Over the years I think that ambient and new age music came into being because of our frantic lifestyles that never seemed to give us a moment to simply relax and clear our minds. The dreamy title is destined to be in a romantic play and is heard when the boy wonders if he even has a chance. Ah, such is love, confusing and beautiful all at the same time. This music touches the heart and builds glorious memories, all in the name of love. Or, for that matter, some alone time for yourself. Beloved around the world — and especially in Korea — Kern is one of the best and most expressive pianists on the planet.
Beyond the teeming activity of our lives on beloved Earth lies a great, eternal Silence. Pure, beautiful, emotionally rich piano, suffused with heart and rendered with an ultra-refined touch. You do not want the music to stop and you do not ever want to let go. Bear in mind that this is a compilation but that the songs that were carefully selected for this collection seem to move and breathe as if they belonged together. Fortunately, love, like great music, is timeless. Some of his music sounds deceptively simple, but it takes a master to say so much with so little. Rating: Very Good+ Tender piano is the domain of Kevin Kern.
This is the second compilation album Kevin has done for Real Music but the songs on this collection were sculpted to convey the general feelings or emotions connected with romance whereas his first compilation was simply a best of collection with no particular theme that was to run throughout the album. Some of the contemporary and New Age music on this fourteen-track album is already familiar to me, but many are new. As for us listeners, we can dance, cuddle, and love to Always Near. I would be remiss if I did not think that that majority of these musical poems are for his wife, Pamela. .
Real Music is the world leader in new age music with artists like Grammy award winning Omar Akram, Liquid Mind, Kevin Kern, Karunesh and many more. Some of his music sounds deceptively simple, but it takes a master to say so much with so little. Kern began his recording career with Real Music in 1996 and recorded ten albums on the label, not counting the many compilations that incorporate his music. Indulge in sweet serenity with Kern's Always Near, a romantic collection of favorites from his many albums. His musical style is romantic, intimate and beautifully tranquil — a trio of characteristics that ensures his soft strains are a certain mood-enhancer when you are planning some alone time with that special someone. This lavish album provides magic to get the romance started and then goes beyond.
So, for wonderful romantic dinner music, music to relax to or to have in the car, or any other activity that can be enhanced by gentle piano music, it doesn't get better than this. This song also features an acoustic guitar that tends to accentuate the feeling of happiness that wends its way through the music. The titular effort Always Near is a softly-crafted track that is at the height of emotionality, where Kern is able to place a lifetime of love in four minutes. The heart becomes wax, the body weak, and the spirit surrenders. Kevin Kern has been a steady creator of piano compositions since his first album came out back in 1996. At 63 minutes Always Near is a release that will have considerable replay value no matter whether one is meditating or enjoying the company of a loved one. In truth, Kern really needs no enhancement — his piano melodies are rich and full enough that they stand on their own really well.
As we pause and listen, the Silence will speak, One of its wondrous voices is through the language of music. For the most part Always Near mainly features Kevin on piano but there are a few songs where there is some additional instrumentation to add just a finishing touch to songs that had already been beautifully crafted to express these tender emotions. The tall hedges hide what might be a meandering path or perhaps a maze to challenge you. This one focuses on his romantic side and it really ought to be packaged with some candles and some wine better than Two Buck Chuck. Chances are, though, that some of those older albums might have worn out or gotten lost along the way some of mine are on cassette — does anyone remember those??? Meanwhile, the girl is off somewhere wondering if she even has a chance. Lovely stuff that plays out all too quickly, this really is the best of the best, romance file. Kevin Kern lives in Minneapolis with his wife and they literally and figuratively make music together.
It's a wonderful collection and a joy to listen to, but there is nothing new for those who have all of Kern's recordings as I do. It is that feeling you get when the music is soft and gentle, the touch of your partner warm and firm, and the light in her eyes is forever. A slow, waltz for two, the violin emphasizes the drowsy sunshine and the orchestra balances the warm afternoon and the earthy delight of it all. The music entices you to go around the corner and see what can be seen, so hold her hand tight and cross the grassy threshold. It is those moments that songs like this one capture; that feeling of safety and security that can be found in the embrace of another person that has chosen to be there by their side.
The music on this collection will touch you emotionally while reminding you of those romantic moments in your own life that are best never forgotten but celebrated instead as points of light in your own journey through this life. Most of these songs are performed on solo piano, with some light synthesizer enhancement and strings on a few of the tracks. Kevin Kern has imbued a number of his classic tracks with a vitality and vigor that allows Always Near to speak volumes to anyone listening in, whether it be long-term lovebirds or those that may be new to romantic relationships. That is always a good sign that a lot of thought and care went into selecting the particular fourteen songs that make up this album. With ten albums already out on Real Music, this is the right time to take a look back and group some of his best into a themed collection. Seeing Kern perform live will leave just about anyone breathless! Perhaps it is easier to light a single candle and wait for the sparks. To date Kevin has put out nine albums of peaceful music that are sure to cause you to pause during the course of your hectic day and simply take a breath.
Ambient Visions recommends Always Near. Our music is beneficial for all types of health and wellness, healing and reiki, sleep, meditation and guided meditation , relaxation, massage, spa treatments, yoga, t'ai chi, qui gong, fitness and bodywork. Kevin has translated this feeling into notes and the sound is miraculous. It is a moment of recognition and a moment of connection that leaves the both of them changed from that day forward. It almost makes you want to book a ticket to Paris for two.