MP3 Sue Hodge - Take Me Home
This powerful singer/songwriter creates uplifting music with a stunningly beautiful and rich tapestry of influences; a mystical and magical adventure where East meets West, and each heart opening song is a sonic healing bath.
12 MP3 Songs in this album (40:41) !
Related styles: EASY LISTENING: Adult contemporary, SPIRITUAL: Inspirational
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With a direct and powerful voice and an inherent ability to define experience through sound, Sue has astounded people with not only her vocal ability, but also her talent for creating new and unusual music. Her style comes from personal study of a blend of Eastern and Western philosophies and techniques. In the early 90’s when personal crisis forced her to change the direction of her life and challenge new ways of thinking, she overcame a severe case of stage fright and literally bounded onto the stage.
This leap into the Edmonton music scene began with the inception of the popular folk rock group ‘Nickelfinger’. The roster of talent over the years included: Kevin Smith, John Towill, Barrie Nighswander and Dwayne Hrynkiw. Together this ecclectic gathering of musicians created a niche for themselves with creative and playful music, playing such venues as, The Edmonton Folk Music Festival, First Night, Jazz City, Arctic Winter Games. Their recording ‘No Separation’ (also available) garnered strong support from local print and radio, including CBC (Canada AM and Edmonton PM) and CKUA.
Sue began to turn her interest towards multi-media events and along with choreographer Andrea Rabinovitch, created the stage performance TWINS at the Roxy Theatre. The band played live on stage during the performance which integrated dance, theatre, music and video. Sue’s interest in theatre was piqued, and eventually she took a one year program in Lecoq Physical Theatre.
In 1998, things took a magical turn. Sue attended a week long workshop at the Hollyhock retreat in the use of Sound in Healing, led by the renowned Pat Moffitt Cook, Ph. D. This was a pivotal event, and Sue spent the next 10 years studying a broad base of techniques and teachings around the therapeutic use of sound and music. She began to lead toning and chanting groups, explore Tibetan Singing Bowls, give workshops and teach, all the while bringing more cross cultural sounds and disciplines into her own work.
In 2004, Sue became a formal part of the Music Ministry at the Centre For Spiritual Living. Weekly live performance honed her skills even further, and she began to write a whole new genre of music. Bringing some of the sensibilities of devotional music and of chant to a sound more recognized by the western ear, she has just released her newest recording, ‘Take Me Home’, a vacation for the mind, balm for the spirit, and food for the soul - New Thought lyrics wrapped in a stunningly beautiful and rich tapestry of influences; a mystical and magical adventure where East meets West and every heart opening song creates a healing sonic bath.
SOUND HEALING PRACTITIONER BIO
"Music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it even if we so desired" BOETHIUS
For the last 15 years I have experienced the effect of music on others as I wrote and performed music. I experienced it personally as I created sound, and as I used sound as a tool to deal with emotional and physical challenges. The study of using sound and music in a directed way was a natural for me. All vibrations from the most subtle to the most obvious have a specific effect on us, emotionally, physically, and in ways which we often don’t pay any attention to. We know how much influence the sound track of a movie has on our feelings, but we seldom consider the role sound plays in our daily lives. We have created our own sonic atmospheres. Today, take time to note how the sounds that are part of your normal day make you feel. By this evening, how will the sound you have absorbed during the day affected you?
As the lead singer with the popular musical group ‘Nickelfinger’, I shared stages with such notables as Sylvia Tyson, Cheryl Fisher, Cindy Church and Quartette, and performed at a wide variety of clubs and festivals including the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. For the past 4 years, I have been a formal part of the Music Ministry at the Centre for Spiritual Living in Edmonton, AB.
For as long as I can remember, sound has been the golden thread running through the fabric of my life. From the sounds in nature where I grew up to the sounds of the world around me, I have been aware of the constant rhythm and melody in which we are bathed. When I became a professional musician I drew from this vast body of sound to create my music. I came to understand that by using the vibration of sound, we can communicate with the mind, body and spirit to restore balance and harmony.
My interest in music and wellness led me to discover the use of directed sound in healing. I trained with the renowned Pat Moffitt-Cook Ph.D. at the Open Ear Centre in Bainbridge, WA, U.S.A., and am a practitioner in the use of Cross-Cultural Music & Therapeutic Applications Advanced Training.
I graduated from the GMCC Arts Administration program, and for ten years operated a consulting business which enabled me to engage in a variety of arts related activities. I have written extensively for several publications including a wholistic health column for Vue Weekly. I graduated with honours from the Norquest College Licensed Practical Nurse program and worked for several years in Geriatric Rehabilitation This enabled me to experience using sound and music in a clinical setting. I have also been called upon to make sound with people during their transition time. This is deep and profound work.
I am committed to bringing beautiful and healing sound to people, and to assist them in understanding how to do this for themselves.
I continue to perform and record, operate my own business called Soundtouch Services, offer private classes and workshops, and accept public speaking engagements to promote awareness of Sound in Healing.