Today begins Year of the Rabbit in most places, but in Vietnam it is Year of the Cat.
Soft rock singer and songwriter Al Stewart was inspired by this kitty-centric year to compose an intriguing love story with a Casablanca twist, he both recorded and released during Year of the Cat in 1975-76. The song itself was also set in, of course, the “Year of the Cat,” and it became a big jazzy, soft rock hit.
If you want to relax to some 70s and 80s easygoing rock, Stewart has plenty of sounds to do so, including his 1978 Number One hit “Time Passages”.
Stewart had a knack for flowing tunes, and his “On the Border” was heavily flamenco influenced.
Stewart is still performing today at age 77, and has always filled with lyrics with history and literary references. He even turned a little known time in Elvis Presley’s life into “Elvis at the Wheel.” The song was recorded in 2003, and he made a video of it 2013. This year, another ten years later, Elvis lore is back in the mainstream and it just seems appropriate to close our jams today with this one.