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Mar 10, 2021

Heathcliff! It's us, it's Strong Songs, we've come home!

The time has come for a deep dive into the music of the great Kate Bush, and what better song to analyze than her breakthrough 1978 hit, "Wuthering Heights." This song has it all - odd phrasing, shifting key centers, soaring vocals, character narration, an epic guitar solo, a red dress, and a celesta.

Written by: Kate Bush

Album: The Kick Inside (1978)

Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify

ALSO FEATURED/DISCUSSED:

  • “James and the Cold Gun” and “The Man with the Child in His Eyes” by Kate Bush from The Kick Inside, 1978
  • “Sat In Your Lap” and “The Dreaming” by Kate Bush from The Dreaming, 1982
  • “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush from Hounds of Love, 1985
  • Richard Buskin's 2004 Sound on Sound article about the writing and recording of "Wuthering Heights" - https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/classic-tracks-kate-bush-wuthering-heights
  • The 1886 remake/remix of "Wuthering Heights"
  • Kate Bush's iconic Red Dress music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW3gKKiTvjs
  • Noel Fielding's incredible live reenactment of the Red Dress video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du4uH1fC9B8
  • A demonstration of the bell tree: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhStPnEcXrk
  • “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky from The Nutcracker Suite, 1892 performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, 1999
  • “Starman” by David Bowie from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1972
  • “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra from Out of the Blue, 1977

Correction 3/23/21: The glissando in the intro/post-chorus is now correctly identified as being played on a bell tree, rather than a glockenspiel or the celesta.

OUTRO SOLOIST: Charles McNeal

Charles McNeal is a killin' Oakland-based sax player who plays all over the bay area. He's also a master jazz transcriber, and has chronicled tons of great solos. You can find him playing out in a variety of bands and settings; the best way to keep up with his music is to subscribe to his YouTube channel or follow him on Instagram @charlesonsax2 - https://www.instagram.com/charlesonsax2

NEW MUSIC VIDEO!

Kirk just finished a new music video - it's a multi-instrumental arrangement of "Greenpath" from the video game Hollow Knight. It features 18 different instruments, including solos on tenor sax and wine glasses.

You can watch the whole thing on YouTube: https://youtu.be/eIVtGlcpZS0

You can also listen on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kirkhamilton/greenpath-from-hollow-knight-multi-instrumental-arrangement

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