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Days Like These

by Cathy Young

A unique blend of melodic acoustic rock, pop, country with memorable hooks and soul-searching lyrics that reach out and grab you, leaving a lasting imprint on the heart & mind, and crossing the boundaries of musical genres.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. Mission
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2. Days Like These
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3. Bethany's Garden
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4. Take Me Or Leave Me
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5. The Wire
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6. Little Song
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7. Hey Baby
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8. Follow My Heart
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9. I'll Be There
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10. Into The Wilderness
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11. Be Still And Know
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12. Eyes On You
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Life has lead Cathy Young in a variety of directions - but always back to music at its core. Raised in a musical family, (her father was a singer & violinist, her mother a songwriter and pianist,) Cathy started playing piano at the age of four. She learned to play the guitar in high school, and soon was writing and performing her own original songs. Attempting to be practical, she went to college and earned a business degree (but she hung out with the music majors most of the time - they were a lot more fun.)

After college, Cathy played for four years in the Christian rock band, Manna, which played throughout New England. In 1997 after several job/life changes, she decided to go solo, and started performing locally as a solo acoustic act. She has appeared on local TV and radio shows and hosted an open mike that drew a regular crowd of musicians, both amateurs and professionals, on a weekly basis.

The singer/songwriter is best known for her variety of original songs, each one unique and memorable; everyone who hears her play walks away with a different favorite.

Cathy's music is as diverse as the problems we all face; and no one understands better than Cathy how music can imitate life... and life can imitate music.

Cathy has just completed her long awaited CD debut, Days Like These. Recorded at NRS Recording Studio in Catskill, NY, she co-produced the 12 original tracks with multi-talented Scott Petito, who plays extensively throughout the CD and has worked with James & Livingston Taylor, Rick Danko, and many others. Her CD, which took over 2 years to complete, is a mirror of her own experiences: love, hardship, hope in the face of adversity, and new beginnings. Cathy has the unique ability to weave a tale of personal experience into a song, and have the listener come out feeling as if she has spoken to them personally. Asked to describe her music, it's hard for her to pin it down. Her songs float somewhere between rock, pop, country, and folk, but with a style all her own. You'll just have to listen for yourself...

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Annie Reuter

Days Like These
Young manages to captivate the listener with her moving tales woven throughout each song.
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Ruth

Refreshing, broken the mld of most of what is on the radio now
It's refreshing to hear an artist break the molds of folk, pop, country and create something completely new. Each song is fresh and different. I am looking forward to hearing more from Ms. Young.
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Rod Ames

Cathy Young "Days Like This"
When I listen to a new artist, I insert the CD and will listen to it four to five times, maybe even six times. Sometimes it just takes that long to get into the groove of what the artist is trying to project. Not this time. Ms. Young’s songs are refreshing and all her own. The arrangements are all impeccably designed and come together to create a beautiful rendition of what was originally born in her head. Each track is carefully laid out to create a mosaic of songs about love, love lost, fantasy, tragedy , spirituality, and hope, all of which we as listeners, have felt at some point in our lives. She connects with us. This is a very successful debut recording by this young artist from Rhinebeck, NY.
The musicians she has recruited for this venture are all masters at their respective instruments. For instance on Bethany’s Garden, Mike Demicco’s guitar adds not just his talent for guitar but also compliments and adds a bluesy feel to the drama of the lyrics in the desperation of the protagonist’s search for the wild roses that bloom forever in Bethany’s Garden. That’s not all though. Rachel Handman on violin takes it to a higher level of drama and ties everything together. You can feel the desperation, the anguish, and the torture of what our hero has gone through on her journey with the wailing violin in the not so distant background. Ms. Young’s voice shows a lot of range and I don’t mean just in octaves. The manner in which she almost whispers the lyrics help us to want to find out what happens to our hero. I love a song that tells a good story and this one does that. We care about the character in this story and it’s the lyrics and the way they are delivered that enables that to happen. It all works.
The fifth track is a jewel called The Wire. It’s a little tune about leaving your comfort zone, what ever that happens to be, and walk The Wire. No safety nets, simply putting one foot in front of the other to accomplish what ever it is you are trying to accomplish. No one is making her walk the wire; no one is pointing a gun to her head as she puts it in the song. She’s doing what she has to do. It’s another song about moving forward and not looking back, no matter what lies in the path ahead. It’s a song of hope and fear and overcoming said fear. Again, like in Bethany’s Garden, the song is beautifully arranged and produced. Mr. Demicco’s guitar is there in all of its glory and again gives the song a very bluesy feel to a song, ironically enough, about hope. On this particular tune Scott Petito’s talent on the Hammond organ only adds to the flavor of the song.
Finally, on Into The Wilderness, we get another message of hope but more on a spiritual plane than one from experience. I guess you’d say our experiences are extremely closely related to our spiritual growth. This song is about that.
One foot in front of the other, one day at a time
I can see the reason but there’s no rhyme.
No turning back from the journey, now that it’s begun
Oh God, what have I done?

Walking into the wilderness
No path ahead I can see
Walking into the wilderness
Trusting you to guide me.

I believe this to be a song about recovery. Recovery from what life throws at us and using our faith to carry us through these experiences. I’m not a very religious person, but this song did touch me spiritually. In that respect it is probably my favorite tune on the record. I love the lyrics but mostly I love the simplicity of the words, and Ms. Young’s delivery of them. We are reeled into the song by a profound and jazzy Latin beat you can’t help but tap your foot too. Phil Russo adds his expert saxophone talent to this tune adding to the complexity of the arrangement. Of course Mr. Demicco is there with his guitar along with Mr. Petito on the Hammond, and Peter O’Brien on drums. This is a fine and carefully arranged tune and I was surprised, but adored the abrupt ending to it. It all fit.
Overall, I loved this record. There are nine additional songs on this record and if space would have allowed, I certainly would have reviewed them and given them all excellent remarks. However, the three I chose to write about here all stood out to me. If I had to, I would compare Cathy Young to someone like Mary Chapin Carpenter or Nicolette Larson, but only if I absolutely had too. My belief is Cathy Young can stand on her own.
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Joe C


This CD is a true treasure from Cathy Young. Her songwriting is only surpassed by her beautiful voice. These songs should be an inspiration to everyone. There's a new star on the horizion and her name is Cathy Young.
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Martin

album with a lot of hope for the future
Every song merits a 5 star rating.
Thank god for the internet, as we get a chance to hear really good vocals this side of the atlantic for a change.
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steve

refreshing and clean
A new local artist will soon be a national sensation.... I've always seemed to be able to predict a star in the making, and you are the next one
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Annie Reuter

Wonderful
From the very first track on Days Like These, listeners can feel the passion and excitement in Cathy Young’s vocals. Performing as a solo acoustic act since 1997, the New York-based singer-songwriter has appeared on numerous local TV and radio shows. Additionally, Young keeps busy hosting an open mike that draws both amateur and professional musicians on a weekly basis.

Fast tempo throughout first track, “Mission,” is just an introduction for what’s to come – an album of spirited, summer-friendly songs. While at times Young’s voice is reminiscent to that of a classical singer, the musical accompaniment throughout her album, Days Like These is more of a relaxed, pop rock feel.

Title track, “Days Like These” is a softer ballad with a classic 80s feel. “Well, life can be so cruel/but I have learned to/Keep my eyes open wide/And not take for granted a moment enchanted/I’ll treasure it deep inside,” Young sings with fitting horn and bell features. It’s one of those tracks that the listener can escape to, while at the same time Young manages to put life into perspective.

“The Wire” is an emotional track that tells the story of a woman walking away from everything she knows, battling the loneliness and fear of the unknown. Though it’s a struggle, through her perseverance she “feels the warmth of the sun” which keeps her trekking on her journey. If music could only tell the story, the electric guitar feature at the end of the song seems to close the tale and her success of finding what she has been looking for. “Don’t look down,” Young sings, seemingly uplifted, at the song’s close.

While there is little variation from Young’s vocals track to track, it is the story behind each song that keeps the listener intrigued. Whether she’s singing about love, hardship, or hope, Young manages to captivate the listener with her moving tales woven throughout each song. Emotional tracks like “Bethany’s Garden” are full of vivid imagery as the music only helps accentuate the story within the tale. The yearning of the character within “Bethany’s Garden” is heartfelt with moving violin, organ and guitar interludes. Coincidently, the eerie tale of a woman in search for a garden, only to find what she discovers is not what she was looking for once she enters this garden surprises the listener at the climax of the story.

Ballads encompass much of Days Like These, but Young manages to keep each song fresh. “Hey Baby” is an edgier track with fitting percussion and electric guitar sections. “Come out of the darkness, into a better place/Out of the darkness, into the light/Out of the darkness, into tomorrow/Tell yourself it’ll be all right,” Young sings.

Stand out track “Into the Wilderness” takes listeners back to the Jazz Age with solid saxophone interludes and Young’s seductive vocals. The most varied track on the album, Young proves that she can step out of her comfort zone and showcase her talent outside the realm of slower ballads. A few more varied tracks like “Into the Wilderness” would have benefited and influenced the diversity of the album immensely.
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Bruce & Diane Orkofsky

Fantastic Work of Art
This is a beuatiful collection of songs by Cathy Young and they are all great. We know Cathy and we do expect to see more of her beautifully written songs released on more CD's. Cathy you have arrived... :o)
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Nigel Corfield

Brilliant simply brilliant !!!!!
A fantastic debut album from an extremely talented young lady with a great future. The music is a mix of rock, pop and country and lyrics reflect her past and look to the future. Personally I hope her “Mission” is to produce another album. - Nigel Corfield - Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.
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MS.D

some of the best songwriting I've heard!
I can't wait to hear what Cathy Young does next! She has a beautiful voice, and from the first song, your hooked!! I will be listening on the radio for you!!!
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