Throwback Thursday: “Wuthering Heights”

Yes, I know it’s Friday. But I wanted to get a Throwback Thursday post out this week, and I suppose I could change the name of this post to “Flashback Friday,” but since the feature is called Throwback Thursday…oh, never mind. It’s the thought that counts, right? Getting on with things…here’s a song I recently discovered from back in 1978…

“Wuthering Heights” by Kate Bush!

So I had heard the name of Kate Bush from time to time over the years…even heard some covers of her work. However, it wasn’t until a week or so ago that thanks to “Strictly Come Dancing” (the British show that spawned “Dancing With The Stars” here in the US), I listened to what is considered probably her biggest hit (it went to #1 in the UK upon its release in 1978), this song, for the first time. At first, I wasn’t sure what to think, but I liked it. It struck my fancy, so later, I listened to it some more (thank you, Spotify). Then I loved it. And eventually, I kept listening to it over and over. Kate’s definitely a…very unique artist, to put it kindly. Let’s be honest, a more blunt way to say it would be that she’s REALLY weird. But in this song (and the best of her other work, which I have begun to explore thanks to this tune), she channels that weirdness, for lack of a better term, into something bracingly unique, beautifully riveting, and gracefully melodic. Inspired by, you guessed it, the novel “Wuthering Heights,” and armed with a stunning soprano range (she recorded this when she was just 19), and a singular tone (it’s a bit hard to get used to at first, but it grows on you), Kate truly has crafted a timeless tour-de-force. It’s fitting that this was her debut single, because in my view, this is an excellent introduction to the free-spirited artistry of Kate Bush. This may sound cliche, but she’s definitely one of a kind–and this song is very strong evidence of that.

Now, to keep myself honest (I know there’s not anyone clamoring for my posts or anything, but still), here’s a little sneak peek of posts to come (hopefully some of them within the coming days):

  • An artist spotlight on the fantastic Laura Mvula, a rising star from the UK
  • An album review or two that I’ve been sitting on for a while
  • Another Throwback Thursday post (hopefully this time actually on a Thursday)
  • Songs and Music Videos of the Day, of course (I may get one up today or tomorrow, in fact)
  • More posts in Spanish
  • A new Play List post (most likely one highlighting my favorite arrangers, though this may change…)
  • A Sketches post I’m considering, on a very topical subject, as well as a Cover Stories post or two
  • And coming up next month…Christmas music galore, a recap of “The Sing-Off” special (that’s sadly all it’s going to be this year, but I’ll take what I can get), and of course, my favorite albums of 2014

I told you I had lots of ideas (at least I think I did)…stay tuned for all this and more, and for now, thanks as always for reading and listening.

Advertisements

One Comment Add yours

Now it's your turn...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s