Message from Kate

“Merry Christmas” *1

ケイト・ブッシュ様からのクリスマス・メッセージ。今年は”Running Up That Hill”の突然のリヴァイヴァルというサプライズもあり*2、昨年*3や一昨年*4よりもやや長文のメッセージになっている。

I don’t think any of us have ever known a year like this one. Life became incredibly frightening in the pandemic, but just as we think it might be over soon, it seems to keep going. It’s a bombardment – the horrific war in Ukraine, the famines, the droughts, the floods… and we lost our Queen. Many of my friends were surprised at how upset they were at her death especially as we aren’t royalists, but I think her passing became a focus for grief, for unexpressed loss that so many people had felt during the pandemic.

I used a little robin in some of my Christmas gifts to friends this year. I felt that this humble little bird, which symbolises Christmas could also symbolise hope in the context of Emily Dickinson’s beautiful words: Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.