Classics: Kate Bush – The Man With A Child In His Eyes (EMI)
‘The Man With The Child In His Eyes’ pretty much displays a special impresion. The one we – the men – feel when lucky enough to cross the path of the Holy Grail. Meanwhile sort of unveiling an inner truth of sensibility which machismo tends to make us hide.
‘The Man With A Child In His Eyes’ depicts the relationship between a young girl – Kate Bush was only 13 when she wrote the lyrics – and an older man. He stands as a real character to the girl. Although nobody else knows if he ever exists in that scenario. He did though, as Kate Bush revealed it years later. But what the young lady beautifully captured at the time is that feeling as to how most of the men can be little boys on occasions. Meanwhile she also benefitted from the advices (and support) of David Gilmour (Pink Floyd). The latter eventually acting as her executive producer on this song.
Gifted with a unique distinctive soprano voice, Kate Bush paved history. This with her debut single, ‘Wuthering Heights’, back in 1978 at the early age of 19. Thus making of her the first female singer/songwriter to ever top the charts with a self-penned song.
Taken from the same album – ‘The Kick Inside’ – the vibrant ‘The Man With The Child In His Eyes’, with its symphonic arrangements, stands as one of her most beautiful songs. This with ‘This Woman’s Work’ which Neo-Soul icon Maxwell covered 23 years after. But also ‘Don’t Give Up’ with former Genesis member Peter Gabriel.
Dutch singer/songwriter Laura Stavinoha, responsible for the bumpin’ ‘The Other Side’, quoted Kate Bush as a major influence in the way she sings. Something you can definitely tell as a matter of fact!