Whatever happened to the fabulous enigma that is Kate Bush? I used to love her music and her eccentric sense of style. She was a true 80s icon. Back in the day she was also one of the most photographed women in the world. She had a very unique look and an almost wild, savage look in her eye. She must be in her 50s by now and has completely fallen off the radar... although I did read somewhere recently that she was recording an album and making a comeback.
If you don't know who I'm talking about, Kate Bush a British singer and songwriter from the 1980s and 190s. She was famous for her eclectic music, abstract lyrics and singing style (fact: she has an amazing vocal range of three and a half octaves). She came from an artistic background of Irish folk music and was also known on the karate scene as "Ee-Ee" because of the squeaky "kiai" (battle cry) she developed (her father was a karate instructor). Her distinctive voice is also clear in her music but I would say it's more haunting than squeaky... thankfully. People also attribute her slightly off the wall, complicated dance moves to her karate training.
My all time favorite Kate Bush anthem has to be Wuthering Heights, which was also her debut single aged 19, and based on the book by Emily Bronte with whom she shares a birthday. Have a listen to it here:
It reminds me of my travels around Mexico with a friend of mine. On overnight bus rides, we used to listen to an old cassette walkman (shows you how long ago it was) and one of the only tapes she brought with her was this song so we listened to it on repeat. In fact I think I can still recite the words today and I haven't listened to it for a while.
Another one of my favorite songs is Mrs. Bartolozzi taken from her 2005 album Aerial. She sings about a washing machine even though the song has nothing to do with a washing machine....I guess Mrs Bartolozzi just does a lot of washing!
She also sang a song about Pi, yes Pi, the magic mathematical number. She once said in an interview with BBC Radio 2:
"I really like the challenge of singing numbers, as opposed to words because numbers are so unemotional as a lyric to sing and it was really fascinating singing that. Trying to sort of, put an emotional element into singing about...a seven...you know and you really care about that nine. I find numbers fascinating, the idea that nearly everything can be broken down into numbers, it is a fascinating thing; and i think also that we are completely surrounded by numbers now, in a way that we weren't you know even 20, 30 years ago we're all walking around with mobile phones and numbers on our foreheads almost; and it's like you know computers..."
So she had some pretty strange ideas going on in her head. She's even been compared to Miss Havisham of Great Expectations because of her eccentric, reclusive nature but I think it's great. So many singers nowadays just churn out the same stuff and there's nothing that distinguishes one from the next.
Anyway, Kate, if you happen to be reading this, we want more!
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