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Music Moment: Cat Stevens, “Peace Train”

May 6, 2011

Cat Stevens — Peace Train

I’ve been smiling lately. I really have.

Photographed by Julie Lansom.

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

With Shelley Duvall, via.
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

Richard Hamilton.
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

A few weeks ago, I came home triumphantly wielding a near-mint Cat Stevens LP from a trip to a nearby touristy mountain town — only to see in going through my collection that at some point in the past I’d brought that exact record in pretty much the exact same condition.

My organization skills may be in the toilet, but the important thing is, I’m consistent.


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

With Carly Simon, via.
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

I’ve been trying to balance my recent heady busy-ness in the areas of work and returning to school with the activities I love, like country driving, taking pictures, listening to my records, and of course spending time with my mad rad friendohs.


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

I don’t know by what trick or trends in behavior I’ve done it, but, despite recent roller coasters of emotion, anxiety, and obligation, I still just feel really happy and mellow about things in assessing the Spring, even accounting for the ups and downs.


I have this optimistic and even confident feeling as I enter the Summer. Here’s hoping it sticks around. I feel like everything is beautiful.

In related news, did you know you could smoke banana peels? The brown spots talk about their dreams while they sizzle and pop. Fact.

(Not fact.)

Everyone should be able to make some music; that’s the cosmic dance

September 4, 2009

I did my own homework and I’ve got my first romantic movie that has magic I can believe in. Harold and Maude takes on the most important aspects of love, which I think are the closest to a spiritual call for completeness that can only be found with another human being, a way of touching the infinite by gaining greater understanding of the world around you through the portal of another person, and you have to start by admitting your own foolish and cowardly humanity.

The way to do this is by having the courage to allow someone else into your life, to take chances, not to look for the safe or expected, but to strike out, to accept that love is radical and may change you. Being brave and maybe even impulsive, what an admirable and seldom-done thing that is these days I suspect.

Why is this? What are we so afraid of? I am afraid, I admit it. I am totally afraid. I run from powerful emotions, I avoid thinking of things and people that upset me or move me strongly, I look for the familiar and secure so that, while I may not be thrilled and shocked, I can be reassured that nothing will change, I run no risk that dangerous new ideas or emotions will reshape my heart. But that has been the wrong path. That is just simply the wrong way. And I won’t do that again, indulge in such bad faith to myself and whomever else, I have been trying with all my might to get bolder.

“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.” –Fyodor Dostoevsky

HAROLD: But Maude, you don’t understand. I love you. Do you hear me? I’ve never said that to anyone in my life before. You’re the first. Maude. Please don’t leave me.
MAUDE: That’s wonderful, Harold. Go out and love some more.

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”–Albert Schweitzer

But your heart must be open to the encouter and it takes courage to let that person work their magic on you. Pray for that courage.