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Like a Song

by Cathy Oakes

Cathy Oakes has her own unique sound that carries through the entire album of solo piano compositions while still managing to display a wide variety of melodies and tempos.
Genre: New Age: Healing
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1. Every Day With You
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2. Just Before Dawn
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3. Like a Song
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4. Sierra
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5. Morning Meditation
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6. Breakfast At the Lighthouse
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7. Laura's Dance
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8. Falling Waters
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9. A Tender Soul
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10. The Hope of Joy
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11. Surrender
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12. You Are
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13. Be Still
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14. Last Glance
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Like A Song is Cathy Oakes' first solo piano release. It was recorded and mastered at the Piano Haven Studio in Seattle, Washington under the direction of Joe Bongiorno on a Kawai RX7.

Song Stories

1. Every Day With You – For my husband, Buddy: a song about everyday life as a family with the ups and downs, ins and outs, but always coming back to the easy oneness of soul mates.

2. Just Before Dawn - Inspired by the play of light and shadow as the sun began to rise and snow fell lightly on Lake Tahoe.

3. Like a Song – My soul cries out to You, oh Lord, like a song.

4. Sierra – Longing to be lifted up to a higher place, away from the mundane, up to the mountain tops.

5. Morning Meditation – An early morning prayer on my piano.

6. Breakfast at the Lighthouse – Inspired by the waves of an offshore storm viewed by my husband and me as we sat at breakfast at a seaside restaurant in Pacifica, CA.

7. Laura’s Dance – For my beautiful and talented daughter, Laura, who was born to dance!

8. Falling Waters – Inspired by a drive through Yosemite National Park and a view of its many waterfalls, from small and trickling to vast and earth shaking.

9. A Tender Soul – Written in memory of my late husband, Joel Hudson who died at the age of 47. He truly was a tender soul.

10. The Hope of Joy – Written in honor of my precious friend, Joy Weathersbee. Thank you for your inspiration and support!

11. Surrender – A medley of traditional hymns selected from those my grandmother sang to me as a child. In honor of my steadfast friends, Tom and Colleen Hargrove.

12. You Are – Alpha, Omega, Beginning and End. A worship song.

13. Be Still – A lullaby to me, based on the hymn, “Be Still My Soul.”

14. Last Glance – Inspired by a final glance at one of our favorite places to visit, Lake Tahoe as my husband and I made our way over Mt. Rose and Diamond Peak to return home from a vacation that was much too brief.

Many thanks to:

Joe Bongiorno - for your amazing talent and expertise in recording and engineering, your hospitality, friendship and guidance – you are the BEST!!

Joseph Akins - for your guidance, mentoring and encouragement. I could not have done this without you!

Rhonda Mackert for your friendship, love, inspiration and guidance through the ins and outs of all of this.

Amy Janelle, Philip Wesley, Michael Dulin, David Nevue, Michele McLaughlin and many other solo piano artists for sharing your gifts and your inspiration.

Matt Strieby for you creativity and artistry

My family and friends, too many to name for your prayers and encouragement

My wonderful congregations at Concord, Mt. Lebanon and Mt. Carmel United Methodist Churches for your love and support. You bless me beyond measure.

My mother. You started it all with that first piano lesson at age 5.

Buddy for your undying love, for pushing me beyond my comfort zone, for your beautiful photography for the CD cover and for being my number one fan and soul mate.

Jesus Christ, my Lord, Savior and BFF!


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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"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! Recommended!

REVIEWS NEW AGE

Cuando la técnica se une a los sentimientos, suelen nacer grandes melodías
Con dulzura y pasión la pianista y compositora Cathy Oakes ve nacer su primer álbum de solo piano. Like A Song es un trabajo muy elaborado técnicamente, de abundancia emocional y repleto de tiernas historias. Compuesto por catorce tracks que plasman en sus notas vivencias de la artista, esta da en el clavo en cada melodía, facilitando con sencillez para el oyente el contexto que describe cada pieza, así como el aroma que se respiraba cada momento. Masterizado por el ingeniero y también pianista Joe Bongiorno en Piano Haven Studio, no es necesario mencionar que la calidad sonora del álbum es excepcional, un punto muy importante para un álbum tan romántico y delicado.

La primera de las composiciones es una buena manera de comenzar. “Every Day With You” es la pista más alegre de todas, repleta de alegría y de toque rápido que cónsul grácil ritmo y pegadiza melodía es capaz de dibujar una sonrisa. Me gusta!.

Inspirada en el juego de luces y sombras creadas por el sol en el Lago Tahoe, Cathy cierra los ojos y se deja llevar por la musa para dar vida a “Just Before Dawn”. Esta composición es una de mis favoritas, se interpreta una verdadera banda sonora, difícil de olvidar, de gran belleza y con un toque de misterio.

La composición que da nombre al álbum es sinónimo de ternura. Dedicada a Dios, Oakes abre su alma y deja fluir sus sentimientos a través de sus brazos, dejando que sus manos transcriban las inefables palabras que brotan de su interior. Qué devoción!.

Manteniendo la misma forma que las dos piezas anteriores, “Sierra” es la continuación de paz y apego que Cathy nos quiere transmitir, dejando algunos instantes de pasión con emocionantes golpes de acordes, una mezcla hermosa e interesante.

Es el momento de soñar, reflexionar. “Morning Meditation” es tan íntima, tan bella. Con un toque cuidado al máximo, Cathy Oakes interpreta una de las obras maestras de Like a Song, una pieza realmente inspiradora, con esencia.

Otra gran banda sonora para rememorar un grato instante. “Breakfast at the Lighthouse” posee un toque muy romántico, muy apasionado. Una delicia.

“Laura’s Dance” es un entrañable baile de notas y acordes dedicados a su hija. Es fácil imaginar a una pequeña girando sobre sí misma al compás de la música, mientras Oakes disfruta sentada al piano viendo a su niña bailar. Me gusta!.

Inspirada en el gran Parque Nacional de Yosemite, Oakes describe la grandiosidad de este monumento natural en “Falling Waters”. Con gracia y técnica, Cathy interpreta una pieza risueña donde predominan los toques rápidos en la parte alta del piano, mezclándose con toques profundos de notas bajas. Otra de mis preferidas!.

La parte triste del álbum lo instala el tema “A Tender Soul”. Dedicada a su difunto marido, Cathy Oakes ha dado sentido a sus pensamientos y palabras en este tema, uno de los más profundos y con la melodía más intensa de todos los tracks que componen Like a Song.

“The Hope of Joy” es otra de las piezas que mantienen un estado de quietud, mientras con sutil gracia Oakes interpreta una dulce melodía. Hermosa y cortés pieza escrita para un ser querido.

“Surrender” es una mezcla de himnos tradicionales que Cathy recuerda con cariño. Una mezcla muy cuidada, sin bruscas variaciones, ni rápidas notas. Del mismo estilo es “You Are” que sin romper en absoluto el encanto del álbum, Cathy interpreta otro himno.

Una canción de cuna en Like a Song utilizando como base el himno “Be Still My Soul”. Es increíble la fuerza que Dios transmite en Cathy. Con lentitud y mimo, Oakes interpreta el famoso himno, ofreciéndole un tacto diferente, un tacto perfecto para el descanso.

El final no iba a ser diferente a las composiciones ya escuchadas. “Last Glance” es tierna y con un toque de nostalgia. La pianista describe con melancolía la vuelta de unas vacaciones inolvidables. Un final suave para cerrar el álbum.


Like a Song es un trabajo muy recomendable para disfrutar en la quietud del descanso, para reflexionar o simplemente, enamorarse con melodías que irradian afecto y emoción. Cathy Oakes ha creado un CD que habla de ella y por ella, que describe algunas situaciones inolvidables de su vida. Cuando la técnica se une a los sentimientos, suelen nacer grandes melodías. Compruébelo!.

reviewsnewage.com
08/09/12