Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam) is preparing for Thursday night's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He described to RollingStone.com how he's reconnected to music in the new millennium.  He wrote in a guest column, "Even with the entire world sinking deeper into despair, we can still sing!  The spirit of humanity can be subdued, but never vanquished.  And nothing brings out that spirit like a good song."

Stevens is aware that his religious faith, and his own statements, such as endorsing a fatwa (order of death) against author Salmon Rushdie, drove a rift between himself and the musical establishment. 

He closed by saying, "The power of charity and human compassion must have been present when the judges of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame decided my history.  It will no doubt do much to heal scars that many years of separation have caused and help reconnect people to my legacy, which still speaks loud and clear in my music."