The Wind

Album: Tea For The Tillerman (1970)
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  • In this song, Stevens examines spirituality and fate. His philosophical quest led him to convert to Islam in 1977.
  • This song was used in films Almost Famous (2000) and Rushmore (1998). >>
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    Shay - Las Flores, CA
  • The song, only 1:42 long, is the first track of Stevens' fifth album Teaser And The Firecat. The album shares its name with an illustrated children's tale he created and had published a year later. >>
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  • Natalie Imbruglia included her version of this on her 2014 album Male, where she took songs from male artists and approached them from a female perspective. She explained to Entertainment Weekly how "The Wind" fit into the collection: "This is the more spiritual song out of the bunch. That's another element out of my personality that I wanted to include. I love the way he's put the experiences of his spirituality into his music."
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  • Deethewriter from Saint Petersburg, Russia FederationTaken from Original Rolling Stone 'Teaser and The Firecat' LP Review [December 9, 1971]: "The Wind" is a model of economical songwriting, a far cry from the early pop songs in which Cat endlessly repeated the same trivial verse, padding it out with meaningless breaks. In less than two minutes, "The Wind" compresses Cat's philosophy and a description of his working methods into a few mysterious images. The language is beautifully controlled, the melody is exquisite, the vocal is soulfully phrased, and the two guitars play in elegant counterpoint. A gem."
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