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Let There Be Joy

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.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hallelujah
4:25 $0.99
2. Patorale Noel
3:32 $0.99
3. Let There Be Joy
4:09 $0.99
4. Sleep, Baby, Sleep
4:09 $0.99
5. Shepherd's Song
3:19 $0.99
6. Stars Over Bethlehem
3:19 $0.99
7. Hail to the Newborn King
3:27 $0.99
8. First Embrace
3:36 $0.99
9. Lullaby for a King
5:05 $0.99
10. Let Us Adore
3:51 $0.99
11. God With Us
4:30 $0.99
12. Christmas Past
4:57 $0.99
13. Winter Wonderland
3:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Let There Be Joy" is Cathy Oakes' interpretation of the Christmas Story through her original compositions and new arrangements of traditional holiday and classical music. Here are the liner notes from her CD that describes each song...

1. Hallelujah! – Hallelujah Chorus/ For Unto Us a Child Is Born/ The First Noel

2. Pastorale Noel – based on a chord progression written by my dear friend, Greg Bostock

3. Let There Be Joy – Joy to the World/ Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring/ Let There Be Joy

4. Sleep, Baby, Sleep – Away in a Manger (Murray)/ Brahms’ Lullaby/ Away in a Manger (Kirkpatrick)

5. Shepherds’ Song – While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night/ Silent Night

6. Stars Over Bethlehem – I imagine the peace and stillness of the star-filled skies over Bethlehem before that first baby’s cry that changed the world.

7. Hail to the Newborn King – Angels We Have Heard on High/ Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

8. First Embrace – a reflection on the love, the wonder, the awe a mother feels when she first holds her newborn child

9. Lullaby for a King – When Mary sang that first lullaby to her precious baby, did she have any premonition of what was to come?

10. Let Us Adore – Joy to the World/ O Come, All Ye Faithful/ He Is Lord

11. God With Us – Jesus Loves Me/ Emmanuel

12. Christmas Past – Each family has traditions that make Christmas special in their home. But over the years, children grow up and move away, spouses are lost, new families are formed. We must find a way to let go of the old traditions and make new ones. We must find new ways to make Christmas special in our homes.

13. Winter Wonderland – a personal favorite, this song reminds me of the outdoor fun we enjoyed in the snow as I was growing up in West Virginia.



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"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! Recommended!


Let There Be Joy es un trabajo recomendado para vivir el espíritu de la Navidad.
Nadie mejor que Cathy Oakes para mostrarnos el verdadero sentimiento de la Navidad con su álbum Let There Be Joy. Oakes esconde en trece piezas los villancicos más populares, fusionándose con composiciones completamente nuevas. Cada título es la emoción que invade a la artista, adaptándose al villancico o villancicos que se encierran en su interior, lo que hace que Let There Be Joy sea una sorpresa continua.

Qué mejor que el “Hallelujah!” de Friedrich Händel para dar la bienvenida a la Navidad, o al menos una adaptación donde las manos de Cathy van subiendo las escalas del piano e interpretan con fuerza el popular estribillo, dejando paso a la tranquilidad y a la ternura de The First Noel; un bello contraste.

Un vaivén debilitado de notas bajas sirven de fondo para una melodía afectuosa y cálida. Un susurro. “Pastorale Noel” es suave, rozando la canción de cuna. Dibuja una emotiva sonrisa en el oyente.

“Let There Be Joy” esconde la famosísima Joy to the World, con un sentimiento más calmado que la partitura original, sustituye el júbilo y la pasión por el amor y la delicadeza; un cambio perfecto para unirse a la alegre Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. Me gusta!.

Away in a Manger se oculta tras el título “Sleep, Baby, Sleep”, una popular canción de cuna que seguimos escuchando no sólo en Navidad. Away in a Manger se une a otra de las nanas más famosas que existen, la canción de cuna creada por Brahms. Cathy ha realizado una unión inteligente y perfecta. Hay que escucharlo!.

En “Shepherds’ Song” encontramos el medley de While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night y la conocidísima Silent Night. Pausada y llena de sentimiento, Oakes realiza la interpretación con pausas de un significado profundo, ofreciendo a la pieza una emoción muy íntima.

La segunda pieza original de Cathy Oakes es “Stars Over Bethlehem”, donde con un toque de gracia Oakes hace bailar las notas, interpretando una pieza que irradia optimismo y felicidad.

Otros dos villancicos que con originalidad se unen; Angels We Have Heard on High y Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. “Hail to the Newborn King” es fuerte e intensa, sin romper la suavidad y el sentimiento que envuelve a Let There Be Joy.

La tercera pieza original de Oakes es “First Embrace”. Una oda al afecto y al efecto que genera el primer abrazo de una madre a su recién nacido. Sin duda, imaginar ese momento unido a esta música repleta de amor es una sensación bellísima.

Sincera y personal, así es la cuarta pieza original de Cathy y una de las mejores que podemos encontrar en Let There Be Joy. “Lullaby for a King” crea un contexto amable, delicado, consiguiendo que el oyente se encierre en sus pensamientos, aislándose del mundo. Profunda y hermosa…

De Nuevo, Joy to the World hace aparición, pero esta vez para unirse a la gran O Come, All Ye Faithfull y a He Is Lord. “Let Us Adore”, así es el título que engloba a estos tres villancicos y al que destacamos O Come, All Ye Faithfull, uno de los himnos más bellos de estas fechas y que más suenan. En Europa lo conocemos como “Adeste Fideles”.

“God With Us” es la unión de Jesus Loves Me y Emmanuel. Dos villancicos que en manos de Cathy Oakes toman un sentimiento quebradizo, amable, una perfecta introducción para “Christmas Past”, otra de las composiciones originales de Oakes en este CD. “Christmas Past” es una acaricia, una brisa que se acerca y despierta una sensación agradable en el oyente.

La última pieza es la sorpresa más agradable de Let There Be Joy. “Winter Wonderland” es la composición más divertida de todo el CD, donde Cathy interpreta una pieza juguetona y colmada de simpatía, perfecta para dar fin al primer trabajo que la artista dedica a la Navidad.

Let There Be Joy es el segundo trabajo de la pianista y compositora Cathy Oakes. Un álbum que ha visto la luz el mismo año que su debut y que incluye seis composiciones originales de Oakes, además de un sinfín de conocidos villancicos, lo que aumenta el número de tracks que podemos disfrutar en este álbum. La calidez, la ternura y el cariño son impresiones esenciales en la música de Oakes, imagínense hasta qué nivel escalan estas emociones en un trabajo dedicado a la Navidad. Let There Be Joy es un trabajo recomendado para vivir el espíritu de esas fechas.