Cat Stevens

As a child I never noticed Cat Stevens. His voice was lost among the others of his era that filtered through the radio. It was not until I was living in Paris a few years ago that I was confronted by him. I was staying Easter weekend at my girlfriend's apartment. One Drizzly afternoon her mother Ann-Marie made a pot of mint tea and said "sit down. You have got to listen to this." As she played the entire "Tea For Tillerman" album she told stories about each song and especially emphasised the lyrics of "Father and Son". Since then I have become kind of obsessed. Cat Stevens' voice is unique and his lyrics are haunting and humanizing.