October 30, 2016

"I listen to my words but they fall far below/I let my music take me where my heart wants to go..."



Just a Sunday morning song. It's what I was listening to and I found it quite beautiful. I'd appreciate it if you'd resist saying the usual things that are said against this performer.

29 comments:

Unknown said...

Cat Stevens had some gorgeous music. This one for years I thought was saying "I never wanted war not once" instead of water once that I noticed in a cat Stevens listening marathon.

Danno said...

Loved his music, he stopped his career way too early.

Mick said...

Yusef Islam???!!!

traditionalguy said...

Morning has broken. And it is still as beautiful as ever.

Curious George said...

Nobel 2017. Allahu akbar!

Robert Cook said...

In his heyday I couldn't appreciate him because my own tastes then were limited. Now, I think his music is wonderful.

Big Mike said...

Cat Stevens is on the no-fly list. According to Obama and Clinton that means he's a terrorist.

Virgil Hilts said...

I memorized the lyrics for TeafortheT album and for a while would sing album out loud while walking to high school. Then years later as adult seeing Rushmore in the theater, hearing this song (there were a couple other CS songs on it as well) and remembering again how fantastic he was.

The Drill SGT said...

Cat Stevens was a wonderful performer. Yusef Islam, not so much.

'nough said on this thread.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...
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Jim Gust said...

Saw him in concert in Boston about 40 years ago. Fantastic performance.

His music is what made Harold and Maude an exceptionally fine movie.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

I like that song they use for theme music on "Detectorists."

He did a cameo (open mic night at the pub) and I was surprised to see him so young.

I think maybe he's a better singer than was Gordon Lightfoot.

Steve said...

He swims upon the Devil's lake. Even though he said he'd never make the same mistake.

Danno said...

Eric the Fruit Bat said..."I think maybe he's a better singer than was Gordon Lightfoot."

Was? He is both still alive and still performing. I saw a upcoming concert email showing him in Minneapolis not too long ago.

rhhardin said...

Into White was good. Tea for the Tillerman is the only album I bought.

I have the feeling there was another good cut on the album but I don't remember what it was.

rhhardin said...

Youtube suggests cum Dederit in the margin, music that played in 007 Spectre with the closed captioning "Plays Opera."

EDH said...

He's been touring the last two years. Sounds as good as ever.

Changed some lyrics. Noticed he doesn't say "girl" in "Wild World."

Insistent, perfectionist, even demanding when sound checking with his techs, but always polite. I got a stronger British rather than Muslim vibe from him.

This year's show revolved around him recounting how he grew up to be a pop star. Seems to be more comfortable with who he is, who he's always been.

A bit of trivia: Did you know Gordon Lightfoot was rammed by Cat Stevens?

Unknown said...

Another piece of his that I love is sad Lisa. The studio album has one of the most
Beautiful violin pieces I have ever heard. Live performances use another instrument, nice but not so haunting.

R.J. Chatt said...

Doesn't sound very happy or joyful in a recent rendition of that song. Same song but impossible to listen to now.

I still listen to an old casette of "Teaser and the Firecat." The songs, "If I laugh" and "How can I Tell You" still tear me up. Sad songs but not miserable sounding.

rhhardin said...

Sad Lisa by Chyl Yu

David Begley said...

I was a big Cat fan back in the 70's.

Howard said...

Detectorists is a great show... it could be about our local Ham radio club.

I liked Cat Stevens back in the day because the beautiful girls with no makeup wearing overalls listened to him all the time.

No comparison. Lightfoot a much better songwriter and singing storyteller than Cat Stevens. Lightfoot was popular with the alchy cougars of the 1970's who went bra-less in halter tops and hotpants smoking Virginia Slims.

Saint Croix said...

I love Peace Train.

Inspired by a Hitchcock movie, apparently.

You know what you get when you google Peace Train Hitchcock?

Althouse!

surfed said...

I play this song every time I take my beloved "English Rose" out for a sail. Its always the first song on the playlist. I play it occasionally when I pick up the guitar...less often as time passes and I'm not around a campfire...

The Godfather said...

Thanks to the commenters who advised that Cat/Yusef is performing again. I thought we'd lost him.

Tess said...

i have not listened to him since he became a Muslim

ManleyPointer said...

"Possible candidates for a kite flying society..."

Introduced many in my generation to Cat's music. Still my favorite coming-of-age movie. Balanced the optimism of youth against the cold, hard reality of human limitation.

Bob said...

Very timely post. A week or so ago I had an urge to hear "18th Avenue", and I listened to some other old songs as well. I found a Yusef Islam video of him singing "Where Do the Children Play". He appeared to come across as the kindly old man he may now have become.

A bit of trivia. In 1971, Cat Stevens and Elton John did a duet called "Honeyman" which was never released. In other Elton John duets (with Neil Sedaka or John Lennon) Elton's voice is very dominant. Not so in "Honeyman". The Cat holds his own quite nicely with EJ.

The duet is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gePgHezXZM

West Texas Intermediate Crude said...

"I'd appreciate it if you'd resist saying the usual things that are said against this performer."

I am the Professor. You are in my classroom, on my campus. I can tell you what not to say.

But you can't tell us what not to think.

(I think you're voting for Hillary).