So this morning’s music comes from Yuseu Islam …formerly Cat Stevens and it’s his verson of the Christian hymn “Morning Has Broken”. Like Joni Mitchell’s music this song has an important place in my heart because it was the processional at our wedding!
Cat Stevens converted to Islam and changed his name in December of 1977, sold his guitars and dedicated his life to education and philanthrophy in the Muslim Community. In 2006, he released his first album of new pop songs in 28 years, entitled An Other Cup. He now goes professionally by the single name Yusuf. A second album Roadsinger, was released in May 2009. Currently he lives in Dubai and a musical fantasy entitled Moonshadow will open in Australia on May 31st.
Yusuf has been given several awards for his work in promoting peace in the world, including the 2003 World Award, the 2004 Man for Peace Award, and the 2007 Mediterranean Prize for Peace.
In 2009 the Yusuf Islam Foundation was formed and has become the umbrella group for two very successful charities: the Islamia Schools Trust (founded 1982) and the Waqf al Birr Educational Trust (founded 1992)and another charity the Foundation supports is Small Kindness. So take some time and visit these impressive charities that have sprung from this great humamitarian. Thanks Yusuf!
One of my favorite rock bands was Ten Years After. My favorite albums were the early one’s like Undead. Here’s an early version of Woke Up This Morning, which later appeared on their album SSH. It’s fun jus to watch Leo Lyons play bass!!
This Jack Williams song to hs mother, may not be a morning song only, but it does create that “sense of place”…”okra gets me vote, when it slides down my throat”……where does that happen?…. not the Hamptons!
So thinking about morning music this AM, this Joni Mitchell song popped into my head! Michelle Mercer in her book points out Mitchell’s ability paint vivid pictures in her music, and she does it well in this song. And who else would use a line like “we’ll talk in present tenses”! So let’s “put on the day and wear it till the night time!
So before Jerry Jeff moved to Austin and became an outlaw, he was a folkie in New York and wrote some beautiful songs like this one, “Morning Song to Sally”. One of my favorites and evidently one of Nanci Griffith’s too!
and while I was searching for Jerry Jeff’s Mr Bojangles, I came across this version of JJW “Mr Bojangles” by Nina Simone. As I’ve written before while Mr Bojangles is typically thought of as a black dancer like, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Jerry Jeff’s Bojangles was a white guy……doesn’t matter… Nina makes it work!
neorenaissance: Guest Post By Paul Douglas :A Message From A Republican Meteorologist On Climate Change This post should be required reading by every climate denier! And while this song was written when those rivers were catching on fire……I think it still is appropriate!
R.I.P. Earl Scruggs, you meant so much to so many!!
So last night “Discretion” was not the better part of valor, and in spite of the “Not as bad as the day before” pain in my left leg I ran. After the first mile, my decison was that I would just run slower and that helped I made it to the second mile and the pain was not that bad, and while the time was slower than 10 minute per mile, I continued on! I got to a point where a left hand turn would have taken me home and the run would have been a little over 3 miles – but no – Edward kept going straight and didn’t make that left until about another half mile plus! So after two eft turns I was headed home. The pain was still there but not bad. Then I had to stop at a traffic light just before the end. As I kinda ran around the lights, up one curb and back around the other, waiting for the light to change, my foot landed awkwardly and the pain went from not too bad, too not too good – no to really hurting! So I hubbled home, and ended with a 4.4 mile run at a 10:25 pace, the only good thing was that my heard rate stayed in the low 140′s the whole way! Anyway, while the pain is not unbearable today I really know it’s there! Guess it’s time for a phone call to the Doc to refill that Naproxen!!
The soundtrack for the run was the new album by Anthony Gomes, who
I was going to write about this AM, but have run out of time, so that will have to wait for later. You can read about this fine blues man at his website.
Another album that I’ve been listing to is Ray Wylie Hubbard’s new album The Grifter’s Hymnal . Here’s a song from that album, which by the way is very good – “Count My Blessings”
So I went out listened to some tunes on my way to and from the stores and got some things we needed. When I came back I read some and did listen to some good blues from Anthony Gomes and his latest album Up 2 Zero!
So here’s a little morning music from Anthony Gomes! Oh and by the way since there were more than twice the normal amount of hits to this site overnight my mood is much better this AM!
As I was coming home from Target last night, I was listening to tracks and bands I hadn’t listened to in a while, and thought of these guys;The .357 String Band and as I listened I thought that their “Streetgrass” brand of music would be perfect for the morning!!