After the Dawn: Reflections on Kate Bush

October 26, 2014 10:36 PM

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After the Dawn: Reflections on Kate Bush

In 1990, I spent a college semester in London. It was everything that experience has been for young Americans since the dawn of the Republic -- an eye-opening journey and gateway to a life of travel, adventure and, hopefully, some expansiveness. I was a wannabe writer and as pretentious as a 20-year-old wannabe writer is required to be, visiting Keats's house in Hampstead Heath, taking a lone trip to Chaucer's Canterbury, and feeling my world get bigger and brighter.

On Valentine's Day, while en route to a "poetry reading about love" by a group called Angels on Bicycles, I realized I was standing in front of the Hammersmith Odeon, where Kate Bush, one of my favorite singer-songwriters, had played her last concert in 1979. I imagined what it was like to have been...

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