakes "First Embrace". An ode to love and the effect that generates the first hug from a mother to her newborn. No doubt then joined imagine this music full of love is a beautiful feeling. sincere and personal, this is the fourth original piece of Cathy and one of the best to be found in Let There Be Joy. "Lullaby for a King" creates an environment friendly, sensitive, getting the listener get locked in thought, isolated from the world. Deep and beautiful ... Back, Joy to the World makes an appearance, but this time to join the big O Come, All Ye Faithfull and He Is Lord. "Let Us Adore" and is the title that encompasses these three carols and we highlight O Come, All Ye Faithfull, one of the most beautiful hymns of these dates and more sound. In Europe we know as "Adeste Fideles." "God With Us" is the union of Jesus Loves Me and Emmanuel. Two carols held by Cathy Oakes take a crisp feeling, friendly, a perfect introduction to "Christmas Past", another original compositions on this CD Oakes. "Christmas Past" is a caress, a breeze comes up and awakens a pleasant feeling in the listener. The last piece is the most pleasant surprise of Let There Be Joy. "Winter Wonderland" is the funniest composition throughout the CD, where Cathy plays a part playful and full of sympathy, perfect to end the first work that the artist dedicated to Christmas. Let There Be Joy is the second work pianist and composer Cathy Oakes. An album that has seen the light of the same year as his debut and that includes six original compositions Oakes, plus a host of familiar carols, increasing the number of tracks that we enjoy in this album. The warmth, tenderness and affection are essential impressions Oakes music, imagine how these emotions scale level in a work dedicated to Christmas. Let There Be Joy is a recommended work to revive the spirit of that time.

Let There Be Joy
Cathy Oakes
2012 
52 minutes

(Translation  from Spanish done with Google Translate)

Nobody better than Cathy Oakes to show us the true feeling of Christmas with his album Let There Be Joy. Oakes thirteen pieces hidden in the most popular carols, merging with completely new compositions. Each title is the emotion that pervades the artist, adapting to Carol and carols that are enclosed within, what makes Let There Be Joy is a continuous surprise. 's better than the "Hallelujah!" Friedrich Händel to give the welcome Christmas, or at least an adaptation where Cathy's hands go up piano scales and interpret the popular chorus forcefully, giving way to tranquility and tenderness of The First Noel, a beautiful contrast. A weakened fro base notes provide the backdrop for an affectionate and warm melody. A whisper. "Pastorale Noel" is smooth, scraping the lullaby. Draw a smile on the listener emotionally. "Let There Be Joy" hides the famous Joy to the World, with a feeling calmer than the original score, replaces joy and passion for love and delicacy, a perfect contrast to join the cheerful Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. I like!. Away in a Manger is hidden behind the title "Sleep, Baby, Sleep", a popular lullaby keep hearing not only at Christmas. Away in a Manger joins another famous lullabies that exist, the lullaby created by Brahms. Cathy has done a smart and perfect binding. You have to hear it!. In "Shepherds' Song" found the medley of While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night and Silent Night conocidísima. Slow and soulful, making the interpretation Oakes breaks deep meaning, giving the piece a very intimate emotion. The second original piece of Cathy Oakes is "Stars Over Bethlehem", where a touch of grace Oakes makes dance the notes, playing a piece that radiates optimism and happiness. Two carols with originality unite; Angels We Have Heard on High and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. "Hail to the Newborn King" is strong and intense, without breaking the softness and feeling that envelops Let There Be Joy. The third piece is original Oakes "First Embrace". An ode to love and the effect that generates the first hug from a mother to her newborn. No doubt then joined imagine this music full of love is a beautiful feeling. sincere and personal, this is the fourth original piece of Cathy and one of the best to be found in Let There Be Joy. "Lullaby for a King" creates an environment friendly, sensitive, getting the listener get locked in thought, isolated from the world. Deep and beautiful ... Back, Joy to the World makes an appearance, but this time to join the big O Come, All Ye Faithfull and He Is Lord. "Let Us Adore" and is the title that encompasses these three carols and we highlight O Come, All Ye Faithfull, one of the most beautiful hymns of these dates and more sound. In Europe we know as "Adeste Fideles." "God With Us" is the union of Jesus Loves Me and Emmanuel. Two carols held by Cathy Oakes take a crisp feeling, friendly, a perfect introduction to "Christmas Past", another original compositions on this CD Oakes. "Christmas Past" is a caress, a breeze comes up and awakens a pleasant feeling in the listener. The last piece is the most pleasant surprise of Let There Be Joy. "Winter Wonderland" is the funniest composition throughout the CD, where Cathy plays a part playful and full of sympathy, perfect to end the first work that the artist dedicated to Christmas. Let There Be Joy is the second work pianist and composer Cathy Oakes. An album that has seen the light of the same year as his debut and that includes six original compositions Oakes, plus a host of familiar carols, increasing the number of tracks that we enjoy in this album. The warmth, tenderness and affection are essential impressions Oakes music, imagine how these emotions scale level in a work dedicated to Christmas. Let There Be Joy is a recommended work to revive the spirit of that time.

 

 

Let There Be Joy
Cathy Oakes
2012 / Sierra Keys Music
51.3 minutes
Let There Be Joy, the second solo piano release from Cathy Oakes, is a warm and gentle collection of thirteen traditional and original Christmas carols, several of which are grouped into medleys. From the charming cover artwork that features The Oakes’ fireplace and two dogs, to the heartfelt  arrangements of the songs, everything about this album is a very personal sharing of holiday traditions. Like her first album, Like A Song, Let There Be Joy was recorded at Joe Bongiorno’s Piano Haven Studio, assuring that the piano sound is exceptional. Cathy Oakes is the pastor of three churches in west Tennessee, spent more than twenty years in music ministry, and has taught piano and voice for almost thirty years. Although she has been a musician for many years, she only recently started composing her own music. She says that once opened the gate, the music just keeps coming. Lucky us!!!
Let There Be Joy begins with a rousing arrangement of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” paired with a lovely version of “The First Noel” - a great start! “Pastorale Noel” is an original piece based on a chord progression by Greg Bostock. The simple melody overflows with tender emotion and grace - one of my favorites! The title song is a medley of “Joy to the World,” “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and “Let There Be Joy.” I really like this one, too! “Shepherds’ Song” is a slow and very peaceful combination of “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night” and “Silent Night” - elegant in its simplicity. “Stars Over Bethlehem,” an original, was composed while imagining the peace and stillness of the star-filled skies on the night Jesus was born - simply lovely!  “First Embrace” is another beautiful original, this time a reflection on the love, wonder, and awe a mother feels when she first holds her newborn child - pure love and tenderness set to music! “Lullaby For a King” is my favorite track. Poignant and deeply emotional, it wonders if Mary had any idea of what was going to come in the life of her baby. Gorgeous! I hope sheet music is coming for this one! “Christmas Past” comes from a very personal place, telling of letting go of old family Christmas traditions so that new ones can evolve with the many changes life brings to us all. Deeply emotional and graceful, it’s another favorite! “Winter Wonderland” is one of Cathy Oakes’ favorite carols, and her arrangement overflows with joy and playful fun. 
Cathy Oakes is off to a great start with her recording career! I can’t wait to hear what she has in store for us next! Let There Be Joy is available from www.CathyOakesSoloPiano.com, Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Recommended!
Kathy Parsons
MainlyPiano.com
11/4/12

Let There Be Joy
Cathy Oakes
2012 / Sierra Keys Music
51.3 minutes


Let There Be Joy, the second solo piano release from Cathy Oakes, is a warm and gentle collection of thirteen traditional and original Christmas carols, several of which are grouped into medleys. From the charming cover artwork that features The Oakes’ fireplace and two dogs, to the heartfelt  arrangements of the songs, everything about this album is a very personal sharing of holiday traditions. Like her first album, Like A Song, Let There Be Joy was recorded at Joe Bongiorno’s Piano Haven Studio, assuring that the piano sound is exceptional. Cathy Oakes is the pastor of three churches in west Tennessee, spent more than twenty years in music ministry, and has taught piano and voice for almost thirty years. Although she has been a musician for many years, she only recently started composing her own music. She says that once opened the gate, the music just keeps coming. Lucky us!!!

Let There Be Joy begins with a rousing arrangement of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” paired with a lovely version of “The First Noel” - a great start! “Pastorale Noel” is an original piece based on a chord progression by Greg Bostock. The simple melody overflows with tender emotion and grace - one of my favorites! The title song is a medley of “Joy to the World,” “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and “Let There Be Joy.” I really like this one, too! “Shepherds’ Song” is a slow and very peaceful combination of “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night” and “Silent Night” - elegant in its simplicity. “Stars Over Bethlehem,” an original, was composed while imagining the peace and stillness of the star-filled skies on the night Jesus was born - simply lovely!  “First Embrace” is another beautiful original, this time a reflection on the love, wonder, and awe a mother feels when she first holds her newborn child - pure love and tenderness set to music! “Lullaby For a King” is my favorite track. Poignant and deeply emotional, it wonders if Mary had any idea of what was going to come in the life of her baby. Gorgeous! I hope sheet music is coming for this one! “Christmas Past” comes from a very personal place, telling of letting go of old family Christmas traditions so that new ones can evolve with the many changes life brings to us all. Deeply emotional and graceful, it’s another favorite! “Winter Wonderland” is one of Cathy Oakes’ favorite carols, and her arrangement overflows with joy and playful fun. 

Cathy Oakes is off to a great start with her recording career! I can’t wait to hear what she has in store for us next! Let There Be Joy is available from www.CathyOakesSoloPiano.com, Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Recommended!

Kathy ParsonsMainlyPiano.com

11/4/12

 

Like a Song
Cathy Oakes 
2012 
59.4 minutes

Like a Song
Cathy Oakes 
2012 
59.4 minutes

(Translation  from Spanish done with Google Translate)

With tenderness and passion pianist and composer born Cathy Oakes sees his first solo piano album. Like A Song is a technically elaborate work, emotional and full of plenty of tender stories. Composed of fourteen tracks that reflect on their experiences of the artist notes, this is spot on every tune, simply providing the context for the listener describing each piece and breathed the scent that every time. Mastered by the engineer and pianist Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studio, not to mention that the sound quality of the album is exceptional, a very important point for an album so romantic and delicate. The first of the compositions is a good way to start . "Every Day With You" is the track most joyous of all, full of joy and quick tap consul graceful rhythm and catchy melody is able to draw a smile. I like!. Inspired by the play of light and shadows created by the sun at Lake Tahoe, Cathy closes his eyes and is carried away by the muse to give life to "Just Before Dawn". This composition is one of my favorites, it plays a real soundtrack, hard to forget, of great beauty and a touch of mystery. 's composition gives the album its name is synonymous with tenderness. Dedicated to God, Oakes opened his soul and let your feelings flow through his arms, letting his hands transcribe the ineffable words that spring from within. What devotion!. Keeping the same way as the two previous pieces, "Sierra" is the continuation of peace and Cathy attachment that we want to convey, leaving some exciting moments of passion with chord hits, a beautiful and interesting mix. 's the time to dream, reflect. "Morning Meditation" is so intimate, so beautiful. With a touch taken care of, Cathy Oakes plays one of the masterpieces of Like a Song, a truly inspiring piece, with essence. Another great soundtrack to recall a pleasant moment. "Breakfast at the Lighthouse" has a very romantic touch, very passionate. A delight. "Laura's Dance" is an endearing notes and chords dance dedicated to her daughter. It is easy to imagine a small turning on itself in time to the music while sitting at the piano Oakes enjoys watching his dancing girl. I like!. Inspired by the great Yosemite National Park, Oakes describes the grandeur of this natural monument "Falling Waters". With grace and technique, Cathy plays a cheerful piece touches predominantly fast on top of the piano, mingling with touches of deep bass notes. Another of my favorites!. album The sad part is installed by topic "A Tender Soul". Dedicated to her late husband, Cathy Oakes has given meaning to their thoughts and words on this subject, one of the deepest and most intense melody of all the tracks that make up Like a Song. "The Hope of Joy" is another parts that maintain a state of stillness, while with subtle grace Oakes plays a sweet melody. Beautiful and gracious piece written for a loved one. "Surrender" is a mixture of traditional hymns Cathy remembers fondly. A mixture very carefully, without abrupt changes, or quick notes. In the same vein is "You Are" that without breaking at all the charm of the album, Cathy plays another hymn. A lullaby Like a Song using as a basis the hymn "Be Still My Soul". It's amazing the strength that God transmitted Cathy. Slowly and lovingly, Oakes plays the famous hymn, offering a different tact, a perfect touch for the rest. The end was not going to be different to the compositions and heard. "Last Glance" is tender and with a touch of nostalgia. The pianist describes wistfully around unforgettable holiday. A soft finish to close the album. Like a Song is a very recommendable to enjoy the quiet of the rest, to reflect or simply fall in love with melodies that radiate warmth and emotion. Cathy Oakes has created a CD that talks about it and through it, describing some unforgettable events of your life. When the technique joins the feelings, often born great melodies. Check it!. 

 

Cathy Oakes - Like a Song
Sierra Keys Music, 2012
 
Every Day With You (4:08)
Just Before Dawn (4:13)
Like a Song (5:11)
Sierra (4:27)
Morning Meditation (4:46)
Breakfast At the Lighthouse (2:45)
Laura's Dance (3:40)
Falling Waters (4:02)
A Tender Soul (4:35)
The Hope of Joy (3:36)
Surrender (3:31)
You Are (4:34)
Be Still (5:30)
Last Glance (4:37)
Listening to their debut album Katy Oakes «Like a Song», sometimes hard to believe that she began composing music recently, in 2011, inspired by the performance of famous pianists, like Philip Wesley, Joseph Atkins and Joe Bonzhorno, who eventually became an engineer of record and engaged in its final mastering at his studio. Katie is familiar with the piano from an early age, but after one day opt for vocal performances, she "put" more familiarity with it as long as the fate by making his next turn, it did not lead to the delight of sound and possibilities of this tool that determined the career, the first step of which was the drive.
In the tradition of piano inspired by the personal recollections, in his mind, in the world of emotions. Upon learning that Katie Oakes is pastor of three Methodist churches in Tennessee, I thought that her music will be fully (well, mostly) to "give" a religious experience. Yes, there are some songs that can be attributed to a religious view of the world - first of all, it is the title track «Like a Song», «classical 'in form composition for piano by developing a contemplative lyricism to duhopodemnogo catharsis and breathtaking anthem« You Are », which the author herself calls" the Alpha and the Omega of his life. " And without church halls, and without prayers this music is impressive. But mostly the album consists of a "simple" works - "simple" for the listener, which is immersed in a world of ease, light feeling, meditative calm and bright melodies. For itself, Katie, as for any composer, this simplicity is very important personal experiences, as well as the desire to tell a vivid form of the things and the people who are facing it in life - tell us about the individual, to reveal to strangers the depth of feelings, generated by a particular event. There is a very personal thing, meaning that the listener, however, can easily get a feel for the full, and realize how important in the life of Katie was her husband - the late («A Tender Soul») and still alive («Every Day With You»). This lyrical compositions, filled with warmth, light and love, telling of intimacy and trust. There are poems dedicated to friends, daughters, is a composition written under the influence of some nice, albeit fleeting events, be it snow, a walk in the park or a visit to Yosemite Lake Tahoe, landscapes that have graced the cover of the disc, or the morning meditation, which is a fine example became the title track, immerse in complete peace of mind. In short, «Like a Song» sounds like should sound great «solo piano album», a balance between the external and internal world, granting peace and awakens inspiration. Yes, you can see some 
things traces of "apprenticeship", neat, but sometimes confused or excessively restrained passages «Falling Waters», but in general this is a very confident debut, causing a lot of positive emotions. Beautiful, harmonious, with feeling.

Cathy Oakes - Like a Song
Sierra Keys Music, 2012 

Every Day With You (4:08)
Just Before Dawn (4:13)
Like a Song (5:11)
Sierra (4:27)
Morning Meditation (4:46)
Breakfast At the Lighthouse (2:45)
Laura's Dance (3:40)
Falling Waters (4:02)
A Tender Soul (4:35)
The Hope of Joy (3:36)
Surrender (3:31)
You Are (4:34)
Be Still (5:30)
Last Glance (4:37)

(Translated from Russian with Google Translate)

Listening to their debut album Cathy Oakes «Like a Song», sometimes hard to believe that she began composing music recently, in 2011, inspired by the performance of famous pianists, like Philip Wesley, Joseph Atkins and Joe Bongiorno, who eventually became an engineer of record and engaged in its final mastering at his studio. Katie is familiar with the piano from an early age, but after one day opt for vocal performances, she "put" more familiarity with it as long as the fate by making his next turn, it did not lead to the delight of sound and possibilities of this tool that determined the career, the first step of which was the drive.

In the tradition of piano inspired by the personal recollections, in his mind, in the world of emotions. Upon learning that Katie Oakes is pastor of three Methodist churches in Tennessee, I thought that her music will be fully (well, mostly) to "give" a religious experience. Yes, there are some songs that can be attributed to a religious view of the world - first of all, it is the title track «Like a Song», «classical 'in form composition for piano by developing a contemplative lyricism to duhopodemnogo catharsis and breathtaking anthem« You Are », which the author herself calls" the Alpha and the Omega of his life. " And without church halls, and without prayers this music is impressive. But mostly the album consists of a "simple" works - "simple" for the listener, which is immersed in a world of ease, light feeling, meditative calm and bright melodies. For itself, Katie, as for any composer, this simplicity is very important personal experiences, as well as the desire to tell a vivid form of the things and the people who are facing it in life - tell us about the individual, to reveal to strangers the depth of feelings, generated by a particular event. There is a very personal thing, meaning that the listener, however, can easily get a feel for the full, and realize how important in the life of Katie was her husband - the late («A Tender Soul») and still alive («Every Day With You»). This lyrical compositions, filled with warmth, light and love, telling of intimacy and trust. There are poems dedicated to friends, daughters, is a composition written under the influence of some nice, albeit fleeting events, be it snow, a walk in the park or a visit to Yosemite Lake Tahoe, landscapes that have graced the cover of the disc, or the morning meditation, which is a fine example became the title track, immerse in complete peace of mind. In short, «Like a Song» sounds like should sound great «solo piano album», a balance between the external and internal world, granting peace and awakens inspiration. Yes, you can see some things traces of "apprenticeship", neat, but sometimes confused or excessively restrained passages «Falling Waters», but in general this is a very confident debut, causing a lot of positive emotions. Beautiful, harmonious, with feeling.

Sergey Oreshkin 

 

 

Like A Song
Cathy Oakes
2012 / Sierra Keys Music
59.5 minutes
Like A Song is the debut release from pianist/composer Cathy Oakes, who is currently the pastor of three Methodist churches in western Tennessee. Although Cathy started playing the piano as a child and received extensive training in piano, voice, and choral direction, she did not start composing until October 2011after being inspired by a Whisperings Concert performed by Philip Wesley, Joseph Akins, and Joe Bongiorno. She then studied with Joseph Akins for several months and the rest is (recent) history! Recorded at Joe Bongiorno’s Piano Haven Studios near Seattle, the sound quality of the piano is clear, warm, and perfectly suited to Oakes’ gentle melodies and solo piano memoirs. There are no keyboard pyrotechnics on Like A Song, but Oakes’ playing is smooth, confident, and very sincere, making all fourteen tracks from her debut a joy to listen to. 
LIke A Song begins with “Every Day With You,” a piece about the ups and downs of everyday life shared with a soul mate. Inspired by an early-morning snowfall at Lake Tahoe, “Just Before Dawn” gracefully expresses a sense of serenity and peace that only being in the midst of nature can evoke. The title track is a thoughtful, soft-spoken prayer played simply and from the heart. “Morning Meditation” is a favorite. Very slow, gentle, and introspective, it conveys the perfect peace and stillness of an early morning. “Falling Waters” is somewhat different from the other pieces in that it was inspired by the waterfalls of Yosemite National Park. From delicate trickles to ground-shaking power, the piece elegantly compares and contrasts different kinds of waterfalls. “A Tender Soul” is a heartfelt tribute to a late husband who was clearly deeply loved - another favorite. “Surrender” is a wonderful medley of traditional hymns that Oakes’ grandmother sang to her as a child, followed by Oakes’ gorgeous original worship song, “You Are.” Although “Last Glance” was inspired by a parting look at Lake Tahoe after a short vacation, it serves as a tender and loving close to this lovely album. 
Like A Song is a wonderful first effort from Cathy Oakes! If you are looking for some peaceful, soothing solo piano, be sure to check this one out! It is available from www.cathyoakessolopiano.com, Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Recommended!
Kathy Parsons
MainlyPiano.com

Like A Song
Cathy Oakes
2012 / Sierra Keys Music
59.5 minutes

Like A Song is the debut release from pianist/composer Cathy Oakes, who is currently the pastor of three Methodist churches in western Tennessee. Although Cathy started playing the piano as a child and received extensive training in piano, voice, and choral direction, she did not start composing until October 2011after being inspired by a Whisperings Concert performed by Philip Wesley, Joseph Akins, and Joe Bongiorno. She then studied with Joseph Akins for several months and the rest is (recent) history! Recorded at Joe Bongiorno’s Piano Haven Studios near Seattle, the sound quality of the piano is clear, warm, and perfectly suited to Oakes’ gentle melodies and solo piano memoirs. There are no keyboard pyrotechnics on Like A Song, but Oakes’ playing is smooth, confident, and very sincere, making all fourteen tracks from her debut a joy to listen to. 

LIke A Song begins with “Every Day With You,” a piece about the ups and downs of everyday life shared with a soul mate. Inspired by an early-morning snowfall at Lake Tahoe, “Just Before Dawn” gracefully expresses a sense of serenity and peace that only being in the midst of nature can evoke. The title track is a thoughtful, soft-spoken prayer played simply and from the heart. “Morning Meditation” is a favorite. Very slow, gentle, and introspective, it conveys the perfect peace and stillness of an early morning. “Falling Waters” is somewhat different from the other pieces in that it was inspired by the waterfalls of Yosemite National Park. From delicate trickles to ground-shaking power, the piece elegantly compares and contrasts different kinds of waterfalls. “A Tender Soul” is a heartfelt tribute to a late husband who was clearly deeply loved - another favorite. “Surrender” is a wonderful medley of traditional hymns that Oakes’ grandmother sang to her as a child, followed by Oakes’ gorgeous original worship song, “You Are.” Although “Last Glance” was inspired by a parting look at Lake Tahoe after a short vacation, it serves as a tender and loving close to this lovely album. 


Like A Song is a wonderful first effort from Cathy Oakes! If you are looking for some peaceful, soothing solo piano, be sure to check this one out! It is available from www.cathyoakessolopiano.com, Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby.

Recommended!


Kathy Parsons

MainlyPiano.com

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