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"December will be magic again".
We all feel that tinge of excitement when the 1st of December rolls around each year, with all the festivities that await us for the forthcoming month.
Of course, December means it's Christmas time, and Kate Bush encapsulated that sentiment perfectly in her Christmas song 'December Will Be Magic Again'.
A spell-binding and quirky song, typical of Kate Bush, it remains an alternative favourite today, her twinkling piano keys and gorgeous voice sounding like snow falling around you in real-time.
Though, the magic of Kate Bush's songs, is that whilst they stir warmth and wonder in people's hearts, there's always a hint of reflection.
But who wrote 'December Will Be Magic Again'? When was it released? Was it successful? Here's all you need to know about Kate Bush's true Christmas one-off:
As with all of her unique body of work, Kate Bush wrote 'December Will Be Magic Again' herself.
She was the first-ever female artist to achieve a number one song in the UK with a self-written song in 'Wuthering Heights', and made a point of maintaining her artistic vision throughout her career.
Written and recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1979, Kate recruited Alan Murphy on guitar, Preston Heyman on drums, and Kuma Harada on bass, whilst she played piano.
"Take a husky to the ice, while Bing Crosby sings White Christmas – He makes you feel nice."
Kate also pays homage to one of her literary idols in Oscar Wilde, who died in Paris the same month as the single was released, only eighty years earlier.
"Light the candlelights to conjure Mr. Wilde into the Silent Night. Ooh, it’s quiet inside, here in Oscar’s mind."
The same year as Kate's first and only tour - 1979's The Tour Of Life - her mainstream chart popularity was at its peak, so there was clamour for her to contribute to the pantheon of classic Christmas songs.
There was never any chance of Kate penning a hollow and heartless track for the sake of it - 'December Will Be Magic Again' sounds as magical as its title suggests.
Kate Bush - December Will Be Magic Again (1979 Xmas Special)
Kate Bush premiered 'December Will Be Magic Again' in 1979 on the BBC television special, Christmas Snowtime Special, on 22nd December.
Dressed in a red suit, she embodies the child-like wonderment of what Christmas brings, dancing around on a red velvet upholstered armchair.
She then performed the song once again on her very own Christmas television special, Kate, a week later where she appeared with just a piano to accompany her.
There was never a music video released alongside the single, so these two performances are the only time Kate appeared publicly singing 'December Will Be Magic Again'.
Despite airing in 1979, Kate Bush didn't release 'December Will Be Magic Again' until the following year on 17th November 1980.
Released with B-Side single 'Warm and Soothing', Kate's Christmas single never featured on one of her own albums.
Elton John included 'December Will Be Magic Again' on his 2005 Christmas album, Elton John's Christmas Party, and it's featured on a variety of other Christmas compilations.
After its release, Kate's Christmas song reached No.29 in the UK charts and fared better in Ireland where it peaked at No.13.
Kate Bush - Home For Christmas (Audio)
Kate Bush did in fact release another Christmas single - 'Home For Christmas' in 1992.
It featured as the B-Side to 'Moments Of Pleasure' in the UK, and appeared in the BBC television film The Comic Strip Presents: Wild Turkey which screened on Christmas Eve that year.