posted on August 20, 2006 at 1:01 am

vishnu the preserver
iesus christos
krishna the avatar
and then next
buddha
and all prophets n seers n sages
n angels of the ages
bless this holy earth
the dreamy misty lakes
the green pointillistic trees a’swayin
the kind hearted people
the chemical factory guys who start work at 5 am
the broken down suburbs on the way in
the audiences in the darkness
the cops n the villains
the schoolhood buddies who got high together
the endless rivers of traffic
the gifts we receive
the girls with busted noses n single dads
the truckers swaying thru the night
the warm night
endless rolling undulating
the traintracks
the wire fences
the guys who got married too young
the history
the maverick quality
bless everyone
whoever you are out there
you always have answered my prayers
let these people get a little abundance
send their dreams to em with bells on
let everyone be a rockstar for 15 minuets
be fruitful
increase
gauge the truth
one sparrow worth more
than all them silver machines buzzin’ chicago today
i got glass in my big toe
my little toe is sliced open on a bed leg
no hotel tonite
milwaukee all accom sold out
deliver us from evil
send me home
aum

72 Responses to “a midwestern prayer”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 August 2006 at 1:49 am #

    love
    and a manger for your
    sweet sweet head

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    stealthblue | 20 August 2006 at 1:53 am #

    Bless you, Steve. A lovely prayer from a beautiful soul. I hope you were joking about not having a place to crash. Of course theye are having some sort of Irish Festival in Milwaukee, is that the reason? If I did live up there I would offer my house to you and the fellas in a heartbeat. Hell, I offer my place to you guys anytime, except I am back in Chicago! I am 10 minutes from O’Hare Int. and we have plenty of room. No joke. We have select crashers quite often, as we are fortunate to have the space, just me and the miss. Alright, you guys please take care and we’ll see you again soon. Be good…
    Ben V.

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    veleska1970 | 20 August 2006 at 2:08 am #

    aw, jeez~~so tired you can’t stand it and you don’t have a place to sleep. so that probably means you’ll have to get on the road after the show to go out of town to find something….no rest for the weary olde hippy…..

    take care of your foot. ouch!! that’s all you need, huh? to have to be on it for the next few hours, trying to play a gig with a cut up, sore foot. well, after tomorrow night you’ll be going home, and you can prop it up.

    thanks for the prayers. and here’s one for you…..

    lotza love…..

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    Anonymous | 20 August 2006 at 2:13 am #

    Thanks for that Sunday blessing sk, but it sounds like you need a prayer for those bleeding toes…ouch!!!

    Is it one show to go? Good luck and go easy on that foot tapping tonight!

    Love,
    Amanda

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 August 2006 at 2:35 am #

    Dante’s 11th level of purgatoty??

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 August 2006 at 2:57 am #

    “one sparrow worth more”

    “Each day a bird would shelter in the withered branches of a tree that stood in the middle of a vast deserted plain.
    One day a whirlwind uprooted the tree, forcing the poor bird to fly a hundred miles in search of shelter ~ ‘ til it finally came to a forest of fruit-laden trees.”

    Home

  7. avatar
    mike a | 20 August 2006 at 2:57 am #

    I will say an Australian prayer for your big toe!! Good luck tonight in Wisconsin!!

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 August 2006 at 3:22 am #

    hang in there

    Celticat

  9. avatar
    starfish | 20 August 2006 at 3:52 am #

    I hope you recover swiftly. Maybe you can find a soft bed not too far down the road.

    When this passes, I’d love to hear how you thought the shows/audiences/performances were in Cleveland, Chicago, and Milwaukee.

    Peace.

  10. avatar
    starfish | 20 August 2006 at 4:12 am #

    One more thought… I want to thank you for inspiring me to pray. It worked.

    Remember how I told you (backstage Cleveland while smoking “Ohio’s Finest”) that I also have terrible howling tinnitus as a result of an ear balance disorder? The worst symptoms are vertigo and disequilibrium (perpetual motion sickness). I’ve had this condition for 3 years, with the last year being nearly intolerable, even after seeing 4 doctors. Well the last round of vertigo hit me in early June. I was sick for 2 days straight and when the spinning stopped, for a whole week everything bounced when I walked or moved my head. Uhhhhg.

    So I remembered what you said about asking god for help, when you just can’t take it anymore, because he can reach through and hear and help. Well, I was at wits end. I wanted anything to end this ongoing daily suffering. I asked for peace louder than I ever asked for anything. Two days later, the pressure in my ear went away, the disequilibrium stopped for the first rest in 1.5 years. I’ve been feeling great since then. Going on 9 weeks. I feel like a new person.

    Thank you for the inspiration. I think that your Midwestern Prayer will be answered.

    BTW, what I have is called Meniere’s Disease. It is now believed that Van Gogh had this. And look what he did to solve it. You can certainly see the inspiration of vertigo in his art. I wonder if Van Gogh thought it was worth all that suffering. Certainly he would have been a great artist without vertigo as added inspiration. For me, nothing would be worth the kind of torture I had endured for 3 years.

  11. avatar
    razor edalb | 20 August 2006 at 4:31 am #

    A groundhog has taken up residence in the woods behind the house. Good. It’ll give the creature hanging around the house (looks something like a border collie … I’ve been feeding it dog food for years, at any rate and it hasn’t left yet) something to bark at. If it can remember how to bark. I sometimes think it was kicked out of canine school. Not too quick on the uptake, if you catch my drift.

    Looking at the tour schedule, it sounds like you and the lads need something more along the lines of a wormhole (instead of a groundhog hole) to make it to the next gig. Mapquest estimates it at over 2000 miles and 31.6 hours driving time.

    Put the Foghat CD on replay and burn out the “Drivin Wheel” track. Bummer about Rod Price biting the stairs last year . . . he played a wicked slide guitar.

    Me thinks you’re going to need at least a mostly alluminum and steel machine (silver’s too costly for an aeroplane)
    to make it to SF on time.

    But then, who knows what wonders The Time Being can perform?

    Bummer about the toes. I nearly took a nail off one of mine years ago and it’s not been right since (the nail, not the toe). It wants to grow in crazy directions. It has no manners, I tell ya!

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 August 2006 at 4:47 am #

    take good care
    of your foot sk
    sending good vibes
    love
    diane
    xo

  13. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 20 August 2006 at 4:50 am #

    Oh Steve,
    If someone told me 20 years ago that my favourite singer-songwriter/poet/writer in the entire world would be sitting alone in his sleazy hotel room, feeling all those sad things, 5 floors above my sleazy hotel room, I would’ve said they were insane. But alas, after the show, there I was, on the 5th floor of same said sleazy hotel room (could you believe that place??? I swear I didn’t know you guys were staying there – someone told me to stay there…BTW, the windows there DID open, I tried it, and the sleaze factor made me consider leaping out…heh) lying on the bed, watching a fly buzz around the room, not wanting to kill it, but wanting it to go away. I think that place had serious lonely, sad vibes to it. Well, at least I had the fly for company. Anyway, just got home from LAX – I would like to say some really nice things about the Chicago show and I WILL, but my cats decided to get sick in 20 different places around the apartment so I’m now cleaning that up. It’s not glamorous just being a fan either! šŸ˜‰
    I know how badly you want to get home…you’re almost there, hang on. I can’t believe I can be in the same room with you and still miss your blogs so much! Finally, I can get my bloggy fill now.
    love ya,
    denise
    xxoo

    P.S. Good gracious – no hotels in Milwaukee??? Prayers for a better find that Friday night’s place…

  14. avatar
    Samosanx | 20 August 2006 at 5:01 am #

    Yo, way to go Killer!

  15. avatar
    bucks burnett | 20 August 2006 at 5:19 am #

    Steve

    I looked at your blog and it said 14 comments. Such glory be ours. Did you hear Tiny Tim yet?

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 August 2006 at 5:45 am #

    big fan from detroit. thanks for the blogging. damn, dawg, you write all good and junk and stuff.

    word up.
    fight the power.
    down with lamey.

    have a good trip home (all of you, that is).

    thanks again, it’s been fun.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 August 2006 at 5:47 am #

    yay church.

    yay.

  18. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 20 August 2006 at 6:17 am #

    Steve,
    Well que sera sera w/my carpets…seems everyone has said everything there is to say about Chicago! I will say the show was MORE than worth two flights and a sleazy hotel…L.A. treated you horribly! You deserved so much better and I’m so, so, so happy I came out to see you at the Park West. That verison of Reptile was the highlight of my night – it was creepy, yet sexy. Creepy sexy! I had chills – I can still hear it! Sitting in front of MWP, watching him during Grind was utterly amazing….can his fingers move ANY faster? Tim is a monster on the drums, Peter is the eternal essential – brilliant no matter where he is, what he’s playing…and you HAVE turned into Paul Stanley! The kicks! The ballet moves! The crazy dancing! The pelvic thrusts! The Elizabethan banter! I thought, “Hmmm, someone’s feeling no pain this evening…” I’ve never seen you so animated. It was a treat; you had such a twinkle in your eyes. Davida was a delight, Rob was Rob (i.e. fabulous)and Petra is a doll. BTW, except for the woman who could NOT stop telling you she loved you (“Lady, I’m deaf as a post!”) I thought the crowd was lovely and I was proud to be in the midst of such nice people for a change. I was born and raised in L.A. but so many people out here have no manners. Chicagoans (sp?) are so nice. I enjoyed the city, the restaurants, the Art Institute, the architecture….but not the humidity and rain, ha. Seriously, what a great crowd.

    Steven, you are a gracious, lovely, classy, kind gentleman. Thank you for everything…and for taking a moment at the end of the evening for me when you weren’t feeling so well.

    I know how badly you want to get home – who can blame you – I’m gone three days and be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home. I wish you a safe flight, and both quality and quantity time with all of your beloved ladies. Please tell NK, the doodles and even Scarlet, that we say “THANK YOU!” for being without hubby/dad for over a month. You are more appreciated than you will ever, ever know.
    love,
    denise
    xxoo

  19. avatar
    Letango | 20 August 2006 at 6:19 am #

    No place to rest your head and your asking the Gods to send us our dreams…

    That’s compassion.

    Thank you, Vishnu, Krishna, Christos, Buddha. I gratefully accept whatever blessings you have for me; and while I have your ear, make sure to save some for SK and the boys and their circle of loved ones and friends and acquaintances and enemies and…

    I ask this Sincerely.

    1 more day and you’ll be back with your gals. I’m sure you’ll be feeling those blessing in full when you get home.

    Safe trip.

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 August 2006 at 6:19 am #

    dear orpheus,
    no tweezers for that big toe yet?

    “send their dreams to em with bells on
    let everyone be a rockstar for 15 minuets”

    make mine Sibelius please, and you have a deal.

    my prayers will be to the Traveller, the Protector
    for all of you to be home safe and sound.

    xo
    Mary, in Philadelphia

  21. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 20 August 2006 at 6:34 am #

    Aww. Feel better. Even though it’s easier said than done I know.
    “Let everyone be a rockstar for 15 minutes.”
    How Warholian! Ya know, I love me my rockstars, hence the name, but I’m sure from what I know from these secondhand experiences, I couldn’s hack it. It seems a hardknock life.

  22. avatar
    syrinx | 20 August 2006 at 7:30 am #

    So I’m sitting in a quaint, tiny-tiny hotel room in SF – a place I’ve never seen before. It’s cool because I’ve never taken a flight involving air travel where I wasn’t EXPECTED BY SOMEONE or OBLIGATED TO SOMETHING. It’s rather adult. European desk clerk disapproves of me when I get there – something to do with my Hello Kitty t-shirt, dirty cargo pants, hoodie and skateboard shoes (good for walking). The handle of my suitcase got busted in transit.

    Later, after a nap and a bath, he was much more accomodating and the eyebrow was back down where it should’ve been. I clean up okay. Grey will get you everywhere. I ask him if it’s okay for a lady to go out and meander around O’Farrell this time of night. He says yes, just to watch out for the homeless people. Same rap I got from the cab driver in, only he said to watch out for the drug dealers. Funny how different people’s fears of people are different.

    Five minutes out the door and I have a new friend. “Wanna get high?” Doesn’t mix with my chemistry these days. “No sir,” I said. “That’s cool, then.” He crossed the street but turned his head to flash me a smile. “Gotcher back if you change your mind.” What friendly purveyors. (!) Nice dreads.

    I think I caught the diss coming in because I booked this thing on priceline and they ain’t making much money off ME. But here I am in a fantastic new place, on an adventure and it isn’t even Columbus Day. Another gift, if indirectly, from The Church. They just keep coming, like ripples. S’why I’ll never stop listening. It’s bottomless. It has no ceiling. I love all you guys. <3

    I like the ethnic grocery around the corner too. But not as much as you lot.

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 August 2006 at 7:39 am #

    give in to the impetus to rest.
    may the feet, mind and soul heal,
    mez

  24. avatar
    syrinx | 20 August 2006 at 7:41 am #

    Oooh. I meant to say that it’s interesting how different people’s fears are OF different PEOPLE. The European clerk and the homeless. The East Indian cabbie and the drugs. On the flight I sat behind a family from Spain and played my bad-grammar espanol games with the little girls. Behind me were boys studing Hebrew. I really wished I understood some of their words..exotic. I wish I spoke every language. I’ll have to settle for being happy to just hear it.

  25. avatar
    syrinx | 20 August 2006 at 7:47 am #

    Mr. K….would that injury be your version of “break a leg” before the big show??

  26. avatar
    captainmission | 20 August 2006 at 10:09 am #

    Amen man. Hope you have a safe and pleasant flight back home, the waters surprisingly warm, the surf is consistantly perfect, the skies are vast and the ocean is gonna wash away yesterday and leave ya in the moment of things, and everythings going to fall into place, real easy.

  27. avatar
    where are the groupies? | 20 August 2006 at 10:31 am #

    we wondah where are the stories of groupies, sexual assault and sniffing v.i.p. area. oh, man, how times change! i just can’t believe it. remembering lots a tales. my friend krista… seriously, a dedicated fan was there in the same hotel and all she was high on was the bologg?? jeez!

  28. avatar
    verdelay | 20 August 2006 at 11:03 am #

    All the melancholy
    And the prayers
    A thousand boys and girls trying on your face
    Banging away in their bedrooms the world over
    Trying to get it out
    Trying to say it
    Just so
    The way they hear it being whispered
    Old. They grow old
    Trying to give a voice to the voiceless murmur
    And nobody hears them
    Or recognises them in the street
    Their world is no mirror
    Just flat glass
    Their muse is the same as yours
    There are only nine, after all
    But you were the one they allowed to speak on their behalf
    And for this
    If nothing else
    You should be thankful
    Amen

  29. avatar
    Jen Jewel Brown | 20 August 2006 at 12:12 pm #

    silence listen appreciate

    0x0

  30. avatar
    Renee | 20 August 2006 at 12:32 pm #

    Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)
    Song by Don McClean

    Starry, starry night
    Paint your palette blue and gray
    Look out on a summer’s day
    With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
    Shadows on the hills
    Sketch the trees and the daffodils
    Catch the breeze and the winter chills
    In colors on the snowy linen land

    Now I understand
    What you tried to say to me
    How you suffered for your sanity
    How you tried to set them free
    They would not listen they did not how
    Perhaps they’ll listen now

    Starry, starry night
    Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
    Swirling clouds in violet haze
    Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue
    Colors changing hue
    Morning fields of amber grain
    Weathered faces lined in pain
    Are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand

    For they could not love you
    But still your love was true
    And when no hope was left inside
    On that starry, starry night
    You took your life as lovers often do
    But I could have told you Vincent
    This world was never meant for one as
    beautiful as you

    Starry, starry night
    Portraits hung in empty halls
    Frameless heads on nameless walls
    With eyes that watch the world and can’t forget
    Like the strangers that you’ve met
    The ragged men in ragged clothes
    The silver thorn of bloody rose
    Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

    Now I think I know
    What you tried to say to me
    How you suffered for your sanity
    How you tried to set them free
    They did not listen they’re not listening still
    Perhaps they never will

    Starfish mentioned Van Gogh and this song immediately came to mind
    it reminds me very much of you also
    thank you for your prayer, it was beautiful and very touching
    I pray for you too!
    Hope you were able to find rest last night, I’m so relieved that this is almost over for you,
    believe it or not, we’ve been suffering right along with you (though not in the same way, obviously)
    but when you hurt, so do we
    be safe

    love and peace to you

  31. avatar
    sue cee | 20 August 2006 at 1:09 pm #

    A hotel unknowingly inhabited with fans, and you alone in your room? How bizarre that sounds. Sorry to hear about your wretched toe and the crummy room, and being roomless! Iā€™ll bet you said a few choice words because damn it hurts like hell when you stub a toe, let alone cut it open. Well one of my neighbours told me that equestrian people use ye old manuka honey on their expensive horses if they get any cuts or gashes ā€“ they smother the wound with honey, wrap it and hey presto… so there you go – toe protectorant if u can find some!

    Easy travels sk, its been amazing being on the sidelines with you…and your fans here! Hope you dont remember this as the ‘Grind’ tour or give us this day, our daily grind …for we forgive those who trespassed against you (or maybe not) Ahh, there’s nothing quite like home Dorothy. And your own bed! Bet you’ve missed your tubes of paints and empty canvases – make that last gig a killer!!
    x

    Denise – I thought that loud lady might’ve been you ha! šŸ™‚

    ps i adore that song renee! i heard Seasons in the Sun playing on the radio today …”but the stars that we reached were just starfish on the beach”.

  32. avatar
    restaurant mark | 20 August 2006 at 1:19 pm #

    hey steve,
    hang in there man…have a great show in san fran. wish it was atlanta. a beautiful day here. have a safe trip home and take care. and watch those toes.
    mark

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 August 2006 at 1:28 pm #

    I’m with u on the Don McLean, gals.

    B.Bon

  34. avatar
    biggle boggle | 20 August 2006 at 1:31 pm #

    You’re almost home, SK. You shouldla played Canada, though. I’d have been interested to hear some stuff in your blog about our lovely, empty country.

    Listen to Fripp and Eno, that’ll cheer you up.

  35. avatar
    secretBeatinMichigan | 20 August 2006 at 2:30 pm #

    SK-

    Man I just can’t help it – this weekend is Church Celebration regardless where I am and you are. Glad the cats in ol’ Milwaukee brought ya back – your buddy is happy that you miss him and want to remember him but he was getting a little upset that you were letting it effect YOUR livin’, ya dig? The Cats of Milwaukee brought ya back, but how could they not (fine and friendly peoples, them Wisconsiners – everyone. Though their claims to Da U.P. are greviously mistaken!)

    Good luck tonight, SK, bum footie and all. Every poster on this bloggie wishes they could jump a jet plane and be in San Fran. I’ll be workin’ too and will most likely be listenin’ to your CD’S all night. Sock it to’em good, Space Rockers!

    Incidentally, and I know you’ll think me doofus and laugh at my poor taste, but I want ya to know that I no longer have any Beatle CD’s (not even Revolver) but I got every Church CD since “Blurred Crusade” – an’ I wouldn’t even trade a one for Revolver (except maybe “Quick Smoke at Spot’s” but I’d think about it first!). That’s what I think of you guys – thanks for stoppin’ by the U.S. and expecially Ferndale (much safer and nicer than Deetroit!)

    You Groovy Cats in San Francisco –
    Send the boys off in style tonight. Know that there’s Church fans wishin’ they were there with ya – so’s scream and hoot just a little louder and make’em realize they aren’t the old hippies or 80’s hacks they sometimes feel to be but the REAL and vibrant Artists that they are (for example – how many artists are able to redo so many of their past works and make them better? Not many could do that – I’m not sayin’ each is a gem but it is evidence of Artistic Greatness). And make sure they don’t leave town without hearin’ “Jazzy Reptile” (a blessing, perhaps, lost to Time
    passing so slowly
    yet amazingly quick
    away …. ?)

  36. avatar
    baby | 20 August 2006 at 3:16 pm #

    fertile be the fruit strewn mountain,
    fruit strewn be the showery wood,
    showery be the river of waterfalls,
    of waterfalls be the lake of deep pools,
    deep pooled be the hill-top well,

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    robert madore | 20 August 2006 at 4:12 pm #

    What a beautiful place Bondi must be. I can almost imagine the thick smell of ocean breeze in the air and the chilly winter evenings you are about to experience. Home, with those you love…And those who love you.

    tonesnlevers.blogspot.com

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 August 2006 at 5:12 pm #

    So you hit your toe and got glass in it?
    I am confused
    reminds me of the the catholic prayers of childhood
    Confounding, soothing and beautiful all at the same time

    good luck tonight and thank you for the prayer.

    theglynnisjohns

  39. avatar
    JJ | 20 August 2006 at 5:29 pm #

    Blessings upon you as well as you journey back towards the Pacific, San Francisco city of lights, cool fog upon us this morning, into the darkness tonight to see the Distance-Crunching Honchos with Echo Units light upon the stage, probably exhausted but hopefully fueled by the gathered ones for one last night of transcendance, one last chance to find release from the ordinary din of life. That’s why I’ll be there.

    JJ

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 August 2006 at 5:37 pm #

    sk,

    rock it to em
    sock it to em tyu-knight

    r.

  41. avatar
    General Catz | 20 August 2006 at 5:42 pm #

    Steve, the show was wonderful, the energy invigorating and the warmth from everyone enveloped me.

    Listening to you read this entry to me last nite backstage was a peak moment. I swear, your voice could melt steel.

    It may indeed be 22 years again til i see you, maybe 2. Either way, thanks to you and everyone involved for their graciousness to this stranger.

    Enjoy the lovely SF (i hope you got SOME sleep… it took eek, t and i over an hour of driving and many stops at hotels to find anything that had a room. We ended up in Illinois before we found something).

    And, most of all, have a swift journey home to the heart of your life.

    Love, Staci Grove

    p.s. thanks for the nickname! Although Pablo has also nicknamed me “Tempe”.

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 August 2006 at 6:19 pm #

    Tonight will be magic.
    Thanks for the prayer, I need all the help I can get.
    Amor y besos,
    Cecilia

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    the game is up | 20 August 2006 at 6:49 pm #

    Our instruments have no way of measuring this feeling
    Can never cut below the floor, or penetrate the ceiling.
    In the space between our houses, some bones have been discovered,
    But our procession lurches on, as if we had recovered.

    Draconian winter unforetold.
    One solar day, suddenly you’re old.
    Your little envelope just makes me cold,
    Makes destination start to unfold.

    Our documents are useless, or forged beyond believing.
    Page forty-seven is unsigned, I need it by this evening.
    In the space between our cities, a storm is slowly forming.
    Something eating up our days, I feel it every morning.
    Destination, destination.

    It’s not a religion, its just a technique.
    Its just a way of making you speak.
    Distance and speed have left us too weak,
    And destination looks kind of bleak.

    Our elements are burned out, our beasts have been mistreated.
    I tell you its the only way well get this road completed.
    In the space between our bodies, the air has grown small fingers.
    Just one caress, you’re powerless, like all those clapped-out swingers.
    Destination, destination.

    BEST. SONG. EVER!

  44. avatar
    lorrain | 20 August 2006 at 7:12 pm #

    funny, “aum” besides being the most sacred syllable in Hinduism (that I’ve learned just now on the web) also sounds at the same time like “home” (of course) and the french for “me” in reverse: “moi”, that is, you, where the heart is.
    Beautiful, caring, and meaningful, Steve
    Compassion

  45. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 20 August 2006 at 7:27 pm #

    Sue C says:
    >>Denise – I thought that loud lady might’ve been you ha! :< < Ha! You mean the one in Chicago constantly professing her drunken love for SK? Ah no. I had no dinner either, but since I’m a true lightweight, I didn’t drink. This woman obviously had had MORE than a few – although I truly believe she loves SK – and what’s not to love??? ; )But SK knows I love him like my slightly older brother, haha. I don’t need to scream it out in the middle of a show!!! LOL! Seriously, she became obnoxious pretty fast, huh Chicago? SK – you might find this funny BTW; I meant to mention it – you know Hare Krishnas aren’t what they used to be are they? I was ‘gently’ accosted by one at O’Hare…they dress like airport employees now, which is what I thought this guy was. He immediately started telling me I had good Karma. Which is great, but I said, “What about the pilot? And the mechanics? How’s their Karma? How’s my plane’s Karma?” ; ) Must’ve been good because the flight was perfect.He was a sweet man who tried to give me a huge hardcover copy of the Bhagavad Vita. I declined as I seriously couldn’t handle one more item in my carry on. I don’t like being preached to, but he was very nice actually and I wished him well. It probably helped that I am a believer of Karma and a lot of things he tried to talk to me about. SK – having problems w/the dvd – about to throw my computer out the f-in window. I’ll write and let you know when I finally pull it together!
    love ya,
    denise
    xxoo

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 August 2006 at 8:56 pm #

    I heard they brought a priest in…

    Daylight
    to be awoken by the cold sun
    I didnt think I needed so
    but my god, I need
    I am in constant fluxidity
    Good lord I know why we come to you and why its you we seek
    because you are there
    and we are all there too
    and I need you sweet lord
    because I too can sing your song
    I too can hold the harmony
    its so hard though
    the dissonance
    the Mayanic reappearence
    the blur
    the boys and girls
    I hope they can see
    between the mirages
    the blood coursing thru
    the love below
    the infinite blessings
    the undying laughter
    the tear that flows endlessly
    the baby toe that holds the heart
    the big toe that gets in the way..

    Well..
    My girlfriend is in love with yu guys
    esp. Marty, ha ha, Joanne says hello
    thanks for showing us your calloused paws

    Sk, yu charmed my lady, she loves the love i love..
    she was just intro’d to the time being
    and she really digs it, says she can here you speak through
    the screen,
    its a new day now..
    I get to newly enjoy the affirmation of my appreciation
    very happy bout it..
    told yu she sang me Monday Morning
    and I bout died, she sees the light now
    full circle and then it vanishes like everything
    thanks for coming to visit US, your a star out there…
    i wish it all for yu
    cuz your like a sexy jesus singing as she describes..

    take it easy and thanks for the prayer.
    Om Tat Sat OM…
    ur brother…

    jaime r..

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    Melquiades | 20 August 2006 at 10:17 pm #

    Wouldn’t it be intersting, if not a bit frustrating, if you could only see in pointillism vision.

    Then, everytime you’d get near something you lose sight of it.

    I think I may be suffering from that affliction as we speak.

    deep thoughts,
    By Melquiades

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    Anonymous | 20 August 2006 at 11:27 pm #

    Wow steve…great entry today, very warm and endearing of you…kinda hope that through all the difficulty you understood that there are so many people here rooting for you. I really can’t imagine what you have been through since hitting the states, but as long as you know there are those among us who appreciate the effort, I hope that is some comfort. I flew from New Hampshire to St. Pete to see you play. My third live show. Loved it. Sorry for those who showed-up and were not so attentive. I have often thought that your music has become the soundtrack of my life. I keep wondering when I will outgrow the Church like every other band….16 years later I’m begining to believe its impossible. I wish you, Marty, Peter and Tim a speedy and safe trip back home.
    -Brad Abington

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    stealthblue | 21 August 2006 at 1:46 am #

    HEY DJK!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Brother Churchite šŸ™‚ It was good hanging the other night. Krystyna and I wish you guys the best. Right on, right on. SK, hope things are groovy, just think Lovely Sydney is calling. Travel well, amigo.
    BV

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    matt(kiwi)davison&co | 21 August 2006 at 2:32 am #

    Alway’s used to stub me ol toezies as a kiddie wink…Bloody painful, so I have empathy with ya Killer.
    see ya back down under…are ya stopping in Auckland?????
    matt

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    Letango | 21 August 2006 at 4:00 am #

    Melquiades said….Wouldn’t it be intersting, if not a bit frustrating, if you could only see in pointillism vision.

    That actually describes what happens to me after painting 12 hours straight.

    šŸ™‚

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    Rehan | 21 August 2006 at 4:19 am #

    Thanks for all the reportage from the frontlines. It was great reading. Here’s wishing you and the band a safe flight back home and a happy reunion with your loved ones! Love
    Rehan

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    Anonymous | 21 August 2006 at 7:04 am #

    You know what happened to Bob Marley a few years after damaging his toe, make sure you put some Dettol (or the US equivalent on it) pronto.

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    tristan | 21 August 2006 at 7:19 am #

    dream sequence -here I am in the soft light
    take me in your mind tonight
    transport me over the longing distance
    bringing me ever closer to your heart

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    Anonymous | 21 August 2006 at 7:49 am #

    So Steve, is your guitar tech’s first name Inagadda? Richard

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    kat | 21 August 2006 at 8:47 am #

    you rock šŸ˜‰

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    limebeaver | 21 August 2006 at 12:55 pm #

    i read a review where somebody spoke of a videographer… what do they do?
    record in intimate detail all of your movements? big big dvd coming our way?
    well done on the big tour. I hope you guys have a big snooze and vitamin fest before you take off on your bound-to-be-successful oz electro trippy.
    I don’t know if you can feel the love on this blog, but there’s a lot of it around…

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    John Garratt | 21 August 2006 at 1:37 pm #

    “i got glass in my big toe”

    Remember, use glass to get it out. Don’t wipe it with a rag.

    John

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    John Garratt | 21 August 2006 at 1:37 pm #

    TAPE. I meant TAPE. Not glass.

    Duh.

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    lorrain | 21 August 2006 at 1:49 pm #

    Dear Bard and fiends,
    All this blogtopsite ranking is a fake, check it, sites have been reset with empty shells.
    I guess the man deranges propaganda.
    Only blogranker has been keeping him first for long.

    Anyway, dear Kilberry I got so deep in your lush sound (toto, prince, marillion and the likes too), that I also got a maybe little tinnitus to control and live with. A case of public health that is not on the news to warn us, they let people suffer.
    Dear SK you have contributed to my intelligence. And eating less and less meat and more blackberries in the ancient celtic (mediomatrics) forest feels good šŸ˜‰
    Cheers

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    sue cee | 21 August 2006 at 2:09 pm #

    “Lonely is the room, the bed is made, the open window lets the rain in
    Burning in the corner is the only one who dreams he had you with him
    My body turns and yearns for a sleep that will never come

    It’s never over, my kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder
    It’s never over, all my riches for her smiles when i slept so soft against her
    It’s never over, all my blood for the sweetness of her laughter
    It’s never over, she’s the tear that hangs inside my soul forever”

    Great jb song sk …playing at a myspace near you

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    ben | 21 August 2006 at 3:15 pm #

    Turned me on to J Buckley, never gave much attention. Good stuff. Thanks for all the sacrifice put in so we all could enjoy those moments never to be forgotten. More than just a good show when the positive vibrations extend past the theater walls. I was amazed how natural and effortless your voice sounded, i hope you guys captured some live takes.

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    Anonymous | 21 August 2006 at 5:28 pm #

    Thanks for a beautiful evening in SF last night SK, it rocked. Just do us one favor next time. and leave Rob Dickinson at home.

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    Anonymous | 21 August 2006 at 5:49 pm #

    what was wrong with Rob? I thought he was a brilliant opener.

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    Anonymous | 21 August 2006 at 6:19 pm #

    I hate to be negative, but I found his lyrics insipid -as cheesy as the worst of hallmark cards and his guitar playing unispiring. The comparisons to Radiohead left me aghast. It took me several Church songs to get over the hangover.

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    dean9000 | 21 August 2006 at 6:21 pm #

    nevets
    many a mind nugget you have provided during your sojourn through our land of many contrasts….
    I am happy that you have an inner drive to play your music live as it provides joy for so many people…
    strangely I feel sadness that you will soon be leaving our shores even though it has been many weeks since I saw you on your Dallas stop…
    Perhaps it is this dang blog that is causing this malady…
    Anyway thanks again for a wonderful evening and enjoy your family on your return…
    Those kiddos will keep you on the run but coming from a father of twins myself they sure are fun aren’t they? Peace SK….

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    Demeter | 21 August 2006 at 6:59 pm #

    Ulysses sayeth,” I am part of all that I have met”

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    CeciliaGin | 21 August 2006 at 7:12 pm #

    Lonnnnng SF account:

    We kept SK and the rest of the lads up late last night, we actually threw in the towel well before they did and I didn’t get home until 2 AM!
    It was a soaring evening, Marty calling for POSITIVITY, right after soundcheck and I believe it did happen.
    Of course there were the typical spattering of requests which are now becoming like fingernails on a chalkboard but they were minimal, praise the goddesses.
    Steve was light on his toes despite the glass, voice immaculate and making up lyrics here and there (“Sometimes when this morgue is kind of empty…”)Marty was a blur on guitar and right on the mark with his vocals. Peter on mandolin, harmonica and piano gave each song a new depth and he seemed very amused by his fellow musicians’ antice. Tim held everything together and show us his less concusive side when at the piano. One observation: Marty plays drums con mucho coraje! I thought the drumkit was going to explode!
    We were treated to 3 encores and to UNGUARDED MOMENT which had never been played in Northern California before, ever, ever – so yeah, you think that was a treat? The place went mad; you guessed it, several standing Os. They deserved it, I mean here it was the finish line, they were exhausted having slept at the fkn venue the night before AND they didn’t give us any excuses, they gave us their ENTIRE SOUL, it was amazing and honestly defies description.
    Some stage banter:
    Steve “How can I become the next Jerry Garcia?”
    Marty: “Get fatter!”
    Steve: “Why Phish and why not The Church?”
    Marty: “We’d have to spell Church with a K.”
    Steve:”This song we can play in Palm Springs.”
    Marty “Emerson, Lake and Palm Springs.”
    Steve:”It doesn’t matter what I drink or smoke, nothing has an effect on me.”
    Marty: “That’s because you’re 78!”
    You get the picture, it was just fkn brilliant and everyone was digging on the great vibes although I did have a drunk Joe Jackson lookalike sit next to me who insisted on behaving like a drunk shouting out the last word Steve would utter during a story. Steve would say “Milwaukee…” and drunk Joe would scream “MILWAUKEE!”
    People, why?
    But let’s not focus on that loser… bottom line there was much hippy, trippy love for the band and we felt it ripple back towards us. I’m sure someone will post the set list and I believe it didn’t much vary with the exception of Unguarded Moment. The smokey, slinky jazzed downed Reptile is very tasty.
    Can’t wait until 2008!
    Besos,
    Cecilia
    Thanks to MWP, SK, TP, Tiare and all the bloggy friends that were there that I didn’t get to meet…next time.
    xxx

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    buckmoose | 21 August 2006 at 7:51 pm #

    Well, tour’s done and I didn’t get to a show. C’est la vie…I have lived vicariously through the rest of you these past few weeks.

    Safe travels home to SK and associates…you’ve earned a solid stretch of rest.

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    Anonymous | 21 August 2006 at 10:08 pm #

    Steve, All I can say is Thanks… to you and the boys… for making it back to the States. Safe travels and all our love to you.

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    ET | 22 August 2006 at 4:36 pm #

    SK,

    Fantastic SF show. Harp was sublime. Female roadcrew was glorious. And the sound? Well, it was the church so no need to lay another layer of accolades on that. I hope Devita (spelling?) found some good company for the evening. Petra (i think was her name working the shirts/cds table) couldn’t convince me to stay out late given my recent exploding appendix trick. Thanks to you and the guys for a great evening. I hope you don’t stay away for another two years before we see you again.

    ET

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    DJK082067 | 22 August 2006 at 9:11 pm #

    SK,
    safe travels back to the homeland. Thanks for making my B-Day the most memorable in Chicago. Thanks “stealthblue” (Ben and Krystna)…for the Bday wishes and the crazy evening. Even the stalking and siteing of SK was thrilling. What a gentleman he was. Wish him and his family all the best.
    DJK


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