Song of the Day, October 16: Houdini by Kate Bush

BushDreamingHoudiniToday’s song is Houdini from Kate Bush’s impressive fourth album, The Dreaming. After an impressive, rapid trio of albums, Bush took her time on her next outing, producing it herself and perfecting her just out-of-focus stories and richly layered sounds. The album features ten story songs, mostly elliptical tales with an appropriately dreamlike narrative.

Houdini is one of the most straightforward songs, but that works to its advantage. Narrated by the escapologist’s wife, Bess, it blends his skill, her concerns, and the supernatural beliefs they shared into a compelling tale. Bush is at her vocal finest, with subtle shifts in tone moving the story along nicely.

Enjoy this wonderful song today.

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, sports, science, economics and culture.


all contents © Robert Hulshof-Schmidt

Weekly Top 40

The Weekly Top 40 1955-2017

Major Spoilers

We know you love comics. We do, too.

The Immortal Jukebox

A Blog about Music and Popular Culture

Greatest British Songs

The best songs from British bands and artists

Social Justice For All

Working towards global equity and equality

The Falcon's Nest

The Home of All Things Rock and Sometimes Roll

%d bloggers like this: