Kate Bush wrote The Kick Inside when she was just 19 years old and I was 17. I thought she had written it just for me and listened to it pretty much every day throughout my late teens.
Along with Poly Styrene and Siouxsie Sioux, Kate Bush inspired me to stand out from the crowd, both in the way I dressed and what I wanted to do with my life and her subsequent albums were the soundtrack to my college years and early working life. When she moved the country to have her son and to try to live a normal life, I was caught up in the child yearing years and stopped listening to music for a while, so didn’t really miss her.
She returned to the music scene in 2005 with Ariel, and despite courting little or no publicity it entered the UK album chart at number 3 and earnt her two nominations at the BRIT Awards. I liked Ariel, but I didn’t love it in the way I had her earlier work and felt maybe my connection with her had gone. And then after another six years silence, she released 50 Words for Snow at the end of November and I was once again, completely hooked. It is so beautiful, I actually had to buy from Itunes rather than listen to it on Spotify, as I know this will be the soundtrack to the next few years.
If you are a Kate Bush and haven’t already bought it, put it on your Christmas list and get it on your iPod ready for the first snowy day.