Cathy Segal-Garcia
Compositions

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Title: The Story

I wrote this while driving on the 405 freeway in L.A. one day. The whole thing came to me in about 10 minutes! Kind of a pop-y bossa, it’s been recorded by several people, and arranged by Michele Weir for different vocal groups. Like this rough rehearsal version of it for somewhere in South America!
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Title: Atlantic City

When I was in my late 20's, I had a gig in Atlantic City. I was inspired to write this bebop song, although I never did write lyrics!
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Title: Diane

I started writing this song about a dear friend of mine. I remember the afternoon. That week I sang at a wedding, and a little girl crawled up on my lap and talked to me, breathing her little-girl breath into my face. I fell in love with her, and finished the song for her. My friend Larry Greene has great results from adult women named Diane though! This song seems to be one of the favorites of my fans! I recorded it twice...once on "Point Of View", arranged by the wonderful Loren Pickford, who also played flute on it. Rick Helzer on piano, N.Y.'s Scott Colley on bass, Ralph Pollack on woodwinds, and Jim Cowger took the beautiful solo. The other recording was on "Song Of The Heart", a beautiful recording arranged by Phillip Strange, with Phillip on piano, and the amazing Marc Johnson on bass, and Peter Erskine on drums!

Cathy's composition "Diane" is sung by Cheryl Barnes, on her CD "Cheryl Barnes - Just Singing".

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LISTEN HERE on Cathy's "Point of View" CD!
LISTEN HERE on Cathy's "Song of the Heart" CD!

Title: Goin On Down To Hippityville

When I was in college at Berklee in Boston in the '70s, John Abercrombie was a very famous jazz guitarist we were all listening to. He had a great recording out, "Current Events", on which he had a song I couldn't get out of my head... "Hippityville". I wrote lyrics to it then. A challenging song to sing, I finally got to record it with my group, "The Moment" in 2012. It's about a hip hipster (too hip for the room!).

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LISTEN HERE on Cathy's "The Moment, Live at the Blue Whale" CD!

Title: Boundaries of Time

One of the first ballads I wrote, this reflected how I felt about the mystery of time, in that Time seems real, but it’s more like just a state of mind!”

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Title: Her Family

“Her Family” Lyrics by Cathy, music by Pat Metheny (Instrumental version, by Pat Metheny named “In Her Family”): When I was in college, I loved the styles that were coming in at that time. Not only Motown and the Woodstock genre, but funk/jazz, and ECM! Pat Metheny, Bright Sized Life, Full Circle…and I heard this song. I was immediately drawn to it, and wrote lyrics for it. Years later I contacted Pat, and he loved the words! He’s been waiting for me to do a recording on it, and I finally did it on “Bohemian”! This is the type of ballad that I connect to in my heart and soul, and Cho (the pianist) joined me in that sensitive place.

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Title: "In One Moment" (instrumental version is "Mile High")

“In One Moment” (lyrics by Gus Garcia and Cathy Segal-Garcia)

Instrumental version, “Mile High” by “The Yellowjackets” – Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip, Marc Russo, Will Kennedy, Bill Gable Russell.

Ferrante and I were friends and played together in the early 80’s. My first husband, Gus, and I loved the music that The Yellowjackets were writing and playing, and we wrote lyrics to their song, “Mile High”. A difficult song to sing, it was recorded with a big band, in a fabulously exciting version by the wonderful singer, Sunny Wilkinson!

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Listen to it on Sunny Wilkinson's website!

(Go to Discography, Album title: “Highwire” and pick Song: “Mile High”)

Title: EVERYDAY'S OWN SONG

I love being on the road! For many reasons...like seeing other realities, both physical and spiritual. Meeting new people, and making friends. Musical growth many times is deeper, because you can take chances that you don't take at home. This song is my ode to being on the road!

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Title: Coming Into Present Time

I really got into composing when I met my first husband, Gus Garcia. He was a self taught guitarist, composer and artist…and he encouraged me to write. I was also doing spiritual studies at the time, and this song, one of my first compositions, reflected what my new life was opening up to..coming into present time! I recorded it on my first album, “Point Of View” with some great musicians… Rick Helzer on piano & the arrangement, John Heard on bass, Paul Yanamura on drums, Clay Jenkins on trumpet, Ira Nepus on trombone!

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LISTEN HERE on Cathy's "Point of View" CD!

Title: Come On Everybody

I wrote this in 2005 with my 2nd husband, Gary Hoffman. Recently we've been attempting to sell it to a baseball team! We made a great video in 2013 for the Dodgers. Now we're looking for a team who wants it as a theme song, or to put into a movie!

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LISTEN HERE on YouTube

Title: Bob R

I lived in Austria for several months in the '80's. I created the jazz vocal department in an American music school there in Vienna, called A.I.M. (American Institute of Music) that was started by Les and Linda Wise. An incredibly versatile and creative bass player was my friend and musical cohort, his name was Bob R.

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Title: A Love Described

10/04

This was a love song I wrote for my husband, Gary. We were married about 3 years when I wrote this.

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You’re like a dream,
In my eyes, I see you very clearly.
See your look – each subtle change of your face in my mind…
I hear you speak,
And it seems your voice will fill my body
With a flow and with a peace I
will know you are here.
And now I realize our love is deep and wise
I’ve never known this love before.
If you should die before me, my life will carry on…
I will be sad, but I’ll be more in my life, loving you.

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Title: Get Ready For Change

It seems that I like to inspire people to open their eyes, to really look at things, and to take action to make things better! Here's a song I wrote about that! I recorded this on my last album, with "The Moment", my quirky modern jazz band!

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LISTEN HERE on Cathy's "The Moment, Live at the Blue Whale" CD!

Title: If It Could Be

This song was a love song for a man I wanted, who wanted me too, but I couldn’t have. I recorded it on my Alternative Jazz project album, “Secret Life”, which was packed with original material. The main trio was a great jazz trio who played really well in an alternative way! Karen Hammack, Kendal Kaye, and Chris Symer. I had guitar, percussion and a bunch of background vocals on this project as well. It was a special project, coming at a special time of my life that was full of change! There are beautiful Japanese lyrics to this song as well! This song has ended up in a lot of places! It’s one of my most popular compositions and recordings.

Michele Weir…a leading arranger/educator/producer across the planet, wrote a fantastic SATB a capella arrangement of it. You can either hear it on her site or go to YouTube.

Listen to the MP3 at: Michelle Weir's Website and look under the Educational section.
And there is a B&B in Sicily that uses it for their PR video.
Fine artist Victor Wang uses this song on his PR video on YouTube.
There’s also a nice version of it by a European vocal group called “Vocalive”.

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LISTEN HERE on Cathy's "Secret Life" CD!