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cover story
Stardom, facing death, and his
promise to God
WENDY: Could you tell me about your spiritual
journey? So many people of our generation were on
a spiritual quest. And yours was so public. How did it
come about that you found Islam?
CBS Sunday Morning - By any name, Yusuf Islam is a legend. The
man who came to fame as Cat Stevens will soon release a new
album, a collection of songs he made famous half a century ago
and has now re-recorded with the perspective that 50 years of living
can bring.
WENDY: Do you live in Dubai part-time?
YUSUF: No, I'm full-time. I reside in Dubai and have
since 2010. I discovered Dubai in the early 2000s. I had
been coming here on holiday and things like that.
WENDY: What's your life been like during the
pandemic? Did you shelter in place, like many of
us?
YUSUF: Well, actually it's been quite reasonable for
us here in Dubai. I think that they handled it very well.
And I've had my jabs [vaccinations].
Of course, it's been tragic for many people who've
suffered so much, especially living in tenement blocks
and not being able to go out. And many have lost
their lives. I mean, it's really been tragic. I'm so grateful
that it's been much easier here.
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YUSUF: Well, I've always been asking questions from
a very early age, all of us do, but I took it quite seriously.
My brother was a bit of a philosopher. I think he
preached to me-over-preached to me. So I got on that
kind of thinking train a long time ago, and looking up
and looking around at the universe and not being quite
identifiably one thing or another, because of my background-my
father's Cypriot and my mother's Swedish.
And we were in London. So, it was really a struggle to
find my identity. That was the quest. And also, of course,
to find out what I was supposed to do in life.
That just opened the door for me
because it was the first time I began to
study the science of the soul, the self, and
that is where all my new songs began.
YUSUF: So, the whole journey began somewhere
around there. Then [in 1969] I got tuberculosis. After one
year of my startling career, my rapid rise to the top, playing
tours with Jimi Hendrix and Engelbert Humperdinck.
I was the number one boy on the block, you know, just
everybody wanted me to be there. Then suddenly I
wasn't, I was in [the] hospital and looking at my navel,
you know, wondering. Then, at that point, the Beatles
had started experimenting with the sort of esoteric or
Eastern philosophy. And I was given a book-actually a
Buddhist book written by a convert to Buddhism. That
just opened the door for me because it was the first time
I began to study the science of the soul, the self, and that
is where all my new songs began.
So when I came back for my second career, you could
say, all my songs were filled with that search. Time goes
on and things get really wild. Suddenly I'm a superstar
in most people's minds, much larger than I expected
to be-but to me, I was still kind of lost, still looking. I
made it my job to write songs that reflected whatever
I was going through at that time. It was very honestly
expressing myself through my music and using my music
as a vehicle to get me where I wanted to go. You could
hear those words, in " The Wind " : " I listen to my words,
but they fall far below. I let my music take me where
my heart wants to go. " " The Wind " is one of the most
important songs in my life.
"
Yusuf/Cat Stevens - The Wind (live Majikat - Earth Tour 1976. Bing
video)
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