The Joy of Music Without the Pain

by Suzanne Cox, Customer Service Profession, Ocean Shores             

My past has been heavily entrenched in music. I was always drawn to it as a form of expression – from waking up first thing in the morning singing the latest nursery rhyme taught at kindergarten, to learning to play my favourite pop songs on piano or guitar. I joined the school choir, and I was always playing music on the radio or my favourite album: I worked for a number of years in a CD shop, married an amazing singer/songwriter and have hung out with a lot of musicians. I loved every minute of it… or so I thought.

I can’t remember there being any particular big ah-ha moment, but about six years ago I stopped: I stopped listening to and singing other people’s songs, and I stopped playing the guitar. I was still being exposed to music but I stopped engaging with it. I felt I was coming to a point where I was beginning to develop a new understanding with music and I felt I needed to stop for a while, and give it a rest.

During this time I have discovered so many things about music. I realised music had become a great place for me to hide and allow myself to be emotionally played with.

I also started to notice how much popular music was changing. My husband and I have often conversed about how compressed and layered the music is now; so much so that people are being trained or further removed from hearing a true voice. For example, if I listen to an old Elvis Presley track from the 50’s and then stick on a track sung by any one of the numerous pop stars of today, it feels like the purity and warmth of the true voice that was there with Elvis and the simple production qualities of that time have now been lost or forgotten.

The tricks of the music trade today are similar to that of the images we now see all around us where flaws are rubbed out and altered to achieve an image that seems to me to be so unattainable.

We end up worshipping someone else’s image instead of worshipping and deeply connecting to our own natural beauty and divine expression.

The same happens with music. Well, thankfully not all music. If I put on any albums released by Glorious Music, I no longer feel bombarded or imposed upon. There is room for me to listen without someone trying to entice me into their emotional pain. I no longer need to be perfect, for perfection is not the goal. Truth is what I hear, and it doesn’t hurt to listen to it.

As soon as I pressed play the first time I listened to the first album, I wept. This is the truth in music I was looking for all along and at last I felt validated. I had come home to me. A true blessing and inspiration, so profound and ever expanding; something we can all be a part of!

My brother once told me I was a better piano player than he was. I remember being perplexed at why he would be saying this, considering he was more technically proficient, more knowledgeable in the theoretical aspects and got higher marks than I did in music exams. He said, “Because you can feel the music and express it in your playing”. My husband has said similar things about my singing.

I have been pondering for a while, wondering when it would be time for me to come back to music as an expression. Is it possible for me to express the real me through music, and to truly enjoy music without succumbing to the emotional hooks I was previously drawn into?

Well, thanks to Glorious Music, I can now say, “YES!”

403 thoughts on “The Joy of Music Without the Pain

  1. AWESOME to revisit this blog after what is likely several years here Suzanne. The dedication and work of Michael Benhayon and Glorious Music has similarly supported me beyond measure, to return to what I now know to be a true connection with music – one where the true healing art that this is has been restored, and there is not one iota of me seeking the identification in it (including merely to be seen as ‘good enough’) that I knew through so many years of my past.

  2. The thing is, how does such a change occur? How DO we go from being versed in potentially many facets/styles/training in music, and then realise that what is predominantly performed, produced and celebrated in the world today, does not honour the true healing art that music is and can be?
    If I may be so bold as to share in a nutshell, what can bring about such a transformation… I would say from my own experience, that it takes a fundamental shift within oneself, an acceptance and re-awakening of sorts, that life is about returning to a lived embodiment of the love of our soul. It is the individual’s choice to embark upon such a ‘path of return’ (as it’s termed) to one’s soul or not – if chosen, so many pursuits in life that were the (false) glorification of the individual become exposed, and the purpose behind any one activity in time can become truly clear – that all is about The All, and nothing less.

  3. A great point about music being processed to present a version of perfection just like photoshopping an image. There feels to be something very sinister that wobbles and denies us as a vehicle of expression.

  4. Thank you Suzanne, great great learning and supportive choice you have made to leave the music and come back to it with all that you have felt and discovered. A powerful saying , tht is so true and very very commonly lived, but now I can say : there is another way.
    ‘We end up worshipping someone else’s image instead of worshipping and deeply connecting to our own natural beauty and divine expression.’
    The music band Glorious Music and Chris James have deeply supported me with that. Using my clearsentience and discern which energy I truly want to listen to. And skip the rest that in truth impose and make you feel uphigh or empty or in the absoluteness of emotion.

  5. I love your honesty and your openness about your journey with music and what it once meant to you compared to what it means today is worlds away. Music is like everything, its energy, so no matter how sweet the voice, if the intension is to hook you or to get attention or to fill an empty part of you, then you get this emotional package hidden behind the sweet voice or the great tune ect, ect..we don’t get to pick and choose, its all or nothing, its a package deal. I love music but that does not mean that all music is love, if we want to be fed back love then we have to look at the artist that is producing the music we are choosing and observe the quality of life they are leading, if its loving, then its more than likely that the music will reflect that same love. Unfortunately, most of us are on struggle street and so there is a limited range of truly loving music that is energetically sound.

  6. Than you Suzanne for a great sharing about your love of music, and how you have come to realise how music affects our emotions and hooks us in to the energy of the artist, thankfully we are blessed with the quality of love and inspiration of what true music really brings us which is what Glorious Music and Chris James holds.

  7. Suzanne, there is so much here in your blog that is inspiring for any musician that is open to another way of playing, singing or listening to music. The catch, of course, is that music is a medium that does get us so emotionally involved, and invokes feelings in us that we can and actually want to indulge in as a form of distraction or comfort. But as you say, the beauty and freedom of imposition that comes with the songs of Glorious Music and Chris James is so different as it brings so much joy, love and true harmony while at the same time it leaves us alone. All the songs from both these artists are literally heaven sent.

  8. We choose to listen to music but not to be aware of what music does both for us and to us. The moment you raise your awareness regarding music, and you get to understand how it affects your ability to move towards truth, you choose very carefully what you will listen to.

  9. I love listening to music that does not impose on you. I have experienced it as pure balm for my body.

  10. To be able to feel music and then express that through the way an instrument is played or a song is sung allows another to also feel this for themselves without imposing it on them. When music is shared in this way it is an absolute joy for everyone.

  11. It is true – we are suffering a great distortion of our senses in the sense that all we see and hear is becoming ever so slightly skewed bit by bit until we not only accept a vastly reduced version of the sound or image before us, we champion it as being ‘true’ when deep down we know it is merely a highly polished lie.

  12. Awesome blog Suzanne, I can relate to everything you share here. Glorious Music has had a powerful impact on my life as well with music. For many years I listened to music from the moment I woke up to when I went to bed and often would feel quite emotional and melancholic with the music I was playing. Listening to Glorious Music I don’t feel any of the hooks or old feelings like I used to with my other music, it was then obvious to me how imposing a lot of music and how it affects you in many ways. I love listening to Glorious Music because like you, I can feel the expansion and inspiration it offers everyone.

  13. “My husband and I have often conversed about how compressed and layered the music is now” So true, voices sound often so mechanical and fine tuned that it actually does not really sound real anymore. Because of this distortion and drive for perfection it is also so hard for the artists of today to publish albums as it takes just ages for it to be ready (among a lack of inspiration for new songs).

  14. Man if I had not come across the wonders of Glorious Music and the true music that they are producing, I would never have come to feel the true healing power music can have and how harmful it can be when expressed from emotion.

  15. It’s true that music has deep emotional hooks that we love to get caught by… it’s only when listening to music that is free of these hooks, that we get to feel the difference and observe just what we have invested in.

  16. Its terrible what music has become. It is so warped now. It’s changing, like everything, to be more indulgent and extreme with sounds to delight the ears. Listening to music by surrendering to my body honours the joy in my body. This is music non-emotional and not seeking identification. Glorious music is just that – I have the ability to feel glorious.
    I very much appreciate and my heart sings to the en-joyment of Glorious music and all other music performed with this purpose.

  17. ‘During this time I have discovered so many things about music. I realised music had become a great place for me to hide and allow myself to be emotionally played with.’
    It is like each genre of music is made up of it’s own cocktail of emotions. I find it fascinating to observe which kinds of music I am attracted to at different times.

  18. The hold that music can have on us is a huge one, and I put my hat out to anyone who has let themselves be honest enough to realise how harmful music can be when it is not performed or composed from a body that understands energy. The point you make Suzanne, that ‘We end up worshipping someone else’s image instead of worshipping and deeply connecting to our own natural beauty and divine expression’ – and that this also happens with a lot of music is a poignant one – much of the music today asks you to enter into its realm, its vibration and leave yours behind. One day the harm of this will be widely known, but until then we can only discern if we let ourselves be deeply honest about what is energetically going on when music is played.

  19. Music like many facets of life can hide the true quality and or connection to ourselves because much of the music today distorts the truth by developing or identifying with an image or idea of perfection. We see many pop stars today and music being developed that is edited or auto-tuned to sound perfect to the ear or for the style it is adhering too, but are we losing the true quality of connection that can really be shared by the ignition of our bodies and the awareness we in-still?

  20. Music today seems so manufactured, so false, very much like the photos that adorn the cover of most women’s magazines, photos that have been so airbrushed that the true beauty of the woman has been totally lost. I can longer listen to this music but finally I have discovered what true music is; this is music that I can really enjoy “without succumbing to the emotional hooks I was previously drawn into?” Thank goodness for Glorious Music for bringing true music to the world.

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