Grace Perfecting Nature: A Tenth Anniversary Toast to Kate Bush’s “An Endless Sky of Honey”

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Most proggers regard side two of Hounds of Love as Kate Bush’s greatest work.  I love it as well, and I have since I first heard it thirty years ago this coming autumn.  Who wouldn’t be moved by the invocation of Tennyson’s Ninth Wave, by Kate as an ice witch, and by the observation of it all from orbit?  The entire album, but especially side two, is a thing of beauty.

A vision of the Natural Law itself: Kate Bush, ca. 2005 A vision of the Natural Law itself: Kate Bush, ca. 2005

Equally gorgeous to me, though, is Bush’s 2005 album, Aerial, and, in particular, side two, “An Endless Sky of Honey.”

No one, no one is here

No one, no one is here

We stand in the Atlantic

We become panoramic

The stars are caught in our hair

The stars are on our fingers

A veil of diamond dust

Just reach up and touch it

The sky’s above…

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