We have such little mystery in our lives generally because of how we live now. I mean, of course, mystery is all around us, but the way we live our lives now, we're too busy to be bothered with it.
The more I got into presenting things to the world, the further it was taking me away from what I was, which was someone who just used to sit quietly at a piano and sing and play. It became very important to me not to lose sight of that.
Quite understandably, people think that if there's a six-year gap or whatever, that it's taken me six years to make the album. It's not really like that at all.
Originally, when I wrote the song 'The Sensual World' I had used text from the end of 'Ulysses.' When I asked for permission to use the text, I was refused, which was disappointing.
Obviously I try to make the best music that I can, but after about two years of making an album, you start to worry: 'Is it going to come out all right? Is it all going to sound churned out?'
My music can be a little obscure. It does worry me that the music might be too complicated for people to take in - that they have to work too hard at it.
I'm not sure there are a lot of things I'd want a manager for. I suppose I feel that at least the decisions I make are coming from me, and I'm not put into a situation that I wouldn't want to be in.
I think I was just lucky to be brought up in a very musical family. My two older brothers were, and still are, very musical and very creative, and music was a big part of my life from a very young age, so it is quite natural for me to become involved in music in the way that I did.
I love being a mother. I think it's the best thing I've ever done, and I personally feel that it's had a very positive effect on my work. I think it's an encouraging force for creativity, it feeds creativity - it did for me, certainly.
I listen to very little music, particularly contemporary. If I listen to it, it's going to be my own music, some arrangement or something. I spend so much time listening that the way I relax is by watching things, a comedy; that's my way to wind down.
I have to say I find it totally astounding that my albums do as well as they do. It's quite extraordinary, and it's actually very touching for me for the albums to be received with such warmth.
I don't read newspapers, and I've said I don't watch the news. I love books, but I don't read much. What I do is I get people to read to me, and I put the stories in my head.
I don't know about hiding away, but I really only like to present myself when I'm working on something - it's more my work I like to present to the world rather than myself.
I was writing from the age of 10, and I was never really into going to discos and dances and stuff. I never told anyone at school that I did that because I feared it would alienate me even more.
I suppose the worst case scenario is that people will get to the point where they can't actually afford to make what they want to make creatively. The industry is collapsing.
When your mother dies, you're not a little girl any more.
When I was signed, that was before the punk thing even happened.
There's always ideas buzzing around, but it's whether they actually end up materialising into a song.
Since I was 17, I had been just making records and promoting them.
One of the main reasons for wanting to perform live again was to have contact with that audience.
My life and my work are very interlocked. That's partly why I like to keep my private life private.
It's so important to me to do the washing, do the Hoovering. I don't ever want to lose contact with that.
It's not my ambition to be a big star.
In your teens, you get the physical puberty, and between 28 and 32, mental puberty. It does make you feel differently.
In a popular medium, you're going to get loads of stuff that is trite, but there'll also be some really special moments.
If I could make albums quicker, I'd be on a roll wouldn't I? Everything just seems to take so much time. I don't know why. Time... evaporates.
I work in a very contained environment, usually.
I think it's important that things are flawed.
I hear odd tracks from my albums every now and again on the radio, or maybe a friend plays me something.
I have this desire in the back of my mind now of making music and film at the same time - putting the two together.
I do have the odd dream where I'm on stage and I've completely forgotten what I'm meant to be performing - so they are more nightmares than dreams.
I could find faults with all my albums because that's just a part of being an artist - it's hard being a human being, isn't it?
For the last 12 years, I've felt really privileged to be living such a normal life. It's so a part of who I am.
Writing, film, sculpture, music: it's all make-believe, really.
Whenever I see the news, it's always the same depressing things.
I have a little boy, and I wanted to spend a lot of time with him.
I don't really see myself as a celebrity, but more as a sort of mitre.
I am just trying to be a good, protective mother. I want to give Bertie as normal a childhood as possible while preserving his privacy.
As we become this one global culture, in some ways it's things like the weather and nature that still hold our culture as unique to where we are.
I am just a quiet reclusive person who has managed to hang around for a while.
People weren't even aware that I wrote my own songs. The media just promoted me as a female body. It's like I've had to prove that I'm an artist.
My first Top of the Pops I didn't want to do. I was terrified. I'd never done television before. Seeing the video afterwards was like watching myself die.
I was aware of a lot of my friends being into things I wasn't into. Like sarcasm. It had never been a part of my family - they still don't use sarcasm.
I suppose I do think I go out of my way to be a very normal person, and I just find it frustrating that people think that I'm some kind of weirdo reclusive that never comes out into the world.
It's not that I don't like American pop; I'm a huge admirer of it, but I think my roots came from a very English and Irish base. Is it all sort of totally non-American sounding.
I've read a couple of things that I was sort of close to having a nervous breakdown. But I don't think I was. I was very, very tired. It was a really difficult time.
I understand that people want to just listen to a track and put it on their iPod, and that's fine, there's nothing wrong with that, but why can't that exist hand in hand with an album? They're such different experiences.
The music industry is in such poor shape; it's in a really bad way, and a lot of people in the industry are very depressed.
The great thing about vinyl is that if you wanted to get a decent-sounding cut, you could really only have 20 minutes max on each side. So you had a strict boundary, and that was something I'd grown up with as well. Also, you were able to have different moods on each side, which was nice.
The freedom you feel when you're actually in control of your own music is fantastic.
Catherine "Kate" Bush, CBEis an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. She is known for her eclectic and experimental music as well as her idiosyncratic performances...