Fireside

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Old Saint Nicholas up the chimney,
Just a-popping up in my memory…

Fireside

The white city, she is so beautiful
Upon the black-soot icicled roofs…

december

A Merry Christmas to everyone who might have found something interesting here at WhistlesintheWind, followers old and new, and the faithful. It’s much appreciated!

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Another word for snow

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Two or three years before Kate Bush’s imagination was fired by the Brontes, another songwriter had woven Charlotte Brontë’s Villette into a wonderfully understated folk song. Catherine Howe now has some well-deserved recognition – thanks to the reissue of her classic 1971 album ‘What a Beautiful Place’ in the mid-2000s. She has written some exceptional songs, and here’s one she revisited for the album ‘An English Tale’ in 2010 (the original version on the 1976 album Silent Mother Nature has a harpsichord accompaniment).

Sky Lady – Kate Bush and Nick Price

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My brother loved Kate Bush. I remember the first album, The Kick Inside, arriving in our house sometime in March 1978, and no older than the decade itself, for the next few years I was fascinated, confused and enlightened by a stream of images and lyrics that drifted round the house like an intoxicating mist. Of all the images, it was the ones by Nick Price which I liked the most, particularly ‘December Will Be Magic Again’, but that’s no good for Spring.

Nick Price designed the artwork for the Tour of Life programme – the ‘Sky Lady’ image.

He also did the Bosch-like cover for Never for Ever, explained here in Kate’s own words from an interview in 1980:

 On the cover of Never For Ever Nick takes us on an intricate journey of our emotions: inside gets outside, as we flood people and things with our desires and problems. These black and white thoughts, these bats and doves, freeze-framed in flight, swoop into the album and out of your hi-fis. Then it’s for you to bring them to life…

‘Lord of the Reedy River’ was a b-side and the single sleeve had a fantastically enigmatic swan on the reverse. I can’t explain why, but I always associate this image with Midsummer’s Eve.

I’m a little pleased to find this blog subconsciously linking things up for me – having searched out the Sky Lady images today, I can see where a seed of the Blodeuwedd post came from…