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Five or Eleven Quotes from Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), plus a song and its lyric

(born Steven Demetre Georgiou; 21 July 1948)
“Communal well-being is central to human life.”
“Ever since I became a Muslim, I’ve had to deal with attempts to damage my reputation and countless insinuations seeking to cast doubt on my character and trying to connect me to causes which I do not subscribe to.”
“If you want to sing out, sing out, and if you want to be free, be free, cause there’s a million ways to be, you know that there are.
“Everything I do is for the pleasure of Allah.” 
“It is part of my faith as a Muslim to try to help those who are suffering from poverty or economic or political injustice.”
“Peace Train is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions of human beings.”
“Moderation is part of faith, so those who accuse Muslim schools of fostering fanaticism should learn a bit more about Islam.”
“People have times in their lives when they are forced to examine themselves.”
“The very first lesson that I learnt from the Qur’an was the message of unity and peace.”
“To be what you want to be, you must give up being what you are.”
“Music is part of God’s universe.”    
Peace Train 

Now I’ve been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun

Oh I’ve been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be, some day it’s going to come

Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again

Now I’ve been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun

Oh peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on now peace train
Yes, peace train holy roller

Everyone jump upon the peace train
Come on now peace train

Get your bags together, go bring your good friends too
Cause it’s getting nearer, it soon will be with you

Now come and join the living, it’s not so far from you
And it’s getting nearer, soon it will all be true

Now I’ve been crying lately, thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating, why can’t we live in bliss

Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again.

Five Quotes from Joe Strummer

John Graham Mellor (Joe Strummer)
21 August 1952 – 22 December 2002
“And so now I’d like to say – people can change anything they want to. And that means everything in the world. People are running about following their little tracks – I am one of them. But we’ve all got to stop just following our own little mouse trail. People can do anything – this is something that I’m beginning to learn. People are out there doing bad things to each other. That’s because they’ve been dehumanised. It’s time to take the humanity back into the center of the ring and follow that for a time. Greed, it ain’t going anywhere. They should have that in a big billboard across Times Square. Without people you’re nothing. That’s my spiel.”
“Authority is supposedly grounded in wisdom, but I could see from a very early age that authority was only a system of control and it didn’t have any inherent wisdom. I quickly realised that you either became a power or you were crushed”
“The future is unwritten.”
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. There is nothing more common then unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world if full of educated derelicts. Persistence and Determination alone are Omnipotent.”
“Everybody has a story to tell.”

Just Imagine…

I’ve always loved this song and have been thinking of it recently…the words seem more relevant than ever.  Then the topic of it came up on more than one occasion this past weekend in a class in which I am currently enrolled, so I thought I’d share it. At the risk of sounding hokey…this song and video nearly bring tears to my eyes.

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Urban Simplicity.

Five Quotes from Pete Seeger

Image found here.

“I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs.”

“I am saying voluntarily that I have sung for almost every religious group in the country, from Jewish and Catholic, and Presbyterian and Holy Rollers and Revival Churches.”

“I feel that my whole life is a contribution.”

“I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life.”

“I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody.”

Image found here.
Yes, I know I said five quotes…but here’s two more.
“I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent the implication that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people that I have known, and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical, make me less of an American.”
“I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it.”


To read more in the Five Quotes series, click here.

Urban Simplicity.

Five Quotes from Woody Guthrie

July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967

“Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.”

“Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don’t change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow.”

“The world is filled with people who are no longer needed — and who try to make slaves of all of us — and they have their music and we have ours.”

“Anyone who uses more than two chords is just showing off.”

“If you walk across my camera I will flash the world your story.” 

To read more in the Five Quotes series, click here.

Urban Simplicity.

Five Quotes from George Harrison

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“I wanted to be successful, not famous.”

“The biggest break in my career was getting into the Beatles in 1962. The second biggest break since then is getting out of them.”

“Try to realize it’s all within yourself no one else can make you change, and to see you’re only very small and life flows on within you and without you.”

“When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.”

“You’ve got as many lives as you like, and more, even ones you don’t want.”

Here’s one more, and it is supposedly the last words George Harrison said.

“Love one another.”

To read more in the Five Quotes series, click here.

Five Quotes from Robert Zimmerman

Fifty years and two days ago Bob Dylan’s first LP was released. I find this amazing…five decades and he still influences new audiences. When that album came out I was not quite five months old, and some twenty years later I became a fan of his music. Now, after the span of more years my son is a fan of his music. His music has influenced generations…and likely will in the future.To read a Rolling Stone article about the album’s release, click here.  

“I don’t think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. They are both just illusions that can manipulate you into thinking there’s some kind of change.”

“He not busy being born is busy dying.”

“I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.

“People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.”

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

To read more of the Five Quotes series, click here.

Urban Simplicity.

Woody Gutheire’s New Years Resolutions 1942

Courtesy Boing Boing 

It’s interesting to come across someone’s notes like this…70 years after the fact. Not only was Woody Guthrie an incredibly moving and entertaining musician/performer, and a talented artist, he seems to have had quite the sense of humor as well. Click the iimage for a slightly larger view.

Urban Simplicity.

Five Bob Marley Quotes and a Live Clip

Bob Marley, 6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981

“Though the road’s been rocky it sure feels good to me.”

“I don’t stand for black man’s side, I don’t stand for white man’s side, I stand for God’s side.”

“Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I’m not perfect and I don’t live to be. But, before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.”

“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.”

“Judge not unless you judge yourself”

R.I.P. Malcolm

By now many have heard the news that Malcolm McLaren died this passed Thursday. Though a true renaissance man in arts, music, and fashion, he is best known as the seminal figure and driving force behind the band, The Sex Pistols. Like him or not, he started a punk revolution. Some say that without this man bands like The Ramones or The Clash (and countless others) would not have existed. If this is true nobody knows for sure, but I thank him for his creativity and foresight to turn music upside down in the 1970’s and start over. Thank you Malcolm; rest in peace. Click here to read his bio on Wikipedia; click here to read his New York Times obit; and click here to visit a sight that lists (nearly) every punk band that existed in the U.S. and the U.K.

Urban Simplicity