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Grammy Award-winner Mickey Hart is best known as the innovative percussionist for the Grateful Dead. He is also esteemed as a self-taught ethnomusicologist, recording indigenous musical traditions, and producing stunning albums by and with the world's percussion giants.

Music To Be Born By, the music used for the massage sequence in Baby Massage: A Video for Loving Parents, was originally created for the birth of Hart's son, Taro, as a way to counteract the sterile environment of a delivery room, and to help his laboring wife with rythmic breathing cycles. It features a recording of Taro's heartbeat in the womb. Hart then overdubbed the organic rhythm of the heartbeat with drums, bass harmonies, and wooden flute.

Hart's tireless study of the world's music led him to many great teachers and collaborators, including his partners on Planet Drum, which received the first ever Grammy for Best World Music Album in 1991, and was #1 on Billboard's World Music Chart for 26 weeks. His most recent effort is The Endangerment Music Project, a collaboration with the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center and his label, Rykodisc. Hart has composed scores, themes and soundtracks for movies, television and home video, including Apocalypse Now, The Twilight Zone, and Vietnam: A Television History.

Born in New York City in 1943, the son of two drummers, Hart's early childhood environment was rich with his mother's eclectic, multicultural recording collection, and avid enthusiasm for rhythmic and percussive traditions. This sparked Hart's lifelong pursuit of the heritage of the drum and drumming. He has written two books on the subject, Drumming At The Edge Of Magic, and Planet Drum.

You can purchase "Music to be Born By" by calling 1-888-232-7385

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