Suspended In Gaffa Apr 14, 2008 3:31:43 GMT
Post by Barry SR Gowing on Apr 14, 2008 3:31:43 GMT
Yes ... I'm trying to work up a theory about the different 'stages' in Kate's songwriting. It's as if she's always on a quest of exploration, and also pushing boundaries and barriers. For example on The Kick Inside she's exploring herself as a woman - since she was quite young when she wrote those songs and so womanhood was a new experience for her; hence songs like Feel It, Strange Phenomena, L'Amour Looks Something Like You etc.
By the time of The Dreaming she'd moved on. Exploration of the purely physical was no longer challenging (or even desirable) and so her art had progressed into more spiritual areas (not that she had entirely ignored those areas before). We see further exploration of this kind on Hounds of Love. Her later work has at times returned to a focus on the personal, but now with the perspective of experience (and more recently, motherhood). However, the 'big themes' are still there, although addressed with a calmness and resoluteness that she was yet to develop at the time of The Dreaming.
That's my take on it, anyway. I'm not a woman, so it may seem a little presumptuous of me to interpret some of her more ... visceral ... writing (particularly the early stuff).