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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Yusuf Islam formerly known as Cat Stevens new album 'An Other Cup' added to my ipod

" Think I see The Light, love all the song from this album, click & Get Yours Today! "

I bought this album after arriving at Dubai airport, a great addition to my collection. I grew up with staple of Cat Stevens song, being my all-time favorites are 'Wild World', 'Father And Son' & 'Peace Train'. He converted to Islam and change his name to Yusuf Islam after near death experience , and took a few decades off from writing any non-religious music. Watch his latest TV interview in YouTube with the ex-BBC Director Alan Yentob. Aired in June 2006. They Discuss Yusuf's Life and how he came from being Cat Steven World Famous Popstar to him finding Islam. Also interviewed is his brother and they speak about family life. It is one of the best documentaries about Yusuf Islam around. So please do watch it...This being his first commercial album after all this years of silence and I have been waiting for a long time. He also have a home here in Dubai and involve with alot of charity work, 'madrasah' in London & the world. Visit his website yusufislam.com, he is just an amazing guy...inspirational.

More about this album, the opener 'Midday (Avoid City After Dark)' is my favorite track off the album. The arrangements are all very beautifully laid out, and I love the part where he just says 'avoid city after dark'-( kan banyak setan merayap-rayap ni waktu magrib, masuk!-my mom used to scream when i was a little boy still playing outside the house during Magrib [ late evening ] ). The song following it is 'Heaven / Where True Love Goes', which is the first single off the album. A testament of God creation surrounding us is the verse he uses - 'oh, heaven must have programmed you'. A few others that stand out lyrically include 'In The End' and 'When Butterflies Leave' which sounds like it would be a poem right out of the Qur'an.

Musically, 'I Think I See The Light' just rocks - the piano is reminiscent of work right out of the 70's, and the horns complement the song wonderfully. 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' is a cover of Bennie Benjamin's song (covered by a lot of artists since). It is definitely interesting stuff though as it has the same poetic feel as 'When Butterflies Leave'. I have to say I really enjoyed this album. Check out the songs here, and if you enjoy it, pick up the album when you get a chance.

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“ Better to be a Pirate than to join the Navy ”

Steve Jobs - Referring to the pirate flag that flew over Apple’s headquaters in 1983. I believe that quote was one of three keyphrases for a large Apple meeting/conference, and the Pirate flag was attached to the Macintosh building after that meeting. So the flag was actually a reaction to that.