Church Songs

Church Songs

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The following songs, in diverse styles, were all written and recorded for churches in Queens, NY using their original lyrics. Each song is pieced together in a streamlined process that often includes the remote recording of vocals, and lots of MIDI programming and live instruments recorded in Barry’s home studio. New projects are added often.

Songs for The Church Before The Seat of Christ

I’ve Finally Beheld God (featuring Donna Cori Gibson)

 

God Silently Provides For Everyone (featuring Donna Cori Gibson)

 

A Lament for a Tragic World (featuring Victoria Faiella)

 

God Paid All the Price to Save Mankind (featuring Billy Ayres)

 


Songs for The Church of New Hymn

Repentance (featuring Billy Ayres)

 

Counting God’s Grace Makes My Tears Flow (featuring Donna Cori Gibson)

 

God Wishes for More People to Gain His Salvation (featuring Rick Salucci)

 

Peter Knew God Best (featuring Jennifer Grace)

 

Awaiting God’s Good News (featuring Billy Ayres)

 

What God Wants Is Man’s True Heart (featuring Jennifer Grace)

 

God Has Worked Till Now, Why Does Not Man Understand? (featuring Billy Ayres)

 

Created by You, Belonging to You (featuring Erica Leigh)

 


 

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Donna Cori Gibson
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Victoria Faiella
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Billy Ayres
Rick Salucci
Jennifer Grace
Erica Leigh

 

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“Float” by Barry Hartglass

“Float” by Barry Hartglass

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“Float” is a word that’s used a lot in yoga when discussing alignment and controlled movement. Written to accompany a set of Kundalini Yoga workouts, this piece settles into a deep, dark “floating” space with drones, slow melodies, and lots of delay. Bill, one of the instructors, says this track gets him particularly “high” during meditation.

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The twelfth track on my SoundCloud Playlist is “Float” from the Spirit Trainers’ Companion Music CD to the DVD “Practical Yoga for Everyday People.”

After composing all of the music for their 2005 TV series, “Guru2Go” (15 episodes on Discovery’s FitTV), I was asked to compose the music for the Spirit Trainers’ yoga DVD a year later.  To create the Companion Music CD, I selected my favorite compositions from the DVD, extending a few of them, and then re-mastering all of the recordings.  I was asked to make up titles for the compositions for the CD.   To do this, I tried to find interesting words said by Bill Donnelly or Jeff Bader (the Spirit Trainers) during their instructions for each yoga pose that my music accompanied.

The DVD features 3 Kundalini Yoga workouts. In Set 3, “7 Chakra Workout,” one of the poses taught is “Neck Turns.”  The instructions go something like this:

On an inhale, let the head gently turn to the left. and then exhale, letting it turn all the way around to the right…  Let the head float on the top of the spine… Keeping the breath steady as if you are saying “No” to anything you no longer need in your life.  This is a great exercise to do when we want to say “No” to our addictions; “No” to old habits that no longer serve us; “No” to any unhealthy relationships that are in our lives.  As you are doing this wonderful neck stretch, say “No thank you” to the old patterns that no longer serve you.

“Float” seemed a good way to describe the music so it became the title of my composition.  The music was composed to go with the video.  I created it while watching the video.  The style of the music is based on what I was writing for the Guru2Go shows.

“Float” features modified loops of drums, percussion and other unusual things from Spectrasonics’ Stylus RMX.  The recurring 3 note motif was played with Applied Acoustics Systems’ Lounge Lizard EP-3.  All of the other synthesizer sounds, including the lead synth playing the melody are from Spectrasonics’ Atmosphere.  In addition, I also played the melody with an electric guitar – a Fender Stratocaster through a Line 6 Pod Pro.  The music was recorded, mixed and mastered using MOTU‘s Digital Performer software.

A few years later, Bill commented on the music:

It is interesting how your music really goes deep.  Particularly in “Float,” the sounds seem to really engage the brain and penetrate deeply – I always get really “high” when I do the meditations where I have used this track. 

For more info about the Spirit Trainers, please visit their website: Spirit Trainers

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“Venus Lock” by Barry Hartglass

“Venus Lock” by Barry Hartglass

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A “venus lock” is a mudra in which the fingers interlock and the hands fold. Written to accompany a set of Kundalini Yoga workouts, this piece uses synthetic sounds to create a light, compelling groove. The melodies are exotic and free-flowing, but the drum loops and non-traditional instrumentation keeps it modern and “practical.”

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The eleventh track on my SoundCloud Playlist is “Venus Lock” from the Spirit Trainers’ Companion Music CD to the DVD “Practical Yoga for Everyday People.”

After composing all of the music for their 2005 TV series, “Guru2Go” (15 episodes on Discovery’s FitTV), I was asked to compose the music for the Spirit Trainers’ yoga DVD a year later.  To create the Companion Music CD, I selected my favorite compositions from the DVD, extending a few of them, and then re-mastering all of the recordings.  I was asked to make up titles for the compositions for the CD.   To do this, I tried to find interesting words said by Bill Donnelly or Jeff Bader (the Spirit Trainers) during their instructions for each yoga pose that my music accompanied.

The DVD features 3 Kundalini Yoga workouts. In Set 2, “Strengthen and Energize,” one of the poses taught is “Half Plank Pose.”  The instructions go something like this:

Bring your elbows underneath your shoulders and then interlace your fingers in Venus Lock. Come up into half plank, a great posture for strengthening the torso, the navel center… Cross your hands, curl your toes under and lift yourself up. Work to make sure your body is as straight as a plank.

Clearly, “Venus Lock” is the most interesting sounding set of words and so they became the title of my composition.  The music was composed to go with the video.  I created it while watching the video.  The style of the music is based on what I was writing for the Guru2Go shows.

“Venus Lock” features modified loops of drums, percussion and other unusual things from Spectrasonics’ Stylus RMX.  Most of the synthesizer sounds, including the lead synth playing the melody are from Spectrasonics’ Atmosphere. I also played the melody with a Yamaha WX11 MIDI Wind Instrument triggering a sound called “Eastern” from a Yamaha VL70-m synthesizer.  The music was recorded, mixed and mastered using MOTU‘s Digital Performer software.

For more info about the Spirit Trainers, please visit their website: Spirit Trainers

 

 

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"Tarot" by Karin Marcello

"Tarot" by Karin Marcello

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“Tarot” is an original composition for Karen Marcello on flute, with Karen Lindquist on harp. This piece plays with phrasing, where the two instruments avoid attacking notes at the same time. Karen is a psychic, who reads the Tarot. The music attempts an exotic, mysterious and ancient Egyptian atmosphere.

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The eighth track on my SoundCloud Playlist is “Tarot” by Karin Marcello.

“Tarot” is an original composition of mine for flute and harp, written for Karin Marcello, for her  “Vision” CD, released in 2010.  Karin is a flutist and composer from Long Island.  As mentioned in my previous blog about “Danza de las Hachas,” all of the flute and harp music for Karin’s CD was recorded at BiCoastal Music and edited, mixed and mastered in my studio.  The harp was performed by Karen Lindquist.

When we were deciding what pieces to include on the CD, Karin and I set out to create an interesting mix of music from Baroque to Contemporary for the following combinations:

  • flute solo
  • flute and piano
  • flute and harp
  • flute and chamber orchestra

To balance things out, I offered to compose a contemporary piece for flute and harp, and if Karin liked it, she could include it on her CD.  Obviously, she liked “Tarot” and it was not only included on her CD, but she has also performed it live numerous times since.

Before I started composing “Tarot,” to get some ideas of what I might do, I analyzed some flute/harp pieces by Alan Hovhaness.  I like his music a lot, but I wasn’t able to compose anything similar that I liked, so I decided instead to try a new approach and focus on creating a very personalized piece for Karin.  In addition to being a classical flutist, Karin is also a Psychic, Reiki Master, Sound Healer, and fourth generation Channeller and Medium.  The use of tarot cards are an important part of her work and so I tried to create a piece around that theme, going for an exotic, mysterious and ancient Egyptian-ish kind of atmosphere.

To achieve the effect I wanted, I tried something different.  I got out my soprano sax and improvised some exotic phrases while sitting cross legged like a snake charmer on the couch in my living room.   I wrote down everything that I played and after a few minutes I had a lot of interesting material to work with.  I entered all my saxophone phrases into Finale and starting sculpting a composition around them.  While playing around with this material, I came up with a unique concept – the flute and harp not attacking a note at the same time!  This became kind of a fun game and a big part of what the composition is about.  At a certain point I became less strict with this approach and then, finally, at 2:54, the harp plays a simple repeating, flowing accompaniment pattern under the flute melody.  This contrast acts as a welcome relief from all that came before.  After a brief solo flute section, I return to the original game of the flute and harp not attacking a note at the same time again, and the piece ends.

The harp pedals are tuned as follows:
D C# Bb / E F# G A

The pedals remain that way for the entire piece except at the end when a single high Eb is required in the harp part.  This harp tuning gives the piece it’s exotic flavor as does the occasional use of flutter-tonguing in the flute part.

Using this particular harp tuning, I was able to have the main “tonality” of the piece center around a G lydian b3 mode (G A Bb C# D E F#).  This is the 4th mode of the D harmonic major scale (D E F# G A Bb C#).  The flute plays other notes outside of this scale and this gives the harmony some motion.  The D harmonic major sound happens during the repeating, flowing harp accompaniment pattern mentioned above – the harp plays D A F# A Bb A F# A twelve times in a row.

Fellow composer and close friend, Tom Nazziola once commented on the piece:

Finally checked out Tarot. I really like this one. It shows a different side of you – a little darker, more middle eastern, perhaps even Egyptian sounding. It has a very introspective feeling and the main theme (Arabic in nature) keeps rearing its head in the flute under different harmonic underbeds from the harp which also provides many interesting rhythmic variations. I like how the harp very subtly takes over the motif from the flute. The flute solo passage is also effective and allows for the harp to sound like a new color whenever it re-enters. Very nice piece!!

“Tarot” has also been performed a couple of times by the Legacy Duo – Emily Mitchell (harp) & Margaret Swinchoski (flute).

For more info about Karin Marcello, please visit her website: www.karinmarcello.com

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"Goodnight My Hero" by Victoria Faiella

"Goodnight My Hero" by Victoria Faiella

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“Goodnight My Hero” was born from a moody piano sketch that Victoria Faiella was drawn to. Time passed and Victoria came up with some ideas that didn’t stick. And then, tragically, unexpectedly — her father passed away. Translating loss to art, beautifully melodies and lyrics came forth, set to an emotional string arrangement.

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The fourth track on my SoundCloud Playlist is “Goodnight My Hero” by Victoria Faiella.

Victoria and I have written a number of songs together over the years. At one point we decided to see if I had anything in my “pile” of unfinished compositions that might be a good starting point for a new song. I went through what I had and chose a few things to play for her on the piano over the phone. When she heard me play a certain moody piano sketch, she immediately said “I want that one!” So I recorded what I had and sent it to her to see what she could come up with. Time passed… Victoria came up with some ideas but she wasn’t that excited by any of it yet. And then, tragically, her father passed away unexpectedly. Some time after this happened, it became apparent that we would be writing our song about her father. Although it was very difficult for Victoria, beautifully melodies and lyrics came forth. We tweaked everything over the phone and I created a new piano part for the bridge. We finished the song and recorded a demo of it with piano and vocal at my studio. It was a very beautiful and emotional song and I was very proud of Victoria for allowing herself to translate her loss into art.

We re-recorded “Goodnight My Hero” for Victoria’s Wild Butterfly CD and I added a very emotional string arrangement. This may be my favorite recording on the album.

First I recorded Victoria singing with Jason Crosby accompanying her on the great Steinway D piano at Systems Two Recording Studio. We recorded all of the piano songs for the CD that day.

We came back to Systems Two on another day to record all of the songs that had string quartet, including “War Pigs.”

See the string quartet recording part of “Goodnight My Hero” on a facebook video.

  • Antoine Silverman – Violin
  • Jonathan Dinklage – Viola
  • Dave Eggar – Cello
  • Gregg August – Double Bass

Peter Moshay completed the mix at A-Pawling Studio.

For more info about Victoria and her music, please visit her on facebook: Victoria Faiella

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