Music hath Charms to Soothe the Savage Breast

Most of us have favourite songs that make our day get a little brighter when they come on the radio. Songs we sing along with. Songs that we just can’t help but dance a little to. They just bring your mood up a bit.

And then there are songs that do more than that. They don’t just brighten up a moment, They can bring a sense of peace, they can calm your feelings even when you are angry or upset. Or you’re driving and some guy passes you and then pulls in on your bumper and you have to use he brakes even though he’s got two miles of clear highway in from of him. What the hell is that about!? Anyways, back to my calming song.

For me, that song is “Morning has Broken” performed by Cat Stevens. I first heard it back in the early seventies. My sister had his album, “Teaser and the Firecat,” released in 1971 and she passed it on to me. But the song goes further back than that.

The song was first published in 1931. British children’s author and poet, Eleanor Fargeon was asked to write a hymn of thanks for the morning. She wrote the lyrics for the song and took the melody from a Scottish Gaelic hymn. Though it was occasionally used at church services it wasn’t until Cat Stevens recorded it that it received notice internationally. The incredible piano playing is from Rick Wakeman.

When I hear this song it’s as if everything stops while the world goes on. And when it’s over I can start anew. Here it is. I hope you enjoy this beautiful  song.

Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens