Recommended by Hettie Duncan (Education & Outreach Coordinator)

PEACE TRAIN by Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens

Cat Stevens, and later Yusuf Islam, is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His musical style consists of folk, pop, rock, and, in his later career, Islamic music. He formally converted to the Muslim faith on 23 December 1977, taking the name Yusuf Islam in 1978. Regarding his conversion, in his 2006 interview with Alan Yentob, he stated, “To some people, it may have seemed like an enormous jump, but for me, it was a gradual move to this.” And, in a Rolling Stone magazine interview, he reaffirmed this, saying, “I had found the spiritual home I’d been seeking for most of my life. And if you listen to my music and lyrics, like ‘Peace Train’ and ‘On The Road To Find Out’, it clearly shows my yearning for direction and the spiritual path I was travelling.” [1972]

This song was used in the preamble for ‘Godspell’ with JAC youtheatre in 2011 which was staged at The Methodist Centre. We had so much fun making that production and I have such fond memories of all those people. Its uplifting lyrics remind me to be hopeful.