Cathy DeWitt

Cathy DeWitt

 Gainesville, Florida, USA
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Cathy is an eclectic musician with extraordinary songwriting skills. As a soloist, she plays piano, guitar and sings. She leads the all women's bluegrass/folk band Patchwork and society band MoonDancer. This award-winning songwriter has been published in jazz, folk, children's and New Thought music

Biography

An eclectic professional musician since the 1970’s, Cathy DeWitt has shared the stage and the airwaves with Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, Garrison Keillor, Florida legend Will McLean, jazz pianist Rob Bargad, Afro-Cuban percussionist Bobby Sanabria, and others.

Cathy was destined to be a musician; it is literally in her blood. Before she was born her father Bruce led his own band in New Orleans, regularly opening for Louis Armstrong at Pete Fountain’s place. At a very early age music filled her house, from her father’s Dixieland trumpet and stride piano to the Rachmaninoff and Chopin pieces her brother Peter, a prodigy pianist, rehearsed every day on the grand piano in the living room. As the family gathered to watch the television variety shows of the 60s, she heard all the famous singers interpreting the great songbook of jazz and show tunes, and learned the lyrics to many of them.

After honing her harmonic skills in church choirs, smalll ensembles and college singing groups, Cathy met and began performing with jazz guitarist Charlie Bush. This was the beginning of her career as a jazz singer, which led to performances throughout Florida, as well as New York, California, London, Hawaii, and the Virgin Islands. She also spent several years strumming guitar in coffeehouses and pounding the keys in a rhythm & blues band, where she sang harmony with the women who now form the basis of her all women's band, Patchwork.

In 1995 she found an unexpected setting for her musical versatility: Shands Arts in Medicine program in Gainesville, Florida, where she continues to lead a pioneering, world-renowned Music in Medicine program. From elevator singalongs to hallway concerts to bedside harp in the ICUs, Cathy uses music to transform the hospital environment and the patient experience. Her many influences, from Joni Mitchell to Carole King, from Ella Fitzgerald to Diana Krall and Norah Jones, from the Temptations to Aretha Franklin, have proved to be valuable partners in her work as Musician in Residence and Music Program Coordinator. She also trains and mentors other hospital musicians, and gives workshops on music as stress-management for caregivers.

Lyrics

I Get Spring Fever in the Fall

Written By: Cathy DeWitt

copyright 2005

Maybe it's the sky, so bright and blue
Without a cloud in sight;
Maybe it's the way that same sky looks
On a cool clear starry night;
It could be the trees with their falling leaves
Like memories I can't recall--
Whatever the reason, I'm off by a season--
I get Spring fever in the Fall.

The birds' twitter twit,
And the robin's red breast--
I must admit that they're pretty.
But they can't hold a flame
To the things I just named;
It's the crisp Autumn air
That makes me giddy.

Some folks walk around with their head in the clouds,
When they hear that Skylark call;
Me, I'm lookin' down,
Picking leaves up off the ground--
I get Spring fever in the Fall.

Slow Dancin'

Written By: Cathy DeWitt

copyright 2002

*Slow dancin=, dancin= with my baby,

Slow dancin= feels so right

Slow dancin=, hope it lasts forever,

Movin= close together all through the night

*Whenever you put your arms around me

Ooo baby how it makes me feel

It never ceases to astound me,

I have to pinch myself to see if this is real

BRIDGE:
Ooo-ooo, looking in your eyes,

I get a feeling so beyond compare.

Used to think I was too wise

To fall in love again, but now I don=t care

(As long as we=re)

*Slow dancin=, the feeling is so tender

Ooo baby what you do to me.

I have no option but surrender;

Baby, this slow dancin= is sweet ecstasy,

Baby, this slow dancin' is sweet ecstasy;

I wish you could see what this slow dancin= is doing to me.

Everybody's Somebody's Child

Written By: Cathy DeWitt

EVERYBODY’S SOMEBODY’S CHILD © 1981

By Cathy DeWitt

Everybody’s somebody’s child;
Everybody’s had someone who gave them their first smile.
Everybody’s been rocked to sleep, had to be taught how to use their feet;
Everybody’s somebody’s child.

How can we hate others for their race,
When we all came from exactly the same starting place?
We all had to be burped and fed; we all had soft spots on our heads;
We all came from the same place.

BRIDGE:
It’s hard to believe we all start out so open wide;
What happens to change us?
Is it pain, or is it merely pride?

Everybody’s somebody’s child;
Everybody’s had days, days when they ran wild;
So if someone’s been telling you lies, you might feel better if you realize
That everybody’s somebody’s child.

REPEAT BRIDGE

Everybody’s somebody’s child;
Everybody’s had days, days when they ran wild;
So if someone’s been doing you wrong, it might help you to get along,
If you remember everybody’s somebody’s child…

TAG:
No matter how we play the game, we were given life just the same.
Everybody’s somebody’s child.

Arms (are for Hugging)

Written By: Cathy DeWitt

ARMS (ARE FOR HUGGING)
by Cathy DeWitt cp1987, revised 2003

Wherever you wander, wherever you roam,
You'll find things aren't so different from right here at home;
People all over the world feel the same;
We're trying to save it, this isn't a game;

CHORUS
ARMS, ARMS ARE FOR HUGGING,
AND LOVE IS TO GIVE;
PEACE IS FOR ALL PEOPLE,
AND LIFE IS OURS TO LIVE!

All over this planet, people are scared;
From *Baghdad to Boston these feelings are shared;
Every place has its beauty, we all have our friends;
There isn't a soul who would want it to end;

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
Oh, people we've got to get together,
We've got to make our feelings known;
Whoever you are, wherever you're from,
In this you are not alone--

(IN KNOWING THAT...)
CHORUS

Whoever you talk to, you'll find this is true;
They all want the same thing as me and you;
We all love our children, we all love our land,
And a smile is a language we all understand--

CHORUS 2X

REPEAT LAST LINE: LIFE IS OURS TO LIVE!

*(formerly Moscow)

Love the Way You Love Me in the Mornin'

Written By: Cathy DeWitt

Love the Way You Love Me
in the Mornin'
Cathy DeWitt © 1998

I know we've both been through some things before;
We've each been hurt once or twice or more;
It makes you kind of gun-shy of love;

But I'm so glad I opened up to you;
You make my world look shiny and new,
And now every day it's you I'm thinkin' of.

Chorus:
I love the way you love me in the mornin';
Your arms around me warm me like the sun;
When you look at me that way, I've just gotta say,
Hey-- ain't I the lucky one.

Sometimes you come home feelin' beat,
But you're never too tired to say somethin' sweet,
And you don't need to do anything more;

You fall asleep with your hand in mine,
And I lie awake, feelin' so fine,
Knowin' in the morning you'll give me what I'm longing for;

Chorus

Bridge:
I don't know where it's goin' with you;
I don't really care,
As long as when the morning is new,
I can wake up knowin' you'll be there;

Chorus
I love the way you love me in the mornin’;
Your arms around me warm me like the sun.
When you look at me that way, I’ve just gotta say
Hey—ain’t I the lucky one.

Tag:
When you look at me that way, I've just gotta say,
Hey-- ain't I the lucky one!

Vamp on "Love the Way You Love Me..." and out

For a God in Blue

Written By: Cathy DeWitt

FOR A GOD IN BLUE

How does it feel to be a god in blue?
Everybody seems to want a piece of you;
It must be hard deciding who
To give the different parts to…

Sometimes you choose to lie alone at night,
When you could choose from many pairs of arms
that long to hold you tight;
You let us all know it’s really all right
To be alone…It’s inspiration for the blues.

BRIDGE:

Part of me wants to be your lover;
Part of me wants to be your friend;
Part of me says “no, please, not another”—
I can’t go through this again.

I can’t help feeling we’ve all met before,
But I’m not guessing what we’ve got in store;
I just try to do the best that I can for
Those I love…

TAG:
And I love you,
God in blue…
How does it feel?

For a God in Blue

Written By: Cathy DeWitt

FOR A GOD IN BLUE

How does it feel to be a god in blue?
Everybody seems to want a piece of you;
It must be hard deciding who
To give the different parts to…

Sometimes you choose to lie alone at night,
When you could choose from many pairs of arms
that long to hold you tight;
You let us all know it’s really all right
To be alone…It’s inspiration for the blues.

BRIDGE:

Part of me wants to be your lover;
Part of me wants to be your friend;
Part of me says “no, please, not another”—
I can’t go through this again.

I can’t help feeling we’ve all met before,
But I’m not guessing what we’ve got in store;
I just try to do the best that I can for
Those I love…

TAG:
And I love you,
God in blue…
How does it feel?

Love the Way you Love me in the Morning

Written By: Cathy DeWitt

Love the Way You Love Me in the Mornin'
By Cathy DeWitt © 1998

I know we've both been through some things before;
We've each been hurt once or twice or more;
It makes you kind of gun-shy of love;

But I'm so glad I opened up to you;
You make my world look shiny and new,
And now every day it's you I'm thinkin' of.

Chorus:
I love the way you love me in the mornin';
Your arms around me warm me like the sun;
When you look at me that way, I've just gotta say,
Hey-- ain't I the lucky one.

Sometimes you come home feelin' beat,
But you're never too tired to say somethin' sweet,
And you don't need to do anything more;

You fall asleep with your hand in mine,
And I lie awake, feelin' so fine,
Knowin' in the morning you'll give me what I'm longing for;

Chorus

Bridge:
I don't know where it's goin' with you;
I don't really care,
As long as when the morning is new,
I can wake up knowin' you'll be there;

Chorus
I love the way you love me in the mornin’;
Your arms around me warm me like the sun.
When you look at me that way, I’ve just gotta say
Hey—ain’t I the lucky one.

Tag:
When you look at me that way, I've just gotta say,
Hey-- ain't I the lucky one!

Vamp on "Love the Way You Love Me..." and out

Thanks Giving

Written By: Cathy DeWitt

THANKS GIVING

By Cathy DeWitt

Lord, today I want to thank you
For all the good you’ve brought my way
When I think of all my blessings,
Every day’s Thanksgiving Day.

Thank you for my friends and family,
Always there to see me through
For their smiles and loving kindness
And by the way, Lord, thanks for You.

BRIDGE:
Thank you for the trees so green
And the sky so bright and blue.
For our world so full of wonder,
And by the way, Lord, thanks for You.

(optional verse)
Thank you for the gift of music
That connects me far and wide
To your peace and to your healing
And the Higher Power inside.

BRIDGE:
Thank you for the trees so green
And the sky so bright and blue
For our world so full of wonder
And by the way, Lord, thanks for you

Most of all, Lord, thanks—for You.

Kauai Romance

Written By: Cathy DeWitt

KAUAI ROMANCE

On the island of Kauaui--
That's the far side of Hawaii--
It was there that we united
With a love that was requited.
You caught my eye, standing by the sign that said
"Fruit Stand."
I fell in love, when I tasted your banana... smoothie.

You fed me mangoes from the trees
Neath the balmy ocean breeze
There were rainbows up above
How could we but fall in love
You asked my name
And I told you it was Nancy
You said you'd make me
A lei with fine and fancy... flowers.

So we went somewhere quite near there
To pick orchids and plumeria.
You strung them so carefully;
I wore them for the world to see.
You liked their smell,
So you kept on bending closer.
After awhile, I said okay, come on, let's go sir...
to your place.

On the island of Kauai--
That's the far side of Hawaii--
Everything is so romantic,
And the pace is far from frantic.
If you should go,
You can leave behind all your trauma.
Visit Banana Joe's
Try a taste of the Mango Mam ...at the fruit stand.

AD LIB out

Discography

1. DREAMSONG, released in 2006, is a CD of all-original music that was inspired by dreams, spiritual experiences and other sources beyond the ordinary. "...an inspiring work of art!" "...lyrics infused with grace and love..."
Several cuts are played on online radio stations such as One Vibration and Unity Online.

2. LOVE NOTES--an album of live jazz performances where Cathy is accompanied by great players on piano, sax, guitar, in everything from duos to six-piece groups. The cream of the crop from a ten-year-long jazz concert series that was broadcast on the local NPR affiliate. "..I listen to this over and over...her voice is so warm and inviting..." "an astonishingly clear upper register..."

3. PATCHWORK RIDES AGAIN: the long-awaited second album by Florida's favorite five-piece female fiddlin' flat-pickin' folkies! Every song a surprise, completely different from the one before, except for the thread of the wonderful harmonies. "Stunning, soaring vocals..." "What fun energy!"

4. PATCHWORK LIVE IN CONCERT: the first CD by this five-piece folk group, also recorded live, Includes award winners "Real True Home," "Florida Home" and "The Waves Roll In (Gamble's Song)."

5. AUTUMN IN NEW YORK: Recorded at a live concert in December 2001, after a visit to the forever-changed New York, this CD featuring Cathy's solid quartet MoonDancer has a nostalgic flavor and highlights the expressive tone of Dave Sloane on the tenor sax.

Set List

Sets vary from 40-50 minutes as a rule.

As a soloist I do originals, singer/pianist songs and, depending on the setting, standards like:
Ain't Misbehavin',
Blue Bossa,
Both Sides Now,
Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans,
Fire and Rain,
Four,
Girl from Ipanema,
How High the Moon,
It's Too Late,
Just the Way You Are,
Moondance,
Moonglow,
My Funny Valentine,
New York State of Mind,
Our Love is Here to Stay,
Over the Rainbow,
Summertime,
There Will Never be Another You,
What a Wonderful World, etc.

The band MOONDANCER also plays these, and with the addition of a fifth player, can add R & B standards, classic rock and Beatles, like:
Ain't Too Proud to Beg,
Back in the USSR,
Brown-Eyed Girl,
Domino,
I Feel Good,
In My Life,
(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman,
Mustang Sally,
My Girl,
Roll Over Beethoven,
Signed, Sealed, Delivered,
Soul Man,
Sweet Home Chicago...

PATCHWORK'S set list is mostly originals, but also