Sunday, May 03, 2009

Yusuf Islam - Be What You Must

“To be what you must, you must give up what you are.” The opening bars revisit the classic tune, Sitting. Like many of his stories, this one grows into a new flower as it evolves. When the children’s chorus enters to sing with Yusuf, the poetry has transformed into a less didactic message. “Be you dust or be you a star, to be what you must, just reach out for what you are. And though you travel many roads, there’s but one way and that’s the one you chose.” Shoutouts for Thinking 'Bout You & World of Darkness.

A special shoutout for Roadsinger (“where do you go when hearts are closed? when a friend becomes a stranger nobody wants to know?”). The lyrical poetry leads to an answer that reflects my entire live. Where do I go when “lies are told, and the light of truth is blown out and the night is cold?”? I go “to a song” to keep me warm. Yusuf Islam