Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Peace On Earth: Maybe There's a World

Yusuf Islam: Maybe There's A World


It was unheard of when beloved singer-songwriter Cat Stevens converted to Islam at the height of his fame back in the 1970's. Now, we find it less shocking to see celebrities dabble in other religions, but then it was very odd, and his disappearance from songwriting was even more of a shock. But his conversion gave a famous face to the religion, and now more than ever, it is good to have someone we recognize and respect making music of peace from a culture that is so misunderstood in our part of the world.

In 2006, under his Muslim name Yusuf Islam, Cat Stevens produced his first original album in over twenty years. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first heard a song from the album, but I was pleased to find that it had all the charm of the Cat Stevens records I love so much. He couldn't have chosen a more pertinent and important time to make a comeback and share his message of peace.

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