posted on October 2, 2006 at 2:17 am

lord have mercy
a beautiful spring day
“weekend shoppers still swarm to the games
they burn their bridges
and they fan the flames
alone in the crowds forgetting their names
and fade on the way to the exit…….”
oh thats just some lyrics to a song i wrote 30 years ago
years ago living in canberra writing on my teac 4 track
getting my whole trip together
formulating my approach
you see
i knew i needed to know how recording worked
the few times i’d been in recording studios
the engineers had talked down to me
and dismissed all my suggestions
i heard sounds in my head
but i didnae have the vocabulary to communicate
nor did i yet have wherewithal to execute it
according to my plans
all i had was ambition
and a feeling i was surrounded by idiots
let me tell ya if i’d been living in london
instead of canberra
things mighta been different
but nobody could really dig my vision there
they didnt believe that i knew what i was doing
fair enough
getting underestimated toughens ya up
it is a very peculiar trip that i’m on
i dunno how to even describe it
its escapism, i guess
but on a beautiful day like today
the otherplace hovers within our reach
ive always rejected the commonplace n ordinary
my mum read me alice in wonderland when i was 4
it was a taste for the dreamlike reawakened
things that could transform or be transformed
the search for music n films that took me where…?
somewhere i need to remember so badly
im looking for clues
ive got my ear to the ground
and my eyes on the sky
i know youre looking for that place too
or why else read this stuff
which pours from my fingers like manifest ash
music is the last resort
its the 1st resort too
and all resorts between
the unusual combinations
make it sad n triumphant
use all the words from your one thousand lives
put some fucking love into it for gods sake
if its gonna be obvious
make it gloriously obvious
give me something for my heart
let my feet tap
let my mind quicken
let the blood flow to certain veins
dischord can be theatrical
but beauty n harmony are the true goal
to uplift yourself by your own strings
in the orbits tremor
the slightest string is pulled
ah fiendss
im having you on
no
im definitely not having you on
ah fiends i love you all
no
i definitely dont love you all
your breaking up
the outside falls away
the facade rebels
you wonder whats he on about
whos the biggest hood wink?
sittin inside on yon sunny daye
hunched over a screan
typing this doggerel
meanwhile the holiday is very quiet
the suburbs lie silent
birdsong muted in the springtime trees
i will go outside again
feel the sun n wind on my skin
the air is so clear n clean today
blowing across the vast oceans
bringing the antarctic ions to me
i also love fiji water
mmm its really good
drink up that lovely stuff fiendss
if ya wanna get to 52 and still rock hard
if ya wanna jump thru them fiery hoops
if ya wanna transmit the message
about the search for more space
if you understand the need for travel
outward n inward
if you desire the feeling of immersion
if you can ignore all the nonsense
if you can dig it all
and dig you must
and delve too baby
cos delve rhymes with twelve
and ya never know when ya gonna need a rhyme
so you put words like delve carefully away
in the back of yer mind so to speak
the lure of outdoors is almost irresistable
i should go out on the balc n do some yoga
stretch out my olde bones n sinews
pour some power back into my batteries
open up my heart so it has more space to beat
drawn down energy from above n below
yoga …what a cliche, huh?
oh but it works, it works….
so subtly you wont even notice
but you gotta do it every day fiendss
no days off from goode things you lazy fiendss
pursue it as you would pursue sex n drugs
pursue it as you would pursue money n power
this is the important thing
this is where you might find out
this is where it used to be
this is this
and thats that
over n out
happy holiday
ha ha
sk
1 30 sunny holiday arvo
nsw austraylia
bye bye

24 Responses to “holiday blogge”

  1. avatar
    mattdavison | 2 October 2006 at 4:14 am #

    Reinventing Time
    Proposing the future
    To the lords
    The Barons,the God of notions
    Time is the plaintif
    and the crime
    The invention under the surface
    Ant’s walking the Hill that they climb.
    The soliders of the needy incriminate the rest
    Judge and Jury formate the arrest
    Whilst time looks on again
    and again,
    and again
    minutes
    seconds
    Over
    We don’t We Stop
    we go…Away
    Then as the new houses are planted
    the tide never changing its routine
    the cliffs saturate with our children.
    Overlooking the bay where we once swam.
    The Sky timeless
    The water frozen somewhere else
    Spectacular forests and fairways…
    develop
    There is a sting in the tail
    It will come as another breath starts
    again
    again
    ..as time is reinvented
    (today…….

  2. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 2 October 2006 at 4:18 am #

    what name is yonder holiday…
    mjnjr

  3. avatar
    syrinx | 2 October 2006 at 6:03 am #

    Spot on.

    Atone-al day begins in two hours for me. Great blog.

    Re: I didn’t have the vocabulary to communicate my vision – the best way to take a system down is from within. 🙂

  4. avatar
    Stephen | 2 October 2006 at 6:40 am #

    Hey Steve,
    I guess this isn’t the forum for this. But how about an easy (ish) album for the church released only via your website to raise cash for the next studio album. I’d love to see you ‘Churchify (?)’ some old solo tracks. Let’s say you each choose 5 songs from each others back catalogue (inc Jack Frost, Noctorum, Seeing Stars, The Well etc….) give it the Church makeover, maybe mix it up by having each of you do each others lead vocals (ie you sing one of Martys or Peters…etc).
    Anyway, just something I’d like to see.
    Thanks for all the great blogs. I check it before I check my emails each morning.
    Stephen

  5. avatar
    don joe | 2 October 2006 at 10:12 am #

    Can’t believe this. 8 hrs after this awesome blogge and I’m the 5th comment??? great humor and execution of what was, for you, the time that made you what is now…(Plus the rest in between)
    Countin it down to the National Theatre steve. Wish the lads well and hope the recent news for whoever you know has turned all good.

    ML,
    don joe

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 October 2006 at 10:20 am #

    You mention Fiji water and it reminded me of being there six years ago, drinking heaps of that stuff, and I can tell you it tastes even sweeter with a beautiful Fijian sunset in the distance….but I’m sure a Bondi Beach sunset is just as beautiful!

    love,
    Amanda

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 October 2006 at 10:24 am #

    dude it was a beautiful day. dragged myself out the house and lived for a bit.

  8. avatar
    veleska1970 | 2 October 2006 at 10:33 am #

    a lot of our greatest minds in history were underestimated. isn’t it interesting that the ones doing the underestimating are the ones that disappear into the netherworlds of obscurity?

    lotza love….

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    munchcrunchscrunchyfunch | 2 October 2006 at 11:09 am #

    lower the curtain down on Woolly’s
    lower the curtain down on Isle 5
    got no time for private exploitation, finding the box ‘a milky way’s tonight…
    wish I new what you were looking for Midda known what you would find..
    And its a product quite familiar,
    something thats shimmering and white,
    leaves you here,dispite your reputation, looking for the milky way’s tonight…..

    dUTCH..I lv ya Matto

  10. avatar
    dig | 2 October 2006 at 11:16 am #

    v’inspiring
    thank you

  11. avatar
    restaurant mark | 2 October 2006 at 12:20 pm #

    i’ve always rejected the commonplace n ordinary…
    it would be great to say, you’re a hippy…what’s so unordinary about peace and love? well, watching the morning news…there isn’t much ordinary or commonplace at all about peace apparently. seems a very out there, cutting edge concept right now. hmmm…weird how off we are.

  12. avatar
    syrinx | 2 October 2006 at 12:35 pm #

    I like the Fiji water. By the case when affordable, by the big bottle when the urge hits. My taste buds might be out of whack but I get the tiniest hint of a baking soda flavor in there. And I find it good. 🙂

    I put a drop or two of collodial silver and a few drops of myrrh into one bottle of any water I’m drinking each day. One for to ward off several hundred different kinds of buggies and one for digestion. Don’t try it at home unless you feel confident with your homework. Works for me.

    I think about stories of folk remedies and of my great-grandmother putting silver coins in the rain-barrels in Maine. Gonna try that Goji juice – found an ez source: GNC. What’s weird? A suspicious number of local realtors also sell it on the side.

    What???

  13. avatar
    John Garratt | 2 October 2006 at 1:47 pm #

    I’m too lazy for yoga.

    Whenever I try to get a strict regime going for me, my brother says “consistency is the hobgoblin of foolish minds.” I then ask him what a hobgoblin is. He never answered me.

    John

  14. avatar
    CSTCoach | 2 October 2006 at 2:43 pm #

    catchin up after moving to a new city where my girlfriend landed a new job. Translating squiggles to english to support my roving bohemian lifestyle… So relieved to find that there’s a good bookstore here. picked up a copy of celine (not dion!!) to celebrate.

    searching for that otherplace and othertime, sk, and glad you’re here to provide the soundtrack.

    ryan

  15. avatar
    mandn | 2 October 2006 at 3:32 pm #

    very nice, subtle Robert Palmer nod there Orpehus.
    Apropos. Can’t believe its been three years already…

    such things never last.

    xo
    Mary

    “It’s crazy but I’m frightened by the sound of the telephone, oh yeah
    I’m worried that the caller might have awful news, oh my’
    Who knows these days where on earth the money goes, oh yeah
    No doubt we could put it to a better use, oh my

    You keep insisting that nobody showed you how to keep relationships, oh yeah
    Your daddy made a real good try, oh my
    You said you knew all along
    We could work it out, oh yeah
    Do you have to make a fuss everytime we fly
    Oh I’m looking for clues

    I have to make an effort now I just to be serious, oh yeah
    Nobody’s gonna give you the benefit of the doubt, oh my
    Everytime I pick a paper up it’s harder to believe the news, oh yeah
    I’m gonna have to shake it up and twist and shout, oh my

    You can’t do nothing that you don’t put your mind to, oh yeah
    I suspected all along you were a dream come true, oh my
    I’m never in the dark ’cause my heart keeps me well informed, oh yeah
    I’m convinced that there’s a way of getting through to you
    Ooh I’m looking for clues

    It’s crazy but I’m frightened by the sound of relationships, oh yeah
    I swear we could put it to a better use, oh my
    Do hurry baby you’ve forgotten how to catch a night groove, oh yeah
    You told all the callers you were not amused oh I’m looking for clues

    You keep insisting that nobody showed you how to use a telephone, oh yeah
    Nobody’s gonna give you a second chance, oh my
    I don’t have to make an effort now to find out where the money goes, oh yeah
    Do you have to make a fuss everytime we dance
    Ooh I’m looking for clues

    Do ya do ya do ya do ya
    Ooh I’m looking for clues
    Ooh I’m looking for clues
    Ooh I’m looking for clues”

  16. avatar
    Renee | 2 October 2006 at 4:53 pm #

    again your words have inspired and uplifted me
    i’m glad for the personal insight that you share,
    it has been helping me through my ‘dark’ time
    you see from about the age of 13
    i’ve had this constant nagging feeling inside
    something propelling me forward onto something
    but what?
    all i know is that i haven’t found it
    and i can’t stop searching
    hopefully things are materializing and one day i’ll see how these experiences all fit together
    but from where i stand now
    i can’t see the big picture

    are you where you always envisioned yourself to be?
    what did that 20 something see for himself at the age of 52?
    have you attained it?

    can’t wait till these blogs are published
    i know i’ll be reading them over and over again!!!

    luv ya!!!

  17. avatar
    JJ | 2 October 2006 at 5:16 pm #

    I study these things, looking for clues, trying to divine the tea leaves. All I know is you understand; I can hear that in your songs and words. When I heard it, I followed. I’m still following. I was on a river in the mountains yesterday – imposibly perfect day as well (?), clear air, beautiful champagne water…capturing the scenes of lush Appalatia with camera for eyes as I paddled past.

    Dipping my toe in Yoga (got DVD Yoga for Paddlers, flexibility you know), perhaps time to dive deeper for mental aspects.

    JJ

  18. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 2 October 2006 at 5:59 pm #

    this reminds me of the time /space i was tripping and me mum was reading my little brother “the hobbit” in the next room ..well i dont have to tell ya how that was…

  19. avatar
    leelinau | 2 October 2006 at 7:19 pm #

    EXactly

  20. avatar
    davem | 2 October 2006 at 7:43 pm #

    Beauty & harmony?
    Like hearing…..
    Ripple
    Louisiana
    Radiance
    Providence
    Disappear
    No Explanation
    Easy
    Maya
    etc
    etc…
    for the first time.
    Thank you Steve. Thanks for sticking at it 32 years ago & all the years since.
    love you more,

    Dave M

  21. avatar
    persephone2u | 2 October 2006 at 8:16 pm #

    Alice in Wonderland coupled with The Narnia Chronicles and the shadowy reflections of faraway and distant lands of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses are the starting materials for a life of grand escapism and beautifully surreal dreamlike visions.

  22. avatar
    ben | 2 October 2006 at 8:21 pm #

    I feel im at that place u were writing about were years ago.(yea heard it before im sure) I know what i have and desire the simple love and passion that i was given for it, and yet cant relate to anyone. I have friends and others who claim they would make music alone and not seek approval from anyone and i know thats bullshit. I know im the same as everyone else as far as my need and lucky to know it, but this isnt no gosh damn horserace or comp of talent or some being cool endeavor. its finding what i dont have to be as opposed to finding myself. its about forgiving myself for things i really dont believe in anyways. its about forgiving others. i dont care for me, no room for me to care for you. like u say, simple but complex. for once however im alone with all the world seemingly against me and im waiting for the usual blame to give or take and its just not happening.(well just not on the grand scale it normally does)I remember the lyric re-examine my love on well fuck u wrote it, and it makes me remember that i have had many strange loves(people,sex,pot,etc), all good in moderation but it cant offer true love. And if i lean on it it will surely dissapoint. Wisdom is the truth that know is, as there is nothing true about the past or future, and i try to lean on god who is up to everyone to meet on their terms, and not in the tangable sense which is man. Steve thanks for the music and words to help me when i was a brother in need. peace

  23. avatar
    craig | 2 October 2006 at 8:44 pm #

    someone once said “most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle to be overcome, instead of the essence of life itself”…….perhaps that’s why there seems to be a compulsion as we are finishing “a” to look for “b”……..i dunno…….however, i do know that lately i am personally trying to enjoy more in the “now” and trying to rid meself of that insatiable “future-gazing” trap i get stuck in sometimes…….at any rate, just a random thought to share

  24. avatar
    ingela mid ewoodynberg | 3 October 2006 at 11:01 am #

    greetings sk,
    i recall how the child in me marvelled at precioussss tones.
    how deer childhood spent in the company of wolves toughens yeah !

    notes may not be read by all ancient friends, as time goes on
    but unexpected news.
    eclectic wishes for the church and aussie followers


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