Chris Gray | Rhythms of the Heart

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
James Horner Lunasa & RTE

More Artists From
United States - Maine

Other Genres You Will Love
World: World Traditions Folk: Traditional Folk Moods: Type: Soundtrack
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.

Rhythms of the Heart

by Chris Gray

A suite of original music composed for the film by Thom Willey, featuring a variety of traditional instruments
Genre: World: World Traditions
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Continue Shopping
cd-rp in stock order now
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
1. Home
4:54 $0.99
2. Winter Bark
6:38 $0.99
3. The Little People: Growing Up
2:52 $0.99
4. You and I
5:06 $0.99
5. Memory and Loss
5:03 $0.99
6. The Little People: Monster Lessons
1:17 $0.99
7. Apotamkin: The Cold One
4:24 $0.99
8. Acceptance: Winter Bark
0:41 $0.99
9. Questions
2:21 $0.99
10. Hope: You and I
5:41 $0.99
11. Family: Nollaig Shona
3:16 $0.99
12. Sky Lanterns: Home Again
5:38 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
This music was composed for Rhythms of the Heart, a film by Thom Willey, which documents a Passamaquoddy craftsman's journey to preserve family, life, and tradition while facing a life-threatening illness. This is the story of David Moses Bridges.

This music was composed, performed and recorded by Chris Gray. Instruments: Low Whistle, Tin Whistle, Seljefloyte, Bagpipes, Strings, Keyboards, Vocals, Bodhran, Riqq, Cajon

Chris Gray is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Southwest Harbor, Maine. Chris received his BA in Music and Visual Arts from Bowdoin College, and his MA in Ethnomusicology from University College Cork in Ireland. Visit to hear more of Chris’ music, and for information on upcoming events. Follow Chris on Facebook at

Many thanks to Thom, David, and his family for this amazing opportunity, and to my parents for their incredible and endless support.

1. Home – “I have a long history here in Maine. I go back a long way.” – David recalls growing up between the
communities of South Portland and Pleasant Point Reserve, childhood friends and adventures, and his family’s
deep Maine roots that go back thousands of years.

2. Winter Bark – “My great grandfather was a bark worker… the last of the old-time makers. I was never able to
work with him directly, so I had to work with his tools that he gave me… It feels like it was given to me directly by
him, because it was. But we never did get to make a canoe together, because of his age, and my age. Too young, and
too old.” – David

3. Little people / Growing Up – “I love all of my children, but when I had a girl – oh my goodness – I dressed her
up in all these dresses… I dressed her up fancy, the boys, too. And boy did they hate that.” – Hilda Soctomah Lewis,
David’s mother, on raising David and his sister Jennifer

4. You and I – “Patricia... well, it was a long hunt, I can tell you that much. We were both in the same meeting, and
she caught my eye, just like she did this morning. I tried to think of something to say – it probably came out sounding
stupid as hell, but I got a date with her.” – David

5. Memory and Loss – “The people who most often get cancer in our community are our tribal elders. They’re the
ones who hold the knowledge of our tribe… When somebody like David gets cancer, and there’s that possibility
that some of that knowledge is going to be lost, it’s more than just losing a family member, it’s more than just losing
an elder, it’s more than just losing somebody I love. It would mean losing an entire store of knowledge for our people
that has already been lost… Losing David wouldn’t just be devastating to David’s family or to my family, it would
really be devastating to the whole tribe.” – George Neptune

6. The Little People / Monster Lessons – “This is a great trick they do up on Pleasant Point, the elder’s, to keep
the kids in line. They’ll tell you, right over there is where the apotamkin live. The apotamkin is a sea monster. He lives
right down there on the beach, and if he sees children alone on the beach, he’ll come and eat them.” – David.

7. Apotamkin / the Cold One – “I was in Florida when Jennifer called me. And she said, ‘We got the biopsy report
back,’ and I just couldn’t even breath when she told me. And Whenever I think about it, it’s awful… I have lived a full
life, why couldn’t it be me?” – Hilda

8. Acceptance / Winter Bark – “There’s a pretty good chance that I’m not going to be here at this time next year…
I want to be awake for this whole year. I’m only 50 years old, I’m in love with my wife, I love my family… Why me?
Why am I going? The stages of grief, I guess they call them. I forget how they go. The last one is hopefully
acceptance. I’m not there, yet.” – David

9. Questions – “And then something happened. Luckily, my family again came to the rescue.” – David
“Tell us more. I want details… I was very frightened for Dave. It was my colleague Sue who said, ‘Don’t take his word
for it. Go see somebody else. There’s always a second opinion.’” – Jennifer

10. Hope /Terminal / You and I – “I went to this other guy, his name was Dr Roediger. He took a look up there,
and he said, ‘Yup, yup, yup, that’s what you’ve got. Nothing different there.’ But he did say, ‘You know, you can get that
thing out of there.’” – David. “I love you, you love me, but what happens if the worst scenario comes? If you die,
my decision will be to come back to Bolivia. I will bring your sons every year to your family. And he says, ‘I totally
agree with that. That is what I want.’” – Patricia

11. Family / Nollaig Shona – “I started drumming, Lorena started dancing, and it was like two gears from two
completely different machines just happening to fit together perfectly… All of this came out of something for
David, and all of it came out of helping David” – George Neptune. Lorena Ayala, Patricia’s sister, travels from
Madrid to Maine, and collaborates with George Neptune and Ronnie Bear in an effort to raise funds for David’s
treatment. The result is Rhythms of the Heart, a moving hybrid of Flamenco and Passamoquody rhythms and music.

12. Sky Lanterns / Home Again – “When David and Patricia were first married, my mother came across these
Chinese sky lanterns. We took them down to the water and blessed their marriage, and thought good thoughts, and
wanted to send our prayers and love out to the cosmos, so we lit them… This year I thought, after David has finished
his treatments, it would be nice to say goodbye to his cancer, and take six of those balloons… and light them and push
them off into the universe, and say goodbye.” – Jennifer



to write a review