The song “Morning Has Broken” (listen here) introduced me to Cat Stevens in the 1970s. Since then, he has been one of my favorite musicians.
“Morning Has Broken” was first published in 1931. An English author, Elanot Farjeon, wrote the words and they were set to the music of a traditional Scottish Gaelic tune known as “Bunessan.” This song reached number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and, in 1972, number one on the U.S. Easy Listening chart.
This song was soothing and supportive for me, especially after losing Larry in 1971, during the Vietnam War. It continues to be a favorite, reminding me that every day is a new day.
Cat Stevens also recorded “Where Do the Children Play?” (listen here). As an educator, parent and child advocate, this song is meaningful to me. Another beloved Cat Stevens song is “If you Want to Sing Out” (listen here).