Friday, 23 January 2015

My Week with Kate Bush Day 3 - Don't Give Up

Day 3 of my week with Kate Bush and today its 'Don't Give Up'.

'Don't Give Up' was a duet between Kate and Peter Gabriel. Peter wrote the track and it appeared on his album 'So'. It was released as a single in 1986.

This single reached number 9 in the UK singles chart. I think it should have been higher as its one of those songs that is remembered.

Its been a long time since I listened to this, and its immediately struck me how beautiful this is. From the opening with the low key drums and beat, slow paced, to the start of first Peter on vocals then Kate.

Peter Gabriel has a great voice. He sings a melancholy tale in this, of despair and loneliness. Kate in contrast sings 'Don't Give Up' and gives him hope. The contrast of their voices - almost light and dark, hope and despair are so perfectly matched its almost tear jerking.

The video sees Kate and Peter holding one another. They rotate as he sings, then she sings. He looks handsome she looks beautiful. Its such a simple concept, but emotionally powerful and sensuous.

Don't Give Up is a love song, but not the traditional kind. They aren't soppy or filthy, just a woman supporting her man in his time of need. Simply gorgeous this track.

If you missed day 1 & 2 you can find them plus loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)

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