Saturday, August 5, 2017
" Valley in the Clouds " by David Arkenstone
Just sit back and relax! This is definitely chill music.
I only recognized one of the nine tunes on Valley in the Clouds by David Arkenstone. It was the final piece. After listening to the new age CD with lots of nice, electronic sound, I was starting to feel disappointed that none of the tunes hit my memory. But then Lost Temple started. I was immediately taken back to a Saturday with Jim hanging out in his office. Nice memory from a rather ominous sounding tune.
The electronic jazz composition of Arkenstone's work was released in 1987 by Narada Productions. It's a wonderful mix of base, guitar, harp, piano, and synthesizer written by Arkenstone. You can read all about him at his Web site here. Or in a nutshell, he was born in 1952 outside Chicago and moved to California when he was 10 and never shied from music. Although mainly considered a keyboardist, he is also proficient in many other instruments.
Considered one of the best contemporary instrumental musicians and composers of our time, he has 45 albums, 20 Billboard hits, film and TV soundtracks, commercials and game scores, and three Grammy nominations to his credit. He delights in using technology to take music to new and exciting places. Arkenstone is still performing live and producing new recordings.
Wikipedia has a nice biography if you are interested. Or just enjoy a sample of his music below.