Embracing the Wind

Embracing the Wind

by Kevin Kern
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Embracing the Wind

As far as new age pianists go, Kevin Kern is far less known than either Jim Brickman or David Lanz, but his lush, melodic meditations fall somewhere in between the music of those two. It's far less direct and poppy than Brickman, and slightly less dramatic and conceptual than Lanz. The concept here was for label owner Terence Yallop to offer images to Kern in the studio, which Kern would then develop into full-fledged impressionistic pieces. Kern calls it an interchange of ideas featuring external and internal stimuli. Whatever their source, these are simply beautiful pieces perfect for dreaming, meditating, or stress relief. "Blossom on the Wind" opens the disc on a brooding, haunting note, with gentle orchestration sweeping the listener into a dreamscape. "Through Your Eyes" has more of a pop/classical flavor, catchy and bright from the middle register. "Childhood Remembered" is (like the opening track) more sparse and features a chamber music flavor. Many of these tunes sound like soft and caressing film score pieces in search of the images Kern no doubt dares the listener to create. One nearest and dearest to his heart is the sweet solo ballad "From This Day Forward," a piece enhanced by soft strings which is dedicated to his fiancé Pam. "A Secret Grove" has a similar feeling, enhanced by the balmy breeze of the acoustic guitar. The genre of new age music has taken many forms of worldbeat and exotic rhythms under its large umbrella. But Kern helps listeners remember the type of music that defined the genre once upon a time.

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Release Date: 04/03/2001
Label: Real Music
UPC: 0046286260028
catalogNumber: 862600

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Embracing the Wind 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Most beautiful album I have by Kevin Kern..all are peaceful and smooth with just piano...this one even more so but with a mix of instruments. ''Embracing the Wind'' is enchanting. Every song is like floating away in a gentle breeze. Buy it if you like soft, flowing melodies and music to help you relax!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
These songs are simply beautiful, especially "From the day forward" which is my favorite of all! Wish he would make an album with all songs that are very similiar to "From the day forward".
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect CD to put you in a tranquil mood.