posted on June 10, 2009 at 6:08 pm

like a leopard messiah
like a white lightning bolt
like a snort of amnesia up all of yer noses
like honey
like velvet
like powdered unicorn horn
like the vines and lianas
like the summer and the winter
like orpheus in his underpants
like a panther on vaseline
like an electric charge that jolts yer womb
like a slave to the rhythm of love
like a master with his finishing touches
like a lemurian temple slut
like the phosphorescent rim of the sun
like candy from a baybee
like a double shot
like a chinese burn
my little wander
makes me feel kinda fonda
i am a rock i am an island
i am yer fix and yer connection
i am sitting here patiently
i play bass and i sing
i am so old and younger still
i was born yesterday
the barsted son of shakespeare and annie oakley
the brother of sir galahad
the father of the moon
the husband of the goddess of cocaine
the lover of exquisita
the determiner of sex
the worlds forgotten bouy
in solana beach
in so cal
in north america
with my white beard
i aint a’feared
with my freckled skin
you know jus’ where i been
i’m over it
i’m under it
i am everywhere
see
everywhere at once
i wish i was me
dont you

40 Responses to “as i ride down highway 101…”

  1. avatar
    m.p.k | 10 June 2009 at 6:39 pm #

    I just had the realization why your music does not find a wider audience…

    1) People aren't ready for it yet. They don't understand the level it's on.

    2) They can't face what the music reveals about themselves and would cause them to discover about themselves and about existence. It would dismantle many of their false constructions upon which they rely.

    It's like trying to explain to someone who eats junk food at McDonalds everyday that they should be eating better food. Most just don't get it. A few would admit and shrug their shoulders. Same thing. They are destroying their bodies but the cheap fuel gives them a rush anyway. Cheap fuel.

    You guys have created a music that is exclusive. It's a good thing, it's what you should be doing (in my opinion) and it will necessarily limit your audience. It's the wow, it's what's really happening. It's a big secret that's out in the opening. I'm so grateful for the Church!

  2. avatar
    m.p.k | 10 June 2009 at 6:51 pm #

    You'd might be amazed at the kind of people who are listening, or maybe you already know… All manner of shamans, wizards and creative geniuses. This audience you already have is worth more than the millions you could have gotten if you'd refused to evolve and created yourselves as marketing machines.

    I'm only saying this because I wish for you a release from the anxiety I sense the band is carrying about the lack of a fame and a wider audience. I think you could dissolve this preoccupation and see what you have achieved is already greater than this.

  3. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 10 June 2009 at 7:04 pm #

    God's talents were imbued into you. You are a creator too. A strong dose of pantheism.

  4. avatar
    Cee | 10 June 2009 at 7:19 pm #

    Wish I could wish you could show me how.
    (thanks D.L.)

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 June 2009 at 7:57 pm #

    The Goddess of Rock says pluck, strum, croon, n'blast your followers' eardrums so they may ascend into Nirvana. In return, you shall receive everlasting life, 1000 virgins, and all wounds healed (including bad eyes). Don't let her down.

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 June 2009 at 8:18 pm #

    thassa boy, back on tha hoss
    saw someone mention how you could play loada songs that the fans would love to hear…so many lost classics

    life speeds up
    trance-endings
    pearls
    jazz
    another earth
    sisters
    coffee song
    friction
    silver dream machine

    bloody hell, that's almost another setlist in itself
    and that 's just the tip of what's 'falling off the shelf in blocks'

    go sleigh thum killa!

  7. avatar
    davem | 10 June 2009 at 8:19 pm #

    How was the first night?
    We're eagerly awaiting news.
    x

  8. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 10 June 2009 at 9:43 pm #

    i wish i was me hanging out with you on the hollywood freeway…
    Jonny 101

  9. avatar
    fantasticandy | 10 June 2009 at 10:14 pm #

    go killer go!

  10. avatar
    stealthblue | 10 June 2009 at 11:47 pm #

    Hiya Steve!

    Good to hear you are stateside and the tour has begun! I really hope you are feeling better about "everything." I know it's tough to be away from yer fam, and I'm sure they miss ya too. Now you get to see some of your "extended family" here on the road.

    We love you, dude, and we very much appreciate you and the boys hitting the road. I guess it benefits everyone…hopefully. 🙂

    Sorry I'm just catching up a bit…was away, hopping about in Eastern Europe, Poland to be exact. Very interesting place old Polska is. It is beautiful but can be quite challenging…On many levels. Although most of the people were friendly, it's not the best place to be a vegetarian…especially when you are visiting rural areas. People looked at me like I was from Mars when I declined the plate of assorted sausages!! Oh well, got my fill of bread and jam, and some REALLY good Mushroom soups! Also, saying "PLEASE, NO MORE" to the shots of Vodka offered every 5 minutes (no exaggeration)is especially challenging on a social level. I simply could not keep up…nor did I really want to. My liver just could not take that. To all of the shit-faced "manly" men though, I musta been the biggest ninny EVER to have come to Poland!! HA! I'm just glad I don't speak the language that well!! Lots of laughing in my direction. Actually they all just kind of felt "sorry" for me…"awww, the poor little American can't handle his 'VOODKI.'" Yep…that's it.

    Well, we're really excited to see you guys at the HOB Chicago. Hope all is well in the mean time and after. Stay healthy and well on the road, and may the Force be with you. I mean it. You're all precious souls…

    Much love and respect,

    Ben

  11. avatar
    princey | 10 June 2009 at 11:57 pm #

    Hiya sk, sending you love and good luck for tonights show, it's gonna be a corker!!
    I loved todays blog too, you sound a wee bit happier, "just like the old dayzzzz……."
    Love'n'hugs to ya,
    Diamanda

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 June 2009 at 12:51 am #

    come closer

  13. avatar
    loolaabillions | 11 June 2009 at 1:26 am #

    awww…

    hi sweeets
    chin up
    the weathers crap n' cold
    here anyway
    so it's best your
    somewhere warm
    when you dont feel well

    here's xx to you.

  14. avatar
    ronbonham | 11 June 2009 at 1:52 am #

    Ah, man..went looking for the Killa

    no joy though, would like to give

    you a CD of Inner Lights but don't

    wanna come on like some puser on a

    buzz. I think you would like it,

    might not like all of it, but WTH,

    you would hear something special

    if I do say so myself! Songs

    written on and under

    the infulence of the Church. Have

    a great show Killa, Tonites the

    Nite!!

  15. avatar
    esne snoner | 11 June 2009 at 2:00 am #

    funny thing is that if i was you i wouldn't be able to watch the church live in absolute wonder nor listen to the recordings as the fan i am – happy to be me thanks but also grateful for the insight to your ways via music, blogs, etc – my life and that of many others is better for it – cheers and looking forward to reading about each and every show in the u s of a – and all the in-between stuff

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 June 2009 at 5:43 am #

    the spirit hath requested a walk in the moonshine,and a party,two bootz.have a brilliant gig!!!!love can find you,ANYWHERE,n well,looks like your always in the right places.long live The Church!!!xoxoxoxo

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 June 2009 at 6:03 am #

    Have a great tour steve, stay healthy if you can between gigs.
    You think its coldish there – 11 & 14 respectively in Syderrs recently.

    I wonder if anyone else thinks that Cobalt Blue has touches of Air in it or whether I'm just hearing things – wonderful.

    Dutch Pierre

  18. avatar
    Jasperina | 11 June 2009 at 6:36 am #

    ..like the phosphorescent rim of the sun…I like the myriad of colours I can see there. Keep your good eye and the bunged up one imagining those ever changing colours. The sun, the stars, the moon we know there is always something magic out there for us. How about keeping a small sketchbook while you have to do all that waiting around? Drawing, writing, doodling helps to fend off the darkness of boredom and lonliness. Agree wholeheartedly with m.p.k. higher art… great art may never touch the souls of the masses. Nonetheless it passes over them like a magic wand. We all got be willing to take a leap into the divine don't we?

  19. avatar
    c h r i s p y | 11 June 2009 at 6:37 am #

    Hang in there! Hope yer cold's getting better! Can't wait to see you in July!
    -c h r i s p y

  20. avatar
    WantonMyth | 11 June 2009 at 7:41 am #

    The US is in need of healing. When you and your friends play, Steve, you will give it to them…

  21. avatar
    glynnisjohns | 11 June 2009 at 8:16 am #

    You

    took.

    nothing much else to say really.

    the crunch took my heart.

    solana beach
    -glynnisjohns
    06/10/09

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 June 2009 at 8:31 am #

    MPK . spot on

  23. avatar
    Richard | 11 June 2009 at 10:58 am #

    Esmeralda falls in love every concert day

  24. avatar
    Freddie | 11 June 2009 at 10:59 am #

    😀
    Truly!
    You’re probably sleeping up after what was hopefully an awesome show.
    Can’t wait to hear how the first one went.

  25. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 11 June 2009 at 11:25 am #

    you are apollo with wings on your heels and a fender in your hands striding on the beams of the sun letting us mere mortals bask in your glory and beauty……

    go get 'em, tiger…..

    love always……

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 June 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    the gods of space rock have landed in the promised land!

    take back your thrown mister kilbey!

    btw

    KK got stuck in the cd player in the jeep. not a bad one to have to listen to over and over.
    I love love increased
    and maybe soon
    maybe soon
    will be my new fav.

    the coffee hounds ep is exquisite too.
    love the floating guitar esp in the instr. version.
    and you guys did a bang up job on hounds of love
    i can actually listen to the song now! sorry kate.

    let me close before i embarrass myself for fawning…opps too late…

    enjoy cali..be well

    tim

  27. avatar
    CSTCoach | 11 June 2009 at 3:31 pm #

    and so it begins…

  28. avatar
    davem | 11 June 2009 at 5:53 pm #

    Thank God for The Church.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 June 2009 at 6:25 pm #

    Does anyone have a ticket to the Triple Door show in Seattle on June 15th? Apparently I waited too long and its sold out. Please call or text message me @ 206-356-9797

    Otherwise I guess I'll drive down to Portland the night before (bigger venue)

    Thanks

  30. avatar
    michael | 11 June 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    Thank you Steve for taking the time to chat with your faithful last night after the show. It was an amazing set. Can't wait for tonight !!

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 June 2009 at 7:44 pm #

    Great set at the morning show!

  32. avatar
    Cee | 11 June 2009 at 8:18 pm #

    KCRW was super delicious to watch, thanks for all the great "extras" before the show even got started! They forgot to mute the mics, love it!

  33. avatar
    Marcus | 11 June 2009 at 8:42 pm #

    Made my day when I got your email and was able to see the Band streaming live video from the station studio on my laptop. Thanks. Who would have thought; watching The Church "LIVE", in a restaurant while eating lunch. See you next week in Colorado and Kansas City! Have a great show tonight.

  34. avatar
    Ellen | 11 June 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    Hi Steve:

    Can't wait to see you guys play tonight at the Roxy! I'm a "new" fan to The Church.

    Here's how it happened:

    I was at work and bored to tears, so I decided to go on youtube and listen to some music. There was a video entitled "80's One Hit Wonders." Being a fan of 80s music, I started listening and whaddya know "Milky Way" was playing. "I've always loved that song!" I thought to myself. "Who wrote that?" I wondered.

    I got my answer: The Church

    All I can say is: Thank God for youtube. It's how I found you.

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 June 2009 at 9:27 pm #

    Listening to the youtube live version of operetta at the factory…the intro reminds me a bit of the intro to tranquillity…its ironic that the latter conveys a longing for total disengagement whilst the former a desperation to save someone from this fate
    Barry
    Barry

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 June 2009 at 10:59 pm #

    great show last night – some photos from solana beach:

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=84942&id=620787799&l=13d27de98e

    mb

  37. avatar
    fantasticandy | 11 June 2009 at 11:07 pm #

    bloody hell!
    'you took' was a bit firey eh?
    you guys are smokin'!
    'bout time we had a 'proper' live DVD…………….
    kudos to KCRW!

  38. avatar
    Steven | 12 June 2009 at 1:25 am #

    KCRW set was great – best 40 minutes I've had at work ever!

  39. avatar
    John Drake | 15 June 2009 at 12:02 am #

    Steve

    Hello & hooray!!

    The Church was so well worth the wait since I purchased tix for my wife and I months ago for the Belly Up show.

    Blown away…words do not do the proper justice for the band or the music that flowed outward that night.

    Missed work-absolutely the right thing!!

    Four hour drive there-same amount back-Ocotillo CA-..The Desert.

    May I thank you and the Church so much for the chance to see them and only wish I could have seen them again-compared to the bans out there-they are the top-Like a drug that completely takes you elsewhere..I watched them a few years ago at the Coach House in Orange County and then the Grove in Anaheim with Catherine Wheel..still have the 1992 DVD of the Enmore Theatre show!!

    Will wait patiently for the next chance in time to see the undoubted greatest independent real live band in the world!!

    Thank you so much in advance!!

    John Drake

  40. avatar
    Ellen | 15 June 2009 at 4:00 pm #

    m.p.k. –

    I like your analogy of using junk food as to why The Church hasn't caught on to the world.

    They've "struck gold" so many times, it's just that the world has yet to discover their greatness.

    Steve, thank you for being authentic and not selling out by making "junk food" music. As a musician, I really appreciate that!
    You're truly one of a kind.


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