Here is the List of the Moment, volume number 21, and it’s about time again! Some terrific new and old stuff this time. I found all sorts of inspiration from many varied corners and I hope you’ll like what you see here and give it a shot if you don’t know it by giving it a whirl on The Tant Mieux Project where you can take a listen.
Apologies to fans again, for we had a death in the family and so for this reason, I would like to dedicate every song on this list to Lenny Sacchetti, Lenny Jr., and Randy. Uncle Lenny, this one’s for you.
Thanks all for waiting.
"Wild World" by Cat Stevens – It’s been years since I heard this song, that is, until I found it on a collection of hits from the '70s the other day at, of all places, a gas station off the highway, and I just had to buy the disc. Other songs included “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Maggie Mae,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia” (which I have to tell you, is the first record, a 78 RPM that I ever bought for 50 pence in Finsbury Park (UK) when I was growing up).
"Wild World" – wow – is still a terrific song. A break-up song, of course, and if you must go, then go, and he may even mean it with good will, (although that line, “It’s hard to get by, just upon a smile…” sounds a bit like it may have some teeth, as if this woman has no brains, but then, this was the '70s, so it wasn’t exactly unheard of to call a full grown woman a girl, or baby, etc.) I’m not a politically correct person, I have to tell you. It’s not that I take pride in it. I say it only to make the point that I’m not after Cat Stevens in any aggressive way. It’s just lines like “I’ll always remember you like a child, girl” may have been meant sweetly as he doles out his advice about the wild world, but would this pass muster today?
I wonder. If someone I were breaking up with said this shit to me, I’d probably tell him to, well... use your imagination here and fill in the blanks in your mind. I’m no child. I know the world is “wild” — yes, oooh, the big, bad, world — I think we all know this. The 11 o’clock news makes that abundantly clear every day, as does the general current state of affairs in the world. No shit it’s a wild world. I’d have to have blinders on and be protected by ‘daddy’ to not see this, or was Cat Stevens ‘daddy’? More likely, he saw himself as pretty much every woman’s daddy; was the future telling? Well, no matter; once he accepted Mohammed and Islam, Stevens withdrew from music and changed his name to Yusuf Islam. He is currently on a government watch-list from the Department of Defense and is not allowed to enter the United States.