Use the fewest words, sing the quietest voice, place fingers on strings with the lightest touch. Such are the apparent strategies of Cat Stevens. In his classic songs, there's a hush at the core, a whisper willed by a singer in search of focus. Take "The Wind." The vocal that sits at the song's center doesn’t seem so much performed as channeled, as if it's emanating not from the singer, but from the acoustic guitars that stroke and trace the vocals, forming chords that curl into rounds. Listen closely and you'll hear a third element – uncredited, but palpable. Around ...full bio
"[Rock Hall induction] certainly brings happiness to my fans and those who have campaigned for it. Embarrassingly, it makes me feel good, too."