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🎵 PRELUDE: Running Up That Hill

“Running Up That Hill” was written and performed by award-winning, chart-topping English artist Kate Bush. The 1985 single gained newfound popularity in May 2022 after it was incorporated into the plot of the fourth season of the Netflix series “Stranger Things.” In 2022 it became the most popular song on Spotify globally with 652,173,809 streams, last I checked!

Kate Bush’s musical aesthetic melds various styles, including art pop, pop rock, and experimental pop. She’s had a very successful music career that spans decades. If you like the song choice this week, I suggest you should check out her catalog of albums and singles. One of my favorites is called “This Woman’s Work.”

The renewed popularity of Kate Bush’s 1985 song inspired Mike and Steve, the hosts of The Music & Theory Podcast, to discuss this topic in their most recent episode, “Times Pop Culture Has Crossed Generations or Genres to Introduce Music to New Fans – AKA The Kate Bush Phenomenon.” They give excellent examples. Think Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” They love fan mail; therefore, have a listen and feel free to contribute to the conversation.

Listeners can find the podcast on various platforms and follow on Instagram @musicandtheorypodcastofficial and Facebook @themusicandtheorypodcast.

— ELISA ZUCKERBERG, Founder of HearItThere.com, an online resource for live music events in the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County.

📰 ICYMI: This Week’s Features

Mt. Kisco Playwright Spreads Joy of Creating Plays Through Workshops

‘A great way to connect with yourself’

“‘As long as we have each other…right, mommy?’”

Local mother and daughter team ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s,’ and memories of my grandma, too

Old Yorktown Car Dealership Site to House State’s Largest Electric School Bus Company

Effort to ‘convert all school buses on the road to 100 percent electric’

Mount Kisco’s Curio Room: A Bookstore and More

Your Best Bets: What to Do This Weekend

A Taste of Rye 2022

📡 THE FEED: Curated News in Brief

  • Officials Confirm Putnam Experiencing a ‘Severe Drought’: Putnam County officials recently confirmed a report that the county is experiencing a ‘severe drought’ from a lack of rainfall. (Examiner)

  • Smash-And-Grab Robberies Send Police On Manhunts Across Westchester: A Central Park Ave. robbery had cops looking for suspects who bailed from a crash, while Larchmont PD warned neighbors about another pursuit. (Patch)

  • Glass Ready to Enhance District’s Strengths, Address Shortcomings in Bedford: It would be understandable for anyone taking on a new job, no matter their position or age, to feel a smidgen of trepidation when they start. But for Dr. Robert Glass, superintendent of schools in Bedford, who took over the district’s reins on July 1, his summertime expectation of the school system seemed to be on target. (Examiner)

  • Nurses Rally Demanding Westchester Medical Center Provide Safe Staffing: Over a hundred members of the New York State Nurses Association at Westchester Medical Center rallied in front of the hospital today. During the rally, nurses called attention to unsafe working conditions in the hospital as a result of understaffing. Nurses highlighted the need for a fair contract with fair and competitive wages, a real plan to recruit and retain nurses, and improved patient care through safe staffing. (Yonkers Times)

  • Mount Kisco Approves Findings for Eminent Domain Potential: The Mount Kisco Village Board voted to continue with the eminent domain process last week for a 25-acre parcel that would serve as open space and replacement parkland if a proposed cell tower is relocated to Leonard Park. (Examiner)

  • Lane Closures Expected for Stretch of I-684: State officials issued an alert to Northern Westchester motorists about planned lane closures on I-684. (Daily Voice)

  • Community Mourns Ossining Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash: Hundreds of residents attended a vigil at Nelson Park in Ossining last Wednesday to mourn a 22-year-old village man who died in a motorcycle crash Aug. 28. (Examiner)


📅 FLASHBACK: Pre-1949

Pre-1949 photo of the Westchester County Fair. To many people’s surprise, the fair dates back to the 1690s, but back then, it originally resembled a marketplace more than a festival. The festivities didn’t become well-known until the mid-to-late 1800s, when the Westchester County Agricultural and Horticultural Society began to administer fairs in White Plains, where people would come from everywhere to march through Floral Park. It sported horse-drawn buggies, a cafe, and the “bicycle merry-go-round,” as pictured above. After being shut down in 1949 due to lack of interest, the fair was not open again until 1981 at the Yonkers Raceway, when the fair was reimagined for modern-day (or at least modern for the ‘80s). From there, it had a short run until the early 2000s, when it was canceled again for good. Today, fair-goers can enjoy the Yorktown Grange Fair, running for the 99th year this weekend. — MADDIE STONE

(Photo: Library of Congress)

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