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Commissioned for Arts Photograph: The Muslim convert formerly known as Cat Stevens returned to public life three years ago, releasing an album of secular pop songs after a year break, but he still seems uneasy about being back in the spotlight.
Our interview has been cancelled and rescheduled several times, even though I am told he is happy to talk about his new album Roadsinger, a return to the gentle acoustic mood of his classic early 70s period.
His nerves are perhaps unsurprising: He sued, successfully, and donated his award to orphans of the Asian tsunami. I am apprehensive about meeting Islam, too, for personal reasons. My father owned just three records, but two of them were by Cat Stevens - his albums Tea for the Tillerman, and Teaser and the Firecat, from and respectively.
This meant that plaintive, searching songs like Stevens's Moonshadow and Peace Train were the soundtrack to my youth; they also provided a strange portent of things to come.
Stevens's conversion to Islam - which came after he almost drowned off the coast of California in - narrowly preceded my own father's conversion from atheist intellectual to devotee of Indian spiritualism, after he almost died from serious food poisoning.
If we don't get on, there will be all sorts of psychological ramifications. We meet in Islam's offices in north-west London, near the Muslim primary school he set up in using the money he earned as Cat Stevens. In appearance, he is a unique combination of man of God and world-famous pop star: It's a confusing mix.
Islam doesn't see any contradiction between these two halves of his life. I'm still writing about that journey, but now I have the luxury of having a little map in my pocket. While his best 70s work was the product of a restless soul looking for meaning in a chaotic world, the author of the new album is an older and calmer man, one who has found solace through following a fixed religious path.
Many of the songs on Roadsinger form part of a musical Stevens has written, called Moonshadow, a semi-autobiographical story about spirituality and the search for perfection.
It has yet to be performed, though Islam is hoping for a West End premiere this autumn. I ask him if the inspiration behind his songwriting has changed much. He started playing music again after his son, Muhammad Islam, now 24, brought a guitar home and encouraged his dad to pick it up.
This was four years ago and, unbeknown to him, Muhammad had been writing and performing his own songs under the name of Yoriyos. If you don't pick up a guitar for 30 years, it's like a brand new experience. He became a pop star at 18, with hits like I Love My Dog and Matthew and Son, and then suffered burnout at the grand old age of I was coughing up blood in a convalescent home for a year, trying to make sense of it all, and for the first time I realised that there were much more important things to think about than the pop charts.
This led to a reinvention as Cat Stevens the acoustic troubadour: When he later rejected his own back catalogue as the outpourings of an unenlightened man, it felt like a personal betrayal for many of his fans.
Why did he feel he had to make such a clean break? I had to separate myself from the world I was in. I had to get real. Again, my father went through a very similar experience, having little to do with the world he was formerly a part of, and I mention this to Islam.
There's a verse in the Qu'ran that describes that path as feeding an orphan on a day of hunger. If your ego has shrunk, you find out that you can do a lot more for others. He would attempt to create intimacy in a concert hall, only to be bustled by bouncers from the backstage door into his limousine.
It's all to do with your understanding of your connection with God. You learn to view life as a place to learn, and I had a lot of learning to do. His attitude to his former self has softened over time, and he recently endorsed the re-release of several albums after years of disowning them.
They were like being in a room with your eyes shut and feeling the light of the dawn, and then opening your eyes and seeing the reality of the world. That's what Morning Is Broken is about, I think.Get an answer for 'From the Cat Stevens song "Father and Son:" “ I have not live in vain “ Pls make an introduction, body and conclusion..
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FATHER AND SON by Yusuf Islam / Cat Stevens Father It’s not time to make a change, Just relax, take it easy. You’re still young, that’s your fault, There’s so much you have to know.
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