Excerpt from Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?
From: Steven Tyler
That's where my spirit was born. Of course, I got introduced
to spirituality through religion, too, from the Presbyterian
Church in the Bronx and my choir teacher, Miss Ruth Lonshey.
At the age of 6, I learned all the hymns (and a few hers). I fell
in love with two girls on either side of me in the choir. And of
course they had to be twins. I remember being 5 and sitting
next to my mother in a pew at that church, looking up at the
altar that held the Bible and a beautiful golden chalice, with the
minister looming over it. There was a golden tapestry that hung
down to the floor with a crucifix embroidered on the front. I was
all wrapped up in the tradition of getting up, sitting down, getting
up, singing, sitting down, praying, singing, praying, getting
up, praying, singing, and hoping all this would take me somewhere
closer to heaven. I thought for sure God must be RIGHT
THERE under THAT altar. Just as I'd thrown a blanket over the
dinning room chairs to create a fortress, a safe, powerful place,
kinda churchlike, with the added bonus of imagination. WOW,
all of this combined together in one beautiful moment of ME,
feeling GOD. But then I'd met Her once before in the forest.
Published on December 16, 2011