Richard Kahn at the Piano

Released in 2008, Richard Kahn at the Piano features easy listening pop songs of the 1960s and 1970s.

The 1960s and 1970s are known as the decades of the singer/songwriter. It was generally accepted that the person or persons who penned the music were the same as those performing it. In this way, each songwriter could inject his or her own personal artistic flair into each piece. The list of contributors to this timeless decade of music is filled with some of the most celebrated performers of all time: John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Billy Joel, Burt Bacharach, Jim Croce, and David Benoit, just to a name a few. With great respect, pianist, arranger, and composer Richard Kahn shares his interpretations of some of the greatest songs ever written in his newly released album Richard Kahn at the Piano.

Liner Notes:

1. The theme from Cheers, “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo, has touched hearts worldwide over the years. The opening notes create one of the most identifiable and memorable motifs ever penned.

2. “Candle in the Wind,” by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, was originally written in 1973, celebrating the brief life of Marilyn Monroe. In 1997, Sir Elton John rewrote the song as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.

3. “Just the Way You Are,” by Billy Joel, won the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1978, and is considered one of the most performed wedding pieces of all time.

4. “Kei’s Song,” by David Benoit, was written for his wife and crosses jazz harmonies with pop and classical stylings.

5. The theme from the film Mahogany, “Do You Know Where You’re Going To?” by Michael Masser and Gerald Goffen, is a ballad that portrays actress/singer Diana Ross as a poor woman who becomes a successful Rome fashion designer. Remembering the happiness she had in the past, she faces the reality of a lonely and loveless future.

6. “All I Ask of You/Music of the Night,” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart, is a haunting medley of rich and expressive themes from The Phantom of the Opera.

7. “One Tin Soldier,” by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, is a late 1960s anti-war song. The lyrics describe the story of a hidden treasure, buried under a stone, and two feuding peoples: the Mountain People and the Valley People. After killing all the Mountain People, the victors move the giant stone but find nothing more than a simple message: “Peace on Earth.” Ironically, the Valley People destroyed the treasure in pursuit of it.

8. “My Cherie Amour,” by Stevie Wonder, is an autobiographical account about a woman with whom he was fascinated while in school at the Michigan School for the Blind.

9. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, is a power ballad that artfully describes the impending breakup of the famous songwriting duo. The song alternates between piano-driven sections and fully orchestrated choruses.

10. “Somewhere Out There,” by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill, describes the bond between two siblings and their optimistic hope in being able to see one another again after being separated.

11. “Time in a Bottle,” by Jim Croce, was written for his son, A.J. It was released posthumously after the singer/songwriter’s untimely death, and remains an anthem for enduring love.

12. “That’s What Friends Are For,” by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, was originally recorded by Rod Stewart for the movie Night Shift. It was later recorded by Dionne Warwick and was used as a benefit for the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

13. “Yesterday,” by Paul McCartney, a ballad expressing melancholy and shattered relationships, has been recognized as the most recorded song in the history of popular music. The Guinness Book of World Records suggests that the song has been recorded over 1600 times.

14. “Feel Like Making Love,” by Eugene McDaniels, is a breezy jazzy classic which became one of the greatest musical successes of 1974, as well as of singer Roberta Flack.

15. “Through the Eyes of Love,” by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager, depicts the triumph of love over tragedy. It is the main theme from the film Ice Castles, in which 16 year-old ice-skater Alexis falls and suffers from a brain injury that leaves her nearly blind.

16. “Tonight I Celebrate My Love,” by Michael Masser and Gerald Goffin, is a song of everlasting love and enduring friendship.

17. “She’s Always A Woman to Me,” by Billy Joel, captures the duality a man can discover only when he’s involved with a woman who is loving, yet selfish and ruthless. Although she may have charm and allure, the victim finally comes to his senses and sees her in her true light.

18. “Send in the Clowns,” by Stephen Sondheim, is a story of a woman who realizes that she has misspent her youth. It is a song of regret and of missed opportunities and relationships.

19. “Stormy,” by Buddy Buien and James Cobb, combines a catchy melody with an upbeat tempo, and compares a tumultuous relationship to the weather.