Sunday Ramblings and Considerations 7.24.11

In this edition: Kate Bush’s latest, News from the Decemberists and Colin Meloy, and videos…

Kate Bush Gets the Okay from James Joyce’ Estate, Releases Director’s Cut

In 1989, Kate Bush conceived the title song of her album The Sensual World around Molly Bloom’s soliloquy from Ulysses (don’t feel bad if you didn’t make it to the end of Ulysses, neither did I, and I’ve an M.A. in Lit) but, sadly, she did not receive permission from the estate of James Joyce to utilize the text, so she was left to form her lyric as best she could without direct quotations. Nonetheless, The Sensual World went on to become her best-selling release in the US.

(I’m reminded of David Bowie’s experience with attempting to construct a musical adaptation of George Orwells’ 1984, only to be declined permission by Orwell’s estate to license the material. Bowie reworked his material and released it as the quirky concept album Diamond Dogs in 1974. )

Now, years later, upon a second request from Bush, Joyce’s estate has relented, and Bush has re-recorded the song, “The Sensual World,” retitled  “Flower of the Mountain,” as well as a few other songs from the Sensual World album and her 1993 album The Red Shoes which she felt needed reworking.

The resulting album, Director’s Cut, was released May 16th.

 Decemberists to Release New 8-Song iTunes Session

The eight-song live set EP includes covers of the Fruit Bats and Leonard Cohen. Available August 2nd on Itunes, and because we appreciate synergy, here are The Decemberists covering Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights (via).

You can pick up an entire set of Decemberists covers at Cover Me.

Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis to Release Wildwood

In related news, the Decemberists’ daring skipper, Colin Meloy, and the Decemberists’ adroit graphic artist (and wife of Meloy) Carson Ellis, are releasing their first book, Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I, on August 30th. It’s a charming adventure tale inspired by their local environs in Portland, Oregon, and suitable for many (possibly all) ages.

Meloy and Ellis discuss the inspiration for Wildwood, below:

The first four chapters of Wildwood available here (with e-mail):

Now I know what all my friends with children are getting for Christmas!

Videos, videos, videos…

(Clif’s picks)

Amy Winehouse – Valerie (live at the BBC)

Kreayshawn – Gucci Gucci
(note from Clif–it’s campy but infectious)

TV on the Radio – Caffeinated Consciousness

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