She’s back. Kate Bush is probably my favourite singer/songwriter ever. I first heard her music when I was a little kid in the 80s and my Dad would play a cassette tape of The Kick Inside and I would dance to the music. I particularly liked Kite and The Man With The Child In His Eyes. Then one day, he brought home a cassette of Hounds of Love and I was completely sold. I kept playing Running Up That Hill (Deal with God) over and over and dancing my ass off until I couldn’t dance anymore. It was magical for me.
As I got older, I started buying the CDs of her work. When I took trips to Hong Kong and Singapore, I was so happy to find the remastered editions of Lionheart, The Kick Inside, The Dreaming, and Never for Ever. I was never disappointed. Hounds of Love is still one of my favourites but The Sensual World has three songs that are very important to me growing up — Never Be Mine, Rocket’s Tail (Song for Rocket), and This Woman’s Work. I remember it was one day sometime in 2003 or 2004 and I went into Tower Records in Shangri-La and browsed the CDs there, killing time, and saw The Sensual World on the shelf. I bought it immediately. I remember those were tight days and I wasn’t financially stable but I gathered up whatever cash I could and bought it immediately. That got me through the year, for sure.
I don’t know what it was about her but I was just so interested in her, more than I have ever been with any artist. I read every article I could find, joined the mailing list to her fan club, and even bought two biographies because I just wanted to connect more strongly than I already do through her music.
In the book Under the Ivy: The Life and Music of Kate Bush by Graeme Thomson, I saw so many similarities between the singer and myself. From her writing process, to her love for dance, to the strong family ties that encouraged her artistic expressions — I soaked it all in and found myself connecting with her in an almost spiritual way.
I’m a fan. I’m completely and totally a fan and I think, of all the musical artists out there who have influenced me greatly, it would be Kate Bush.
Then one day, on my Facebook newsfeed, I see this:
I almost fell off my chair. No way. My mind started racing. I just have to be there. And since everybody knows how much I love Kate Bush, another friend posts this on my Facebook wall:
I want to go. I so definitely want to be there. And the thing is, I might be in Europe at that time period, visiting my brother in Portugal. I’m currently assessing the costs and finding out if I can make it. Even a day trip to London just to see her.
This is Kate Bush. This is 35 years in the making. I was born on the year she did her one and only concert tour. I have to go.
I have to make this happen.