It's always refreshing when an artist finds a unique niche and knows the role his or her music plays in the listener's life. In the case of elegant, meditation-minded composer/pianist Kevin Kern, it's creating an atmosphere for pure healing and relaxation. Rather than work up grandiose themes or pop melodies like some of his better-known new age peers, he is all about warmth, intimacy, and chilling out. Skeptics may bristle at liner note essays like his "Winding Path Guided Visualization," but at least he's honest about his primary goal to soothe, and that he won't mind if we drift off into a gentle sleep before waking up to a deeper self awareness. He enhances his piano on lush numbers like "The Touch of Love" with guitar and flute, and "The Way of the Stream" features a beautiful acoustic introduction by guitarist Jeff Linsky. Opening with a gentle rainstorm and Native American flute ambiences, "High Above the Valley" leads Kern into more exotic territory than ever before. Longtime Kern fans might not find these melodies quite as memorable as those on previous discs, but their simple beauty is undeniable.
Performance CreditsKevin Kern Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards
Coyote Oldman Flute,Alto Flute
Jeff Linsky Acoustic Guitar
Jeremy Cohen Violin
Terence Yallop Bell-tree
Randy Copus Percussion
Pamela Copus Flute,Harp
Technical CreditsRon Davis Engineer
Terence Yallop Producer,Executive Producer
David Earl drum programming
Robin Algaze Art Direction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I just purchased this Kevin Kern CD the other day. Having had a hard day at the office, I needed something to help me relax. The title conjured up images in my mind of walks in the mountains with my parents and siblings when I was a young child. This CD lives up to the statement on the front cover, "music to bring pleasure & relaxation to body, mind & spirit." Kevin's eloquent piano accompanied by soft guitar and/or flute is the perfect combination for getting your tired soul to relax after a long, exhausting day. My most favorite tracks (so far) are "The Touch of Love", "The Way of the Stream", "High Above The Valley", "Through the Veil", and the title track, "The Winding Path." My husband, who is not a new age fan at all, so enjoyed this CD too, that he purchased another one of Kevin's entitled, "Embracing the Wind". This is yet another beautiful and inspirational work. I now have begun my own "Kevin Kern collection" and can't wait to add more. Thank you!!