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MP3 Kirk Dearman - Christmas Calm

Beautiful, elegant classic Christmas Hymns in a soothing piano style with strings and woodwinds.

14 MP3 Songs in this album (55:28) !
Related styles: Holiday: Easy Listening, Easy Listening: Background Music, Mood: Christmas

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Kirk Dearman, the singer/songwriter, who has enjoyed a successful 25 years as a pioneer in the area of worship and the arts, found his livelihood in a downward spiral. The sluggish economy resulted in fewer bookings, a slumping music industry resulted in fewer songs published, and the reality of growing older in a field that leans towards younger artists all combined to create the ''perfect storm'' for Kirk.

I began to feel that my best work was behind me," said Kirk, a Franklin, Tennessee resident.

The disappointment drove Kirk to the piano where he sat and played. At first, he played for himself: a therapeutic distraction. Then the wandering chords and indistinct melodies took shape and form. Frustration gave way to faith and Kirk let the music flow, not stopping even to write lyrics or re-write music. In a matter of hours, The Calm, Vol.1, a recording of soothing piano music, was born.

 "I literally had to fight my way back to what I do best – the piano," said Kirk.

 Since then, Kirk has been on a crusade to share his music with a wider audience. He is convinced that his music can help others find peace in the midst of their own personal storms. And his is a conviction backed by science.

 According to musicologist Julius Portnoy, music can change metabolic rates, increase or decrease blood pressure, effect energy levels and even digestion. He says that calming music can have a calming effect on the body and cause the release of endorphins. In fact, 30 minutes of calming music has been found to equal the effect of a dose of valium.
Even historical accounts found in the Bible and royal manuscripts have found that music can, as they say, ''soothe the savage beast''. For example, the Old Testament''s King Saul commissioned young David to play his harp to ward away evil spirits. And Britain''s King George used music to reduce royal stress.
"We live in an increasingly hectic and stressful world," says Kirk. "Especially with the economic news and so many people losing their retirement savings and jobs, I think people are desperate for anything that will bring a sense of peace, calm and well-being to their lives. It''s my desire to create music that provides all these things."
In fact, Kirk has just released The Calm, Vol. 3, and is presently recording his second piano Christmas project entitled A Touch of Christmas, featuring Kirk''s original compositions around "snippets" of classic carols. In addition, he has created Dreamsongs, a wonderfully calming solo piano lullaby CD for both children and adults. In fact, many adults who have trouble falling asleep have have commented that they are often sound asleep before Dreamsongs is half over!
Kirk draws much of his musical inspiration from Norwegian pianist and composer Rolf Lovland, of "Secret Garden" fame. Kirk''s soothing melodies, combined with Celtic-influenced arrangements, inspire visions of mountains, rivers and other calming pastoral settings.

 “I’m amazed when I listen to these recordings," Kirk said. "I somehow managed to produce a profound calming project when I was the one who needed The Calm.
Others agree. https://www.tradebit.com says this about The Calm, Vol.1:
"The Calm is a very appropriately titled CD from pianist/composer, Kirk Dearman. The beautiful piano pieces on this CD are incredibly refreshing and peaceful. Other light instrumentation, such as flute fills, are nicely sprinkled into some of these wonderful tracks. Our favorites are the romantic, light, and moderate melodies of ''Requiem For A Friend'' and ''Wash Over Me''. Moreover, this CD exhibits top notch production. Close your eyes as you listen to this CD, and let the calming effect relieve your tension."
Dan Miller, popular life coach and New York Times best-selling author of 48 Days To The Work You Love, and No More Mondays, says:
"I consider peaceful music one of the non-negotiable elements of a productive day. The Calm brings rest to my soul and opens me up to hear God’s voice as I write. Thanks, Kirk, for finding and sharing your gift and passion!"
Darrell A. Harris, Dean of the chapel, The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies writes:
"The Calm by Kirk Dearman is a rare gem. It delivers what many other recordings have promised and almost never do. Its warm and often Celtic-influenced melodies, simple yet thoughtful harmonizations and gently pulsing rhythms are the very essence of ''calm.'' No matter how hectic your day, this music will help usher you into the Lord''s rest, help you savor His deep shalom and rest in His ''calm.''
Carol Tornquist, Keyboard Editor for Alfred Publishing Company, Nashville, TN says:
"Samuel 16:23 tells us that when an evil spirit overtook Saul, David was summoned to calm him by playing the harp. And I believe these exquisite musical stylings will have a similar calming effect on you as you set yourself apart from the stress and busyness of your life to experience The Calm. Like King David, my dear friend and ‘brother’ Kirk is also a master musician and man after God’s own heart."
Dr. Neil T. Anderson, Founder and President Emeritus of Freedom in Christ Ministries writes:
"Rarely am I impacted by any CD that actually brings about the effect that it is advertised to do, but this latest recording by Kirk Dearman did just that. The Calm left me feeling calm. If you want to slow down and center your soul in Christ, you will love The Calm. "
"I somehow found ‘the calm’ in the center of my own storm," said Kirk. "My hope is that these recordings soothe the soul of every listener and that the music will help to bring healing and peace in the midst of chaos."

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