Jonathan Barron

Jonathan Barron
Original music, performance and recording by Jonathan Barron. Copyright Jonathan Barron.

Story

Click on the video page to see this song as a video soundtrack.  I was approached by the owner of Iwasawa Oriental Art, an art gallery in Los Gatos, CA, to write a song that I could license her to use as the soundtrack to a video that would display the work of Gaho, a Japanese artist. I walked around her art gallery and looked at the different pieces of Japanese art, and I was inspired to write this song. It is now featured as the soundtrack to the video “World of Gaho,” a film which showcases art available at Iwasawa Oriental Art gallery in Los Gatos, CA (www.japaneseartandantiques.com) (Featured on the album single by the same name, The Dawn.) (Also featured on the Videos page of my website.)

Hope

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Jonathan Barron
Original music, performance and recording by Jonathan Barron. Copyright Jonathan Barron.

Story

I had just started my master's degree at Yale in Environmental Studies, and I felt full of hope for the future.  This song came to me as I played at the piano in Sage Hall one evening, and I called it Hope.  (Featured on The Voice Within album)

Jonathan Barron
Original music, performance and recording by Jonathan Barron. Copyright Jonathan Barron.

Story

While I was recording the first version of Hope I kept for this album, I also recorded this version.  I could not decide between them, as the song really works well with a robust start in the first version, and also with a more subdued beginning and overall mood in this version.  So I kept both.  (Featured on The Voice Within album)

Lyrics

 

Jonathan Barron
Original music, performance and recording by Jonathan Barron. Copyright Jonathan Barron.

Story

When I was in my third year at U.C. Santa Barbara, I was studying for a midterm exam.  My roomate, and a girl who I liked, were both studying in our suite.  I was stressed, and I was struck by how tragic it seemed that I had to ignore the more human inclinations I felt, which were to talk to my friends and relish our time together, and that instead I had to sacrifice that moment to worry about a grade.  I will never forget that moment.  I called the song Santa Barbara Song.  I played it at our dormitory's talent show that year and won.  (Featured on The Voice Within album)

Jonathan Barron
Original music, performance and recording by Jonathan Barron. Copyright Jonathan Barron.

Story

This song is often seen as my best work, because I have bee told it holds a truthful sadness that is close to the human soul.  This was the first song that I wrote after leaving high school for college at UC Santa Barbara.  This is significant because, until then, I had been taking lessons playing Chopin's music, and this has a similar style.  As far as the song goes, I had taken a walk on the beach with a girl that I wanted to date and she had told me she didn't like me.  Two days later I was studying in the library, overlooking the university and beach from the top floor.  Suddenly this song came to me.  I immediately knew I had to find a piano.  I rode my bicycle to the music building, found an open practice room and played it until I had established a theme, and repeated it until i was sure I could not forget it.  I played it at our dormitory's talent show that year and won.  (Featured on The Voice Within album)

Lyrics

 

Jonathan Barron
Original music, performance and recording by Jonathan Barron. Copyright Jonathan Barron.

Story

For a short time in my life there was a girl named Jeanette.  We semi-dated.  It was really not a big deal, but we connected on an emotional level.  I wrote down the main theme of this song on a scratch piece of paper after a phone conversation with her.  Years later I found it and expanded it into the song now called Jeanette's Theme.  (Featured on The Voice Within album)

Jonathan Barron
Original music, performance and recording by Jonathan Barron. Copyright Jonathan Barron.

Story

I had a friend who was going through a very rough time.  I came over to his place to visit for a little while.  There was a piano at the house, and I started playing.  This song came out instantaneously.  It has a theme of care and sympathy.  Later I started trying to think of a theme that could go well with a yoga seminar, and this theme came to me again.  (Featured on The Voice Within album)

Jonathan Barron
Original music, performance and recording by Jonathan Barron. Copyright Jonathan Barron.

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This song was an uplifting piece.  I dedicated it to a friend named Mike.  It reminds me of that little voice inside you that says, "Hey, it's not so bad...look, look at all the good that is coming now."  (Featured on The Voice Within album)

Jonathan Barron
Original music, performance and recording by Jonathan Barron. Copyright Jonathan Barron.

Story

I wanted a challenge...I wanted to take the movie Dances With Wolves, one of my favorite films of all time, and see if I could write something that could work as an alternate background epic theme for it.  I don't really know that I succeeded, but this song, Voyage, is the result of that effort.  (Featured on The Voice Within album)

Jonathan Barron
Original music, performance and recording by Jonathan Barron. Copyright Jonathan Barron.

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This song was inspired by considering all of the disagreements and wars making such as mess of our world.  (Featured on The Voice Within album)

Jonathan Barron
Original music, performance and recording by Jonathan Barron. Copyright Jonathan Barron.

Story

I was inspired to write this song while traveling.  So much of the history of our world has been written and re-written by wars.  Does anyone ever stop to consider the personal story of an individual soldier?  (Featured on The Voice Within album)