An Audio Diva Christmas: Kate Bush Comes To Sparkle The Dark Up

Friday, December 3, 2010

This weekend marks the time where me and my family roll up our sleeves and go HGTV by putting up our Christmas tree and decorating our house. It's a real mood swing experience. There will be disagreements about where my Grandma's vintage ornaments are to placed on the tree. Laughs over how "serious" my Dad takes his tree light decorating skills and how I will break something valuable. While it's sometimes a hassle to pull all the stuff out and arguments will ensue, it's the moment where I know the holiday season has officially begun, and that's the magic part of it all. But Kate Bush can explain it so much better than I can.

I have been in a Kate Bush mood all week, so naturally my attention would focus to her 1980 holiday appreciation track, "December Will Be Magic Again"---and what a beautiful song it is. It's like a warm cup of cinnamon peppered hot chocolate as it bobs and weaves in the whimsical art rock-pop style that only Bush can do. If there is a Christmas song that feels magical and haunting in the same go as well as express those childhood yearnings for the season, this one is it.

There are two live versions of this floating around. One is the original "music video" that is very fireside chatty and the other is a delicious rendition for a Christmas special she did back in 1979, a year before the song was officially released. Personally, as you can see below, I like the delicious piano version the best. Bush is quite an acquired taste, which is why this track doesn't get dusted off enough to play, but once you do take the chance to discover it you'll wonder why you spent so many Christmases without it!

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