Even though women are completely AWESOME, it is a heart-wrenching and stomach-churning fact that 1 in 3 of us ( see UN stats here ) will also suffer abuse and violence at some point in our lifetimes
‘Strong Mind’ is a song inspired by my own experiences and those of family members and friends. It is about how strong and resilient we are in the face of bad stuff and how we can survive with our amazing strong minds, bodies and souls to stay positive and stand up together.
I just want to say first of all that Kate Bush is the best artist in the world ever. I am slightly reticent to admit that I’m abit of a late starter when it comes to appreciating her art…I was 36 when I saw a documentary about Kate on BBC Four and, being so blown away by her, I went out the next day and bought as many of her albums as I could get my grubby hands on.
As a child, I’d seen her videos and they scared me. I didn’t understand what the hell was going on with Kate. She was like a sheeny, soft-focus, wide-eyed, wild-woman as far as my immature brain was concerned. My Dad rather less maturely said he liked her in all the leotards.
In my teens, I only ever knew one person who was absolutely obsessed with her despite everyone else being into rave, hiphop and grunge. While we all got on with the business of trying to do the running man in trousers too baggy to do the running man in, my black-skinny-jean appreciating friend was being sent by the sounds of something different altogether.
I wish I’d took the time to listen back then – now I see what my friend was so enthralled by – now I get why she was so excited to finally pick up that Kate Bush pre-order from the record shop.
You may well have your own list of favourite Kate songs, but the ones I most relate to are: Love and Anger, Deeper Understanding and Hounds of Love.
I only regret not listening in sooner.
GO ON HAVE A BUTCHERS! >>>