Growing up in a music loving family, I was surrounded with all types of music ever since my childhood. My uncles and aunts played and taught different instruments and my dad was as big a music fan as I grew up to be.
So in my childhood other than listening to all the music that was coming up in the 80’s and then 90’s, I also listened to older stuff from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s that my dad used to listen to.
Of course, I had my faves from the music in that era too, and one of my favourite singers was Cat Stevens who later became known as Yusuf Islam when he became a Muslim.
I really like his music, songs and lyrics and among my favourite songs by him is one called “Father & Son”.
The song was covered by Irish boy band Boyzone in the early 90’s and has been re-released again now by Ronan Keating (former lead singer of Boyzone, another fave singer of mine) featuring Yusuf Islam himself.
This version of the song is really nice too, sort of a mixture between new and old, Ronan’s warm voice and Yusuf’s smooth vocals carrying the great lyrics ever so beautifully.
The song is a dialogue between a father and his son, and the lines I love the most are when the father says:
… Take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you’ve got.
For you will still be here tomorrow,
but your dreams may not.
I love this song…