Late to the Kate Bush bandwagon – not my fault, it’s a generational thing – but the hype around her first concert in thirty-five years was overwhelming.
Reading the Guardian post-concert, the devotion of fans who travelled across the world to attend the concert, the mystery around her, that she had last sung on stage in 1979 at the age of twenty; it is completely impossible not to want to dive into her body of work try and catch up to everyone.
Listening to her music is easy (thanks Spotify) but for learning about the history as it was happening, the BBC special on Kate Bush was an excellent introduction.
It is hard not to be pre-wired given the nearly universal acclaim that Kate Bush attracts, – and hearing artists like Elton John or St Vincent describe her impact on them generates a certain expectation that *you should like this* – but the music and performance, especially at the age she struck the scene, *are* remarkable. The favourites, Wuthering Heights, Babooshka, Man with the Child in his Eyes, Running up that Hill (shivers, genuine shivers) and her album concepts show such deep thinking and creativity that even now it is very easy to see how she could make such a huge mark.
I’m most touched at the moment by the album 50 words for Snow – in the BBC documentary St Vincent describes how the interplay between Kate Bush and her son, then with a chorus-boy voice, gives her shivers. To hear mother and son make music together, knowing that the care of Bertie is one of the main reasons she retreated from the public eye, feels like being let into a very private space.
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