Many rock musicians have described an outside power that has overcome them while writing and performing rock music. The most recent example of this is described in the biography of Pete Townshend of The Who, who says that he began acting as a medium for music when he learned to play the harmonica as a boy. “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 ... what might be described as the music of the spheres. ... One day I found some chords that made me lightheaded. As I played them my body buzzed all over, and my head filled with the most complex, disturbing orchestral music. ... I had the ability to create alpha-state music in my head, go into a creative trance, have musical visions... Since so much of this music bubbled up urgently from my subconscious mind, I’m left to interpret it much like anyone else” (Townshend, Who I Am: A Memoir, HarperCollins, 2012, pp. 41, 46, 62, 145).
Townshend speaks of “music of the spheres,” but he does not understand that there are two spiritual realms operating in this world, and one of those is the power of darkness. Since the rock & rollers who describe this experience are people who don’t know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, the source of their influence must be that which is described in Ephesians: “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” (Eph. 2:2-3).
(Friday Church News Notes, May 10, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)