Saturday, January 21, 2012

Kate Bush

Saturday January 21, 9:26 a.m.

There is a Saturday night variety program hosted by Osaka comedian Akashiya Sanma which has the bucktoothed loudmouth (not being racist here...he does have a sizable overbite) overseeing a literal harem of young women who look as if they just came in from the hostess clubs of Shibuya, and the atmosphere is that of "Kids Say the Darnedest Things". It's a long-running hit but the premise annoys me to no end.

However, the only redeeming thing is that the theme is the opening excerpt from Kate Bush's classic "Wuthering Heights". Not sure if anyone on the show is aware who Bush is or what the song's title is. I'm not sure why the producers even chose this song. But hearing those opening notes of tinkly piano and then her ethereal voice always has me running to YouTube to listen to the song in its entirety.

There is actually a Japanese singer who, vocally, has a passing resemblance to Kate Bush, and that would be Akiko Yano, also an accomplished pianist and composer. She doesn't have the full range of Bush but she has those high whooping pipes.