"Zeitgeist" - 6/17/22
I've been compared to Kate
Since my late teens
Back then, I only knew her as
(Apparently) a UK version of the me
I had yet to understand I would choose
To become
I was still coming out of my
Synth-nerd/ballerina shell still reeling
From school bullies and older men
Promising me career opportunities
While pressuring me to sit on
Their laps
My first awareness of Kate
Was via a high school friend I later found
Out was gay. We were at his house
He showed me a poster on his wall
She was wildly theatrical he said "She's
My goddess!"
Later my sophomore roommate played
"The Sensual World" and that was really
My first foray. Between her and Tori Amos
The comparison wars began. Then there was
Ani whose music I discovered through an ex-
These three artists' names have been a kind
Of aspiration tryptic barometers of how my own spirit
Must in some way be linked to particular
Feminine energies wide-ranging but similarly
Focused on seeing their musical missions through
To the hilt
By my 20's I began to understand that it wasn't
Sonics or structure but a kind of outsider-ness
A desire to embrace dynamics from the lowest
Lows to the furthest throes passion's impression
Reborn in the forms of strong, irrepressible women
That bound
People's perceptions of my "idiosyncratic" sound
To Kate (to Tori, to Ani). If I had to write a thesis
Today I might choose to study why some times
In history are ripe for Kate-surgences such as now
What is it about this moment and how can we
Celebrate most
Fittingly? There was that day when I lived a block from
Tower Records when I waited for 10 hours for a copy
Of The Red Shoes. I was a true fan by then, mainly
Because of Erin, the roommate who unabashedly
Pressed me to listen not to satisfy lazy comparisons
But with reverence
These months stage-flying with Imelda May have been
A kind of portal and with each generous compliment
She's given once again the reflection from someone I
Admire "you've got that Kate Bush thing" observations
Only matched in gratitude by the recognition that we
Women of eclecticism
Genre-averse avid with ambition advice-resistent
Must now and forever respect the undeniable pleasure
That comes once in a red mood from understanding
All at once how precious is the unbridled vision
In all its glory the Whole Story the willingness
To concede
That we can't always predict when times will be right
When the moon will be full in spite of the mainstream's Mastery at assessing every eventuality occasionally
Without warning the zeitgeist throws surprise parties
The most disarming thing re: Kate Bush's comeback =
Quirkiness trending