While people listened to Top 40 pop or hair metal, Samantha Taylor’s Video hits introduced me to a female solo artist out of Britain with this video:
This video caused me to head to a shop on Portage Avenue downtown, with records on the main floor, then a downstairs section with loads of cassette tapes. I had to take antigen injections for allergies at the Boyd Building nearby, but I had some time to kill and some money to spend. I found the tape, Hounds of Love, and bought it. She belongs to a select group of artists whose tapes I have worn out on that Walkman.
Soon more cinematic videos followed the album. It’s hard to call them ‘music videos’ when they feel like short films with their own score. Cloudbusting comes to mind featuring Bush as the daughter of an inventor played by Donald Sutherland:
Despite taking years between albums, her music has influenced artists like Coldplay, Sarah Mclachlan, and Tori Amos. She sold out 22 shows at the Hammersmith Apollo in London in 15 minutes last year. Sometimes a force to be reckoned with takes its own time, but it’s well worth the wait.
So here’s another two-for-one. This time one was my choice, and one was unknowingly selected by a fan in another artistic field. When Richard Armitage set up his Twitter account, he used this lyric, to sum up, another successful night on stage as John Proctor in The Crucible:
The quoted lyrics come from this song off The Hounds of Love:
My favourite actually comes from her 1989 album The Sensual World. The music makes me cry, or want to cry, every time I hear it.