Kate Bush

I turn to my computer like a friend

Yesterday evening I watched a 2014 BBC documentary about that incredibly talented artist called Kate Bush. You can actually watch the entire documentary here (as of right now of course):

What strikes me the most about her it’s how her musical production exists weirdly out of the present time – ancient and ground-breaking at the same time. It only seems natural to me that, in mine and other people’s imagination, she hasn’t aged a day.

Anyway, I dedicated my morning to The Sensual World, which I had somehow overlooked through the years, and something really stroke me – a song called Deeper Understanding.

As the people here grow colder
I turn to my computer
And spend my evenings with it
Like a friend.

I was loading a new programme
I had ordered from a magazine:

Are you lonely, are you lost?
This voice console is a must.”
I press Execute.

“Hello, I know that you’ve been feeling tired.
I bring you love and deeper understanding.
Hello, I know that you’re unhappy.
I bring you love and deeper understanding.”

Well I’ve never felt such pleasure.
Nothing else seemed to matter.
I neglected my bodily needs.

I did not eat, I did not sleep,
The intensity increasing,
‘Til my family found me and intervened.

But I was lonely, I was lost,
Without my little black box.
I pick up the phone and go, Execute.

“Hello, I know that you’ve been feeling tired.
I bring you love and deeper understanding.
Hello, I know that you’re unhappy.
I bring you love and deeper understanding.”

I turn to my computer like a friend.
I need deeper understanding.
Give me deeper understanding.

How could she know, in 1989, that my little black box would bring me love and deeper understanding – and incredible loneliness?

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