More Than Words: The Best of Kevin Kern

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More Than Words: The Best of Kevin Kern
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Compilation album by Kevin Kern
Released2002
Recorded1996-2002
Genre New-age, instrumental
Length64:02
Label Real Music
Producer Terence Yallop, Kevin Kern
Kevin Kern chronology
Embracing the Wind
(2001)
More Than Words: The Best of Kevin Kern
(2002)
The Winding Path
(2003)
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More Than Words: The Best of Kevin Kern, or simply More Than Words, is the first compilation album from American new-age pianist Kevin Kern. As with his preceding and succeeding albums, it is an album of instrumental songs. The compilation contains two new compositions, plus songs from all five of Kern's previous studio albums. It was released on September 3, 2002. [2]

A compilation album comprises tracks, which may be previously released or unreleased, usually from several separate recordings by either one or several performers. If by one artist, then generally the tracks were not originally intended for release together as a single work, but may be collected together as a greatest hits album or box set. If from several performers, there may be a theme, topic, time period, or genre which links the tracks, or they may have been intended for release as a single work—such as a tribute album. When the tracks are by the same recording artist, the album may be referred to as a retrospective album or an anthology.

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Contents

"Out of the Darkness into the Light" is not actually a new composition for the album per se; the liner notes indicate that it was composed for a Real Music compilation album called Freedom to Love, [3] and that it was only re-arranged for More Than Words. "Children at Play", however, was specifically made for this album.

Arrangement musical composition in altered form

In music, an arrangement is a musical reconceptualization of a previously composed work. It may differ from the original work by means of reharmonization, melodic paraphrasing, orchestration, or development of the formal structure. Arranging differs from orchestration in that the latter process is limited to the assignment of notes to instruments for performance by an orchestra, concert band, or other musical ensemble. Arranging "involves adding compositional techniques, such as new thematic material for introductions, transitions, or modulations, and endings... Arranging is the art of giving an existing melody musical variety".

The track listing printed is incorrect; track 14 is actually "A Gentle Whisper", taken from the same album as "Blossom on the Wind" was from. However, Kevin Kern's official website still lists the song as "Blossom on the Wind" and plays a snippet of that song when selected; on the other hand, Allmusic correctly depicts the snippet and duration, but still incorrectly labels the song title. In addition to this, the liner notes incorrectly print the durations of "Out of the Darkness Into the Light" and "Children at Play".

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Originally fromLength
1."Above the Clouds" Kevin Kern Embracing the Wind 5:25
2."Sundial Dreams"Kevin Kern In the Enchanted Garden 4:47
3."Out of the Darkness Into the Light"Kevin Kernpreviously unreleased4:16
4."In My Life" John Lennon, Paul McCartney In My Life 3:29
5."Through the Arbor"Kevin KernIn the Enchanted Garden3:46
6."From This Day Forward"Kevin KernEmbracing the Wind4:50
7."Threads of Light"Kevin Kern Beyond the Sundial 3:10
8."Pastel Reflections"Kevin Kern Summer Daydreams 4:32
9."We All Fall in Love Sometimes" Elton John, Bernie Taupin In My Life4:24
10."Where Paths Meet"Kevin KernBeyond the Sundial5:15
11."After the Rain"Kevin KernIn the Enchanted Garden4:06
12."Children at Play"Kevin Kernpreviously unreleased5:07
13."Twilight's Embrace"Kevin KernSummer Daydreams7:00
14."A Gentle Whisper"Kevin KernEmbracing the Wind4:00

Liner Notes

From five highly successful and internationally acclaimed albums comes a wondrous collection of favorite Kevin Kern classics.

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.

Fourteen songs, including exquisite new compositions especially for this collection, to heal, uplift or simply bring a smile of tranquility to the listener. As reviewers have said,

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A keyboard instrument is a musical instrument played using a keyboard, a row of levers which are pressed by the fingers. The most common of these are the piano, organ, and various electronic keyboards, including synthesizers and digital pianos. Other keyboard instruments include celestas, which are struck idiophones operated by a keyboard, and carillons, which are usually housed in bell towers or belfries of churches or municipal buildings.

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References

  1. Allmusic review
  2. More Than Words: The Best of Kevin Kern at AllMusic
  3. "Freedom to Love at Amazon.com" . Retrieved 8 August 2012.