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The River

by Michael Brant DeMaria

Take a journey down the river of ambient sound with Dr. Michael DeMaria; based upon 25 years of research in sound and healing; Ideal for massage, yoga, meditation or anytime the world has become too much and you need to flow again.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. First Light
Michael DeMaria
8:02 $0.99
2. The River
Michael DeMaria
3:41 $0.99
3. Sunlight
Michael DeMaria
5:47 $0.99
4. Journeying
Michael DeMaria
7:49 $0.99
5. The Rain
Michael DeMaria
3:36 $0.99
6. Night Fall
Michael DeMaria
4:05 $0.99
7. Moonlight
Michael DeMaria
8:21 $0.99
8. Midnight
Michael DeMaria
3:16 $0.99
9. Stillness
Michael DeMaria
6:26 $0.99
10. The Sea
Michael DeMaria
4:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
Take a journey down the river of ambient sound with psychologist, soul guide and GRAMMY nominated recording artist Michael Brant DeMaria. This CD is based on 25 years of research into the use of sound for healing. Ideal for massage, yoga, meditation or anytime the world has become too much and you need to flow again. Keenly interested in the way sound and music alters consciousness he has been using it as a healing modality since he was a child and now interweaves it into his therapy, workshops, concerts and speaking engagements nationally and internationally. He is founder and director of Ontos where you can find out more about him and his work at www.ontos.org.

The River was 2 years in the making and takes the listener on a musical journey that mirrors our life journey - from sunrise of one day through nightfall, midnight and sunrise of the next.

Michael says of the CD:

"Music for me has always been my way of praying. These are tone prayers, wrought out of a deep sense of reverence for the experience of being alive. Our lives truly are a river we have never been down before, full of mystery, awe, and wonder. On the river of life, from sunrise to sunset, from midnight to dawn, we are perpetually learning about living and dying, being and becoming, when to paddle and when to glide...ultimately to not resist nor push the current, but rather trust the flow. Ultimately, Learning about accepting what comes our way with grace...May the river of life always flow through your heart..."

Dedicated to all who "listen" from the heart...
and know it is possible to live a whole life time in a single day....


"Sometimes I take long Sunday morning drives in the country and I take with me Michael's magical music it helps me see Beauty more clearly and peacefully." -John Lee, Author of The Flying Boy and The Missing Peace

"The River is absolutely gorgeous. Your flute melodies and your way of playing them are exquisite. Piano and keyboard sparkle like dew on cobwebs in the dawn, fall like raindrops from leaves into eddies of swirling water or glimmer like reflected stars. Truly a river flowing over my heart." -Louisa John-Krol, Singer-Songwriter/Recording Artist, Blue Tree (Australia) & Prikosnovenie (France)

"One who listens to The River by Michael DeMaria, instantly knows this music came from the heart and soul of a kind and gentle man. Delicate, sensitive, ghostly and flowing are words that come to mind when describing his music. He incorporates ambient atmospheres, light world rhythms, utilizing beautifully played Native American flutes." -Peter Phippen, Canyon Record Recording Artist



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Laryssa Robideau

This CD is perfect for the healing arts, deep relaxation and meditation.
This CD is absolutely BEAUTIFUL, soothing and unobtrusive. The sounds carry deep messages of healing and is perfect for use in the healing arts. The essence of this music is gentle yet profound. I cannot recommend it enough!


Perfect for Yoga Class or yoga practice
This CD is absolutely perfect for my yoga classes. It flows perfectly from the warm up and breathing exercises through the asanas and to the restoration and relaxation during the sea. I LOVE this CD and am so glad I found it. And - it is so amazing how healed you feel from the music and from the practice. I can't wait until Michael has more!!!

Teri Stark Davis

Thank you for being. Thank you for giving. Thank you.
The music relaxed me immediately. My heart and spirit heard a tune that seemed to allow me immediate access to my inner imagery of space. I was able to close my eyes and go on a most magnificent journey. It is clear, true, honest, and tribal.

John P. Olsen / NewAgeMusicWorld.Com / NewAgeMusic.nu

The River Journey
Michael Brant DeMaria, PH.D, is a recent Grammy Nominee making the news lately. Likewise, our recent interview together gave many people an in-depth look into the life of a clinical psychologist, composing musician, poet, author, and dedicator of his Healing Sound Series. Knowing Michael better now, it’s clear to me his music is an instrumental model in itself, much like his art, books, and poetry, all of which have acquired U.S. recognition, along with international acceptance in Australia, Europe, Russia, and other parts of the world. In his psychotherapy practice, Dr. DeMaria created ONTOS ( Greek for Being ) to help people live more meaningful and effective lives by ambient music interwoven as relaxation therapy. I feel The Series can be perceived much like a form of cognitive conditioning, becoming an audible portion of his personal inner message by design, helping one acquire a new perspective and begin a refreshing journey on a path to wellness through calming music. The River first began the Healing Sound Series, with Ocean his second project based on over 25 years of personal and professional research in the fundamental principals of sonic healing techniques. Ocean was conceived to help hurricane survivors much like himself, begin anew and return to a more peaceful existence. Where our rivers are a beginning source during their natural paths across the landscape, The River by Michael Brant DeMaria is like a template to discover a new direction, if even for a single day. In addition, while help customarily arrives in the form of understanding words from this highly educated man during his medical practice, Michael’s healing music has a similar philosophy. It is where gentle curves in The River now become the stimulus equivalent for discovering a natural direction in which to travel. Siyotanka is the third story based narrative that won a Native American Music Award in the Native Heart category, and placed him on the Grammy ballot for Best Native American Music Album, also retaining the # 1 position on ZMR Top 100 charts in December 2009. “The River is an album dedicated to all who listen from the heart” are words Michael used to analyze this first in series. More than familiar with his music, I find this a realistic concept. Descriptive song titles likewise assist in what you will hear on The River, which relies on Native American Flutes, keyboards, piano, and indigenous percussion to form the reservoir, rising momentum, and infiltrating sunbeams heard in beginning ambient songs First Light, The River & Sunlight. Journeying is one of the more intriguing songs to me, having a rhythmic percussion and keyboard enhanced xylophone effect, when left to the imagination, places one in a forest habitat, residing right beside gently lapping water’s edge in a restful moment of singular, peaceful solitude. The Rain features an indigenous flute solo while a thunderstorm’s echoing claps can be heard in the distance as if releasing every negative thought from afar, along with dispersing light water droplets that transform to create a colorful sunset at dusk, leading into piano and woodwinds calming sounds in a quiet Night Fall. Moderate keyboard sequences, along with single touches on the piano keys treble octaves make positive reflections in Moonlight & Stillness lightly glow by their conforming ambient phrasing, while indigenous woodwinds direct a more solemn indication to denote the threshold hour of Midnight. The River’s 10 song origins instinctively find a natural pathway to The Sea where most rivers lead. In comparison to seas partially confined and bound by land, Michael’s directive of these rivers hope to point towards a new concept releasing everyone’s unlimited potential, in relation to the vast open horizons observed in our five greater oceans.

Lorrie Sarafin

Soothing, Relaxing, and perfect for Meditation
Michael's music will take you to a place where all is peace and quiet. It's perfect for those times when you need to relax, unwind, and just flow with the present.
I thoroughly enjoyed all the musical journeys on this CD and highly recommend it for it's healing sounds.