Bush Days — The best music out there is the music that causes you to stop and think — whether it’s about life, a change in perspective, clever wordplay or double meanings, or anything in between, music becomes doubly rewarding if it causes you to connect with it, to interact with it mentally.
To his credit, Gavin Rossdale has always written very intelligent songs, and his vocabulary is as extensive as it is expressive. With the music of Bush, I admit there were a lot of instances in which I was literally introduced to new words — a cool feeling, unexpected when you throw on a rock record.
So if you’ll allow me a very Sesame Street—esque moment, here are some of the words I learned from Bush’s music. Have you ever had a similar experience?
Appearance: “Body” (Sixteen Stone)
Meaning: of or pertaining to the viscera; characterized by or proceeding from instinct rather than intellect.
Sample sentence: “Food or visceral? I’ll have visceral.”
Appearance: “Testosterone” (Sixteen Stone)
Meaning: a very minor or slight sin or offense; a trifling fault (lapse, slip, faux pas).
Sample sentence: “I quit smoking with peccadillos.”
Appearance: “Personal Holloway” (Razorblade Suitcase)
Meaning: a mild analgesic and antipyretic drug used as an alternative to aspirin (acetaminophen).
Sample sentence: “Paracetamol — a safe place in an unsafe world.”
Appearance: “My Engine Is With You” (Golden State)
Meaning: small or trifling matters.
Sample sentence: “Everything is simple with minutiae.”
Appearance: “Float” (Golden State)
Meaning: regular change or succession of one state or thing to another; changing phases or conditions, as of life or fortune; ups and downs (change, mutation).
Sample sentence: “Vicissitude is better than chocolate.”