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Michael Brant DeMaria, PhD, is a psychologist and multiaward winning composer. A Grammy® nominee who has played on stage with world-renowned poets and musicians, he first recognized the healing potential of music when recovering from surgery as a child, and has since incorporated original sound-healing compositions into his clinical practice, presentations, and concerts.

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Listen to Tami Simon's interview with Michael Brant Demaria: In the Flow

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In the Flow

Tami Simon speaks with Michael Brant DeMaria, a psychologist and multi-award winning composer. Michael has published and presented numerous papers on the roles of creativity, spirituality, and play in the healing process. He is the author of Ever Flowing On and a book of poetry titled Moments. In this episode, we listen to three songs from Michael’s new album with Sounds True, In the Flow: Music for Emotional Healing. Tami speaks with Michael about the restorative and healing properties of his music, why the Native American flute has a particular power to help us move through grief, and how we can learn to flow like water through difficult times. (64 minutes)

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