XM Radio Interview & Photograph
Satellite Radio, America's #1 satellite radio
service, hosted an intimate talk session with
Yusuf Islam at their studio on Thursday, May
20 in Washington DC. This photograph, which
captures Yusuf during a mischievous moment,
is from the interview.
by David Harrington
for the interview itself, it was done in a
very light hearted manner and Yusuf humor
was evident as he joked around throughout
the interview. He was put on the spot when
a radio DJ from a 70's radio station asked
Yusuf point blank; "so what's the story
behind Carly Simon writing 'Anticipation '
for you while waiting on a date with you and
you writing 'Sweet Scarlet' for Carly and
just where does James Taylor play into this
picture?" Yusuf slid down in his chair,
pulled his jacket over his head and tried
to hide. It was just quite funny. But he answered
it like a real trooper!
But the most poignant point of the interview
is when he talked about his mother, mentioning
how much she meant to him and he didn't know
if he had told her that he loved her, and
regretted never writing a song about how he
loved her. So years later, he finally wrote
a song about mothers' and giving it to Zain
Bhikhas' son to sing on his CD of childrens
songs, 'I Look, I see' called "Mothers"
It's a very sweet endearing song. I don' think
there was an unsmiling face in the audience,
after hearing this sweet endearing little
song. Oh and I cannot I forget, Yusuf sang
part of his updated acapella version of Peace
train, and I have to say, he still has a beautiful
note for all you guitarist, as he talked about
this song or that song, he would play an air
guitar, moving his arms and fingers as if
he had a real guitar. What a sight to watch!
PS: They did mention that
the interview was not only being taped, but
also filmed. They may be placing it on a DVD
sometime in the future. So keep your eyes
and ears out for it.
More XM Photographs courtesy of David Harrington:
Radio Photographs from the Autograph Room