who is responsible for most of the guitar tabs on Majicat, painted this illustration for
the front cover of the tribute CD he is making of Cat Stevens songs, entitled 'Jam with
This is an
excellent depiction into the imagination of Cat Stevens artistry. If you take a few
minutes to thoroughly examine this painting, you will recognise many Cat related details
throughout, which most fans will be able to recognise. There are many different items here
with a connection to either songs or aspects of Cat's life and career. How many items can
with the Cat Connections Revealed
start this, let's first reveal... the odd one out
the single oak leaf on the
tree is a personal reference to Oakwood Studios where I create all my artistic and musical
. is wearing Teasers blue top hat from the Teaser & the
firecat front cover, and wearing a scarf with the polar bear image from the
Foreigner album sleevework.
" a black spider dancing on top of his eye"
( from Into
The spider is the
one featured on the artwork for Buddha & the chocolate box, and the
snowmans nose is the bamboo flute the spider plays , I wonder if it tickles!
Do you remember
"snowmen sleep in the sea"
.? (from Two fine
Well, the melting
flow of snow will eventually reach the sea, just like the stream on the cover of
Back to earth, and floating down the stream is the lily featured inside the CD
sleeve for the Mona Bone Jakon album ( it is also Lily-white ).
the back of the Numbers album has these same stars, seen in the castle
illustration, and, if you count them, they are
" seven evening
(from Angelsea ).
The spaceship has a
sticker on the side that says that it is 'VENUS BOUND' ( from Freezing steel )
in the ship is Trezlar off on another adventure, no doubt, ( I think that fellow Polygon
Qizlo must have lent him it ), in his hand he is holding a key ( ..theyll be taking
the key from the door".. (from Longer boats, which is another song, like
Freezing steel, about aliens and flying saucers.)
The lightning flash
is from the Tea for the Tillerman cover, and the Home in the sky
that you can see is the Polygon castle from Numbers.
Flying around the
castle are a circle of birds, based on one of Cats own drawings, that also gave
its name to the Cat Stevens fanzine Fantasy Ring.
has on top of it a European robin, .." listen to the robins
" ( from On the road to find out").
Below the robin
there is a piece of broken fence warning BEWARE ( .."beware, beware.." from
Wild world ).
On the original
Teaser & the firecat illustration the graffiti says BROKEN FENCE , so here
someones written BAD BRAKE(S) instead .
Through the gap in
the fencing you can see a real fancy dancer ( from Hard headed woman ) with
.." a feathered hat an all, wearing a warm wool shawl wrapped around her
and dressed in scarlet red, (from Sweet scarlet)
Could it be Carly
Simon, Steves one time girlfriend?,
but this is certainly the
"woman who made the rain come
" ( from the track Tea for the
Tillerman ) , and she is even casting a Moonshadow.
Cats shoulder is the logo from his soundtrack film Harold and Maude, and
above that is the oriental writing from the Catch bull at four album cover.
Further along is a
poster for a live concert, is it just another Saturday night? , because
hes had enough of those! The poster shows the stage set from Cats
Saturnight album cover.
The initials D.J (
David John ) appear where S.G (Steven Georgiou, Cats original name ) was on the
Teaser & the firecat cover, also where Cat disguised the year of his
painting, 69, as knots of wood, here there is 02 for 2002.
Moving along, there
is Cat Stevens own self portrait cartoon that he must have sneakily drawn on there
earlier, hes shown wearing the logo of the amplifier company WEM on his
The useful sign
further along the road points TO FIND OUT (from On the road to find
out ), Im sure it wont be long before Cats on his way,.. I know he
Peeping out from
behind the fence is the dog from the promotional photos for the single
I love my
dog . I wonder
Sat on top of the
dogs head , what else could it be, but a Brown haired dogmouse ( from
Into white )
the right has a Hummingbird , but ,oh, alas, its puncturing a peculiar
fruit and leaking out all the Banapple gas.
Sat in the tree is
one of the five red owls from the Teaser & the firecat story book and
animated film, he has a red yo-yo ( from the Izitso cover ) dangling from his
wing to amuse him until the next full moon drops from the sky.
Below the owl is a
Laughing apple, obviously amused by the yo-yo.
There are two
carvings on the tree trunk, one says that this is ..." old Satans
" ( from Katmandu ) and the other proclaims it as the
King of trees.
Hung from the
branches is a hammock from the Foreigner album back cover, but dont have
a lie down just yet, weve nearly done
has on it a framed photograph of Stavros Georgiou , Steves
Father as he appeared on the front cover of the menus in his restaurant, with
Cat Sitting on his own, but not by himself, theres the photo to bring
back memories of Father & son.
Next to this is a
hot cup of tea ( from the Tea for the Tillerman front cover) , and a jar full
of something to sweeten it with
Cat must be a Honey man.
Having the best jam
ever, and teasing out the musical notes is Kabuki, Steves own pet cat , and also the
name given to the brand on the jam jar label.
The dustbin is no
longer crying ( from the Mona Bone Jakon front cover ), but instead has the
Firecats fishbone poking out from under its lid. Kabuki is much more
interested in the sweet jamming that his master produces though.
Something else that
got thrown out is the ticket stub on the ground, a third row seat for Cats never
realised musical - Revolussia, in row C seat No.79 (
from Sun/C79 ).
Next someone has
left a very precious gift for him in a basket, the fairest little baby, The boy with
the moon and star on his head. Dont wake him or hell start crying to be
lies the chocolate box , I can only guess that its contents must have been eaten
already, and the box just discarded material now, there must be other things to discover
( from the Buddha & the chocolate box sleeve artwork) .
The wine bottle is
empty, except for the last Sweet scarlet drop , this label reveals itself to
be a fine vintage red, the label reads MOULIN vin ROUGE , another reference to the
Moulin Rouge restaurant Steves father owned .
Lastly the Rolling
Stone magazine has Cat Stevens at the height of his popularity posing as Teaser on
its front cover, the pinnacle achievement of Pop stardom that "somebody left
"never wanted to be a star" anyway, he just "wanted to put a little love in
. and he definitely succeeded.
- David John
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