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Best of Diane Arkenstone

  • 0. THE BEST OF:
    1. Secret Garden, The
    2. Under the Blue Sky
    3. Avalon
    4. Rhythm of the Forest
    5. Om Shanti
    6. River of Creation
    7. Voice of the Sea
    8. Hills at Sunset, The
    9. All Is Bright
    10. Canyon Dreams
    11. Freedom of Movement
    12. Across the Sands of Time
    13. Kiva Ceremony
    14. Precious Waters
    15. River Winds Through the Night, The
    16. Gray Heavens, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3521

  • Credits
    ProducerDiane Arkenstone; John Adorney

    Personnel: Diane Arkenstone (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion); John Adorney (dulcimer, cello, keyboards, percussion).
    Liner Note Author: Diane Arkenstone.
    This 2005 retrospective is culled from Diane Arkenstone's 14 solo albums, plus two brand new tracks. The music on THE BEST OF varies considerably, but there is thematic consistency. As evidenced by the titles alone, it's clear that nature is Arkenstone's musical inspiration.
    "Under the Blue Sky" is a pop tune replete with beautiful lyrics about the sea, dreams, and spiritual healing. Other tracks such as "The Hills at Sunset" and "Canyon Dreams" feature Arkenstone's keen compositional abilities. Using an assortment of orchestral timbres, atmospheric effects, and traditional Irish instruments, Arkenstone paints beautiful pictures of nature with each passing phrase. "Across the Sands of Time" and "The River Winds Thru the Night" borrow from the music of Africa. The former uses exotic, Egyptian modalities while the latter centers itself on West African tribal music. In general, this album is a curious blend of New Age, ambient, trance, and pop. Yet, Arkenstone's work is not so easily pigeonholed. Suffice to say, this music represents the illumination of the spirit through sound.

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