posted on April 14, 2010 at 11:04 pm

madison wisconsin
comes into focus
the miles tick by like minutes
miles by minutes by moments by memories
inanimate objects communicate with me a la proust
tim drives down the sunshining highway
ah freedom
the journey unravels
we stop for a starbucks
we have a discussion n sure enough a woman says
you all aint from around here are ya?
nope i say
have a guess where hes from pointing at tim
my goodness i couldnt possibly guess she says
last night now officially a light year behind
the last half turned out good
the crowd n band locked in on encores

i walk around madison trying to keep fit
a real nice clean civilized place it seems
i go down to their great lake
gee it reminds me of sweden i gotta say
i could be in sweden on a summers day
lotsa scandic names too
nice little theatre too
i feel strange tho
i am not escaping the years fast enough
i need to move away faster than the age allows
sit upstairs in nice dressing room
its a lot better than portland gig backstage = closet
im pretty sleepy
wondering why not enjoying myself more
put much into these performances
i try to do my best
it takes concentration
then afterwards i wake up early
we do soundcheck
cop a nice dose of feedback
same old but different
ok thats enough
isnt it

32 Responses to “blurred visionary”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 April 2010 at 12:12 am #

    It's never enough for us Virgos but you always surpass my expectation.

  2. avatar
    veleska1970 | 15 April 2010 at 12:12 am #

    thanks so much for the updates!!

    lotza love…..

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    eek | 15 April 2010 at 12:18 am #

    "wondering why not enjoying myself more"

    Well it's obvious, silly. I haven't been to any of the shows yet! 😉

    "you all aint from around here are ya?"

    I laughed.

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    princey | 15 April 2010 at 12:28 am #

    Hi sk, hope you find your "mojo" tonight and get that underwhelmed feeling out of your system. You must be feeling so homesick, tired etc, it's a long time to be away from home:(
    I watched Spicks and Specks last night hoping you'd be on it, but Doc Neeson was on instead, he looked kinda weird, like he's had a nip'n'tuck, dyed spikey hair, trying to look like he did in the 80's…..not ageing gracefully like you sk.
    Anyway, you're probably asleep in a van or somewhere now, so nighty-night:)
    Love Amanda

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 April 2010 at 12:39 am #

    Thank you for the wonderful show even if the crowd was a bit smaller than usual, hope you and the band enjoy your gifts,
    Dennis aka dj Splink

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    Thelonious | 15 April 2010 at 1:17 am #

    SK, still enjoy reading about your exploits so much! Cant quite recocile the imahe of you driving a porcshe (cant even spell it) but I bet it was great fun. Best wishes for your tour.

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    Broken Toys and Heros | 15 April 2010 at 1:30 am #

    I hope u get to Chicago early enough on thursday to take a walk around, or jump in a cab, and recharge ur batteries with the incredible energy the city is emitting. the day will be a gorgeous spring day and in the early evening u will perform before a energetic and gracious crowd.

    c ya in less than 24 hours !!!


  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 April 2010 at 2:00 am #

    It sounds as if the tour is kind of getting you down. Maybe this will cheer you up…
    Bought #23 last night and I honestly think it's your best. Anchorage is a beautiful, incredible song.
    I'll see you in Atl. and I am going to pray it's on the setlist.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 April 2010 at 4:20 am #

    heard there was a meteor up there in wisconsin this evening. anyhow, looking forward to see you when you drop to slightly smaller latitudes.

  10. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 15 April 2010 at 5:20 am #

    Plaudits for Sk. Austin is the finest city in Texas and Madison is the supreme haven in Wisconsin for earth friendly, anti-cruelty, green and pristine, enlightened veggies !

    Genesis 1:29 is the GOLDEN RULE even for reprobates like ME !

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 April 2010 at 5:48 am #

    Ack… splutter… gasp… PDX did not have the best of everything??!!

    Well, ok, you're forgiven. You can still play here on the next tour. 🙂

  12. avatar
    cazziem | 15 April 2010 at 6:01 am #

    The Roller-coaster of life eh?

    Your pic reminds me of one of my nighties, which has 'grumpy but gorgeous' on the front of it, Haha! All that money spent on those pearly whites and no smile?

    But you know 'the same old, but different' means that when you think about it it's not really the same old and knowing the variations I have of different church tracks I love the fact that I can listen my favourite ones in a style that fits my mood. What other band can boast that eh?

    You have referred to Sweden a few times over the last couple of days, so maybe that's what's missed – gigging in Europe? Well as long as it includes England of course!

  13. avatar
    davem | 15 April 2010 at 6:11 am #

    I enjoy following the links to look at the venues you're playing.
    Generally they're all so much more civilised than most of ours!
    I hope you enjoy the second half of the tour a bit more.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 April 2010 at 9:07 am #

    you look old, tired and unhappy

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 April 2010 at 11:54 am #

    Press on, my friend, please press on.

    Wilfred Paradise

  16. avatar
    Freddie | 15 April 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    M’ lord, you seem to have lost your inner child. We should go in search of that lad…the one that was here last summer seemed a lot happier somehow.
    Love ya lots ♥ and am looking forward to the shows.

  17. avatar
    restaurant mark | 15 April 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    hope your underwhelmed feeling slips away…have a good time sir.

    take care

  18. avatar
    Mr. Argent | 15 April 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    Astrological explanation: (Transiting Sun opposite Natal Neptune) This may be a day of considerable confusion and uncertainty. On the other hand, you may gain new awareness of and sensitivity to others and their needs and how they relate to your own. Your encounters with others today may be demoralizing or confusing. Your ego energies are not very high, and you are not in a self-assertive mood for vigorous competition. If someone comes at you aggressively, your natural inclination today is to avoid the confrontation. You might withdraw, or pretend to agree with the person just to avoid a contest. You are afraid that asserting yourself might accomplish nothing, and this fear may tempt you to act surreptitiously rather than out in the open. Avoid doing that, however, because it will demoralize you further.

    Mr. Argent

  19. avatar
    Karen Brown | 15 April 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    Thank you for delivering another amazing performance. Always bringing it all until there is no more left to give. I wish the crowd would return the favor and make you feel as incredible as you make us feel. We enjoyed every note last night in Madison. Every witty remark, every profound lyric. You transported me back into wonderful memories while immersing me in the moment with an engaging performance.

    Although I enjoy the ability to absorb every moment at a seated show, it proves to tranquilize most of the crowd. Don't be fooled by a quiet audience; they are taking it all in. I, on the other hand, did not remain contained. Hopefully the shouts and whoots made it up on stage to the band. And I cannot express how much we appreciate that you take the time after shows to interact with your fans.

    Safe travels and please come back to Madison … we have more lakes to explore.


  20. avatar
    m.p.k | 15 April 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    Steve, you guys gotta sing Anchorage now. 😉

    Iceland ice is on the melt…All planes on the ground as well…

  21. avatar
    Melody Harrison Hanson | 15 April 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    I was in the 2nd row at the Majestic show in Madison. My first Church show which I went to a bit reluctantly, you are my husbands all time favorite bands. I just didn't want to be impressed, not easily anyway.

    Wow. Profound thanks for a beautiful night. I took some images ( ) and wrote a poem ( in response to my experience last night.

    Be well. The road has to be tough.

    You newest fan, Melody

  22. avatar
    stealthblue | 15 April 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    Hi Ho, Steve and Co.!! Really looking forward to checkin in with yas tonight in good ol' Chic-a-go! We're gonna treat you right in this town. Hope you guys are having a great day and a loverly ride and all that good stuff. Good vibes, my friend…

    Cheers to you and the gang. Never mind the naysayers too.

    Drive safe and see you tonight!!


  23. avatar
    Melquiades | 15 April 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    looking forward to the shows man! you've seen more of the US than I have. wait a minute you've seen more of the world than most any of us. comes with the territory of being a space rocker, i guess.

    once you taste that east coast salt air you'll be back in sorts

    cheers, Brian

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 April 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    The Madison show was awesome. I don't think the crowd was any smaller than what I've seen at Wank Hall in Milwaukee. Actually, larger and a much nicer venue. Steve, you only saw ONE of the lakes here. The one you saw was the second largest, Lake Monona, and it holds a piece of rock history. I bet you didn't know that you were viewing upon the lake that Otis Redding's plane went down in. Sad, but true. And thanks for finally coming back to Madtown. Had a great time and please come again.

  25. avatar
    Ellen | 15 April 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    Did the lady even take a guess? LOL! I'd probably be baffled myself.

    Thanks for keeping us updated on your [safe] travels.

  26. avatar
    A. Kite | 15 April 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    Well, now ya did bring the meteor lights with ya… how drainin' is that? And what is the half-life of a great band anyway? Why, it's 30 years, of course. So how many more tours of the U.S. is that? It's a hell-a-lotta jet lag, my friend. Rock On. We all love ya and we're glad you're here.

  27. avatar
    plumlady | 15 April 2010 at 10:00 pm #

    It's National Record Store Day; evidently the 3rd annual originally started in Atlanta. So if you've got your taxes done on time today and you're getting a return, go out and buy The Church's 23 lp…very cool.

    Something I wish I would have commented on days ago before the Mpls show, was wouldn't it be nice for the local bloggers to meet up at the show? If only we knew who each other were…perhaps in upcoming cities they could wear the "eye" art on their foreheads (yeah right) to identify themselves.

    Have fun at the next shows…'s so nice to have The Church back on our continent!

  28. avatar
    fantasticandy | 15 April 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    you live still.
    sorry it's off-topic steve, but i'm so glad this guy's ok……

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 April 2010 at 6:05 am #

    Hey Steve a buddy of mine and I flew in from DC to Cleveland so if we're overly excited and wooping it up at seeing our Fav band don't throw us out of the Winchester ! 🙂

    Not sure if you and Marty and Tim and Peter could possibly realize how much your Churchy existance and all it entails means to your fans.

    (BTW, Unseen Music, Unheard Words is an absolutely hauntingly beautiful, ambient-ethereal masterpiece 🙂

    Thank you for The Church and the tour!

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 17 April 2010 at 1:36 am #

    My husband and I truly enjoyed your amazing Madison show! We felt so lucky to be sitting there in the 3rd row…Hope the mischievous, invisible midget on Marty's stool continues to accompany you on your tour!

    –Laura & Jon

  31. avatar
    Daniel McCormick | 17 April 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    Thanks for the beautiful words about my hometown, Steve. Again, that was the best show I've seen. The banter made it feel very relaxed. Especially worth hanging in the balcony for the moments when Peter & Marty were looking straight at me, probably trying to find the loud laughing guy. 🙂

    I hope some of the live stuff makes it to a CD or digital download sometime. I cannot get over the Smashing Pumpkins cover or Ionian Blues.

  32. avatar
    Jason Haas | 19 April 2010 at 2:37 am #

    speakin' of Ionian Blues, couldn't for the life of me recall the name of Odysseus's son. Telemachus! Of course. wantd to shout "Telemachus lives!" but the only name that came to mind was Polyphemus, so he lived instead. an' good ol' Peter look at me and said, "what?" Polyphemus, I explained, from "The Odyssey." Naturally.

    Loved having you in my old hometown, seemed a better gig even than one of your fine ones at Sh(w)ank Hall in my once-and-again hometown Milwaukee. Turns out there were two people sitting two rows behind me that I hadn't seen in some 15 years. ah! what ya bring together is a wonderful thing. we loves ya, sk.

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