Today seemed like as good a day as any to bring back the idea of peace.
For whatever reason, I recently stumbled across two videos of Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam’s “Peace Train.” I was fascinated at the difference between the two and how very moved I was by both versions.
My favorite comment from that post explained that the first was from a time of celebration and the other was a prayer.
I love the youthful joy of the first version and the sweet silliness of the line where he explains the song’s origin, being on a train and thinking about Alfred Hitchcock’s chin:
If everybody could, you know, love Alfred Hitchcock, I think it would be a better world, don’t you?
I’m intrigued by the stories artists tell of where particular works came from and it gives me hope to know that he created such a timeless piece from a seemingly idle thought.
A timeless peace would be nice, too.
I love the quiet maturity and hopefulness, however measured, in the later / latter version.
Wherever you are when you read this, whatever you believe or don’t believe, who(m)ever you love, whatever is your joy, here’s wishing you peace, love, and music. And maybe a little Hitchcock.