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Christine Kelley

Christine Kelley writes about science fiction and fantasy, popular music, radical politics, and revolutionary Christianity. You might know her for her semi-retired project Dreams of Orgonon, a song-by-song study of Kate Bush. Currently her main project is Nowhere and Back Again, a psychogeography of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Expect queerness, radical solidarity, wizardry, and the death of capitalism.Support Christine on Patreon.

1 Comment

  1. Nindokag
    May 28, 2019 @ 7:02 pm

    This isn’t about this song in particular but i didn’t have a better place to post this: I just wanted to say your Dreams of Orgonon blogging has made me a convert. I had never really listened to Kate Bush before, but your writing made me curious enough that I started listening to YouTube videos, and now I’ve bought her first few albums and am listening to them on heavy rotation.

    I’ve been a longtime fan of all sorts of other weird music — glam rock, prog rock, Peter Gabriel, Bjork — that overlaps or intersects with Kate Bush fandom and/or aesthetics, so it’s weird to me that I never got into her stuff before. I had heard of her and tried listening once or twice, but I didn’t “get it” until now. I think it might be that so much of what she’s doing artistically is tied up with the theatricality and story concepts behind the songs, that just hearing the audio by itself can be inscrutable without either a video to watch or an explanation to read.

    So anyway, thanks a lot for giving me an accessible introduction to Kate Bush and giving me a new musical fandom to explore.

    (unrelatedly… one time I saw a Turkish production of “Mahaganny” performed in a renovated castle in Istanbul. All I remember is that it was completely incomprehensible and there were gigantic chairs on the stage.)

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