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

Yusuf Islam  (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.”Continue reading “Five or Eleven Quotes from Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), plus a song and its lyric”

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 justContinue reading “Five Quotes from Joe Strummer”

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 songContinue reading “Just Imagine…”

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 JewishContinue reading “Five Quotes from Pete Seeger”

Five Quotes from Woody Guthrie

Woodrow Wilson 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 changeContinue reading “Five Quotes from Woody Guthrie”

Five Quotes from George Harrison

Image found here. “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 smallContinue reading “Five Quotes from George Harrison”

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 myContinue reading “Five Quotes from Robert Zimmerman”

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 IContinue reading “Five Bob Marley Quotes and a Live Clip”