I recently posted the lyrics to the song “Sitting”, by Cat Stevens. One of my readers asked the question : what is the meaning for you in these words? Thank you “irishkatie” for asking the question.
When I was just a young thing.. I became enthralled by Cat Stevens; thanks to my older sister who played guitar, listened to, and played Cat all day long. She influenced my choice of music to a huge extent. She would strum on her guitar and sing “Wild World”, “Where Do The Children Play”, “My Lady D’Arbanville, “How Can I Tell You”, and so many more. For many years, she would sit at the end of my bed and play her guitar and sing to me and my sister. We loved it. There were never any complaints. But the sound and words of Cat Stevens grew and grew in my mind. Especially, the words. I don’t think Cat Stevens could have had a better fan.
Later, when I became a teenager, Cat became the love of my life. His images were posted all over my bedroom walls. I dreamed of him and lived and breathed his very essence. I felt that I knew who and what he was all about. But the love didn’t stop there. It continued as I matured. The song “Sitting” remains one of my favourites to this day, although I have many.
Many years ago I attended two of his concents, one in Ottawa and one in Montreal, and the moment he sat at his black baby grand piano and played “Sitting” was always the best moment for me. I always loved the song, but I don’t think I fully appreciated it until now.
I now think I truly understand the meaning of that song, and why it has such an impact on me at this point in my life.
I have come such a long way over the last few years due to various challenges in my life. I have grown by leaps and bounds. I feel the power growing in my hair, as Cat would say. And it`s a good thing. A great thing, actually. Cat Stevens chose a different route in his personal growth. Something different from what he referred to in this song. But he’s allowed. We all have the right to choose our own path in life and choice is the one thing that we truly own. I may be an agnostic in my beliefs, but I nonetheless respect the religious values of others. He was seeking something that he needed and when he found it, he embraced it. I can respect that.
Still, the words to that song ring true and meaningful to me. They remind me that we have to find our own way, no matter how difficult or how lonely the journey may be. And that we will see the light, not when we are fighting tooth and nail for it, but when we are able to open ourselves up and allow it to shine through us.
We all only have one life to live, and we better find a way to make our occupation of that bit of space in time worth it. Whatever that might mean for each of us.
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