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On the Other Side

by Cathy Oakes

In this, her fourth release and first orchestrated work, Cathy Oakes brings beautiful piano melodies with strings, woodwinds and choir that carry through the entire album of compositions while conveying a wide variety of moods and emotions on the keyboard
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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1. Hymn for Peace
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2. From This Day
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3. Echoes of Time
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4. Home with Annie
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5. Kessia's Waltz
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6. Puddle Dance
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7. Flight of a Princess
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8. Lullaby from Afar
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9. Just Us
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10. Midnight Tide
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11. Sienna's Dream
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12. Ripples on the Water
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13. Remnant Tears
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14. Heal Me
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15. Beloved Promise
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16. Be Still My Soul
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17. On the Other Side
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Album Notes
Liner notes – On the Other Side

Hymn for Peace
A prayer for peace in our nation.

From This Day
This song was written for my oldest son, Michael and precious daughter-in-love, Kristin to celebrate their wedding. Theirs is truly a match made in heaven. May God bless them with many years of living and loving.

Echoes of Time
My musical representation of the moments in life and the memories that play on the strings of my heart.

Home with Annie
In memory of my cousin, Bob Shingleton and his beloved wife, Annie, who have been reunited on the other side. He showed me the hands, the feet and the heart of Jesus when I needed so badly to see those things. Thank you, Bob!!!

Kessia’s Waltz
Written for my precious granddaughter, Kessia who waltzes through life to her own tune and is an absolute blessing to all she meets. Love you to the moon and back, sweet girl!

Puddle Dance
Written as I watched my friend, Tim teach his granddaughter, Easton (not yet two) to jump in puddles after a rainstorm. The absolute, innocent joy on both of their faces was priceless and inspiring.

Flight of a Princess
I wrote this song when I learned that my youngest child and only daughter would be leaving to live one of her dreams as a real-life princess at a theme park in Florida. Fly high, sweet girl and never stop chasing your dreams!!!!

Lullaby from Afar
When my children were small, I so enjoyed rocking them and singing lullabies. Some mothers never get to hold and rock their babies. In their hearts, they sing their lullabies from afar. This piece is dedicated to the blessing and the all-too-brief lives of Juniper Lark Jones and Eleanor Elise (Ellie) and August Emory (Gus) Palmer-Bowyer.

Just Us
This is an improvisation that I wrote for my husband, Buddy as a Valentine’s Day gift.

Midnight Tide
Many times, late at night, the joys and sorrows of life play through the music of my mind like the ebb and flow of the ocean’s tide. Life is a blessed journey.

Sienna’s Dream
My precious granddaughter, Sienna wrote the theme for this piece while sitting at my piano during their visit for Thanksgiving. She was 9 at the time. Love you to the moon and back, sweet girl. Let’s write more music together!!!

Ripples on the Water
Everything we do or say is like a pebble thrown into a lake. It causes ripples in the smooth surface of the water that keep going until they reach the other shore.

Remnant Tears
This piece is dedicated to the memory of my dear friend, Ruth Buffey. When someone we love is gone from our lives, we go through the initial grieving. But from that point on, there will always be tears of joy and sorrow as we remember them.

Heal Me
Dedicated to my brother, Bill Edwards. Bill is a friend that became family. He challenged me to write this piece as I was recovering from meningitis. It is a prayer for healing.

Beloved Promise
This piece is dedicated to my son, David. His name means “beloved" and his birth was the fulfilment of a promise from God. The music reminds me of his steadfastness. He is a man after the very heart of God, which thrills this mother’s heart!

Be Still My Soul
In memory of my mother, Trellis McIntyre and in honor of my precious friend, Rhonda Hanson, it is a medley of their favorite hymn, “It Is Well with My Soul” and one of my favorites, "Be Still My Soul."

On the Other Side
As my mother peacefully waited for her home-going in hospice, she and I sat talking in the wee hours one morning. I said, “Mama, when I get to heaven, other than Jesus, yours is the first face I want to see.” She patted my face and said, “Don’t worry, baby. I’ll see you on the other side.” This is the piece I wrote as I processed my grief on my piano.

Acknowlegements for “On the Other Side”

This album is dedicated to the memory of my precious mother, Trellis (Conner) McIntyre, who brought music into our home, encouraged me in all my musical endeavors and prayed for me incessantly. She graced us with her presence, her strength and her faith for 87 wonderful years and went home to be with Jesus and her loved ones the day after Thanksgiving 2014. Thank you, Mama. I love you and I'll see you On the Other Side!

Many thanks to:
Doug Hammer for your hard work and sharing your musical genius, your hospitality and your friendship.

Matt Strieby for your creativity.

My family and friends, especially Buddy Oakes, Donovan Johnson and Bill and Pam Edwards for your love, prayers and everlasting support.

Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior and the sustainer of my life.

All music composed and performed by Cathy Oakes
Track 16 by public domain, arranged and performed by Cathy Oakes.
Recorded at Dreamworld Productions, Lynn, MA:
Produced, engineered and mastered by Doug Hammer of Dreamworld Productions,
Orchestration by Doug Hammer
Cover design and art direction by Matt Strieby at Newleaf Design,
Photography by Buddy Oakes
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"On the Other Side" is the fourth album from pianist/composer Cathy Oakes and her first release in five years. The album is dedicated to Cathy’s late mother, Trellis McIntyre, and was released on her birthday. In the liner notes, Cathy writes: “Thank you, Mama. I love you and I’ll see you On the Other Side,” which obviously explains the title. The album was recorded at Dreamworld Productions and was produced, engineered, mastered and orchestrated by Doug Hammer. The orchestrations themselves are light and add depth and tonal color to the Cathy’s expressive piano. The seventeen tracks include pieces written for friends and family, as well as events in everyday life. All are original compositions except for an original arrangement that is a medley of two favorite hymns. It’s a very engaging collection sure to warm the heart and brighten the day!

"On the Other Side" begins with “Hymn For Peace,” a prayer for our nation. The melody is uncomplicated but deeply heartfelt, with a cello enhancing the poignance of the piano. “From This Day” was composed for Cathy’s oldest son and “daughter-in-love” (I love that!!!) to celebrate their wedding. The sweet melody and graceful flow of the piece express an abundance of love and tenderness - a favorite! “Home With Annie” is dedicated to the memory of Cathy’s cousin’s and his wife who are now reunited “on the other side.” A lovely oboe and cello accompaniment runs throughout the piece and is the perfect complement to the piano. “Puddle Dance” was inspired by watching the innocent joy of a friend and his granddaughter jumping in puddles after a rainstorm. Playful and carefree, I defy anyone to listen to this piece without smiling at least once! “Flight of a Princess” reflects the magic and wonder of a special place and a beloved daughter chasing her dreams. “Just Us” is a deeply emotional love song improvised as a Valentine gift for Cathy’s husband. Embellished with gentle string washes, it’s another favorite. “Midnight Tide” reflects on the way the joys and sorrows of life tend to ebb and flow as late-night thoughts when sleep won’t come. Cello again plays a lovely and emotive counterpoint to the piano. “Heal Me” was written as a prayer for healing and has the open-hearted sincerity of someone truly in need of comfort and support - another very beautiful piece! The hymn medley of “Be Still My Soul” and “It Is Well With My Soul” combines two favorite hymns of Cathy’s mother, her close friend, and her own - a stirring combination! The title track is the piece Cathy wrote as she processed her grief at her mother’s passing. Although the piece is sad, it expresses profound hope as well as a sense of loss - one of Cathy Oakes’ best and most moving pieces to date!

I hope it won’t be another five years between albums, but "On the Other Side" was certainly worth the wait!

Pam Asberry

In a word: Spectacular!
“On the Other Side” is composer and solo pianist Cathy Oakes’ fourth release and her first venture into the world of orchestration. Five years in the making, it is imbued with all the emotion, passion and reverence born of the myriad of life experiences that took place over the course of that time. It is, in a word, spectacular.

The album opens with the majestic and flowing “Hymn for Peace,” a prayer for the United States. “From This Day” was composed for Oakes’ oldest son Michael and his wife Kristin to celebrate their marriage. With its lyrical melody and dramatic key change altering the color and tone of the piece, this one perfectly captures both the joy and solemnity of a wedding day. “Echoes of Time” is a musical portrayal of the most precious and memorable moments of a lifetime, both happy and sad, with rapid shifts between major and minor keys, low notes and high, flitting about as thoughts so often do. “Home with Annie” was written in memory of Oakes’ cousin Bob Shingleton and his wife Annie, its poignant piano melody conversing with the oboe in a song of love.

The merry “Kessia’s Waltz” was composed for Oakes’ granddaughter Kessia and put me in mind of a carousel ride. “Puddle Dance” was inspired by Oakes’ experience watching a friend teach his toddler granddaughter how to jump in puddles. This one is a favorite and sounds like so much fun to play! It perfectly captures the innocence and delight of one of the simple pleasures of childhood and made me want to get outside and stomp in a few puddles myself! The epic and cinematic “Flight of a Princess “ was written for Oakes’ youngest child pursuing her dreams as a real-life princess at a theme park in Florida and is another favorite. “Lullaby from Afar” is dedicated to the women who never have the opportunity to hold their babies. Its pure melody sings like a mother’s voice over a gently rocking left hand accompaniment and brought tears to my eyes.

“Just Us” is an improvisation written for Oakes’ husband, Buddy, as a valentine gift and musically summarizes ups and downs of a love affair that has survived life’s challenges with triumph. The beautiful “Midnight Tide” ebbs and flows like the memories and regrets during the wee hours of the morning. The theme for “Sienna’s Dream” was composed by Oakes’ then nine-year old granddaughter Sienna during a holiday visit and skillfully developed into a memorable composition. I look forward to future collaborations between these two generations! The tender “Ripples on the Water” reminded me of the way “everything affects everything” and the impossibility of measuring how much impact our behavior has on the lives of others.

“Remnant Tears” refers to the tears of joy and sorrow that catch us unawares long after initial stages of grief have passed; the music reflects both sorrow and acceptance. “Heal Me” was composed as Oakes recovered from a serious illness and expresses both questioning and yearning. “Beloved Promise” is dedicated to Oakes’ son David. Graceful and affectionate, it is an expression of his steadfast nature. “Be Still My Soul” reflects Oakes’ delightful personality as an artist while remaining absolutely faithful to the original hymn. The title track, “On the Other Side,” written as Oakes processed her grief over her mother’s death, conveys both sorrow and hope; it is both virtuosic and profoundly moving.

“On the Other Side” is an amazing musical journey. Arguably Cathy Oakes’ finest album to date, I give it my highest recommendation!

Steve Sheppard

A collection of superb piano music
Cathy Oakes is an artist I have known for a few years now, so it is a delight that I get to review her new album On The Other Side. The album is dedicated to her mother who passed in 2014 and is a beautiful testament to that.
We are sometimes blessed to have had people in our lives that motivate us and clearly Cathy’s mother must have been a big inspiration on hers, and the following seventeen tracks are an opportunity for us all to travel on a journey of peace, love and dedication with the artist.
There cannot be a more beautiful opener than the calmness created by the opening offering entitled Hymn for Peace. It’s rare that I get that emotional at the very beginning of an album, but this one really tugged at my heart strings, I guess it’s because we all wish for this despite what country we reside in, and this stunningly compassionate beginning is simply divine in getting over the message of a world bathed in a loving energy of peace and understanding.
The cheerful and happy refrains of From This Day are now upon us, this is a composition of a different colour indeed. Through her performance one can see such a happiness emanate from the piano, there is an almost sense of unbridled contentment that flows from this arrangement, in the same way as when two people take vows at a wedding, such as hope, happiness and dedication.
Cathy’s ability to change course at a whim can be noted with a supreme clarity on this next offering entitled Echoes of Time. Here we have a song that seems to pull us back to a time of sun kissed memories of the past, then carries us back to the current moment, only to once more drift back to an entirely different memory in time again, this is a really crafted performance and one from an artist who clearly is in touch with her musical muse.
Home with Annie is a fine example of the reason for the title of the album, as this is a dedication to a lady who has passed and indeed has been reunited with her partner, On the Other Side. Within Cathy’s pristine performance we can hear such love and unbridled compassion; one also at this point has to applaud the absolute perfection of orchestration within this release and by an old friend of ours in one Doug Hammer.
Now come on, there’s nothing like a good waltz is there, it seems to be coming increasingly popular with our musicians these days, and here Cathy dedicates one to her Granddaughter on the piece Kessia’s Waltz, I think there is a certain vibrancy here you will all enjoy.
Interestingly enough I have recently written another review for a single called Puddle Jumper and now on this album I find myself doing the same thing, only this time for Cathy’s offering called Puddle Dance. If you ever wanted to return to the care free days of youthful puddle dancing, this would certainly be the music for it, lively, exciting and truly blissful, and performed with a huge smile on the face I have no doubt at all.
Flight of a Princess is one of those pieces that will make you tingle with excitement; it’s like going to Disney Land and getting to play the part of a princess yourself. The orchestration of Hammer here is simply sublime and Cathy Oakes performance on piano is uplifting and breathtakingly film score in style and quality, this is officially one of my most treasured musical moments off the album, as there is nothing like a good crescendo is there.
We are now at that point of the album that we are about to drift over the half way marker, as we do so we come across a piece called Lullaby From Afar. The gentle string sections behind this performance are beautiful and took me back to my younger days of fatherhood, now whilst listening to this tranquil offering I think of my two grandsons who are over two thousand miles away from me, and I just smile, here we have an arrangement that is simply timeless and serene and of course creates the perfect musical lullaby.
Just Us is our musical composition that sees us, the ever eager listener, walk happily into the second half of the album. Oakes compassion and performance go hand in hand here, one feels truly moved when listening to this delightful moment of musical love, a love that seems to literally rain from the piano in torrents and one that is as honest and true as the sunrise of a new day.
This voyage of piano with instrumentation has been a thrill to just flow with and on this next piece that thrill is even more abundantly shared, it’s a track called Midnight Tide. This is a wonderfully clever offering as there is a musical juxtaposition being played out here, one of dark and light, one of shade and sunlight, perhaps this composition is created out of the one thing that is never the same each day, life.
Sienna’s Dream is actually a really inventive offering as it originally came from one of the artists Granddaughters who created the theme for the track whilst sitting at Cathy’s piano. Given that is the case, this 9 year old has some talent, the melody and tune is really fluent and quite beautiful and even builds a really nice narrative of happiness within the overall construction of the piece.
We now find ourselves at the longest track off the album at over six and a half minutes, called Ripples on the Water. In ever decreasing circles we live our life, we learn our lessons and we move on, tossing more pebbles into this lake of existence. The performance here is amazing, Cathy Oakes manifests a composition so moving and reflective, it has such a depth and passion about its musical narrative that one could easily get lost in the ripples that drift outwards across this vast oasis of time, without doubt the most reflective and emotive composition off the album.
It is truly hard dealing with grief, I have had to do this far too much recently, but now I think I am getting to the point of thinking not of sorrow, but of the happiness they brought into my life, and for me that is exactly what this next arrangement is all about, it’s called Remnant Tears. The coalescence of sad and happy memories abides within this performance, one that will truly move you like never before.
Now this is an interesting change in course for the artist. Heal Me is the offering in question, the gentle tempo and orchestration certainly does inspire the feeling of healing, and one can also feel through the tone, a change in vibration to affect this occurrence. The arrangement is also perfect to allow a healing session to take effect, one that leaves the listener with a real sense of serenity at its conclusion.
We are now drawing toward the end of the album and as we do so we come across a proud composition called Beloved Promise. There is a certain elegancy about this track that I adore, but the performance also gifts us a delightfully honest arrangement, one that I would feel came from a happiness that can only be found from an impressive sense of magnificence. Oakes plays with such a freedom of spirit here, that it is a sheer delight just to listen to the ever increasing energy of satisfaction.
The penultimate piece on the album is up now, our journey through the walk ways of this album has been long but extremely pleasurable, this last but one offering is entitled Be Still My Soul. This melody of hymn’s takes me back to my childhood and is brought up to date with the precision and respectfulness that only a quality pianist like Cathy Oakes can do.
So here we are, at the very last doorway of the album and if we look above we can read the title with ease, yes this is the title track, and of course called On the Other Side. One feels here that this has been a cathartic journey for the artist, the angelic backdrop is stunning and the unbridled passionate flow here is totally mesmeric and emotional to the highest value possible, of course it is simply the perfect way to leave the album.
On the Other Side is a work of healing for the artist and may well help many of us along the way as well. This seventeen track album is packed with stylish performances and manifested with honesty and a heartfelt love. There are numerous standout moments and magical melodies that will leave you with a lump in your throat and a smile on your face, all in all, On the Other Side is a collection of superb piano based music, bathed with some lush and colourful orchestrations, simply idyllic indeed.