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Soothing Relaxation Journeys
Soothing Relaxation Journeys

Journeys:

  1. Peace and Serenity
  2. The Colours of the Rainbow
  3. A Tranquil Sanctuary
  4. Healing

Narration:
Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, MusM, MTA, FAMI

Music:
Sincere Tung, BMT, MTA

Samples:

Peace and Serenity


The Colour of the Rainbow

$20 plus $4 for shipping and handling.

$5 for a single digital journey, please email director@notesbyamy.com to request purchase.

This CD has been created to treat your mind and body to four relaxation journeys. Each track provides a short break from your daily life and stressors. It only takes 15 to 20 minutes in your daily life to enjoy one of the journeys.

Music Can Help You Reduce Stress

Across the centuries music has been used in combination with healing practices. For example in Ancient Greece, Apollo the God of music and medicine used music to force out disease and return a person to a state of unity and direction. Today music is used in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and clinics to help people confront a variety of problems such as pain and anxiety. Relaxing music such as the music on this CD facilitates slower heart and respiratory rates, thinking, and makes it possible for a person to reach a deeper level of rest and serenity. In this way music becomes a primary tool in relieving stress and calming the mind.


By The Shining Waters
By The Shining Waters

Songs List:

  1. By the Shining Waters
  2. I Came to Her Door
  3. Interlude
  4. I Love Her Indeed
  5. The River Meets the River
  6. Crystal Shape
  7. Interlude
  8. The Planet

Vocals:
Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, MusM, MTA, FAMI

Piano:
Sincere Tung, BMT, MTA

Samples:

Crystal Shape


The Planet

$12 plus $4 for shipping and handling.

Love Songs offering to Susan from Dave

Susan & Dave met at the EXPO67 World Exhibition in Montreal on the banks of the St. Laurent River. Dave had recently arrived in Montreal from England after completing a Master’s Degree in Management and met Susan, an Ottawa native who was taking French at McGill University. From two different cultures,  Susan is Jewish and Dave is Hindu they met among millions of people and fell in love. It was an environment of beautiful world cultures, art,, music, architecture and people. During that time these poems were written by Dave for Susan.

Dave & Susan were married and had two beautiful sons Joshua and Aaron. Dave worked for IBM and Susan worked as a teacher in Toronto. Unfortunately, the year after Susan retired from teaching she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. After the operation, chemotherapy & radiation, Susan spent a year on the palliative wing of Baycrest Hospital where she died on December 19, 2009.

While in hospital Susan had individual music therapy sessions with Music Therapist, Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes once a week. Susan, Dave & Amy decided to work together to compose the music for the poetry that Dave had written for Susan back in 1967 and to create a song cycle of David & Susan’s lives.

On April 9, 2010, during the Celebration of the life of Susan, Amy sang those songs, which touched everyone's heart. Shortly after, the songs were recorded at Number 9 Technologies.

As a teacher Susan was very involved in Music, Arts & Crafts and Literature. After the most devastating experience with cancer, Susan needed the healing and revival of her inner self & rhythm. Amy greatly helped Susan in achieving that state of mind. Amy brought the mental & spiritual calmness and peace through the one-on-one music sessions with Susan”. Dave Samanta


Episodes of Relationship
Completion
Episodes of Relationship Completion

Songs List:

  1. I Love You
  2. Can't Help Falling in Love with You
  3. Thank You for Loving Me
  4. Out Here on My Own
  5. Over the Rainbow
  6. Amazing Grace
  7. Ave Maria
  8. The Love I Feel for You Sarah
  9. Habanera (from Carmen)
  10. Fix You

Vocals:
Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, MusM, MTA, FAMI

Piano:
Sincere Tung, BMT, MTA

 

Samples:

Ave Maria


Habanera
$20 plus $4 for shipping and handling.

When we complete relationships in our lives, there are key sentiments that need to be expressed to help us accomplish these completions. According to Byock (1997) this includes: "I Love You," "I Forgive You," "Forgive Me," "Thank You," and "Goodbye."

This song cycle is about episodes of relationship completion with four terminally ill patients living their last days. Each participant engaged in various levels of relationship completion including: intrapersonal, interpersonal, transpersonal, or combined. These persons and their significant others were part of a study that looked at the role of music therapy intended to facilitate relationship completion.

The collection of songs is an artistic portrayal of the research study's results and thematic analyses. I have selected songs to represent each participant's experiences. The songs represent key sentiments that participants expressed to help them complete the relationships that they identified as significant to them at this point in their lives.

For Gloria and Jack, the core sentiment to complete their relationship with each other was to express love. Gloria did this through dedicating the song I Love You to Jack. She also celebrated their love in the song Can't Help Falling in Love with You, and she expressed her love and appreciation to Jack in writing the song, Thank You for Loving Me.

Yetta needed to forgive herself, and in doing so she re-examined, and re-experienced her childhood feelings and memories. She expressed feeling alone and lived for many years without a sense of her identity growing up as a child survivor of the Holocaust. The song Out Here on My Own embodies that sense of aloneness. At the end of her life, Yetta was saying goodbye and Over the Rainbow represents her transition from this world to her next place of being.

Spiritual questions were prominent in Peter's experience, and through hymns Peter identified his need to complete the relationship with himself. Amazing Grace was one of the hymns that facilitated his insights and transformation and helped him forgive himself. Ave Maria was a song that Peter enjoyed hearing as he said it brought him peace.

Bill needed to assess and express his grieving process in the death of his first wife Rebecca. He engaged in this process as he began writing a play about his life. Several songs in the play are in an operatic style and Habanera was a song that inspired his original pieces. Bill also desired to express his love and gratitude to Sarah by writing The Love I Feel for You Sarah.

For the CODA I selected the song Fix You as an expression from me about the process of participating in these music therapy sessions as the music therapist, and also as a way for me to say goodbye to my participants.