bart_calendar (bart_calendar) wrote,

Look At Me, I Am Old, But I'm Happy

So, my dad's birthday gift to me is a Golden Circle ticket to see The Artist Formerly Known As Cat Stevens in Paris this May.

What's really amusing is that at the same arena I'll see The Wall exactly five days later. I'm trying to imagine two more dissimilar shows at the same venue in such a small period of time and I can't think of one.

I'm thankful that Rome Girl is not taking this occasion to joke that I'm a hippy for being so psyched to see this show.

"I'm just glad you like a different type of music," was her comment.

That said, it really isn't that different from what I usually listen to. She thinks I like "white men with guitars bitching" in her words - but the truth is I just like guys or girls who stand up for what they believe in.

I call it "punk" and in that I include "The Who" and "The Rolling Stones" as much as I include "The Sex Pistols", "The Runaways" and "The Misfits."

And Yusaf Islam/Cat Stevens/Whatever He Wants To Call Himself is just as punk as anyone.

Being a white middle class British pop star who converts to Islam, gives up music for more than 20 years while supporting dozens of charities and then coming back onto the music scene is a lot more punk than anything Joe Strummer ever did.

Anyway, this clip is you for you, dad.

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