My earliest musical memory is being given a cheap red wooden recorder, aged 5 or 6, by a family friend on a day out in Chester. I sat on the roman wall all day playing it, I knew in this reality, it was not music, but in my mind I was Pan.
John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) English Pre-Raphaelite painter. Oil on canvas Plymouth Art Gallery, England: artuk.org/discover/artworks/hamadryad-148214/view_as/grid... Hamadryads are tree nymphs of Greek mythology
Pan was the god of the wild, hunting and companion of the nymphs. He was depicted as being half human, while having the legs and horns of a goat, just like a faun; his Roman counterpart was Faunus. It is unclear as to who his parents were; his father may have been Zeus, Dionysus, Hermes,nymph called Dryope, Penelope who later became the wife of Odysseus, or Aphrodite.