For The Love Of Glory

by Jan Hellriegel

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For The Love Of Glory is part of my Year Of The Co-Writes. 2015

I had an idea for what the melody and the lyrical thematic material would be so I asked Martin Brown to write lyrics to fit around the original chorus. I really enjoyed handing over the lyric writing for a change. It is not often that I step aside and let someone do this – but I am glad that I did.

The song was originally a thumping piano piece that my son and I would sing along to at the top of our voices, however when playing it with my band at a rehearsal it took on a groove of its own that makes up the feel it is now.

I asked Wayne Bell to have a shot a producing the song - he of course nailed it. While we were working on the track we we discussed how the chorus needed a big choral-like sound (I can’t help it, I still love the Ray Coniffe Singers and their sugar-coated harmonies) which is supposed to juxtapose and relieve the listener from the images in the verses - therefore wiping the unpleasantness clean.

Wayne Bell is a bit of a master of these layered choral vocals and he set about creating a melodic sweetness only achieved by a choir after they have all just eaten freshly cooked bread smothered in butter and honey. I just love it.

I really enjoy the production quality, the fatness of the sound and the layering of the musical instruments. Again thanks to Wayne Bell.

Of course when I need to bring out the big guns to mix something, I ask Daniel Denholm to step in. Since we recorded Tremble he has always understood me when I say things like “I am hearing in my head about 1000 slaves pulling on the oars of a boat and moaning or grunting sounds”. Because the vocal is sung by a female the music needs to be hard and threatening but with a good groove because Glory is mesmerising and wants you to dance to her tune.

True to form he delivered a great mix with a few additional sounds that now live in the song as they always should have – including that great wailing guitar thingy that wails and moans in the bridge.

Chris Chetland from Kog Studios mastered the track so it sounds full and clear and dances sonically as it should.

I really like this track and feel it is the best I can offer up today.

Of course as is typical with anything you create - some will love it, some will hate it, some will be indifferent but it’s OK because no matter what - Glory will lick the damage clean.

Cover Design: Andrew B White

Photograph: Jan Hellriegel

For The Love Of Glory Release Date: 17th March 2015

lyrics

Oh for the love of Glory she is such an elusive Queen
Oh for the love of Glory she will lick that damage clean.

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released March 17, 2015
Written by : Jan Hellriegel / Martin Brown
Produced and all instruments: Wayne Bell Music
Mixed Daniel Denholm
Mastered: Kog Studio's - Chris Chetland

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Jan Hellriegel Auckland, New Zealand

Singer/songwriter Jan Hellriegel has recorded several successful albums – including hit debut It’s My Sin in 1992, Tremble 1995 , and most recently the critically-acclaimed All Grown Up 2009. The Lost Songs album was release in May 2013 and is a rediscovered collection of demo/live tunes. 2014 Jan released Bottom Of My Heart and Because You - while Jan works on her 4th studio album. ... more

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