Kate Bush is wanting again on the ups and downs of 2022.
In a bittersweet message titled “Merry Christmas” on her web site, the 64-year-old U.Ok. pop icon displays on the pains of the the previous 12 months, together with the struggle in Ukraine and dying of Queen Elizabeth II, but in addition shares thanks for the renewed success of her basic 1985 tune “Operating Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” and expresses hope for a brighter 2023.
“I don’t suppose any of us have ever recognized a 12 months like this one,” Bush begins her word. “Life grew to become extremely scary within the pandemic, however simply as we expect it is perhaps over quickly, it appears to maintain going. It’s a bombardment — the horrific struggle in Ukraine, the famines, the droughts, the floods… and we misplaced our Queen.”
The singer-songwriter then turns to a extra uplifting subject: the resurgence of “Operating Up That Hill” on the Billboard charts, because of a high-profile synch within the fourth season of the Nineteen Eighties-set sci-fi Netflix collection Stranger Issues.
“It’s been a loopy, curler coaster 12 months for me,” Bush continues. “I nonetheless reel from the success of [Running Up That Hill], being the No 1 monitor of this summer time. What an honour!”
After being featured within the present, “Operating Up That Hill” — the lead single from Bush’s 1985 album, Hounds of Love — rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Scorching 100 and returned to the highest 10 of the Different Airplay chart after a document 28-year absence. The tune additionally felt success on a worldwide stage, topping charts within the U.Ok. and Australia.
“It was such an amazing feeling to see so most of the youthful era having fun with the tune,” she writes. “Evidently numerous them thought I used to be a brand new artist! I really like that! Once more, thanks a lot to everybody who supported the monitor and made it a success.”
Bush closes her message, which incorporates a picture of a small robin, on a constructive word by sharing some hopeful phrases from poet Emily Dickinson.
“I used slightly robin in a few of my Christmas items to mates this 12 months. I felt that this humble little hen, which symbolises Christmas might additionally symbolise hope within the context of Emily Dickinson’s lovely phrases: Hope is the factor with feathers that perches within the soul,” Bush writes. “I‘d prefer to suppose that this Christmas when pleasure is so laborious to seek out, hope will perch in all our souls. Merry Christmas!”