Yusuf Islam

The passing of Robin Williams makes one pause and wonder how the lives of important names can suddenly vanish, never to be heard from again. Yusuf Islam aka Steven Demetre Georgiou aka Cat Stevens is a name we should re-familiarize ourselves with before he too disappears.

The timing of our memory reload could not be better. Cat Stevens, a wildly successful, singer and song writer chose a life path which lead him away from drugs and alcohol into a religion mood altering life. Stevens, an Englishman by birth, rejected Christianity for what he perceived as a more spiritual path.

His life has been filled with philanthropic acts and rejections of 9/11 type acts done in the name of Islam. While I cannot understand the need for such a public rejection of one belief system for another, Stevens, like Williams was, is a gifted, highly talented artist who ought be appreciated for his talent.

A US Cat Stevens revival (under any name) might serve the image of Islam well too. While most Muslim residents of the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and parts of Africa appear rock stupid, Stevens could stand as evidence that Muslims can be thoughtful and impactful in a positive way.

It just seems a shame to wait until great artists die before we recall their talents and how their talent impacted our lives.

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