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San Diego, CA
4 Stars Out Of 5
June 29, 2011
San Diego, CA
This CD is a collection of 15 songs of praise, mainly hymns with a few modern worship songs. would describe this instrumental CD as mostly calm and quiet, perfect background music. If you enjoy listening to music while reading or entertaining, you'll enjoy Abide with Me. I think it would also be a good choice to listen to on the drive home from a busy day at work.
If you have had one of those hectic days and busy doesn't even begin to describe what your day was like, walk in your door, kick off your shoes and put in, "Abide With Me", by Phillip Keveren and this beautiful music will calm you and help you find solace as you worship the King of kings. Here we have, Phillip Keveren, playing the piano throughout this entire Cd.
There are fifteen wonderfully created worship songs for you to enjoy. I can tell you, I have not been a huge fan of classical music, but Discovery House has opened my eyes up to all whole new appreciation of this music. It is not only calming, but takes us to a quiet place with the Lord. All the craziness of the day seems to leave as you put in this Cd. I immediately thought this would be a wonderful wedding Cd for that magical day.
This Cd begins with, "A New Hallelujah", and ends with, "For the Beauty of the Earth". One of my favorites is, "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty". Simply beautiful and inspiring. This will be one I play softly when the day has ended and all is quiet as I sit to write.
This Cd was a gift from Discovery House Music for it's review.
Phillip Keveren celebrates his 50th birthday this year and wanted to create an arrangement that reflected music that had inspired him throughout the years. In his words,
"All of this music is united by three factors: it flows from the sonic canvas of solo piano, it comes from my fingers and heart, and all these songs are expressions of reverence of our sovereign God."
A classically trained pianist, Keveren has done a wonderful job creating a beautiful, reverent masterpiece of a CD: Abide with Me: Piano & Praise. I loved how soothing the music was and how beautifully it all came together. I love that I can just turn it on and that we can go about our daily routine, the CD putting everyone in a better, calmer mood. I also love that I can focus on the CD and sing along with the praise melodies. A concoction of familiar songs, both old and new - such as "A New Hallelujah", "Here I am to Worship", and "Be Thou My Vision". I thought the piano playing itself was beautiful and I could definitely hear the classical influences.
I would highly recommend this song if you are a fan of piano music and are looking for a new selection for your music library. I would also recommend it to anyone looking to sit at the feet of their King and enjoy His gift of music.
Available through Discovery House. I received a complimentary copy of this CD and was not required to post a positive review.
Recently, Discovery House Music sent a free music CD for my review. I listened to it on our family's road trip up north. The CD is "Abide with Me" by Phillip Keveren, a musician who claims to be celebrating the 21st anniversary of his 29th birthday this year. (I'll let you do the math.) Keveren says that reaching this milestone has led him to reflect on where he's been. The 15 songs he plays on this solo piano CD come from styles of music that have influenced his work over the years. He says, "all of this music is united by three factors: it flows from the sonic canvas of solo piano, it comes from my fingers and heart, and all of these songs are expressions of reverence for our sovereign God."
Most of the songs are traditional hymns played in classical or light jazz style. There are a few contemporary praise songs played like traditional hymns. The music is mostly calm and quiet, reflective. Some pieces reminded me of the background music from the movie, Pride & Prejudice (the Keira Knightley version). Keveren says he was influenced by Satie, Debussy, and Beethoven.
If traditional, classical-type piano music helps you worship and/or relax, I recommend "Abide with Me" to you.