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Rising Star Barry Goldstein: “I’d like to inspire a movement to use music beyond art and entertainment”

I’d like to inspire a movement to use music beyond art and entertainment. I would love to see people creating their own musical programs and becoming the D.J ‘s of their own life. We don’t have to wait for random situations to be affected in a positive way by music. Here’s how to start the […]


I’d like to inspire a movement to use music beyond art and entertainment. I would love to see people creating their own musical programs and becoming the D.J ‘s of their own life. We don’t have to wait for random situations to be affected in a positive way by music. Here’s how to start the movement:

· Choose a song to start your day. I use a song called “Hallelujah Amen” from my album Ignite the Heart. It is a motivating, yet heart opening song and it is perfect to assist in creating an intention for your day

· Pick a song to rejuvenate your energy midday…what one song makes you happy when you hear it? Mine is Could it be I’m Falling in Love by the Spinners

· Choose a song or piece of music to clear the stresses of the day before going to sleep, I like using Ambiology 6: Genesis. It has been used clinically to assist with sleeping challenges and is also great for winding down. I suggest putting it on about an hour before bedtime to bridge your busy day into a restful night.

Do this and watch your life change!


As a part of my series about pop culture’s rising stars, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Barry Goldstein. Barry is a composer, and producer whose musical artistry spans multiple styles and his Grammy-winning productions have been utilized by rock icons, best-selling authors, leaders, and experts alike. His bestselling book, The Secret Language of the Heart has become a “go to” manual for utilizing music beyond art and entertainment, endorsed by medical pioneers including Dr. Norman Shealy, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, and Dr. Daniel Amen. He draws a Who’s Who from the world of spiritual visionaries to his original compositions including charting with New York Times Best Selling Authors Neale Donald Walsch, Dr. Joe Dispenza, and Anita Moorjani.


Thank you so much for doing this with us Barry! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?

You are so welcome! I grew up in New York City, in the borough of “Da Bronx”. A diverse area that was a cultural melting pot of different ethnicities, foods, cultures, and music. Although I did not know it at the time, it provided the perfect smorgasbord of music to taste test and pull from as I began to form my own sonic recipes as a musician and producer. My parents both came from “The Depression” and I can still hear their Jewish accents saying, “Music is a nice hobby, but what are you going to do for a living?” I am thankful that I did not fall into that storyline and belief system.

Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?

After becoming a composer and producer in mainstream music, I began to burn out. Spending 50–100 hours of studio time to create a 3 min song began to lose its appeal. I truly wanted to reconnect with my love of music and actually feel it in my heart. I began to research music’s effect on the heart and found that music composed at 60 beats per minute can target the heart to a relaxed state. Perfect! I decided instead of composing music I needed to “de-compose” music. So, I set my metronome to 60 beats per minute, found a keyboard sound that inspired me and just started playing. I would take hour-long journeys playing these ethereal tones and textures with very little melody (very different than composing pop music tracks). I found myself releasing stress and moving to a calm and peaceful place during this process. (some call this “The Zone”). I played the recordings for a few friends and they were blown away by how relaxed they were after they listened. They encouraged me to put this music out and these recordings later became my series Ambiology. I started to receive testimonials from people who were using Ambiology in dentist offices, for hospital procedures, to birth children, for sleeping challenges and even people playing them to help loved one’s transition. This opened up a new world of using music therapeutically beyond art and entertainment. It also sparked the research for my book The Secret Language of the Heart- How to use Music, Sound, and Vibration as Tools for Healing and Personal Transformation.

Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?

When I was 14 years old my dad bought me a Gibson ‘Les Paul’ Guitar. It was way beyond his means and my mom nearly killed him for buying it. Before he gave the salesperson three different credit cards and a used French horn as a trade-in, he made me promise that I would stick with music…that promise never left me. Even in the hardest of times when I was tempted to sell that guitar, I would see the name “Les Paul “on it and it reminded me of the promise I made to my father. It represented his belief in me and that he was willing to invest in the best for his son. Thirty years later, I received the ultimate gift, I was given the opportunity to Co-Produce a track for Les Paul, the guy who invented the guitar my dad bought me.

The track, 69 Freedom Special, went on to win a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental. Good things come to those who believe!

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Not long after I worked with Les Paul, we went to see him play in NYC. Getting out of the car, my button popped on my pants and I had to borrow my friends’ belt (two sizes too big) to attempt to keep my pants up. We went backstage to say hello to Les and he asked me if I would like to join him on stage and play guitar with him. OMG! All I could think about was that my pants might fall down on stage, so I said the stupidest thing you could ever say to Les Paul: ” I’m sorry, but I don’t have my guitar with me.” YIKES! ​ ​Les, ​having a great sense of humor, said:​ ​”I work for a little company called Gibson, I think we can find you one.” So, I played with Les. We jammed like two little boys in their first band, and it was one of the highlights of my life! The biggest lesson I learned is when a Rock Icon asks you to join him on stage, join him! Just make sure you hold the guitar really close to your body, so your pants don’t fall down.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

Well, get ready, because it’s a jam-packed and wonderful list:

I have been blessed to create the sonic backdrop for guided meditations and life changing processes for New York Times Best Selling Authors: Neale Donald Walsch, Dr. Joe Dispenza, and Anita Moorjani. It’s really an honor to synergize music with their powerful messages and collaborate with such beautiful people!

In addition, I have created musical programs for Dr. Daniel G. Amen one of the leading psychiatrists and brain health experts in America. Our Bright Minds Music Program was part of the #1 PBS Special Memory Rescue and charted #2 on Billboards Top Ten New Age Music Albums. It is exciting to see that music as medicine is reaching a more mainstream audience!

I scored a film on PTSD Awareness called Light in the Darkness and will be working with Templeton Award nominee, Gregg Braden, to complete a brand-new music album.

I have also just completed a new album with the Monroe Institute, renown for advances in the exploration of human consciousness. They have an amazing technology called Hemi-Sync that assists in optimally balancing the brain. The album is called Pieces of Heaven and was inspired by the work of Anita Moorjani.

In addition, I am SO excited about creating a groundbreaking new series for pet lovers called Pet Waves for dogs and cats, a revolutionary series of new musical programs designed to provide the perfect sonic atmosphere to enhance pet and human bonding and relaxation.

And finally, in October, I will be hosting a “Sound Healing Adventure” retreat in Tuscany Italy https://globalj.org/adventures-in-music-sound-and-vibration-in-tuscany-with-barry-goldstein/ fusing the research of music as medicine with live experiential processes, Gregorian chanting, a classical concert, a visit to Assisi and incredible food events for the foodie in you!

I’m very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?

Diversity in film and TV assists us in learning more about cultures we are unfamiliar with and form a broader and more expansive world view. It really is a demonstration that we’re all one community and takes me back to my days growing up in the melting pot of the Bronx. As we recognize and understand the nuances of what makes us different, this contrast creates an awareness of where we are the same. There are common threads that weave us together. We have seen this in films like Slum Dog Millionaire.

From your personal experience, can you recommend three things the community/society/the industry can do help address some of the diversity issues in the entertainment business?

Definitely, utilizing music as a tool for communicating diversity within film and TV. Music is a universal language that weaves us together throughout the world and communicates beyond words. It’s great to listen to music from different cultures as part of a daily program. When we listen to music that is unfamiliar or different, we can recognize that there can be beauty and understanding within this difference. We can recognize the common threads that weave through our humanity by listening to music and apply this understanding in our life.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

· Don’t be afraid to re-invent yourself: Although my main path in life has been as a musician, how I express that has transformed many times: Pop Producer, Composer for TV and Film, Author and Speaker and still re-inventing

· You can create your own personal spiritual relationship without religion: Through many trials and tribulations, I have discovered that my spirituality is not limited by a single religion. Spirituality is deep and personal and a constantly evolving path for each one of us.

· Don’t limit yourself to just one dream in your life, it may contain many: Many of us get so focused on one dream we don’t stay open to other miracles that present themselves in our life. I have lived many dreams come true.

· Don’t worry about retirement…when you love what you do, you don’t have to: Many of my friends are discussing an exit strategy, I feel like I am just beginning. I wake up every day and am excited about sharing my gift in the world and hope to do that till my last breath.

· You can find true love at any age: Formany years I put career first and relationships were challenging for me. When you find the right person, there is no sacrifice or having to give one thing up for the other. There is a melding that simply becomes the life you share together. I am thankful I found that person!

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

· Do what you love and surround yourself with people who nurture your passions. You will burn out less when there is less drama and more support.

· Tap into your creativity on a daily basis…it rejuvenates your energy. You can find your creative side in any task, whether it is creating a business plan or creating a symphony.

· Listen to music that moves you when you are getting burnt out and use it as a tool to revitalize you

· Connect with nature…when you tap into something expansive it takes away the feeling of being limited.

· Listen to your heartbeat and your breath, they are the symphony of your soul, and be thankful you are alive everyday…one spoonful of gratitude empties a cup of burn out.

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

I’d like to inspire a movement to use music beyond art and entertainment. I would love to see people creating their own musical programs and becoming the D.J ‘s of their own life. We don’t have to wait for random situations to be affected in a positive way by music. Here’s how to start the movement:

· Choose a song to start your day. I use a song called “Hallelujah Amen” from my album Ignite the Heart. It is a motivating, yet heart opening song and it is perfect to assist in creating an intention for your day

· Pick a song to rejuvenate your energy midday…what one song makes you happy when you hear it? Mine is Could it be I’m Falling in Love by the Spinners

· Choose a song or piece of music to clear the stresses of the day before going to sleep, I like using Ambiology 6: Genesis. It has been used clinically to assist with sleeping challenges and is also great for winding down. I suggest putting it on about an hour before bedtime to bridge your busy day into a restful night.

Do this and watch your life change!

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

Although most would have considered me successful before I met my wife, Dr. Donese Worden, she truly helped me take this success to a new level. She is a constant inspiration and assists in nurturing my fullest potential. She has a deep understanding of who I am as a person and what success means to me. This understanding is of great value when looking for objective views in my business and personal life and what makes my heart sing. She has been instrumental in assisting me to appreciate the language of science and how it broadens the reach of my message. I am thankful every day of our life together!

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Small steps can create a LARGE movement”- Barry Goldstein

I learned at an early age that successes are not always created by major life breakthroughs. Small consistent steps create momentum and done persistently create lasting change and long-term success.

Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. 🙂

I would love to have lunch with Bruce Springsteen. Bruce was a big influence in my earlier days of songwriting, and I loved how you could feel his spirit in each song, but he never wore his “spirituality” on his shirt sleeve. Maybe we can meet in Katz’s deli in NYC and discuss the healing and transformational aspects of music over a good pastrami sandwich.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

https://www.facebook.com/BarryGoldsteinMusic/

https://www.instagram.com/barrygoldsteinmusic/

www.barrygoldsteinmusic.com

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/barry-goldstein/4100071

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