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To See You Again

by Cathy Oakes

In her third release, Cathy Oakes continues to develop her own unique sound that carries through the entire album of solo piano compositions while bringing a wide variety of melodies and emotions to the keyboard.
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1. When I Am Afraid
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2. A Sixth Sense
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3. To See You Again
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4. Farewell, Bonnie Lass
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5. Cheryl's Legacy
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6. The Tempest
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7. Variations On a Daydream
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8. Under the Shadow of Your Wings
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9. Dance of Remembrance
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10. In the Key of Lost
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11. Bittersweet
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12. What a Friend
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13. A Prayer
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Liner Notes...

When I Am Afraid:
I wrote this piece when I was going through a VERY difficult time with one of my children. I was SO afraid for my child, but God kept leading me to Psalm 56.

A Sixth Sense:
This is a love song. It celebrates the closeness that two hearts can share which gives them the ability to intuitively feel the other's joys and sorrows. As a musical play on words, I wrote almost the entire right hand in parallel sixths.

To See You Again:
Recently, I have experienced the loss of many friends and family members. I process those feelings on my piano. This piece was written as I worked through the loss of my dear friend, Tony Martin.

Farewell, Bonnie Lass:
Written in memory of my cousin, Bonnie, with whom I shared a birthday. She passed away a few short days after we celebrated our last one. This song is my way of portraying the love she showed for her family and friends.

Cheryl's Legacy:
Written in memory of my dear friend, Cheryl Babington, who spent every day thinking of ways to show her love for her friends and family. She lived and taught "generational faithfulness."

The Tempest:
This piece was written during the same time period as When I Am Afraid. It was a trying and tempestuous time of anger and frustration and I poured those feelings onto my keyboard.

Variations on a Daydream:
My husband likes simple melodies and challenged me to write one. The basic melody of this piece uses only four notes. It is written in a canon style.

Under the Shadow of Your Wings:
The inspiration for this piece is Psalm 91.

Dance of Remembrance:
One of my husband's favorites. A dance of celebration, remembering the difficulties of the past and rejoicing in the victory of enduring and emerging a stronger and wiser person.

In the Key of Lost:
This is a musical spoof - a fun and playful song where I intentionally broke every rule of modulation that I learned in music theory class.

Bittersweet:
This was written after my son and his girlfriend visited for Christmas. I so enjoy the times that our adult children visit us. I love our time together, but it's always very sad when they leave. Bittersweet times.

What a Friend:
My arrangement of What a Friend We Have in Jesus, a favorite hymn. Written in honor of my precious friends, Dave and Velma Bradley, who have spent their lives leading others to a friendship with Jesus.

A Prayer:
This is a piano arrangement of the first song I ever wrote. It was originally written in 1978 as "A Wedding Prayer" for two voices and guitar.

Acknowledgements:

Many thanks to:

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

All my solo piano friends for your encouragement and inspiration.

Matt Strieby for your creativity and artistry.

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

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

Rhonda Mackert for your friendship and support.

Jesus Christ, my Lord, Savior and BFF!


Credits:

All music composed and performed by Cathy Oakes

Track 12 by public domain, arranged and performed by Cathy Oakes

Recorded at Piano Haven, Sedona Arizona on the Shigeru Kawai SK7L Concert Grand Piano.
Engineered and mastered by Joe Bongiorno of Piano Haven Recording Studio

Cover design and Art direction by Matt Strieby at Newleaf Design

For more information and bookings email buddyoakes@hotmail.com

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"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. Recommended!!!
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
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. This album is much more personal, and, in her words, “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 written at a time 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. Cathy’s playing style is not flashy or overly dramatic, and I was impressed with how much feeling she was able to imbue her sweet melodies with. 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. I thought everything 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 read a full-length review of this CD, and others. please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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Shoshana Michel

Amazing and beautiful melodies!
As soon as I heard the very first notes of the first piece of Cathy Oakes album, To See You Again, I felt an instant calming. Cathy’s melodies are soothing, refreshing, and very simply put, beautiful. She has a delicate, yet masterful touch of the piano keys. She controls the keys with not only her fingers, but with her soul. Most of the piano solos on this CD were inspired by the memory of loved ones, life challenges and experiences.

The piano solos on this album are different than a lot of albums I’ve listened to in the past. They aren’t just beautiful patterns of notes strung together, they are melodies that are defined and have depth and structure. They are melodies that you can hum to. I can honestly say that I loved all the pieces on this album. I highly recommend To See you Again by Cathy Oakes. It is an album that you’ll want to listen to over and over again.
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