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Thread #92621 Message #1773123
Posted By: robomatic
30-Jun-06 - 07:24 PM
Thread Name: The Wisdom of Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens
Subject: RE: The Wisdom of Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens
I thought the original post was quite nice but a bit too too much in the worshipful daughter of wisdom role. Nevertheless, the former Cat Stevens and his brilliant albums of the 70s had a permanent effect on me useless to amend or deny should I wish to and I don't. The fact that he found religion whatever that is is fine - for him. I've heard him interviewed and he seemed to have a need for a "one true faith" - a need that was bleeding out in his songs, to hear him tell it. This is a feeling that I do not share, that sense of a need for a single meaning in denial of all others. Nevertheless, the man is limited, but his works have gone much farther than the rest of him ever will. I respect the man, but embrace the works. They are not his any more.
They are mine, and yours.
"Longer boats are coming to win us, they're coming to win us
Longer boats are coming to win us, hold onto the shore, or
They'll be taking the keys from the door."