posted on January 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm

storm element


driving down the old highway

the car against the road is the low hum of the strings

the cars rushing past are cymbals and tambourines

the winds blowing in my windows are flutes and piccolos

the rattles in the car are the snares and castanets

the cicadas in the trees are the white noise of one million stratocasters

the cars blow their horns

the tyres drum on the bitumen

in my head the music goes round

the busted a.c. is a leslie cabinet

the australian sun is a spotlight

the blue sky a vast curtain

the miles are my songs

the years are my band

the long long years

it is australia any year

summer this is my 57th summer

the bell birds are xylophones and glocks

suddenly my extended metaphor tires me

my golden the falcon sings so smoothly though

my heart a bass drum bump bomp

my cough is reedy and percussive

my pulse is in 4/4 time

four on the flaw

i accelerate through space

i move constantly through time

i groove on my train of thought

some weird station has a weird show on weird music

such and such a composer exploring dissonance

dissonance is that a latinate word for racket?

i’m working on the  film score in my head

i start to question my values on music

some pieces on the weird show are a racket

and some of them are actually much more than that

but i can’t understand the appeal of the racket anymore

tho i once told my self i was across a decent racket

maybe i was fooling whoever i dreamed i was

i am nothing fixed

although i drift towards a purer position

with music i mean

simplicity melody

the recombination of a thousand tiny tricks

i follow hunches

i listen to instinct

the very first thing you think of is often the best *

all the time

my lazy easy way of doing things

if you try you’ve already lost

it just has to come easy

easy come and easy go

like life itself

never grasp at it too hard

i made that mistake

i wanted everything at once

it was unobtainable to me at 16

i wanted it all and i tried n i tried

playing the bass was the easiest bit

i was up and running in no time

i mean you don’t have to mozart to go bang bong bong on a bass

so what… i was another contender making a row in a garage

i met some truly gifted players like dave scotland and dave young

young brilliant guitarists who could have gone all the way imhfo

of course peter koppes of whom it is hard to imagine

a time when he was not accomplished on a load of instruments

his understanding of music is that of an absolute master

his playing is filled with restrained power and melodic grace

his sound is vast and distant

sometimes its hard to understand what he is actually doing

to his apollo is martys dionysus

more abrasive more metallic more inflaming

thus they interweave both being ying and yang at anyone time

well that is today for you

the girls and i  received some very nice gifts too

and i’m eating a bit of a gift now

but not looking gift horses in their mouths

i am grateful

australia is a nice nice place

i like my car i really do

it seems to purr

i drive on and out of sight

roll credits


* conditions apply

24 Responses to “ed cashless and the toffee hammers”

  1. avatar
    Meg | 11 January 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    dissonance is that a latinate word for racket? Lol… I get that station doingthat a bit.. Yeah.. Noise..sometimes they evenget grants for noise..stellar bit of prose here Mr Kilbey.

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    Boriah | 11 January 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    Funny i never imagine you at the wheel. For some strange reason I imagine you with black sunglasses at the backseat of a limo.
    Anyway, the car is the best place to listen to music and imagine new melodies.

    Look at the rearviewmirror and “look what you´re leaving behiiiiiind”.

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    . | 11 January 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    there are so many points on an eternal line
    one here, another there, others beside
    one another, the gaps between are like time
    & space
    even the sublime
    see the same line from a distance just to be reminded
    that each point is critical to another as we combine
    our experiences to help us progress and to shine
    like the infinity from where we sprang once upon a time
    all life is interconnected even when the rhymes
    and rhythms of this mortality fall short of the divine
    and leave us in a stupor where we lose our minds
    and yearn for that something we can never have this time
    our friends and spirits are there to help us survive
    and redefine the colosseums of life

  4. avatar
    colette | 11 January 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    The unbearable lightness of been

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 11 January 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    Great blog today and nice shout to PK. Brought back memories of a simplier time with my Flying V and GK amp in the back seat and my sweet Jen at my side, she passed at the tender age of 27 from the evilest C. She pushed me harder than anyone to and beyond the fullest. I was a headstrong 18 yearold when she took me to see ya for the first time trip Chicago in 84. I was on PK’s side of the stage- u- she adored, I was jealous but didn’t have to be. Richard hung out and chatted with us, my lord we looked older than him. Bless Richard and you all for playing that night. And thanks for the blog of memories today. In 24+ hours, this pain doesn’t subside some, i’ll b in the ER getting a pain block which’ll hurt more than this pain anyways.
    Wish me luck and that racket you here was and still fills my life to this very day. Why drive 27mph when I can easily go 127. There are some cohorts who have heard and seen me on ye olds blogee that can announce witness to that.

    Safe drivings- hope the Falcon never stops purring.


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    M E M | 12 January 2012 at 12:41 am #

    Mozart, no. Bach maybe. There are lessons for us all not so easily forgotten midnight in the palace of reason. But with Apolo and Dyionisis in your band… What else could a time being ask for?

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    Anonymous | 12 January 2012 at 6:09 am #

    you’re lucky to work with two of the three best living guitar legends the world has… one and two in no particular order… also: [then] when there is a vintage TexMexStrat… 7/8 time upon impulse as it flares, gently back to 4/4 driving on.

  8. avatar
    Stewart | 12 January 2012 at 7:45 am #

    I found this soothing – thanks.

  9. avatar
    That Girl | 12 January 2012 at 11:41 am #

    It’s the little things that make you smile ! I arrived at work this morning to find a package on my desk, Isidore had arrived. Then I opened up my computer and read todays words from Steve . I am having a good vibration moment.

  10. avatar
    pete best | 12 January 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    yeah, pete’s guitar work on refomation is pretty slick

  11. avatar
    Jonathan Andrews | 12 January 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    As I was reading your blog I started thinking about Mozart…… All the things he heard and the craziness of getting the out in the open. Then you mentioned Wolfgang. I think I shall digest some Die Zauberflote tonight.



  12. avatar
    Linjo | 12 January 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    I found it soothing too, thanks Steve. Never grasp at it too hard, it has to come easy. That is so peaceful. I can relate. xxx Linda

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 January 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    In a two minute break from a busy day – it was an absolute joy to read such a flowing positive account of such a simple activity, a car trip. Seems like an orchestra of thoughts accompanied you on your journey. I hope their presence aides to help fulfill your work load. If not, I’m sure they were great company regardless. Treats in the glove compartment are always a winner.
    There seemed to be a Salvador Dali feel to today’s image,minus the melting clocks.
    Quote: I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.
    Salvador Dali

    Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure- that of being Salvador Dali.
    Salvador Dali.
    Take care Mr K and Family.

  14. avatar
    Steven Krut | 13 January 2012 at 10:32 am #

    I’m really curious about the soundtrack you’re composing. And the film it’s for. Glad you’re feeling more upbeat. Yeah, Peter is amazing.

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    Lara | 13 January 2012 at 10:45 am #

    Dissonance…racket with only one plosive. 🙂 Still, I like it, but then again I like some racket too.

    Home from a long trip to find Isidore awaiting. Oh, Mr. K, that patron saint of words is surely beaming somewhere. What a gem.


  16. avatar
    joseph and coat | 13 January 2012 at 10:58 am #

    it brings much other than appreciation si
    am trying to make sense
    you can help? x

  17. avatar
    jaime r.. | 13 January 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Some Reverse Magic… Oh man, killer songs.. Life Somewhere else is such a deep deep track.. the right kinda morose…

  18. avatar
    eekie | 14 January 2012 at 9:31 am #

    I love when you do this…when you pull something so beautiful out of something most find completely mundane. Wonderful!

    And now I want to go for a drive to listen to the music….

  19. avatar
    Once | 14 January 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    “maybe i was fooling whoever i dreamed i was
    i am nothing fixed”

    Love this…

    So true.


  20. avatar
    surreal eskimo boy | 14 January 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Nice. It’s like Madmax meets David Neil. Just make sure you keep your eyes on the road.

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 January 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Just played priest=aura, perfect for a grey olde Sydley Saturday arvo.
    It is a masterpiece, no doubt bout that.

    Last nite went on a harbour cruise with Kevin Borich, Harry Brus and Paul Wheeler playing.
    It was a great nite. So good KB recovered from the dreaded cancer. He was such a gentleman only too willing to have photos with him and happily signed autographs, he truly loves his fans. He looked great and played that guitar amazingly, as did Harry. U and Harry have got to be up there as two of the best bass players, as is Kevin alongside Peter and Marty as a guitar genius. Would be a super group if you all could have a jam. For a different type of gig a Church harbour cruise would sure be another nite/day to remember, give it some thought for something different to do.

    Good news about your film score, may it get an award and take u to Hollywood, u never know.

    Peace & love

  22. avatar
    ASSMIDGET | 14 January 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    why the hell do they make differnt xlr sizes? I’m 20 dollars in the hole trying to get this mic working! Is it even a XLR? I know somebody here knows this stuff. help meh!

    • avatar
      ASSMIDGETCLONE | 15 January 2012 at 12:18 pm #

      nm, it’s a “Amphenol”. got it

  23. avatar
    hellbound heart | 16 January 2012 at 8:32 am #

    the guitars on your albums are unreal…….but seeing you guys live, ah, that’s beyond words….
    Love always….

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