Symbols of the world's religions



Pete Townshend

On my first Isle of Man fishing trip, I had a fiasco with a huge trout and was consoling myself by playing harmonica in the rain. I got lost in the sound of the mouth organ, and then had the most extraordinary, life-changing experience. Suddenly I was hearing music within the music — rich, complex harmonic beauty that had been locked in the sounds I'd been making.

The next day I went fly fishing, and this time the murmuring sound of the river opened up a wellspring of music so enormous that I fell in and out of a trance. It was the beginning of my lifelong connection to rivers and the sea — and to what might be described as the music of the spheres.


WHO I AM, p. 30
2012 © Pete Townshend


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