posted on June 13, 2006 at 3:07 pm

nick cave sings people aint no good
thats not all true nicky
ive known some wonderful people in my time
now im gonna embarrass em
even the ones who dont read this blogge
1st of all my poor old mum
she carried me
a big fat baby
for 9 months
(dont scoff till ya tried it)
she taught me to tie my shoes
and to enjoy language
my mum was bombed every nite in the blitz of london
she hadda leave school real early
to work when she coulda been an academic or something
other than a steno-sec
she didnt always know what to do with her cheeky precocious son
she’d never heard of enfant terribles and i was that in spades
my olde dad you know about
he had the music in him
and the 2nd world war interrupted whatever other plans he may have had
he was much funnier, and more talented than me but i guess
he never got the breaks
besides he was a zen kinda guy
he never complained or cried or betrayed any weaknesses
he died too too young
and i miss him every day
my bruvver rusty
jesus he took some punishment from me
he was a much nicer kid than me
and everybody loved him
anyway we’re great mates now n thats the main thing
bruvver john, so much younger than me
we always been pretty close
now he runs kh and teaches geniuses
a bit more saintly than me or rusty
very patient
the guys i played music with
ken n joe n dave from baby grande
you were right to kick me out fellas
i was a pain in the arse the whole time
and i didnae have a cloo what i was trying to do
dave, youre still one of my fave guitar players ever
i kneel and worship at yer ability to play them silver strings
you were better in 1974 than i could be if i had a thousand lifetimes to practice
dave young also another great player n writer pre b.g.
he lost some fingers in a bike accident but could still play
like a demon
bronny n joanna from the act debating team
we nearly went all the way to the top, didnt we?
and we had a fucking hoot too
peter k
been my buddy for a long long time now
over 30 years
another natural who i could never emulate
an intaresting character
a devils advocate
he likes to shake it up
i shoulda listened to your warnings more often pk
but i was slow dazzled by everything
what a fucking trooper
have guitar, will travel
always developing getting better n better
stuck by me thru some very nasty times
and i’ll always appreciate it
tim p
for reorganizing n reenergising the mess
that you came into….
an old boys club going nowhere
the MOST patient man i have ever met
he can deal with anything
and he usually does
easily easily the best drummer
i ever played with hands down
chris gilbey for havin a bitta faith in the beginning
even tho it went a bit bad at the end
KLK who put his money where his mouth was
another of natures gentlemen
stood by watching me self destruct n never wagged a finger
my olde mate martin k
another guy who was ALWAYS there for me when the chips were down
sometimes the only one who was
you saved my ass a few times
and i’ll never forget it
karin j for her persistence n good faith
and helpin me write some songs
and for givin me elli n minna
theyre a credit to ya
her husband gorm who always made me welcome
when he neednt have
my olde buddy markus s
im so glad to see ya again and in love
(he’ll really hate being mentioned here
but i love the manne, what can i say)
my wife nk
who went thru so many junk withdrawals with me
and like klk
never said i told ya so
she just was there
and she loved me hard
and i love her for her beauty n soft words
and cos she gave me a, e n s
and cos we’re such a happy family
my sister in law amy s
what a lovely talented beautiful lady
gave me my first set of pastels too
zoe…youre lovely
wendy her mum
a truly truly miraculous woman
is there anything she cant do?
shes cured a million things
and never laid a finger on me!!
holly j
who encouraged me tp paint
and has helped me realise it
g nunn
ditto for poetry
boydie for nsew when there was nothing n nobody else
to m farrant for the maven…just dont say quirky!
to the guys who started shadow cab n hotelwomb
we’d be almost nowhere without ya
to grant
who ya know i love
to patti hoodlum
whatta lady n harpist
cant wait to see ya
ricky or rikki or however ya spell it
the only guy who can hang round yer house all day
n nobody ever gets sick of
the dutch norwegian dude
shame it wassa short one in london
to kevvy nejjy
in buda
a real surprise
ya did ya gig with style n aplomb
youre a really lovely bloke
james n suzanne b
my true friends
people who put their arses on the line in places other people
dont wanna go
like malawi, mongolia , indonesia
the lil lord
i love that woman
not gonna swell his head again

and of course
the readers on my blogge
who agree disagree
they care
i wanna say a few words of encouragement to mark m
i been hearin about yer troubles, mate
and if my bloggy cheers ya up
thats the least i could do
hope yer improving
to the lady from yessaday
with the nasty nasty growth
i am convinced veganism n meditation
and all the good things are the way to go
youve touched my heart
and we’re praying for you n yer daughters here
to sue c
what can i say..?
all the rest of ya
i dont want a big schmaltzy love in here
cos im really a hard bastard
but you got me hooked on this thing
i cant wait to read yer comments
each day
we got somethin like 700 people a day on here
if ya dont post any comments
go ahead…be a devil
youre my readers
youre my conscience
otherwise if ya didnae exist
i woodnt bovver writing nuffink
at all
anyone whos bought my music
or art
or poetry
i appreciate you had other choices
thanks for flying with sk airways
theyre may still be some turbulence ahead
sorry i aint answered all them questions yet…
i hope to do so slowly
if i didnt mention ya
doesnt mean i dont love ya
i do
we’re all kinda in thiss together
i aint gotta clue where its all going
but im excited…
and honoured
to have y’all part of my life so far
see ya soon
im having dinner with minna glowy
and elli bear
twas their last day of school today..
its a heatwave here…

66 Responses to “acknowledgements”

  1. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 13 June 2006 at 4:49 pm #

    Much love under foggy skies, siempre, siempre, siempre.

    Cecilia in San Franciso

  2. avatar
    nour-allah | 13 June 2006 at 5:02 pm #

    sending love right back at you from texas sk – praying for peace too.

  3. avatar
    Brian Turner | 13 June 2006 at 5:04 pm #

    This bloggy has become my regular fix every morning.
    Steve I’ve been listenin’ to ya songs for many a year.
    Keep on rockin’ and a lovin’
    Peace to everyone…

    Hope to see the Church in Atlanta..

    Brian Turner

  4. avatar
    pharaoh | 13 June 2006 at 5:24 pm #

    Youre obviously surrounded by great people Steve, and its a credit to you that you acknowledge them and pay your respects with such kind words.

    After listening to your music for the better part of my life… its been an addictive and often moving experience getting to know you through what you write here. Though i seem to be one of the few regulars here who hasnt spoken to you at some point, i hope i can say thankyou one day in person for all the joy your music has given me these many years… your next Brisbane show perhaps?

    You may be a hard bastard SK but youre a lovable one, take care and enjoy the Swedish sun.


  5. avatar
    Ben | 13 June 2006 at 5:30 pm #

    well this is the 1st and probaly last comment I’ll leave on this blogg although i always try to catch it. been a church fan for two years maybe after buying forget yourself at a local record store. Having never heard the band i left the store and had a listen driving. Two hours later i was still driving unaware of my destination. I was confused and unable to make peace with the band and eventually ended up at another record store that same day and all they had was GAF. After Terre Nova Cain I was hooked. I’m 24 and have played in numerous bands and heard many bands but not as interesting as the church. I’ve learned to be quite a dick and would usually never humbly offer my gratitude but I feel stangely indebted for all the good shit I’ve discovered since being a fan. Steve enjoy your writing and melody which seemes to be at full speed these days.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 June 2006 at 5:49 pm #

    Thanks for sharing all your thoughts and memories.

    It’s probably easier to say these things that you do in a song- slightly disguised, part of the music, mildly buried in the mix. But here you are being very upfront, honest and emotionally exposed.

    Kudos to you for sharing your re-energized trip.

    As always, I look forward to your music and your musings.

    – Matt

  7. avatar
    John Garratt | 13 June 2006 at 6:14 pm #

    “i appreciate you had other choices
    thanks for flying with sk airways”

    Well, you’re a helluva pilot. All I ask for is no catastrophic occurences…like being out of beer.


  8. avatar
    verdelay | 13 June 2006 at 6:21 pm #

    Thank you for acknowledging us blogsketeers. That was very sweet (you great big softie).

    It brings to mind the nature of our being, we in the Comment-ariat.

    Many of us you’ve met, of course, and know.

    Many of us are simply ‘fans’ (if being a fan was ever simple – just ask the breeze).

    Some of us have brushed past you over the last thirty-odd years – or have been brushed off by you (it’s okay. we understand, you narky sod).

    Now we are reduced to our essence: discarnate noospheric apparations that just appear from time to time with whispered messages.

    We’re all very pleased to join you here, esskay, sk, steven, erskine, neumann, illyrian, or whatever your true name is (a sixty billion digit number with a one and a three in it?); and I look forward to tasting the next fruit you happen to pluck from the tree…

  9. avatar
    jeanz | 13 June 2006 at 6:37 pm #

    Thanks goes to you Steve for sharing your blog with us. Its all been an amazing experience and once you stop I’m gonna have serious withdrawal symptoms.
    You’re an all rounder , a real fuckin star.


  10. avatar
    davem | 13 June 2006 at 7:12 pm #

    Fab blog again SK.
    Would never have commented if I thought you read all the comments….scary.
    As for thanking us for supporting your poetry or music or art ‘cos we had other choices? What choices?
    The real deal SK style or diluted, inferior works from the rest of the world? That isn’t a choice thing. Nothing compares to you.
    I may have flirted with Bowie & Copey & Macca & Barrett but Kilbey? That’s my lifetime partner. My loyalty starts & ends with you, Steve.
    It’s been a privilege to be on your airway. I hope we’ve loads of journeys to look forward to now that you’ve found your go-faster stripes.
    As ever, love you more,

  11. avatar
    landru | 13 June 2006 at 7:20 pm #

    SK, reading these latest blogs is like seeing a man reborn.

    I guess that’s why we are Church fans, there was always humanity under all the ice and cool.

  12. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 13 June 2006 at 7:30 pm #

    FYI – i sent another wild and crazy package down under for YOU…

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 June 2006 at 7:37 pm #

    “and in the end
    the love you take
    is equal to the love
    you make”

    i believe its true
    and you are a
    rich man indeed sk


  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 June 2006 at 7:47 pm #

    It’s good to be thankful, isn’t it? I am thankful for many , many wonderful people in my life too…including you and a certain band known as “The Church.” So, I just had a really incredible weekend this past. My love (sweet fiancee Krystyna) went away for a few days and I had some really precious time to myself and got to delve into my songs a bit too. My buddy from our little group came over to jam and help me install a new Op-Syst. on my goofy little computer and we just listened to some tunes etc. It just so happened I received a package all the way from a Australia in Friday’s mail. It contained a couple of really excellent albums called “Uninvited Like The Clouds” and “Dabble”. Ever heard of them? 🙂 Well, we enjoyed a couple of rolled numbers and popped those discs in and then just…soared. That was some of the best damned auditory stimulation I have EVER experienced. I was just so damned proud of you and that I had followed the likes of y’all from the very get-go. My buddy Jay (guitarist)had never really listened to this band that I raved about all the time, and I could just see a switch going on in his mind and soul when he heard these two incredible records. In fact I actually heard him say under his breath…”wow.” That too me was such a proud moment. He later mentioned that he sees where I get a lot of inspiration from and how it was obvious how much I identify with your music etc. Actually, it is more than that. I am now in my 33rd year on this planet and have had my share of some truly awesome , as well as really fucking nasty experiences. What got me through those terrible times was: my family, true friends, and MUSIC…mine as well as the bands I love. I want to thank you, Steve (and the others)for pullin me through some deep dark pockets of…well…shite, for lack of a better word. I know you aren’t perfect. No one is. I am certainly not. I do believe the more love you emit, the more you receive. Not to be too sycophantic, but I am glad to be an avid moral supporter of your “little organization”, and I don’t mind flippin a few hard-earned bucks to see a show when I can , or buy a lovely record when available. To me, that is my life blood. I just want to say thanks to you from the bottom of my heart for all the excellent years of music and inspiration. I look forward to watching you grow (as well as myself!) I look forward to the music ahead and seeing the Church continue to flourish. Thanks, again, Steven, for all you do. Everyone appreciates ya, cos you’re special. Don’t question it, just embrace it all and continue to be thankful. That’s the best. Here’s wishing you all the best. Namaste, friend.
    Ben V (Stealthblue)

    **Sorry-I had to post “anonymous”-I couldn’t log on for some reason-could be that I have yet to post an actual blog :)**

  15. avatar
    tim | 13 June 2006 at 7:52 pm #

    Thank me if you want, but all I do is buy the records and the tickets. You do all the real work.


  16. avatar
    slacker0000 | 13 June 2006 at 8:11 pm #

    glad to see a new entry – some of the comments yesterday made me think that might have been the last one you did – i’ve only just started reading this!

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 June 2006 at 8:11 pm #

    Good to see you’ve received so much love, and good to see you acknowledge it. Everyone should compose a list like this at some point to give credit to loved ones for all they’ve done. Enjoyable blog SK, nice work.


  18. avatar
    lily | 13 June 2006 at 8:27 pm #

    Awww, excellent blog today, SK! This makes me consider my own life and the people in it that I love and that (hopefully) love me. Appreciation is highly underrated and underused in our society today. I don’t mean phony gushing and asskissing but the genuine, sincere, real, true, heartfelt kind of appreciation like your acknowledgements today. Thank you and your Churchmates for all the wonderful music you give us.

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 June 2006 at 8:28 pm #

    the past few blogs seem to have taken things to an even higher level. The words from your Mum – priceless. True Mothers never stop being Mothers. Anyway, like so many others – your blog has become a pleasing “interlude” among the hustle and bustle of the day. What ever happened to the Coral Kingdom project with Frank Kearns?

    Well, if you ever needed proof of their being Kindred Spirits I would imagine this arrangement is as theraputic for each and every one of us. Blog Away & Blog On !

    Continued regards – Richard (Liphook Hants UK)

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 June 2006 at 8:59 pm #

    Yes, we love you too, SK.

    Today listened to the beautiful version of UTMW with the MSO, angelic, transcendent. Also, listened to Easy, jangly guitar, mandolin and velvety voice, bliss.

    You’re a shaman and a showman, entertainer and enlightener, blog on you crazy diamond!


  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 June 2006 at 9:03 pm #

    My love and gratitude your way, Steve. Your music is like home to me. No matter how happy or how sad, I can always count on the music of The Church to get me thru. And I learn something new from you everyday by reading your blogge. I’m not anything like a sycophant, but you somehow have me under your spell.

    To life,

  22. avatar
    veleska1970 | 13 June 2006 at 9:21 pm #

    love you back, steve. you’ve enriched our lives as much as we’ve enriched yours. we’re excited, too!!
    😀 😀 😀 😀

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 June 2006 at 10:04 pm #

    steve, thank you for all these years of music. each record like hearing the voice of your best friend. so happy for you now. it is great inspiration indeed to watch your spiritual growth. i hope in some way it mirrors my own.
    please write more. please announce an atlanta date. it’s getting touch and go with work schedule. and whatever happened to coral kingdom?

    north carolina

    p.s. self-portrait-ultra sydney was a great hit at my b-day and now hangs over the space where i read this blog each day. i dunno if “fix” is the word, but it’s close.

  24. avatar
    the dean | 13 June 2006 at 10:39 pm #

    Thanks for the thanks but at the risk of sounding ungrateful when will the church be working on a new album?
    brett dean

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 June 2006 at 10:52 pm #

    This reminds me…
    Russell if your’e out there in the ether somewhere – at Steve’s Winebanq gig I ran into an old rabid Crystal Set fan, Hector whom I havent seen for 19 years.
    He’s spent 10 years translating bibles in Guinea.
    So good to see people come back to the fold.
    He wanted to know how your’e old roadie Paul Evans? or Wingnut was goin.
    My email address is if you wanna let me know & i’ll let him know.
    We both had fun singing World Away that night. Ha!

    Dutch Pierre

  26. avatar
    Jesuskrishna | 13 June 2006 at 10:55 pm #

    Looks like I’ll be seeing you and the boys when you come to Aridzona this time around. H and I will be at both shows to be sure, maybe another rooftop would be fun!
    See you then!

  27. avatar
    john | 13 June 2006 at 10:56 pm #

    What a catalogue. What a life. Maybe we all need to remember how lucky we are from time to time.
    Thanks for letting us be part of it.
    JohnM in Pa.

  28. avatar
    RA | 13 June 2006 at 11:42 pm #

    I’m a little drunk and i feel love. I feel love anyway, obviously, but I’m one of those people for whom it flows a little more liberally after a little intoxicant..

    Steve, though I’ve hardly really spoken to you at any length i feel i can say that .. er… you are smashing.. 🙂



  29. avatar
    skyintheairwaves | 14 June 2006 at 12:09 am #

    Listening to Egyptian Register while i read today.

    Wish each track was 3 times as long!

    Then it could have been a 3CD extravaganza!

    One of the greatest gifts is to be thankful.

    You’ve got it, Steve.

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2006 at 12:10 am #

    Geez SK your bringing tears to my eyes, all this mush.

    I’m sure the arogant brash egotistical SK will return once you leave Sweden.


  31. avatar
    captainmission | 14 June 2006 at 12:25 am #

    ‘Shine on you crazy diamond’

  32. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 14 June 2006 at 12:51 am #

    I always knew you were a big ol’ softie inside. What can I say that hasn’t been said a billion times before, by myself and others? I’ve loved the Church for 22+ years, but I was always drawn to you…your voice, your lyrics, your stories,your songs, your poetry, your blog and now your paintings! Kudos to Holly J and all others who’ve encouraged that talent – I’m loving my Ante-Diluvian more every day. You’ve made my life so much better than it would’ve been without you and you continue to do so. Thank you can never be enough, but it’s all I have now. So, thank you my dear, sweet wonderful man, for being human, for being so open, and for sharing your gifts with us each day.

  33. avatar
    fergal | 14 June 2006 at 1:06 am #

    gracias hombre

    they say that character u play …

  34. avatar
    daveoto | 14 June 2006 at 1:27 am #

    there are many things in life to cherish and you and your music are one of them,ultc gets better with every listen and your blog invariably cheers me up each morning,
    live long and prosper,
    peace to you and yours,


  35. avatar
    mike a | 14 June 2006 at 1:31 am #

    Thank you for making our lives so much richer with your music!!!

  36. avatar
    peter | 14 June 2006 at 2:00 am #


    thanks so much for opening up to us. speaking for myself I have been in awe of you and your music since I was a teenage kid nearly 20 years ago when I saw you for the first time in Melbourne at Monash uni and have hardly missed a Melbourne gig since then.

    I appreciate the music and the words so much, you are a huge part of my life and I appreciate all the you have shared with me over the years.

    Sincere Thanks – Peter

    “Welcome to Melbourne”

  37. avatar
    MarkM | 14 June 2006 at 2:03 am #

    I know it’s a cliched thing to say Steve…but I don’t care, I’ll say it regardless…your music has been the soundtrack to the ups and downs of my life…and yeah, I’m still struggling with health problems, hanging in there…though I’m positive that your tunes will be one of the things that help me get through. Receiving those words from you today, well, it wasn’t the first time that your blog has brought tears to my eyes lately, thanks for thinking of me.

    Take Care
    Mark M

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    Anonymous | 14 June 2006 at 2:04 am #


  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2006 at 2:08 am #

    its a beautiful human thing
    when you can tell someone that means something to you
    how they have touched your life
    what a divine present you gave to all the special people in your life

    you mean a lot to me
    and although i barely know you
    it feels like i’ve always known you

    i find your words soothing and enlightening and deliciously spirited
    your energy is kind and soft
    aloof and vulnerable
    you make me laugh

    you appear to be growing, transcending and becoming You every day and that is not only inspirational but a privelege to watch

    in an unexpected way
    you’ve got under my skin
    you’ve pierced my heart and
    my soul dances with your songs

    i wish you continued love, happiness and appreciation for all that you have


  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2006 at 2:29 am #

    You mentioned your “happy family” in this delightful tribute…well that’s who we are too, the people who love your work…with you and The Church we’re not consumers, we really do feel like your family…maybe it’s a quality in your music that does that, who knows, but it’s been nice to have been part of the family for more than 25 years, and long live this Happy Family…

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2006 at 2:31 am #

    Oh yes, and re: Mark M…I don’t know who you are, but I’m sure we give you all our very, very best and good and great wishes dude, strangers are thinking of you…

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2006 at 2:33 am #

    Thanks Steven,

    Classy old bloke you are.

    Keep it going and enjoy the time with your daughters.


  43. avatar
    Jerry | 14 June 2006 at 2:45 am #

    SK –

    Keep tapping, tapping, gently rapping on the keyboard every day to my chamber door. It’s a ritual: coming home, brewing some caffeine beverage, or a quick smoke at spots, opening the cyber-letterbox to see what SK has left inside the folded blogge and reading away from the garden deck.

    Me so happy to have him and his mates around to listen to still. Looking forward to the visit stateside for a night of tunes that matter.


  44. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 14 June 2006 at 3:02 am #

    it must be humbling
    (not that you need it,
    far as i can tell)
    to know that so many people
    love you
    you came out blessed in the end
    peace and love to you
    from the strange plains
    of North Dakota
    pucci on work assignment

  45. avatar
    Drumwise | 14 June 2006 at 4:06 am #

    This blogg has become very infectious to me. I know music, and because of that I rank the Church as one of the top ten rock acts of all time (mostly due to musical integrity). You are one of my heroes SK. I believe everything you touch turns to gold in my ears, and I never grow tired of hearing your voice. I have convinced most people I know, including my 8 year old daughter, to become Church fans, and they have(hell, it only takes one listen!!). I wish you all the best in your personal life, and your professional endeavors. I would really love to see another Isidore release!!!

  46. avatar
    Rehan | 14 June 2006 at 4:24 am #

    What can i say that the others replying to your blog haven’t? Well let’s just say that i find myself listening to any of my 22 church CD’s (Singles and Albums) as well your solo records and MWP’s albums FAR MORE than i ever listen to ALL the 750+ albums in my modest collection. ( in fact i hardly seem to listen to much else to be quite frank!)so i guess that pretty much says it all. So what remains to be said is a really sincere THANK YOU for composing, playing and producing the most astonishing music that transports me to a different, magical universe! THE CHURCH RULES…NO QUESTION!!!!

  47. avatar
    one rigid finger typist | 14 June 2006 at 4:45 am #

    when u started this blog somewhen back in november last year, in all honesty, i thought it would last all of 5 minutes, end when the mini oz tour was over…well, hey, I was has been interesting watching you evolve through it, contradict yourself and be human. self psychotherapy on line. not for all to try! thanks for being so open. as a long time church fan, it has been intriguing to say the least…

  48. avatar
    buckmoose | 14 June 2006 at 5:05 am #

    Why not a big schmaltzy love-in? Consider the alternative…

    Much love and Random respect to the whole multi-cellular organism of Church-ness WORLDWIDE, baybee…

    Shout-outs to Pucci (open arms / open heart / shared Church boots and Pucci-tunes. Much success wished upon you. One day we’ll meet in person, that’s a promise.)

    Shout-outs to Holly (SK was lucky to find you / great time in KC ’04. Hope to catch up again this year.)

    Shout-outs to ManofHandy (SK was lucky to find you, too, and great time in Denver ’02. Next time you want to introduce me to SK, perhaps I won’t be too knackered to hang around.)

    Shout outs to JesusK and H (you are missed in Wombland, by me anyway, but I totally understand. In a perfect world I’d be in AZ on my birthday this year to see the Crhurruch with y’all…but world is generally not perfect. Be with you in spirit)

    And of course shout-outs to SK and associates for music / art / poetry /inspiration / soul power / and freak beauty. And blogges. Please come to KC or Lawrence this year since travel prospects looking dim (except Travel By Thought). I will personally tape shut the mouths of drunks in front of stage screaming into monitors.


  49. avatar
    Elduvik | 14 June 2006 at 7:49 am #

    What can I say…
    I also love you.
    Your art is among the most precious things in my life.
    You’re my compass.


  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2006 at 8:18 am #


    so many things i could thank you for, but most recently, for coming all the way to Bp. I know it must of seemed awfully risky, but you and the guys certainly left many people enchanted here. I must admit I did not think it would really happen. But I am bit of a dreamer, and determined one as well, and sometimes we really can convert our dreams to reality. It was beautiful and unforgettable, and a sequel may very well be needed!
    All the best to you and your family. The pics you showed were brilliant, especially S (with all that hair!)


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    sue cee | 14 June 2006 at 9:25 am #

    Gulp!.. overcome with warmth and love on a cold wintry day, you made me cry yesterday and today.. A BIG thank you from me too to all your loved ones who stood by you through thick and slim……that’s what true friends are for. To the Mrs Kilbeys ( Joyce and NK)… I love you too! And SK…..what can I say too?

    ps JLK – thank u for the live version of Love In Vain…beautiful

  52. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2006 at 10:39 am #

    It’s like a mirror….you put it out there and it comes right back attcha!

    Can you please tell more about the bio that is being written of you….?

    I also have a series of questions that you requested we asketh….I’ll ask em tomorrow if you promise to answer them…I know I’m demanding, but hey….I suspect you have gleaned that from my previous posts.


  53. avatar
    eek | 14 June 2006 at 11:00 am #

    Thank you Steve.

    Thank you the very kind words which always seem to come at just the right moment.

    Thank you for putting your trust in me. I admit to sometimes feeling a bit overwhelmed by that, but it just makes me more determined not to let you down.

    Thank you also for the reminder in reading your acknowledgements that I have many of my own. So many people who gave me chance after chance when I didn’t really deserve it; who believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself; who saw in me what I couldn’t see in myself.

    And to second Sue C — a huge Thank You to all the people who stood by you all these years!

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    Michael Barone | 14 June 2006 at 1:05 pm #

    I want you to know how much I love this blog. It’s really very inspiring and thought provoking. I’ve actually had a few personal epiphanies reading it.
    It’s been a long time since I started loving your work and I’ve been there at every twist and turn, every high and low and will remain so.
    By the way, if you ever need great photos of the band, your solo shows or Jack Frost going all the way back to 1984 I have tons of them.
    All my very best,
    Michael Barone

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    Krissythegroupie | 14 June 2006 at 2:01 pm #

    There’s a lot of love in this blog, people!! That was so sweet but sincere. AWW.

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    Joe Burns | 14 June 2006 at 2:09 pm #

    Big love back at you from Chicago Steve.

    Actually, I’ve been many places in the world, and lived in many places in the USAy – and you’ve been there with me everyplace. I can’t imagine ME without YOU. We’ve only met a couple of times, and I’m sure you don’t remember me, one more tall thin guy with small glasses in a sea of similar looking fans… but the connection is as real is a cord being plugged into the jack of a guitar. There’s something that flows out of you and into me.


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    Altres | 14 June 2006 at 2:41 pm #

    At the end of the day there is always another one due. Sometimes it takes many such passings to realise the wealth of love out there and in there. I know it has taken me years to start loving things better, and I’m still learning. I’ve learned things reading your blog Steve, great things.

    Love and light ya gorgeous man.


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    Altres | 14 June 2006 at 2:42 pm #

    At the end of the day there is always another one due. Sometimes it takes many such passings to realise the wealth of love out there and in there. I know it has taken me years to start loving things better, and I’m still learning. I’ve learned things reading your blog Steve, great things.

    Love and light ya gorgeous man.


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    (('{~_~}')) | 14 June 2006 at 2:43 pm #

    Steve, thank you so much for your prayers! I was in tears when I read what you had written in your blog today, that I had touched your heart. You have touched mine so many times.

    I got a call last night from a trainee surgeon who works with one of the surgeons that operated on me. He asked for my permission to write a paper on me and have it published in a medical journal as what I have is so rare. What a bloody way to get some fame!

    I am living my worst nightmare. It would be so much easier to except if I didn’t have the girls. Luckily, I have lots of loving people around me, Hubby, friends and family. I am getting so many hugs and kisses. It’s like everyone wants to give me some of their healing energy.

    You are so blessed to have five girls. What a big procreator you are!

    I have to admit, I envy the fact that you can recall your past lives. It goes without saying that this accumulated knowledge must surely affect how you live your current life, being able to draw on all your past gifts, music, poetry, art, living with the comfort that there is more than the here and now.

    Lots of love to you and your family.

    Thanks for sharing so much and allowing us in. You are a truly wise, not so old, beautiful man.


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    gavgams | 14 June 2006 at 3:28 pm #

    Ta, Steve.
    Best wishes to all

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    CSTCoach | 14 June 2006 at 3:35 pm #

    Thanks SK and The Church (in all solo, side and combined incarnations) for continuing to bring us these vast soundscapes, these aural journeys that go beyond simple songs and give a glimpse of something deeper. The world would be a more barren place without it. Your work is one of the very few things I hit “purchase” on whether I have the money or not… Cause it’s priceless.

    Just got the US tour schedule today. I hope that this is the year I finally catch you guys live, after some 19 years of listening. I’m slated for a possible magazine assignment for august, to be dropped into the canadian far north among grizzlies and mossies to walk 200 miles, but will see what I can do for scheduling. The PA show is the closest to me in Canada, methinks… Really want to see this stuff live finally!!!!

    And since appreciation is in the air, I’d like to offer a brief note to all the folks who read and comment on here most days. Its kinda cool to know there’s a community of like minded people out there, others of impeccable tase. 🙂

    Safe travels back to Oz, SK. Small presents waiting.


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    B Raine | 14 June 2006 at 4:46 pm #

    I have not seen the US Tour schedule, However as a matter of principle you must show the NYC fuzz Your not scared..LOL..PS gotta PIC To share with
    us??…Love those celeb mugshots JK..seriouseley.. I saw you..
    did You see me..I thought so. But so didnt half the crowd. last time In NYC, when You did SOLO at The Knitting factory…This Must have been ’99-00 me memory )I recalled marty’s solo. and his energy is so amplified to every soul…
    I sat down in the squished metal time for a rant?. .can I go on, I guess so…
    so many questions I had of you, your personal life vs your music have been answered. Last Time In NYC I had an opportunity to go to your Hotel( supposedly). These boyz…were on a mission, and i could have helped them..A group protected me . They and our NYC girl talked over tea . tea shop…my Mind was with Those boyz, lookin. My nerves were amped, adrenillin pumped. This familiar city is where It all began…But i sipped tea..I wanted to go w/ my instict. Go copp, get the chance to meet you. Than they said ” hey whatever he does is his own personal business we just enjoy the music” but that seemed uncarring..But so did you when you started playing…What I. I. I. perceived..the instant you picked up the guitar…Your mind was somewhere else. You made a joke about The cops having taken your picture the last time…After the first song… when the croud clapped, you smiled, I fealt better, your face dimmed, The crowds’ energy calmed you, you looked up.
    I didnt feel my 1st impression…again-
    this guy seems like hes rushed, he bitter or resentful. Like heres the songs enjoy..or just super focused and serious I tried to get what i was feeling….it seemed like work, but became overdrive

    all those lyrics
    id heard
    in the car
    w/ girlfreinds
    gazing atthe stars
    clashed into
    arcicistic vibration.
    ten years ago,
    a blogg wasnt a thought…You’ve changed so much, i guess im glad that our meeting has been set for another day though i did shake your hand inbetween distractions
    this blogge has pulled no stops No BS…If we dont meet, this blogg makes up for it..besides, im good w/ beein chased by dealers,,what a scenerio
    I can only imagine living a life
    built on the assurances of fame=love
    than to be the same body in the same skin , something that perhaps Kurt went through, Though his success so sudden. Is it fair to say the power
    made you somewhat corrupt, scornfully throwing pennance to beggars, while saving money pawning your guitars.

    thank god u saw what was real…new lives…holding an many have perished or lost it all, and never returned..
    Thanx for realizing and thanx for
    showing that a path though adorned in
    beauty and pleasure—is not the singular answer..poor or rich black or purple..full stomachs or bad choices, we all learn, this time
    by example i will follow
    no need to attempt subconcious suicide
    every time – rebellion strikes..easy way is the hard way but doesnt have to
    take us down…I could write 4 ever–re this post..more on my blogge.

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    Albion Moonlight | 14 June 2006 at 5:52 pm #

    Hey Steve,

    Saw the US tour schedule this morning and I gotta say, what about the midwest? No Chicago? What gives.

    I mean, I love the new album, and if I can catch a show elsewhere I will, but please tell me that tour schedule is not complete and more dates will be added!

    Love the blog as always.

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    Larry | 14 June 2006 at 6:10 pm #

    I’m starting to make a daily habit of getting a dose of your refreshing honesty (recent post about ‘dropping the masks’ for example). I just wish the country I live in weren’t one of those places that have never really warmed to the Church (that would be Canada) and vice versa.

    The world needs more SK.

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    CSTCoach | 15 June 2006 at 2:37 am #

    Larry, I’m with you. I wonder what’s wrong with Canada? Why haven’t they taken to The Church?? It’s one of several factors prompting me to move…

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    Larry | 15 June 2006 at 4:01 pm #

    No idea, cstcoach. It doesn’t help that Toronto is one of those places where the audience stand there with their arms folded, thinking ‘Go on, impress me then’.

    Mind you, when I finally got to see them here (HoB tour – still regret not going to see them during the GAF tour), the front rows were full of obsessive types, including one deranged-seeming woman who kept calling out for SK’s solo stuff. ‘Pretty Ugly, Pretty Sad,’ she kept yelling. And it was.

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