posted on October 13, 2009 at 2:26 am

pic by t.helberg

am working on portraits for commissions
a picture for alphabet foundation charity for kids in burma
recording vox for b sides for operetta single
doing a gig in a library
making music on garage band
playing round with i movie
talking to people who have good advice
considering my new double album of 2 minute songs
getting david neil sorted out
solo tour of perth early nov
church tour in late nov/dec including 3 acoustic shows
a holiday with fambley for 3 days at a hotel up the coast
music n a small part in a short film
not enough time to keep up with it
feeling a bit worn out right now
but still
better than having real job….i guess
more freedom but more uncertainty
more uncertainty attached
n guess what
still slowly
ever so slowly
getting better

31 Responses to “ambition”

  1. avatar
    David Connell | 13 October 2009 at 3:19 am #

    It's great to hear all the new projects and shows coming up.

    Steve, I saw this commercial the other day and felt really good for you:

    I would hope this helps you guys out a bit in the cash flow department. It is a shame they didn't use your version.

    Thanks as always for your words and your music. It means the world to me.

  2. avatar
    Sigur | 13 October 2009 at 3:27 am #

    kinda sounds like my life – enjoy

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 October 2009 at 4:06 am #

    I have the same issue except nothing I do is for myself…at least, u dont have that problem!! ahhh to be yer own boss…

    cheers sk.


  4. avatar
    melissa | 13 October 2009 at 4:06 am #

    i LOVE that photo 😀

    I'm getting an excitement headache thinking about the Church tour Nov/Dec .. just can't wait!!!

    A friend over in Perf mentioned reading about your solo gigs over in WA a couple weeks back now .. oh, how wonderful it would be to go there too *sigh*

    All the best with everything SK, sounds like some wonderful plans there.. when's the library gig on?!?!? 🙂


  5. avatar
    craig1.618 | 13 October 2009 at 5:24 am #


    me too

    a dream within a dream

  6. avatar
    davem | 13 October 2009 at 5:50 am #

    Fab stuff.
    Looking forward to the operetta ep.

  7. avatar
    princey | 13 October 2009 at 6:20 am #

    Great news about everything sk! You sound so busy these days doing what you love doing, which is fantastic:)

    Wow, The Church live, David Neil album, double sk album and more…I'm busting with excitement!!
    Thanx for everything you do sk:))))
    love Amanda

  8. avatar
    ET | 13 October 2009 at 6:21 am #

    This picture contains 100% of your USDA KILBEY ROCKING OUT WITH MAXIMUM FORCE requirements plus no less than 20% of your MWP "I picked up this beard in Brooklyn" daily dosage.


  9. avatar
    princey | 13 October 2009 at 6:24 am #

    P.S. LOVE the rock'n'roll moment captured in the photo, can't wait to see that pose live in December!!!:))

  10. avatar
    Saint Louie | 13 October 2009 at 7:17 am #

    You Got That Right…getting better at everything!!!!

    Looking forward to the double CD and hopefully a bonus DVD?

    Cool Steve 🙂

    As always, Ambitious and devoted to your fans as your fans are devoted to you 😉

    Awesome Dawg!

  11. avatar
    cazziem | 13 October 2009 at 8:34 am #

    Wicked pic – the man in action!

    Like everyone else, I'm pleased you are in demand, but please don't burn yourself out in the process. You are doing so much for many different groups of people; but wear yourself out and we all suffer! Glad to hear the Kilbey clan are off on a mini holiday, from all the work with garageband over the last couple of months, I reckon you pc will be looking forward to the rest too. Haha!!

  12. avatar
    Jasperina | 13 October 2009 at 11:07 am #

    …so much to look forward to…hoping it all goes well for you.

  13. avatar
    veleska1970 | 13 October 2009 at 11:21 am #

    wow, you're a bizzy bee, aren't you? but that's good. staying busy keeps you young.

    love the photo. you're rockin'!!

    lotza love……

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 October 2009 at 11:28 am #

    i feel the need to gush daily about this blogge.

  15. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 13 October 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Operetta as a (promo?) single. Hope it'll boost sales of Untitled # 23.

  16. avatar
    Richard | 13 October 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    it IS a real job

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 October 2009 at 12:48 pm #

    hi Steve, not sure how to contact you, so im trying this. Im the son of Lynn Evenett and thought I would try and contact you as I am coming to Sydney this Christmas. I saw you are playing a few gigs. It would be great to see you play and to meet you. my contact is sorry for the method of contact but I couldn't find your contact details anywhere. thanks Ben

  18. avatar
    Ellen | 13 October 2009 at 3:04 pm #

    That double album featuring 2 minute gems sounds like the ticket to me! I'll definitely buy it…

    "…better than having real job….i guess…"

    As a "working stiff" let me tell you, what you do is ABSOLUTELY better than a "real" job. People who have managed to avoid having to work at a "real job" are truly successful and are definitely much happier.

    And now it's back to work…


  19. avatar
    Michael W. | 13 October 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    I think I love the idea of the double album o' 2 minute songs. I was just thinking that I'd happily purchase a CD-R of the stuff you've made with Garage Band.

  20. avatar
    Freddie | 13 October 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    A double album of two minute songs?
    That’s a whole lot of two minute songs!
    Why they all so short?
    Hmmm…Steve Kilbey, the ADHD years… 😉
    Just kidding. I look forward to the music…all of it.
    It’s good to stay busy; at least you’re creating beauty and things that make us think.
    What is a “real job” anyway?
    What you’re doing is absolutely real and really valuable.

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 October 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    How come you will not comment on or answer any questions about this lincoln commercial that has a cover version of milky way on it? You seem to be pretty straight forward about everything else going on with your life. Just wondering.

    Nugget Boy Richardson

  22. avatar
    glynnisjohns | 13 October 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    you GUESS its better than having a real job?

    'cmon now.

    a double album of 2 minute songs?

    that sounds intriguing.

    a lot tougher to make it interesting in 2 than in six

    i miss that about the 50's 60's
    singles. so short and chock full 'o hooks and goodness

    keep on killa b!


  23. avatar
    John Garratt | 13 October 2009 at 7:48 pm #

    "better than having real job….i guess"

    Of course. At the end of it all, you have things to show for it: new songs, new paintings, new memories for the concert goers, things that will stay and matter.

    At the end of my work week, I got a paper pile of jack-shit.

  24. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 13 October 2009 at 9:04 pm #

    hot damn i love that photo! whereabouts up the coast d'ya think you might go? comin' up as far as around byron? (yeah i know, i know, you're coming up here for a gig and i s'pose it can be a long drive up here from sydney when you got a car load of kids…..the family, i mean, not the band……)

    love always……

  25. avatar
    My Comment | 13 October 2009 at 9:08 pm #

    "…uncertainty is timeless
    and resolute…"

    …and we're all
    getting better at
    that, no?

    13 5 13

  26. avatar
    Ellen | 13 October 2009 at 9:09 pm #

    "…At the end of my work week, I got a paper pile of jack-shit…"

    LOL!! Ain't it the truth, John. You said it more succinctly than me.

  27. avatar
    stealthblue | 13 October 2009 at 11:22 pm #

    HELL YEAH, it's better than having a "real job"!!! I guess you could see the good and the bad in ANYTHING in this life. BUT…unless you happen to LOVE your "real job", having one just kind of…well, it SUCKS! I don't love what I do for a living; for dosh, for fucking health insurance, for "responsibility, for life's drailments. I kind of "like" (tolerate) what I do, but it is in no way where I am "supposed to be." Guess you could say I got side-tracked by life a bit. I say if ANYONE is LUCKY enough to truly love what they do, whether you are a "rock star" or a lawer, or a doctor's assistant, or whatever, then you truly are "living the dream."

    Believe me, I could tell you some wacky stuff about the rugs that were pulled out from under me and I've been spinning for a while. Then some little sweet moment happened where I finally got to plant my feet on a relatively firm surface. That is where I am at now, but I haven't recorded any real music in 2+ years and I am DYING…(do you hear me?) DYING inside. It's like everyday is a deep spiritual truggle to try and "accept" this cookie-cutter" life, and somehow put my tunes, my ideas and those dreams on a shelf somewhere in space…and just be "happy". Pretty hard to do when you go against the grain of every fiber in your being. One can only do that so much and for so long. I know what I was born to do. Funny thing is, as I approach my late 30s, my thick-headedness still knows no bounds and still believes that one day I will finish my own bloody record. Screw the band and all the problems that go with it, the drugs and booze and fights and stupid arguments over lyrics that they could never even write in the first place, or sing for that matter! I had a band, and it was "The" band (kind of like a first real love) and it blew up in my face due to some really stupid circumstances…after everything we had been through. Before I knew it I found my self in utter disbelief of the years that have flown by since, and in the murkiest waters of my mind, I still hear the call…the call to create, to rock-n-roll again before it's too late.

    Yeah, life happens, and karma comes around. To quote our friend Rob Dickinson:
    "I know the meaning is right
    And I have confessions to know
    I am the suffering type
    I'm burying more than I show
    I'm more alive than I know"

    That really speaks to me right now.

    Anyway, Steve, I know yer no Millunnaire, but I would venture to say that you ARE indeed "living the dream." I love hearing about what you're up to, and just the fact that you get to do it. It's refreshing to know that that can actually exist, even if it is not my own life. It's a very rare thing to really do what you want to. Know what I mean? Surely you must feel truly blessed that YOU, of all the meandering souls on this planet…are THE Time Being; The one and only Steven J. Kilbey. And your family supports you and believes in you. Truly lucky, albeit talented beyond belief, but there is a stroke of fortune in that painting. Wouldn't you say? Love it, Steve. Love your life and rest well when you can. I know it is work and no one should think differently. I'm sure things seems a bit "strange" at times too, but really, just keep doing the best you can. I can't wait to se what's next from the "ole' TB". Personally, I really appreciate you and the influence you have on people…and yourself even. Keep trucking, and definitely…keep rockin'.

    Much, MUCH Peace, Love and Respect,

    Ben V.

  28. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 14 October 2009 at 12:39 am #

    Sk is equally talented and frenetic. He's Mr. Manic Nirvana and should don a Vishnu shirt to Preserve his god-given energy !

    Isidore and Painkiller transport listeners to audio otherworlds!

  29. avatar
    the dean | 14 October 2009 at 2:04 am #

    marty looks concerned that you're going to lunch his favorite guitar.

    who's ricky bass?

  30. avatar
    melissa | 14 October 2009 at 5:49 am #

    I just bought my ticket for the Byron Bay gig online :O

    I think I have to stop now… 😉 Sooo looking forward to seeing some great shows!

  31. avatar
    Mary | 14 October 2009 at 10:22 pm #

    Steve i wish you guys would come to Texas sometime in the future, i would love to see you in my lifetime 🙂 i love what you do!!! you do rock!

    love ya

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