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Softly is dedicated to John Geary.




The digital album comes with a PDF digital booklet containing lyrics and my own photography.

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released March 3, 2015

Harry Whalley on Piano and orchestral arrangements on Softly.
Kwame Henry Jones on Keep on Walking

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Kathy Muir Stamford, Connecticut

Kathy brings a unique spectrum of songs to the stage. Whilst comfortable playing acoustic pop, her jazz and blues influences weave through her songs. Kathy's vocal and lyrical style remains singular and instantly identifiable: an expressive range that is soft and intimate, yet sassy and upbeat with a natural, unforced delivery that captures the imagination. ... more

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Track Name: Head Down
Head down, working downtown
Can't wait to shut down and get out of here
Clock out, get my things and walk out
As of now my only goal in life is a cold beer

We have all been there, a hundred times or more
Is it love or lust, you can’t tell anymore - So try to

Keep your head at all times if not you will find
Desires make the ties that bind
Let her wash over you with her sweet perfume
Don’t lose your heart tonight

Lips full, I can feel her pull
Feeling a dazed fool, how does she do it to me
Out there, without a damn care
I can feel her stare, I just don’t want to be free

We’ve all been there a hundred times or more
Is it love or lust, well who cares anymore - Just try to

Keep your head at all times if not you will find
Desires make the ties that bind
Let her wash over you with her sweet perfume
Don’t lose your heart tonight

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Keep your head at all times if not you will find
Desires make the ties that bind
Let her wash over you with her sweet perfume
Don’t lose your heart tonight

Keep your head at all times if not you will find
Desires make the ties that bind
Let her wash over you with her sweet perfume
Don’t lose your heart tonight
Track Name: Soul Lover
Sunrise to sunset cool skin undressed
Sweeping contours sketch the walls
White sheets, bright eyes, a weak flame on faint skies
Fingers weave their way

Holding onto a moment rather than dreams
Tomorrow can’t bring, but the light within

That dreams a soul lover, is in the here and now
Under the bed covers on a wet Savannah night
They offer each other a chamber of their minds
Holding this moment in time

Night sounds outside conceal these willing cries
Lips are dancing round and round
He moves in shade, sees her revealing gaze
Shining on his face

Mouths wide open and arms unfolding the map
Their bodies know well, who can ever tell

The dreams of a soul lover, is in the here and now
Under the bed covers on a wet Savannah night
They offer each other a chamber of their minds
Holding this moment in time

They know that what they have inside is all they own
Believing that what they have might only last a moment then gone
Is a dream a lie - the problem here unfolds
When each love in different worlds is when two halves cannot make a whole

Oh, soul lover, is in the here and now
Under the bed covers on a wet Savannah night
They offer each other a chamber of their minds
Holding this moment in time

Soul lover, is in the here and now
Under the bed covers on a wet Savannah night
They offer each other a chamber of their minds
Holding this moment in time
Track Name: Keep on Walking
I saw a picture speak a thousand words
Without even breathing it was revealing
A mirror that was shaped with endless curves
In a silhouetted frame that bore my name

Hear me calling, don’t you dare look away

I’m trying hard to find a way to get myself out of this place
That’s kept me down so long
At times I feel like giving up but then I see a glimmer and
I know it can’t be wrong

To keep on walking, if I don’t and stop
The ground below me will try to swallow me right up
Just keep on walking, 'til I reach the higher ground
And maybe then I will find that I can be someplace that finally feels home

A vacant look reflected in her eyes
This could have been me and this could have been you
A young girl that will age before her time
Oh brother, we need to spare more than a dime

Just keep on walking, if I don’t and stop
The ground below me will try to swallow me right up
Just keep on walking, 'til I reach the higher ground
And maybe then I will find that I can be someplace that finally feels home

Keep on walking, just keep on walking, we’ll find a brighter way
Know that you will find I'm not the kind to walk away
If you take my hand then know that I am here to stay

Keep on walking, just keep on walking, we’ll find a better way
Track Name: You're on My Mind
Everyday I can see your light fading right before my eyes
And it’s moving ever further away from what I really need
I’m trying to find a way to you with dignity in mind
But you know baby, I'm not so sure
Whether you're maybe the kill or the cure

When you're on my mind
Your loving heals me yet it hurts me 'til I find
I then need you to say
'My baby, close your eyes and lay your weary head on me, let's just be'

And take a little time away from the madness of the crowd
That shuffle, hustle, muscle in 'cause they think that they know what they're talking about
I'm trying to find a way to you with honesty in mind
But you know baby, I'm not so sure
Whether you're maybe the kill or the cure

When you're on my mind
Your loving heals me yet it hurts me 'til I find
I then need you to say
'My baby, close your eyes and lay your weary head on me, let's just be'

If everyday I could hold your hand
Placing it close by my side, I'd never hide
The love that I feel sweeping over me
Making it so damn hard to really breathe - I know that

When you're on my mind
Your loving heals me yet it hurts me 'til I find
I then need you to say
'My baby, close your eyes and lay your weary head on me

When you're on my mind
Your loving heals me yet it hurts me 'til I find
I then need you to say
'My baby, close your eyes and lay your weary head on me, let's just be'
Track Name: Lover's Eyes
Shadows gliding over echoes
Of voices in the night, no light is found
And this chilling dawn
Awakens dreams in your head

A shy stare and I want to hold you endlessly
We're riding a storm and you're just a breeze

Looking for love in your eyes
I'm anticipating the coolness of words in your voice
And looking at me I see you try, and I see a glimmer
Of shadows move in shade when I see my lover's eyes

Coffee on the table
Music is playing from the bedroom, cool in shade
And you take your cup
And murmur while you're trying to show me

A shy stare, and I want to hold you endlessly
We're riding a storm and you're just a breeze

Looking for love in your eyes
I'm anticipating the coolness of words in your voice
And looking at me I see you try, and I see a glimmer
Of shadows move in shade when I see my lover's eyes

When I see my lover's eyes
When I see my lover's eyes
When I see my lover's eyes
Track Name: Back to You
Who could believe after all these years
I see your face in a midnight shadow
And dream a haze that is so soothing
Yet it's moving further away
Heavy light in the middle of the night
I need a chance to say

Hell I know you're living your own life
Small is the world but great when there's this feeling

I've got to find a way back to you
Just once to let history lie
I've just got to find a way back to you
Just one more try to finding my way back to you

Each day I wake with you on my mind
I can't help but wonder if you feel it too
Or am I just a sentimental fool
Who can never satisfy your shadow

Hell I know you're living your own life
Small is the world but great when there's this feeling

Got to find a way back to you
Just once to let history lie
I've just got to find a way back to you
Just one more try to finding my way back to you

But I know it's hard to keep the memories at bay
But for both our sakes
The truth is showing me the only way
You pray for the day from this night shadow

Got to find a way back to you
Just once to let history lie
I've just got to find a way back to you
Just one more try to finding my way back to you

I've got to find my way back to you
Just once, just once to let history lie
I've just got to find a way back to you
Just one more try to finding my way back to you
Track Name: Always Forever
Into my mind you freely roam
Sidewalks so cold and damp where I never go
Tracing the step, the move, the crime
No need for eyes, you’ll find me on your own

Time is the chamber that echoes your call
Time is the chamber that wakens my call to you

Forever kept is the prayer that I’ll find you
Forever kept is the prayer you’ll always be
Holding a trace of the past to see
Always forever in me

Into a door I see your gaze
The walls surround a small light in the shade
Childlike as dreams that fade in years
Your moving hands caress my fear

Time is the chamber that echoes your call
Time is the chamber that wakens my call to you

Forever kept is the prayer that I’ll find you
Forever kept is the prayer you’ll always be
Holding a trace of the past to see
Always forever in me

Forever kept is the prayer that I’ll find you
Forever kept is the prayer you’ll always be
Holding a trace of the past to see
Always forever, always forever, always forever in me
Track Name: I Will Be There
Your little smile
Caught up in conversation blowing in
From different sides
My words are getting lost in the wind

But this is your moment
I understand why, because you need your space and time

I will be there
Everyday you need me I'll be there
Just when your power fades I'll be there
For every smile in your tear, every cry in your fear

I will love you in light
Or shadow reaching our souls
Are we not just like a patchwork quilt
Growing in size, beauty's fabric of life

Laughter is streaming
Even ripples of tears could make still water run clear

I will be there
Everyday you need me I'll be there
Just when your power fades I'll be there
For every smile in your tear, every cry in your fear

When the current gets strong
I will hold you eternally
And pray my love keeps you warm
From distant seas that cut and weave

I will be there
Everyday you need me I'll be there
Just when your power fades I'll be there
For every smile in your tear, every cry in your fear

I will be there
Everyday you need me I'll be there
Just when your power fades I'll be there
For every smile in your tear, every cry in your fear
Every pain on your face and your waking grace I will

I'll be there
Track Name: You and Me Both
Well your mama and your papa went away
Now you stand there looking for a light of day
But let me tell you ‘bout the night comin’ down
Can never leave a shadow on the ground
And what was lost can now be found now you can see

You and me both we’ve got a lot on our minds
We don’t like it alone but we can’t make the time
You and me both just want to hear sometimes
I’ll be there, I’ll be there
You and me both we’ve got a lot on our minds
We don’t like it alone but we can’t make the time
You and me both just want to hear sometimes
I’ll be there, I’ll be there
Every time

Well you worked damn hard to find a song to play
But the people cannot hear a word you say
So can you tell me did your need or your devotion
Get you halfway across the ocean
Or did your heart leave you stranded out at sea
That’s why I’m saying baby

You and me both we’ve got a lot on our minds
We don’t like it alone but we can’t make the time
You and me both just want to hear sometimes
I’ll be there, I’ll be there
You and me both we’ve got a lot on our minds
We don’t like it alone but we can’t make the time
You and me both just want to hear sometimes
I’ll be there, I’ll be there

You and me both we’ve got a lot on our minds
We don’t like it alone but we can’t make the time
You and me both just want to hear sometimes
I’ll be there, I’ll be there
I’ll be there, I’ll be there
Track Name: Seattle Mornin'
Words may fall onto the ground
Shatter so that all around
Will hear their call
Pick each piece up one by one
Then scatter them toward the sun
See them rise and fall
Abstract in its infancy
The painter brushes steadily
With strokes, deep and narrow
Curving, swirling silently
With movements that so gracefully
Reveal the form

Before the mask took you away
And sculptures finely made of clay
The work you portrayed
Was so much more transparent than
The subjects painted by your hand
Today, on display

A cacophony of shades and hues
Dissonant yet widely viewed
Now you had an unveiling
They said it was a masterpiece
When the opening curtain then revealed
A face scored with prose, like a ghost in reverie
Track Name: Ride These Times
Jimmy had a thing ‘bout playing by the train tracks
He’d sneak out of the house, and down the old dirt path
Then underneath the bridge and over the horizon’s morning sunshine

A sparkle in his eyes when Jimmy saw the rail yard
He’d been coming here for years, hiding from the rail guards
Who’d catch the freight hoppers trying to ride the rail trains
Heading south to work in coal yards at twenty five cents an hour

They were going nowhere fast
Times were tough and meant to last for no one knew how long
So get out-of-state find yourself a Forty-Eight
And ride the line taking work at any town that gave it out
Do the best that you can
And ride these times 'til you’re getting through nowhere

Now a young man Jimmy had wanderlust
So he rode the freight trains; grainers and gondolas
Reeking of coal, pine tar and creosote
But eventually he tired from sleeping in boxcars and cotton gins

Was he going nowhere fast
Times were tough and meant to last for no one knew how long
So get out-of-state find yourself a Forty-Eight
And ride the line taking work at any town that gave it out
Do the best that you can
And ride these times 'cause you’re getting through nowhere

Jim still had a thing ‘bout going to the rail yard
He found his old seat and looked out at the boxcars
Rusted over time, covered with autumn vines
And as the leaves would turn from green to brown, it was all a moment in time

When he was going nowhere fast,
times were tough and then they passed but as he grew
The war would have its way, how he missed those Forty-Eights
And ride the line, taking work at any town that gave it out
Doin’ the best that he could, he rode those times and made it through
Yeah, he rode those times and made it through
Nowhere, nowhere, nowhere
Track Name: Softly
Sitting at this table I can see his image in your eyes
I want to say things will get better, just a little bit better
Your hands take to pen and paper, as you find the hardest words to write
How to say all the love inside your heart

Oh my friend won’t you hear me call
Though winter’s wings are flying high
Oh westerly winds please carry my words
So maybe then you might feel me with you here tonight softly

You have to keep on going, he would have wanted it that way
So carry yourself softly and take each day by day
We all are on a journey, and memories hold us true
To those we love and to those we lost on the way

Oh my friend oh won’t you hear me call
Though winter’s wings are flying high
Oh westerly winds please carry my words to you

In the dead of night without a sound, I am saying out loud
All I can do is try to care for you, when you know you’re feeling down

Oh my friend won’t you hear me call
Though winter’s wings are flying high
Oh westerly winds please carry my words
So maybe then you might feel me with you here tonight softly