Time to flip the record over and start the second side of The Dreaming! On now to the title track, a dark and mysterious song with dense production and even more dense discussion of the song’s themes.
To dissect this week’s song, three guests have joined the show. We have input from Tomer Feiner, a Kate fan from Israel. We also get to hear from Liza Behrendt, a longtime Kate fan from Boston, Massachusetts.
And most importantly, our third guest lives in Brisbane, Australia. A few months ago, a good friend of the show, Christine Kelley, reached out to a friend who was more familiar with Aboriginal culture in hopes of finding someone to discuss The Dreaming on the show. So we will get to hear from Lizzie Orley, a Gamilaroi woman who works for a Brisbane-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community radio station called 98.9FM. When asked about Kate’s song, she had MUCH to say!
Song clips used:
Vox: The Sound that Connects Bruno Mars to Stravinsky (about the orchestra hit)
The Old Gray Whistle Test
The Dreaming (Official Music Video)
The Dreaming (live in Italy)
The Dreaming (live in Germany on Na Sowas, the “giant lizard” version)
For more about Aboriginal culture:
The Gamilaroi Dreaming
Documentary about the 1982 Commonwealth Games protests
More about the 1982 protests
Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
Sat In Your Lap could be summed up in one word: bombastic. Isn’t it fitting then that the episode about that song is jam-packed with guests? Of course!
What a way to start off Kate’s (now) beloved fourth album The Dreaming, than with five different guests this week from many different parts of the world! And they all have one thing in common: they love Sat In Your Lap.
- Tomer Feiner (Israel)
- Craig Houston (Ohio)
- Wayne Henderson (California)
- Vanessa Ramos (Canada)
AND we have a special contribution from longtime Kate fan Daniel Thomas, who was last featured on the Coffee Homeground and Symphony in Blue episodes. You’ll get to hear from him on each song from The Dreaming thanks to essays he has written comparing songs from The Dreaming with Tori Amos’ equally experimental (and the first of her albums to be self-produced, like with Kate) Boys for Pele.
This week, we’re talking ALL about this song. What it was like for us the first time hearing this song. The production. The lyrics (all of us going, so that’s what she’s saying at the end!). What others have said about this song. What Kate wrote extensively in the Kate Bush Club Newsletter. And lastly, who can forget the bonkers music video?
It’s all here in this first episode of the fourth season of the show!
Song and interview clips used:
In the Air Tonight
Sat in Your Lap (demo)
Sat in Your Lap (fan-made instrumental)
Sat in Your Lap (fan-made piano instrumental)
The Dreaming 1982 Interview (interviewer unknown)
Kate Bush on Razzmatazz, July 14, 1981
It started as an excerpt on a radio show called Personal Call in 1980. Only a verse and part of a chorus were ever played. “I was waiting for the flat note in the middle,” she said as the tape faded out. And for years, fans have wondered about this mysterious song. Is it called Maybe? Humming? Davy? No one knew. All anyone had was the clip she played on that radio show as well as an unreleased recording of a song called Davy that had a similar melody and chorus to what was played on Personal Call.
What was this song? And would it ever be released in full?
Years later, in 2018, the full version of this mythical song finally appeared on the Kate Bush Remastered box set, under its official title: Humming. All of her albums have been rereleased and remastered along with two CDs of bonus tracks, called The Other Sides 1 and 2. Track 7 on The Other Sides 2 contains the first ever full release of that little song Kate shut her ears on.
This week, we’re talking about this little gem with Tomer Feiner, a Kate fan from Israel. We discuss the history of this song, what the song is about, and a little of Kate’s early history before getting signed!
Also, we couldn’t find that flat note in the middle.
Song clips used:
Humming/Davy and Personal Call clip