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Healing Hands

by Cathy Oakes

This CD is dedicated to the team of wonderful medical professionals who guided me through my journey of breast cancer, especially Dr. John Brown and Jennifer Konke, MA, who were there for me every step of the way.
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1. The Threshold
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2. Healing Hands
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3. Letting Go
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4. Blanket of Solitude
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5. Wings of Change
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6. The Darkest Hour
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7. A Silent Prayer
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8. Grateful
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9. A Fragile Grasp
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10. Anchor of Hope
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11. Thankfulness
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12. Blessed Journey
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Album Notes
Healing Hands - Dedication

This CD is dedicated to the team of wonderful medical professionals who guided me through my journey of breast cancer, especially Dr. John Brown and Jennifer Konke, MA, who were there for me every step of the way. Dr. Brown and Jennifer talked me through the hardest of times, rejoiced with me in the best of times and showed me love and compassion at all times. I will never be able to thank them enough for their friendship, kindness and excellent care!
A special thank you to my husband, Buddy Oakes, my children and grandchildren, my Aunt Carol and the many friends and family members who were always there and held me so lovingly in their hearts and in their prayers during this season of my life and to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Great Healer.
Thanks to the wonderful staff at the Cancer Center and Women’s Center of Maury Regional Medical Center. Your excellent, loving care, encouraging words, smiling faces and warm hugs meant more than I can say.
Thank you to my friends and colleagues who have been so supportive and helpful, especially Philip Wesley, Donovan Johnson, Joseph Akins, Pam Asberry and Marlowe Carruth. Your friendship, love and support are precious to me.
This album is designed to minister to all of the brave women who will walk this road behind me. May peace and comfort surround you as you walk this journey. May complete healing take place in your body, your heart, your mind and your spirit.
I pray that I have been faithful to express the joys and the struggles of this “Blessed Journey.”

Healing Hands - Liner Notes

1 - The Threshold
I wrote this piece the morning I went in for surgery. I felt as if I was standing at a threshold about to walk down a long hallway. And I had no idea where that hallway would take me.

2 - Healing Hands
This piece was written for Dr. John Brown (the BEST!!) and his wonderful assistant, Jennifer Konke, who will always be my heroes. I am SO thankful for the healing in their hands, so lovingly shared with those they touch.

3 - Letting Go
Written in the wee hours of one morning when I finally realized that I had no control over what was happening in my body. Coming to this point was, perhaps the most difficult part of my journey. This piece is my musical expression of the struggle that brought me to the point of “Letting Go” and letting God do His miraculous work in my body, in my mind and in my spirit - on His terms.

4 - Blanket of Solitude
During my journey, when the doubts and the fears threatened to overtake me, I would wrap myself in my “Blanket of Solitude” - just God, my Bible and me. I would listen to the hymns that were so much a part of my childhood and find comfort in the music and in the promises of God.

5 - Wings of Change
Change is an inevitable part of life. Sometimes, those changes are comfortable; sometimes not. But, with each change, we can choose to give up or to embrace the journey and fly high on the “Wings of Change.”


6 - The Darkest Hour
Just as in grief, a walk through the life-changing journey of cancer brings many cycles of a myriad of emotions. God is so faithful to meet us in the valleys, as well as on the mountain tops. And in those valleys we find the LIving Water! Even in your darkest hour, He is there waiting to walk through the valley with you.

7 - A Silent Prayer
Sometimes, while walking the most difficult path, we lose the ability to express our most heartfelt thoughts with words. I am so thankful for a God who hears the prayers of my heart - even when words fail me.

8 - Grateful
A musical expression of my gratitude for God’s loving grace and for all of those who walked this path with me and held my hand when I was afraid.

9 - A Fragile Grasp
When navigating our way through cancer, it sometimes feels as though we have lost all authority over our own lives. It feels as though our world is spinning out of control. Sometimes, the best we can do is to hang on with the most fragile of grasps. And sometimes, that is enough.

10 - Anchor of Hope
The title of this piece comes from the book of Hebrews (thanks to my precious daughter-in-love, Kristin for your help with the title). “This hope we have (Jesus) is an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters the veil.” (Hebrews 6:19, New American Standard)

11 - Thankfulness
I am so thankful for all of those who took part in my treatment, who held my hand, who held me up in prayer, came to visit, called, sent flowers, shared a hug or a smile and all of those who expressed their love and support. This is the piece I wrote for each of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! No words will ever be enough to express my thankfulness for each of you. Where words fail, music speaks.

12 - Blessed Journey
In the twists and turns, in good times and bad, in all of its ups and downs, life is a “Blessed Journey.” I am thankful for each day! This piece is an improvisation and expresses my gratitude for each day that God gives me in which to live, to laugh and to love.


Credits:
Recorded and engineered by: Alex Carter, Nashville, TN (www.acarterproduction.com)
Recorded on a beautiful Steinway D, Spring Hill, TN
Orchestrated, mixed and mastered by: Doug Hammer of Dreamworld Productions, Lynn, MA www.dreamworldpd.com
Cover design and art direction by: Matt Streiby of New Leaf Design www.newleafdesign.com
Cover image: The “Healing Hands” of Jennifer Konke, MA, Dr. John Brown and Cathy Oakes


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Steve Sheppard

Creative and beautiful, bringing peace and calm to the listener
There can be no harder journey to travel than one through Cancer, and to have the courage to create an album based on that journey is not only remarkable, it is inspirational and beautiful, the essence of gratitude and the love of life shines bright within Cathy Oakes, and this her latest offering is breath taking for many reasons.
The opener The Threshold speaks volumes for the alley way and corridors that a person walks down on their way to this portal of physical and psychological change, and Oakes melody is so heartfelt and poignant, one can actually feel the letting go of control as we literally have non at this point, yet still this performance and it’s resulting sound, has a colourful element of beauty about its nature that is so deeply felt.
Healing Hands is a mournful repose that has highlights of empowering tones built perfectly within its structures, ones that contain both hope and respect and played with such calmness of spirt, however Oakes doesn’t shy away from the The Darkest Hour, her track entitled just that, is a walk through those moments when you wake up in the early hours, and crazy thoughts of dark proportions enter your mind, her composition here explores her belief system, and how it brings comfort to her at these times.
A Fragile Grasp continues that theme, but illustrates the sheer lack of control over life that we all actually have, but even more so when you are going through a journey like this, her performance on this piece is emotional and thought provoking, but played with such a harmonious attitude, that may give to us the only control we may have at this point, to let go of everything.
The twists and turns of a journey through extreme illness are all beautifully portrayed here by Cathy Oakes on this 12 track offering, and one must commend the artist for this courageous musical narrative, and as a constant reminder to us all, she finishes this deeply moving album off with a track called Blessed Journey, something perhaps that we may all take for granted, it is enough surely, to celebrate each breath that we take on this wonderful journey of human experience.
Healing Hands is an album that is as creative and beautiful, as it is therapeutic and cathartic for the artist, it is very likely that many will not only find a good deal of peace and calm from listening to and reading about this album, they may also find a deep well of inspiration and courage from it too, now if on those conditions only, surely that’s enough to thoroughly recommend this album completely.
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