In My Life (Kevin Kern album)

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In My Life
Studio album by Kevin Kern
Released August 24, 1999
Recorded 1999
Genre New-age, instrumental
Length52:14
Label Real Music
Producer Terence Yallop, Kevin Kern
Kevin Kern chronology
Summer Daydreams
(1998) Summer Daydreams1998
In My Life
(1999)
Embracing the Wind
(2001) Embracing the Wind2001
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In My Life is the fourth album from American new-age pianist Kevin Kern. As with his preceding and succeeding albums, it is an album of instrumental songs. It was released on August 24, 1999. [2]

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New-age music is a genre of music intended to create artistic inspiration, relaxation, and optimism. It is used by listeners for yoga, massage, meditation, reading as a method of stress management to bring about a state of ecstasy rather than trance, or to create a peaceful atmosphere in their home or other environments, and is associated with environmentalism and New Age spirituality.

Pianist musician who plays the piano

A pianist is an individual musician who plays the piano. Since most forms of Western music can make use of the piano, pianists have a wide repertoire and a wide variety of styles to choose from, among them traditional classical music, jazz, blues, and all sorts of popular music, including rock and roll. Most pianists can, to an extent, easily play other keyboard-related instruments such as the synthesizer, harpsichord, celesta, and the organ.

Contents

This is Kern's first album to feature compositions not written by him; prior to this, all of his album's songs were solely self-composed.

Inspirations

This album marks the first time that Kern covered a song recorded by another artist, namely Elton John's "We All Fall in Love Sometimes" from his 1975 album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy , and the Beatles' "In My Life" from their 1965 album Rubber Soul . According to the liner notes of the album, while growing up, Kern and his brother would jam along to Beatles records as soon as they were released.

Elton John English rock singer-songwriter, composer and pianist

Sir Elton Hercules John is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums. John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive number-one albums in the United States, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10 singles, four which reached number two and nine which reached number one. His tribute single "Candle in the Wind 1997", rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts. He has also composed music, produced records, and has occasionally acted in films. John owned Watford F.C. from 1976 to 1987, and 1997 to 2002. He is an honorary Life President of the club, and in 2014 had a stand named after him at the club's home stadium.

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<i>Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy</i> 1975 studio album by Elton John

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy is the ninth studio album by Elton John. The album is an autobiographical account of the early musical careers of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. It was released in May 1975 by MCA in America and DJM in the UK. It debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard 200, the first album to do so, reportedly selling 1.4 million copies in its first 4 days of release, and stayed in that position for seven weeks. Though they would all appear on later albums as guest musicians, this was the last album with the original lineup of the Elton John Band. Murray and Olsson, who had formed John's rhythm section since 1970, were sacked prior to the recording of the follow-up album Rock of the Westies, while Johnstone would leave in 1978. This was the last album until Too Low for Zero that Elton John and his classic band would play on together.

In addition to this, the song "Emerald Legacy", according to Kern, is inspired by his father's Irish tenor, which was also a part of his childhood. The song "To Sleep on Angels' Wings" is dedicated to his mother.

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Tenor is a male voice type in classical music whose vocal range lies between the countertenor and baritone. The tenor's vocal range extends up to C5. The low extreme for tenors is roughly A2 (two As below middle C). At the highest extreme, some tenors can sing up to the second F above middle C (F5). The tenor voice type is generally divided into the leggero tenor, lyric tenor, spinto tenor, dramatic tenor, heldentenor, and tenor buffo or spieltenor.

Track listing

All compositions by Kevin Kern, except where noted.

  1. "We All Fall in Love Sometimes" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) - 4:26
  2. "Love's First Smile" - 6:09
  3. "Tomorrow's Promise" - 3:58
  4. "Bittersweet" - 5:08
  5. "To Sleep on Angels' Wings" - 4:30
  6. "Touch the Sky" - 4:48
  7. "Passages" (contains samples of Spectrasonics Symphony of Voices and Hans Zimmer Guitars Volume II) - 4:25
  8. "Twirling in Time" - 3:59
  9. "Dance of the Searching Souls" - 4:26
  10. "Emerald Legacy" - 6:51
  11. "In My Life" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 3:30

Liner Notes

In My Life, Real Music's fourth release from this well-loved pianist, offers a further palette of exquisite melodies played with Kern's graceful, accomplished touch. It also marks a departure into a new realm where Kern expands his dynamic range. Included on this album are two gorgeous arrangements of Elton John and Lennon/McCartney songs.

The Beatles English rock band

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The line-up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr led the band to be regarded as the foremost and most influential in history. With a sound rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the group were integral to the evolution of pop music into an art form, and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s. They often incorporated elements of classical music, older pop forms, and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways, and in later years experimented with a number of musical styles ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As they continued to draw influences from a variety of cultural sources, their musical and lyrical sophistication grew, and they came to be seen as embodying the era's sociocultural movements.

In My Life strikes a beautiful balance of songs to comfort the heart and uplift the spirit.

Personnel

Kevin Kern American musician

Kevin Kern is an American pianist, composer and recording artist of new-age music. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. He is now generally recognized as a representative of the new-age style. Born legally blind, Kern is aided in studio by SONAR’s accessibility and Dancing Dots’ assistive music technologies for the vision impaired.

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Piano musical instrument

The piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument invented in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700, in which the strings are struck by hammers. It is played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings.

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