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Going with the flow
By Janet Seitz Carlson

Two artistic souls find an ocean of opportunity using music in their work.

To only hear the sound of his voice you might envision a man in a white tunic, sitting on a carpet with arms in meditative pose. Yet, the calm, soothing demeanor is somehow infused with energy. David Cain would need that to do all he does as composer, musician, artist, animator, filmmaker and writer.

Oh, he is also a certified meditation instructor.

In much that Cain does, sound advice pervades.

"Sound is vibration. Sound resonates in/through us, not just in our ears, but in/through our mind, cells, organs," says Cain. "Music soothes the savage beast ... Countless studies tell of the healing powers of the arts, not just music. When the heart rate is steady and the breath is slow, relaxed, unhurried, our stress hormones and levels diminish. Why is that important? ... Music can make this happen."

Cain relates that a few years ago he "needed music that offered timeless moments of peace and relaxation. The result was music that allowed me to disconnect from the stress to experience more effective meditation and relaxation experiences."  He created a composition titled "Oceans of Grace."

"It's like water. It finds its own places to go," Cain describes the piece. "It has a great ability to be relaxing, and I couldn't put a finger on it. That was what I was going for. It's hard to analyze. It's not a rhythmic piece."   

The music is a theme with variations, and the theme not revealed until the very end, says Cain. "I want it to be a surprise for those who discover it." Cain also has a version with animation "for people who like to stare at things. It's a mesmerizing piece."

He reports that "Oceans of Grace" has been used among hospitals, day-care centers, yoga teachers and massage therapists across the country.

Closer to home, however, is Cynda Wrightsman, a local massage therapist also known for her longtime singing and acting talents in the community.

"David was a client a while back. I didn't realize what an amazing musician he was. He gave me copy of 'Oceans of Grace.' I really enjoyed that CD. Music is a big part of healing. There's a big science behind that. I sing. I know that music can set the tone in any event in our lives. It's a powerful, artistic medium. It changes brain waves.

"I play a lot of music in my practice," Wrightsman continues. "In massage, you don't really listen to it but get immersed in it ... it weaves in and around you."

The "Oceans" CD is one that became a favorite in her massage therapy. "It's very relaxing on a deep level," she says.  

She thought her clients would benefit and purchased a number of copies for client gifts.

"I can't imagine doing my practice without my music," Wrightsman adds. "I have music on all the time. If I'm not singing, I'm listening to it. It's like breathing."

Wrightsman adds that in music, yoga (which she teaches) or massage, "It's a constant learning. That's the artistic way of thinking - changing, thinking, figuring out where you want to be. Art is really about putting beauty in our lives."

Cain adds that in exploring healing arts as well as music and visual arts, "they all come together."  

Ah, yes, they do in the sea of life ... let it flow.



Where to find "Oceans of Grace"

* Apple iTunes Music Store

* CDbaby:  http://cdbaby.com/cd/caindavid

* Film Baby: Oceans of Grace - DVD: http://www.filmbaby.com/films/2700




Story published Friday, January 9, 2009 ( Volume 4, Number 1 )

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