Saturday, 19 January 2013

Today I'm watching....

This video features a version of Kate Bush’s Running up that Hill. I have to say it goes against every bone in my body to even contemplate listening to covers of Kate Bush. She is without doubt a musical Goddess and I have never thought it was possible for any artist to successful make a cover of one of her songs.

However once you realise that Track & Field haven’t set out to cover a Kate Bush song but to cover a great song with some truly chilling lyrics then it is possible to just listen to it without comparing it to, in my opinion a Goddess. Let’s face it that comparison is never going to end well for the ‘mortal’ as it were.

Kate Bush has a very unique voice and that is an integral part of her songs. You may be thinking “well of course, that’s the same as all artists”, I have to say I disagree strongly. With some artists it is their voice that makes a song a success, with others it is the lyrics, Kate Bush uses her unique voice and groundbreaking lyrics to create some breathtaking songs. Track & Field’s version of this song doesn’t contain any remarkable vocals, there’s nothing bad about their voices but there’s nothing truly sensational about them either. Far from this being a disappointment it means the listener can focus fully on the lyrics.

Running up that Hill contains some of the best lyrics ever written, it really is poetry especially the line:

And if I only could,
I'd make a deal with God,
And I'd get him to swap our places,

Now on to the visual. The video is made up of cleverly edited scenes from Warehouse 13. This is fantastic series about a Warehouse full of dangerous artefacts from throughout history. Each artefact contains powers, mostly bad and there is a team of people trying to recover, store and stop others from using them to destroy the world. If you haven’t seen it, then I strongly advise that you put it on your to do list for this year. Trust me the song is a perfect accompaniment to the scenes being used. The song was used in the show and it suited the storyline very well. Without giving too much away the line quoted above was very poignant to one scene if particular.

All in all a great video:

Footnote: this post has given my OH the idea that I should start searching and reviewing cover versions of Kate Bush songs, well this could either be really interesting or........well it could be very bad.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Quote of the Day

Bill Bailey, on his guide to the Orchestra:

Describing the stage version of Mama Mia,
'It's a bit like being hit over the head with a piece of Ikea furniture, it hurts but you have to admire the workmanship'


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

New Year

So a new year is upon us.  I am going back to work tomorrow, it has been good to have a break but to be honest I won't feel relaxed until the end of January when our big deadline is behind us and I can focus on getting my life back to normal (by this I mean normal to me not 'normal'!). Over the last few months due to one thing and another I feel I have just been going through the motions some what.
Well no more, will I take this!  It sounds dramatic but to be honest it won't be.