Friday, 7 August 2015

Waking witches, dealing with gods

Normally I do not approve of a musician being called a genius (let’s reserve that for Einstein), but in case you were wondering why Kate Bush is the best thing that happened to music in the previous century, these are three points I would mention:

1. “The Man With The Child In His Eyes” was written when she was 15. And you won’t find many songs more moving and mature than that.

2. Whatever your opinion of folk music may be, “The Jig Of Life” rips to pieces all those bands toiling away in Ireland and elsewhere.

3. She may well be the only artist in the world who manages to thrill you by just laughing for more than a minute during a song (“Aerial”). 

I should put The Ninth Wave somewhere in there, but this has to suffice.