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01 - Remembering the Light.mp3
02 - Safe in Your Embrace.mp3
04 - Told to the Heart.mp3
05 - Fields of Gold.mp3
06 - Imagination's Key.mp3
07 - Keepers of the Flame.mp3
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10 - I Am Always Right Here.mp3
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Kevin Kern - Imagination's Light
Audio CD: July 19, 2005
Original Release Date: July 19, 2005
Label: Real Music
Category: Rock/Pop Albums, New Age
Bitrate: mp3 320 kbps
Imagination's Light is Kevin Kern at his best...a collection of inspired emotional themes, deftly articulated through soft piano, warm rhythms, and acoustic guitar. As a child, Kevin would sit in a room lit only by firelight, allowing his imagination to bring the images and emotions that he then combined with his immense talent into musical expression. To this day Kevin darkens the studio lights to compose his uniquely exquisite piano music, accompanied only by imagination’s light.
I've complimented Kevin Kern on his skills before, and this album continues to bear out my basic opinion of Kern. While his work tends to the romantinc and sweet, he has the talent to carry it off. He is joined on this album by guitarists Mike and Terry Miller - and, unfortunately, those ever-present, soulful strings that tend to make new age music sound all the same (see Safe in Your Embrace). This time the strings behave themselves, and the musicians manage a series of excellent productions.
Kern doesn't over-complicate his music, but his sound lacks the airy minimalism the marks the playing of George Winston. He prefers a stronger sound, although he isn't the least bit heavy handed (see Pearls of Joy and Remembering the Light). Over all, this is a very listenable album, magic strings or no. In fact, on Told to the Heart the strings do a yeoman job on one of the albums best pieces.
I do wish that Kern would get a bit more adventurous. This is his eight album, and it's time for a few experiments that stretch his playing. As much as I like his work, he isn't as memorable as some of my other favorites. Still, I can listen to him for hours, so it's obvious that, if he is a bit formulaic, he is also very good at it. By all means track a few of his albums down and give them a listen I don't think you will be disappointed. ~ Marc Ruby
"Imagination's Light" was partly inspired by pianist/composer Kevin Kern's childhood experience of sitting in a darkened room lit only by firelight, letting his imagination guide his fingers on the piano keyboard. Kern continues this tradition by dimming the lights in the recording studio and spontaneously creating the solo piano tracks for his recordings. Legally blind from birth, it is fascinating that darkness is such an important part of the creative process for this outstanding composer. That process and an incredibly lyrical Steinway Hamburg concert grand gave birth to a gorgeous, shimmering collection of the gentle and delicate pieces Kern is known and loved for around the world. The warmth and beauty of the piano is accompanied on several tracks by Mike Miller on acoustic guitar and Terry Miller on acoustic and electric bass. Several tracks are solo piano (always my favorites!), and the only weakness in this recording is the canned strings, which sound flat and mechanical paired with the clarity and sparkle of the piano and guitars. That's a small thing in the context of the whole album, and the strings appear on only a few of the tracks where they are noticeable. Otherwise, this album is stellar!
The CD opens with a beautiful piece called "Remembering the Light," which is mostly solo piano. The dreamy flow of the piano is contrasted in parts by the crisp but gentle acoustic guitar. The strings on this piece actually add some pastel washes that soften the piano a bit and further enhance the wistfulness of the piece. "Safe In Your Embrace" is more of a duet for guitar and piano, with the two instruments taking turns with the melody. "Pearls of Joy" is one of my favorites. A piano solo, most of the piece is played in the upper registers of the piano and is in a minor mode that tugs at the emotions. Poignant is putting it mildly, and I think this is one of Kern's best pieces to date. One of the surprises on the album is an incredible interpretation of Sting's "Fields of Gold." The guitar has a very big part in this arrangement, with piano and acoustic bass creating the backdrop for Mike Miller's exquisite finger work. The arrangement is simple, clean, and full of passion. Great job, guys! "Keepers of the Flame" is another wonderful piano solo. The melody is bittersweet and full of yearning. "Musings" again brings the guitar to the forefront, taking turns with the piano with the melody. It's a gorgeous piece, but the background strings seem to weigh it down - the sensitive interaction of piano and guitar is perfect without the additional accompaniment. "Sweet Dreams, Helena" has a very Asian flavor, indicating that Kern's overwhelmingly successful concert tours in Asia have had an influence on his music. The CD closes with another piano solo, "And The Light Is Forever," which I also think is one of Kern's most beautiful pieces ever. Soulful and reflective, the piece feels intimate and deeply personal as it reaches to the heart.
"Imagination's Light" is Kern's eighth album to date (not counting any compilations), and should delight his many fans worldwide. Recommended. ~ Kathy Parsons
Kevin Kern - Imagination's Light Tracklist:
01 Remember the Light
02 Safe in Your Embrace
03 Pearls of Joy
04 Told to the Heart
05 Fields of Gold
06 Imagination's Key
07 Keepers of the Flame
09 Sweet Dreams, Helena
10 I Am Always Right Here
11 And the Light Is Forever