Kate Bush begins her concert residency at the Eventim Apollo in London today. 35 years has taken the lady to decide to return to play live for her fans. ‘The Tour of Life’, his first and until then last UK tour, took place in the spring of 1979 and lasted just a month. The idea behind ‘Before the Dawn’ is very similar, since the residency runs from August to October but most of its dates (there are a total of 22), occur in September.
Bush is today one of the most prestigious artists of our time and her repertoire, of an already unsurpassed sophistication, includes masterpieces known all over the world such as ‘Cloudbusting’, ‘Babooshka’, ‘The Man with the Child in His Eyes’ or of course ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘Running Up that Hill (A Deal with God)’. For the price of the tickets, it is better for Bush to meet the expectations of those attending his exclusive residence and play all these songs … or not? What if Bush chose to touch some of the lost jewels of his career? Jewelry like this?
1.- ‘Among Angels’ (50 Words for Snow, 2011). Although the way Bush’s voice breaks in the first sentence of this song is one of the most awe-inspiring things ever recorded, it is the beauty of his piano and string arrangements, as well as his melody between the bleak and the hopeful, what makes the final track of ’50 Words For Snow ‘is an absolutely unmatched work of art. “There are angels around you / who shine like mirrors in summer / but you don’t know / there is someone who has always loved you and you don’t know it,” reads a lyric that seems to encourage the listener to overcome their fears and insecurities through the ghostly or supernatural imagery that enveloped Bush’s latest album, an imagery that found sublimity in ‘Lake Tahoe’ but which the singer made especially delicate and beautiful use in this song.
2.- ‘Never Be Mine’ (The Sensual World, 1989). Kate Bush brought this song back on her 2011 self-release album ‘Director’s Cut’. It is a piece of passion, but not in the style of ‘Wow’, but rather from a perspective of bleakness and bitterness: “this is what I need / this is where I want to be,” insists Bush heartbreakingly. The singer nevertheless concludes: “but I know it will never be mine.” Both pieces, the original included in ‘The Sensual World’ and the version of ‘Director’s Cut’, are recommended, but the first has a special atmosphere that the second lacks. Could it be because of the beauty and youth of Bush’s voice in 1989? Or rather because of the participation of the Bulgarian choir Trio Bulgarka and that of the Irish piper Davey Spillane?
3.- ‘In the Warm Room’ (Lionheart, 1978). With only a couple of albums released in 1978, Kate Bush was left with no choice then to pull on “album tracks” to fill in the repertoire of her first UK concert tour. Some of these songs, of course, are not among the best he has written, but many others are. One of them, ‘In the Warm Room’, my favorite song of his entire career, is a sensual piano ballad, with a humid atmosphere, but at the same time so beautiful it would make anyone cry. Slightly melancholic too, with a certain lonely air, as if it could only be performed in the middle of a forest at night, ‘In the Warm Room’ seems to explore in its lyrics a relationship of three («in the warm room / its perfume reaches you / In the end you will fall in love with her / she will tell you that she stays / that she is honest / that she loves you. ”Is she really referring to herself in the third person?
4.- ‘There Goes a Tenner’ (The Dreaming, 1982) . Track 2 of ‘The Dreaming’ is, in fact, considered a “lost” song. The song was released as a single in the winter of 1982 but did not hit the UK charts for the first time in Kate Bush’s career. What is known today, well, like a full-blown flop. Therefore, perhaps now is a good time to claim it and, incidentally, bring a little joy to this for the moment something sad list. The lyrics also tell the story of some amateur thieves who plan to steal his life and are scared to death in situ for fear of being caught. How not to love her? And how not to move to the rhythm of those playful piano arrangements? The development of the theme towards its climax, by the way, masterful. It would be a hoot if he touched her, in short, even if it was for the good old days.
5.- ‘All We Ever Look For’ (Never For Ever, 1979). With the arrival of the first ever sampler, the Fairlight CMI, Kate Bush began experimenting with new sounds drawn from the real world, such as birds or television recordings, and incorporating them into her music. One result was the broken crystals of ‘Babooshka’ and another, those with a more evocative effect, those included in ‘All We Ever Look For’, track 4 of ‘Never For Ever’ which, in addition to having a magnificent melody, which It includes the angelic whistle that appears sporadically -but not randomly- throughout the song, it also incorporates a harpsichord or what sounds like a harpsichord that gives the theme a certain timeless nature. It is not difficult to imagine Bush playing this song in the court of Henry III, already enjoying his performance as a small child.
6.- ‘Under the Ivy’ (Hounds of Love, 1985). Kate Bush published in 1985 the best album of her career, ‘Hounds of Love’, but did not include in its standard version this wonderful song entitled ‘Under the Ivy’ that again shows the enormous talent of the British for intimate songs and with a romantic air and, above all, for the lyrics with a simple message but with an overwhelming poetry. “Go to the garden / under the ivy / go under the leaves with me / to the white rose / and I’ll be waiting for you,” Bush sings. Novels could be written on that white rose… Such is the literary power of Kate Bush, a power that results in ‘Under the Ivy’ in a song, in a word, sublime.
7.- ‘The Fog’ (The Sensual World, 1989). Like ‘All We Ever Look For’, ‘The Fog’ seems to explore in its lyrics the moment when the son has to leave his parents’ nest and start a new life. The phrase “this love of yours was too great to fear / is deep and dark / as was the water / the day I learned to swim” is moving on this particular subject. Bush’s talent for capturing exactly the essence of what he sings about in his melodies shines through here while Michael Nyman’s string arrangements provide perhaps the most emotional moment. Unfortunately, we left ourselves in the pipeline, and in favor of the variety on the list, the great ‘Reaching Out’, another of the many jewels lost in ‘The Sensual World’.
8.- ‘Mrs. Bartolozzi’ (Aerial, 2005). One of Kate Bush’s most hilarious songs is an ode to her washing machine. The singer remembers in her lyrics a Wednesday when it rained so much that the water flooded the house and soaked all the clothes prepared for washing. “I took the bucket and the mop / and cleaned the kitchen floor / until it was shiny,” he sings. A beautiful portrait this’ Mrs. Bartolozzi ‘of the daily life of its author as a new mother in which the singer sees her blouse wrapping around her son’s jeans or hears the splash of the washing machine from afar. Maybe it was the one that inspired you to write this song? In any case, despite the contrast with her beautiful melody (Bush interprets it as if her heart had just been broken), a curiosity in the extensive British catalog that, due to its uniqueness, deserves to be recognized.
9.- ‘Lord of the Reedy River’ (Sat In Your Lap, 1981). The Kate Bush Half-Unknown Material Award on the list goes to ‘Lord of the Reedy River’, Donovan’s original track that appeared as a B-side on the ‘Sat In Your Lap’ single. The images produced by her lyrics are once again tremendously evocative: we can see in her a Kate Bush absolutely alone in the middle of the night navigating a river while transferring to the listener her love for a swan that has filled her eyes with feathers and her soul of music. “I got rid of my dresses / I let go of my hair,” intons Bush accompanied by a beautiful and ghostly arrangement of synthesized flutes. “Sadly we wept and sigh / while in the evening twilight / two swans glided and flew / down the river of reeds.” A magical version.
10.- ‘Hello Earth’ (Hounds of Love, 1985). If ‘The Ninth Wave’ is Kate Bush’s most evocative production, the one that most powerfully transports the listener to other worlds and realities (and the one that has inspired ‘Before the Dawn’), this song is one of her high points. without a doubt. The terrifying force of ‘Under Ice’ is noteworthy as well, but the way this particular track moves from the intensity of its verses to its heartwarming as well as haunting choral section, drawn from the Georgian folk song ‘Tsintskaro’ And played by some dead sounding Richard Hickox Singers, it’s just awesome. The best thing about the song, however, may be the way it drags the listener into the darkest depths at its end, only to be rescued or rescued by the hope and zest for life that ‘The Morning Fog’ inspires. Because there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
Eight of these tracks can be found in this Spotify playlist.
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