Tuesday, 26 January 2010


Kate Bush's Russian song, and her version of 'babushka' ('From Russian бабушка (bábuška), ‘grandmother, granny’), diminutive of баба (bába), ‘old woman’). Ah, but it's all in the elongated 'oo'. That's the vowel that Bush sings better than any other; and this song makes lovely play with the drumbeat 'b' and the cymbal tapping 'shka' that is worked around this vocalic lyric heart.

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