In praise of … Kate Bush

Editorial in The Guardian 7th February 2012:

One of music’s most original talents is riding high again with the hauntingly beautiful and surreal 50 Words for Snow

Kate Bush‘s unique musical repertoire has been winning her fans since 1978 when, at age 19, she topped the UK singles chart with Wuthering Heights – the first woman to do so with her own material. And 34 years later she is again riding high after her recent nomination for a Brit award. But the album for which she is being rightly acclaimed, 50 Words for Snow, as well as cleverly weaving together some hauntingly beautiful melodies with a characteristically surrealist narrative, also perpetuates a widely held myth about the semantic capaciousness of the Inuit language. One author has called it the Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax. For contrary to popular belief, there are as many words for snow in English as there are in Inuit. Still, as the crisp white stuff beloved of children turns into freezing grey slush, it’s worth another laugh at the old British Rail “wrong type of snow” excuse. Noticeably, that old chestnut wasn’t rolled out at Heathrow this week.

About Peter

My Kate CV: Kate fan since 1978. Saw Tour of Life at the London Palladium 1979. Went to first KBC Convention 1980. Founded Homeground with Dave 1982. Worked on 1985, 1990, and 1994 Kate Bush Conventions, and the 1986 Video Party with Dave, Lisa of KBC and Krys. Appeared in videos for The Big Sky and Experiment IV. Wrote Introduction, Chronology and Discography for EMI Music Publishing's 1987 "Kate Bush Complete". Wrote the sleeve note for the remastered 1998 reissue of "Hounds of Love". Invited to write sleeve notes for other reissues which never happened. My other CV: born 1955 in Bermondsey London, educated at Galleywall Primary, Walworth Comprehensive, and London School of Economics BSc(Econ)(Hon) 1976. Currently an Officer of the Crown Court determining legal costs in crminal cases. Met Krys in 1982 through Homeground, we were engaged on Glastonbury Tor on Kate's birthday in 1983, and married in November 1984.
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4 Responses to In praise of … Kate Bush

  1. Well, it started in praise of Kate and then it got a bit lost and sidetracked and ended up talking about Heathrow. A real case of bad-for-journalism
    Grade: D- Please see me

  2. Barbara says:

    Plenty of frost to fall over in Leeds though!

  3. H.R. Hudson says:

    I’m wondering if Kate will release a statement regarding the passing of Whitney Houston.

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