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Climbing Solsbury Hill With Peter Gabriel

I've always liked PETER GABRIEL'S song SOLSBURY HILL, and I thought it was about Stonehenge because of the obvious mystical connection; but it wasn't. Solsbury Hill is actually near the city of Bath and above the Avon River in the Cotswalds. Without getting too spacey here, I admit that when we visited Bath there were very strong 'Vibes' as we used to say, and I felt like I was being watched from the Hills above, by ghosts not people.

 

But I digress, Solsbury Hill is actually a flat topped hill that is atop an IRON AGE FORT, and that brings us back to Peter. Mr. Gabriel had just left GENESIS, a band he'd been lead singer of since it's beginnings. Torn about his decision, glad to be free to do his own thing, but fearful that he might fail and regret leaving the group, he was hiking in the area and as he crossed over Solsbury Hill had a "Spiritual Experience."

 

It was so intense that he wrote a song about it, which went on to be Top 20 in the U.K. and #68 on the Billboard Chart, but as the years passed the song's popularity in the U.S. continued to grow due to exposure on FM AOR Radio, and confirmed the rightness of his decision to go solo.

 

Peter said the song was: "About being prepared to lose what you have for what you might get ... It's about letting go." Here we call it going with your gut and having the courage to make big changes despite your fears. Here's Gabriel singing his early solo hit at the 1994 Woodstock festival.
 

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