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Best of Diane Arkenstone

Diane Arkenstone 3/8/2005
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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  1. # Song Length
  2. 1 The Secret Garden PT5M41S
  3. 2 Under the Blue Sky PT5M3S
  4. 3 Avalon PT3M33S
  5. 4 Rhythm of the Forest PT5M54S
  6. 5 Om Shanti PT4M18S
  7. 6 River of Creation PT4M52S
  8. 7 Voice of the Sea PT5M11S
  9. 8 The Hills at Sunset PT4M34S
  10. 9 All Is Bright PT3M18S
  11. 10 Canyon Dreams PT5M19S
  12. 11 Freedom of Movement PT4M42S
  13. 12 Across the Sands of Time PT4M22S
  14. 13 Kiva Ceremony PT4M14S
  15. 14 Precious Waters PT4M24S
  16. 15 The River Winds Through the Night PT3M55S
  17. 16 The Gray Heavens PT3M6S

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