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There Was a Time

by Kathryn Kaye

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1. Saro Remembered
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2. Arise
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3. There Was a Time
4:28 $0.99
4. Spring Snow
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5. Wind in the Aspen Grove
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6. Shadow of a Bird in Flight
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7. Revival
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8. Learning to Waltz with Clouds
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9. Bittersweet Goodbye
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10. Darkening Skies
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Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

There Was A Time is a fantastic journey through the meaning of life and our surr
Solo piano music can be soothing and anything Kathryn Kaye records certainly has that effect on you. With There Was A Time she puts together 10 gorgeous tracks of keyboard heaven.
"Learning To Waltz With Clouds" was my introduction to the new release and also featured on our Rate The Tracks site. It made me feel that I could get in sync with the clouds above and move and float right along with them. For my ears this music translates to something more than an auditory experience, it is a form of divinity that calms and centers me and that is exactly what I need on a daily basis.
Tracks two and three carry some sadness with them. “Arise” and “Bittersweet Goodbye” have a certain melancholy atmosphere but in the same instance reflect a beauty and elegance a piano can easily portray if played by the right individual. In this case all of the above applies and they pull you in and keep you as you make your way through the recording.
Much of new age instrumental music I have the pleasure of hearing is directly connected to Mother Nature and this album is definitely one of those fine examples of getting in touch with our life’s essence. “Shadow of a Bird in Flight” is one track that brings you to the great outdoors and can have you imagining yourself walking along a sundrenched trail and seeing the shadows created by the branches of trees and the passing movement of our winged friends. I can appreciate any music that takes me out of my current environment, puts me in touch with another reality, and reminds me of who I am and the true inner spirit of us all. That is the music’s intent and purpose as far as I am concerned yet it can mean something entirely different for another listener and that is the beauty and freedom of what good music can offer.
“Spring Snow” is another track that brings into light a season of prolific change and if you are living in an area that takes you through all four seasons, you can easily relate. I know from my own environment that snow in spring is entirely different than the snow that falls in January. This snow has a purpose, as the temperature begins to rise, it slowly melts away bringing the promise of green fields, blooming trees and flowers, giving the once dormant life a nudge to awaken and says hello! So perhaps for each individual this concept can apply to your life, if there is something that needs to change or be renewed this track and the progression of the music take you through that transformation. The flow of life itself and nature is translated through Ms. Kaye’s fingers in the most poignant way.
There Was A Time is a fantastic journey through the meaning of life and our surroundings. If you enjoy any kind of instrumental music for the sheer enjoyment of listening or the ensuing effect it can have on your mind, body and spirit then I highly recommend listening and paying close attention to each track, you will be glad you did.
Key Tracks: Learning To Waltz With Clouds, Shadow of a Bird in Flight, Spring Snow
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck- New Age Music Reviews Founder
February 1, 2016
Review Provided By New Age Music Reviews

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Kathryn Kaye returned to Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios to record her fifth album, "There Was a Time." Ms Kaye’s velvet touch on the piano keys has never sounded better, with and without the outstanding musicians from Ackerman’s studio. The music on this album was largely inspired by songs that were played and sung in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky years ago. The melodies from some of those songs were combined with new ones to reflect the passage of time and to express the various emotions that have affected humankind throughout history. From the light and carefree “Spring Snow” to the intense and ominous “Darkening Skies,” Kathryn Kaye takes the listener on a vivid journey to other places and times, creating colorful images and telling stories in a musical language easily understood by anyone willing to listen with an open heart. Ms Kaye’s previous four albums have all been included in my annual Favorites lists, and "There Was a Time" is likely to do the same.

The sweet and gentle “Saro Remembered” is an arrangement of a traditional folk song called “Pretty Saro.” It begins as a piano solo and evolves into a gracefully flowing trio for piano, cello (Eugene Friesen) and English horn (Jill Haley) - such a beautiful opening piece! “Arise” is Kaye’s interpretation of an old hymn from her childhood. The poignant and haunting melody is made even more perfect with Charlie Bisharat’s soulful violin - breathtaking! The title track is a tenderly nostalgic duet for piano and cello - simple and heartfelt. Kaye’s fingers dance lightly on the piano keys for the breezy “Spring Snow,” which also features cello, English horn, bass (Tony Levin), and French horn (Gus Sebring). Kaye’s touch is so velvety smooth and expressive on “Wind in the Aspen Grove” (one of two piano solos on the album) that I wish there were a few more solos. “Shadow of a Bird in Flight” is a darkly beautiful ensemble piece that features Will Ackerman on guitar and percussion in addition to the piano, violin, bass, and French horn. “Revival” begins with an English horn solo that evokes visual images of open spaces and innocent times. The rest of the piece is a gentle yet colorful piano solo with a strong melody not unlike older hymns and folk ballads. As its title suggests, “Learning to Waltz with Clouds” is light, dreamy, and very expressive. Piano, English horn, French horn, and bass create a sunny daydream set to music. I love “Bittersweet Goodbye,” the other piano solo on the album. A minor key waltz, the melody comes straight from the heart - gorgeous and so expressive! The closing track, “Darkening Skies,” is quite different. The repeated patterns on the piano are very somber and mysterious, and Friesen’s cello enhances the dramatic and foreboding qualities of the piece - a powerful ending to a fantastic album!

If you have been following Kathryn Kaye’s career thus far, "There Was a Time" is a must-have. If you are new to her music, this album is a great place to start! Very highly recommended!