Moving (Kate Bush song)

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"Moving"
Single by Kate Bush
from the album The Kick Inside
B-side "Wuthering Heights"
Released 6 February 1978 (1978-02-06)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded August 1977
Genre Art rock
Length 3:00
Label Toshiba EMI
Writer(s) Kate Bush
Producer(s) Andrew Powell
Kate Bush singles chronology
"Wuthering Heights"
(1978)
"Moving"
(1978)
"The Man with the Child in His Eyes"
(1978)

"Moving" is a song written and recorded by English singer-songwriter Kate Bush for her debut album, The Kick Inside (1978). It was only released in Japan on February 6, 1978 by EMI Music Japan. Written by Bush and produced by Andrew Powell, the song is a tribute to Lindsay Kemp, her mime teacher. "Moving" opens with a whale song sampled from Songs of the Humpback Whale, an LP including recordings of whale vocalizations made by Dr. Roger S. Payne.

It made number one on the Japanese Singles Chart after Bush's performance at Tokyo Music Festival. Bush also performed "Moving" on BBC's Saturday Nights at the Mill, on a Dutch TV show about Efteling park and on her only tour, The Tour of Life (1979).

Background[edit]

Kate Bush was writing songs since the age of thirteen when she was pointed out by David Gilmour at the age of sixteen. She signed a contract with EMI Records soon after.[1] During three years, she pursued her studies and gained maturity in her writing.[2] After seeing an advertisement for Lindsay Kemp's Flowers spectacle, she decided to take mime classes with him. Six months later, she took modern dance classes with Anthony Van Laast.[3] Bush began to recording her debut album, The Kick Inside in 1977.[2] She wrote "Moving" the same year as a tribute to her teacher Kemp.[4] She explained in a interview, "He needed a song written to him. He opened up my eyes to the meanings of movement. He makes you feel so good. If you've got two left feet it's 'you dance like an angel darling.' He fills people up, you're an empty glass and glug, glug, glug, he's filled you with champagne."[5] "Moving" was only released in Japan as a single on February 6, 1978 with "Wuthering Heights" as the B-side in order to promote The Kick Inside.[6]

Composition[edit]

A sample of the final chorus and coda.

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"Moving" follows a chord progression of Dm–C–B♭–F–E–D–Am–Am/G–F–Dm–C–B♭–F–A7–F–Dm in the verses and Dm–Am–Dm–Am–Gm–F–A7–Dm–Am–F–G–Gm–Dm–Gm6–D♭–A–D♭–Dm in the choruses.[7] The song is set in common time with a slowly tempo.[7] Its instrumentation includes drums, bass, guitars and electric piano.[8] "Moving" opens with fifteen seconds of whale song sampled from Songs of the Humpback Whale, an LP including recordings of whale vocalizations made by Dr. Roger S. Payne. In a interview with the magazine Sounds, Bush commented, "Whales say everything about 'moving'. It's huge and beautiful, intelligent, soft inside a tough body. It weighs a ton and yet it's so light it floats. It's the whole thing about human communication—'moving liquid, yet you are just as water'—what the Chinese say about being the cup the water moves in to. The whales are pure movement and pure sound, calling for something, so lonely and sad..."[5] According to Dr. Ron Moy, author of Kate Bush and Hounds of Love, the lyrics evoke different aspects of Bush's songs : love, relationships, sensuality and desire. She is direct and assertive in the lines "Touch me, hold me/How my open arms ache" while she is more poetic and metaphoric in the line "You crush the lily in my soul."[4]

Reception[edit]

If The Kick Inside was critically acclaimed, reviews of "Moving" were relatively rare. However, AllMusic and Billboard considered it as one of the best songs on the album.[9][10] As "Moving" was only released in Japan, sales an commercial performance were limited. The song went to number one on Oricon Singles Chart after Bush's performance at Tokyo Music Festival.[11]

Live performances[edit]

Soon after the release of The Kick Inside, Bush performed "Moving" alongside with "Them Heavy People" on February 25, 1978 on the BBC's show Saturday Nights at the Mill.[12] On May 12, she took part in a Dutch special TV show dedicated to the opening of the Haunted Castle, the new attraction of the amusement park Efteling. She performed six songs in six videos filmed near the castle and across the park. At the beginning of the "Moving" video, the camera shows a tombstone covered with leaves. Then, the wind blows the leaves and lets appear the name of Kate Bush. She performs the song in front of the castle's door.[13] In June 1978, Bush sang "Moving" at Nippon Budokan during the Tokyo Music Festival. The performance was retransmitted on the Japanese television on June 21 and was followed by a 35 million audience.[12][14] She won the silver prize alongside with the American R&B band The Emotions.[14] In 1979, Bush included "Moving" on her first tour, The Tour of Life. Her performance is viewable on the video Live at Hammersmith Odeon.[15]

Credits[edit]

Credits adapted from the The Kick Inside liner notes.[8]

Formats and tracklistings[edit]

7" Single[16]

  1. "Moving" – 3:10
  2. "Wuthering Heights" – 4:16

Charts[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Japanese Singles Chart[11] 1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rogers, Sheila (1990-09-08). The Sensual Woman. Rolling Stone. ISSN 0035-791X. 
  2. ^ a b Kruse, Holly (Spring 1988). "Kate Bush: Enigmatic chanteuse as pop pioneer". Soundscapes. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  3. ^ Mono, Madeleine (1979). Today's Style And Looks. Face & Figures. 
  4. ^ a b Moy 2013, p. 13
  5. ^ a b Sutcliffe, Phil (1980-08-30). Labushka. Sounds. 
  6. ^ "Moving Kate Bush". KateBush.com. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  7. ^ a b Bolton 1987, p. 121-122
  8. ^ a b Bush, Kate (1978). The Kick Inside (Liner Notes) (Long play). Kate Bush. EMI Music Records. 
  9. ^ "The Kick Inside - Kate Bush". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  10. ^ "First Time Around". Billboard 90 (12). 1978-04-01. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  11. ^ a b Mendelssohn 2010, ch. 8
  12. ^ a b Horner, Al (2014-03-21). "Watch - A Video Guide To Every Kate Bush Live Performance Ever". New Musical Express. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  13. ^ "Kate Bush Special". Gnilefte. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  14. ^ a b St. Asaph, Katherine (2014-03-24). "Five Amazing Kate Bush Performances". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  15. ^ Brian, J. Dillard. "Kate Bush: Live at Hammersmith Odeon (1979)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  16. ^ Moving (7" Single liner notes). Kate Bush. EMI Music Japan. 1978. EMR-20417. 

References[edit]

  • Bolton, Cecil (1987), Kate Bush Complete, EMI Music Publishing, ISBN 0-861-75413-1 
  • Mendelssohn, John (2010), Waiting for Kate Bush, Omnibus Press, ISBN 0-857-12323-8 
  • Moy, Dr. Ron (2013), Kate Bush and Hounds of Love, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., ISBN 1-409-49370-9 

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