Track of the Day: 'The Wind' by Yusuf Islam

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Reader Simeon serves up a great song for the cinema series (a song that’s also on the superb Rushmore soundtrack, featured in an earlier note):

My nomination comes from Almost Famous, one of my favorite movies ever. While many may choose the use of “Tiny Dancer,” I’ll instead point to a little scene that’s my favorite in the movie, set to Cat Stevens “The Wind”:

You never know if it’s happening in reality or inside William Miller’s head, but it is perfectly representative of soul of a film, which is about people dreaming and not wanting to wake up. It is an imagining and depiction of the beautiful futility of holding on to a moment and its afterglow, the sustain after a guitar solo or, if you will, an empty auditorium.

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