posted on January 19, 2008 at 4:52 am

second night with triffids already last night
my voice going going almost gone
there is an art to “belting” i obviously havent mastered
my brother jlk leaves phone message today
good….but now yer voice is shot…..
yes oh dear hes right
my normally resonant voice reduced to a husky croak
last nite it failed me
i would go for the big high powerful note
which i know i can hit and….
my voice would disintegrate before my eyes
first my ears
now my voice
i tell thee verily my children
take nothing of thy physical body as a given
things will and do clap out
today i will try to talk as little as poss
but my olde larynx aint happy with me
but i guess
i cant control myself
went for a swim today in the foggy misty rain
its been raining nonstop for 2 or 3 days here
its lush and green and delicious
this summer rain
in the sauna i hear a ridiculous conversation
between some fat hairy old git about my age
and some handsome well toned but slightly vacuous youngman
who vaguely had something of the faun about him
with his curly hair n pointy beard
he was saying
“havent you ever had ecstasy oh wow
oh everyone should have it
oh not that im advocating it or anything”
and the old git saying
“bloody drugs whos gonna pay for yer livers
whats wrong with a bit of booze
dont talk to me about drugs!”
all punctuated by my sudden guffaws
as each side trotted out its cliches
the pool was crowded
and i got pissed off n climbed out
ive read some good reviews of triffs n me
but now am worried bout voicey voice
tonite will be filmed
vishnu guide us through this night

16 Responses to “i did seven miles….i couldnt find my way back”

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    From up above | 19 January 2008 at 5:17 am #

    Your voice will be fine my friend and this will be one of the best shows you ever do!

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    Anonymous | 19 January 2008 at 5:47 am #

    Hey SK,

    I’m coming tonight and I don’t mind if you’re a bit croaky. I think maybe your very sincere enthusiasm for the whole project will carry you through, though. I read the Bernard Zuel review today….sounds like this is going to be as good as I anticipated. How does it feel to have been part of two of the artistic triumphs of the festival?

    Anyhoo, I’ll be there, front and centre tonight. Break a leg, old chap.


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    veleska1970 | 19 January 2008 at 5:50 am #

    i’m sending healing vibes your way. have a good show, steve.

    lotza love….

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    Hellbound Heart | 19 January 2008 at 6:07 am #

    …you hooking into the honey and lemon and other stuff you’re supposed to take when your throat is crap? oh dear, the old dead horse about drugs came out for a bit of a beating ,did it…yeesh…
    you’ll trill like a boid tonight, steve, don’t worry…

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    davem | 19 January 2008 at 7:38 am #

    Now that you’re Satchmo couldn’t you just whip out your trumpet (so to speak) if your voice fails you??
    That would get the crowd talking I’m sure.
    Much healing love to you from blighty…where it’s raining for a change.

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    fantasticandy | 19 January 2008 at 10:18 am #

    hey….the manuka honey worked at the borderline a couple of years ago,
    TWO shows back to back.
    FIVE hours on stage!
    you can do it killer………
    break a leg,
    andy L.

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    eek | 19 January 2008 at 10:25 am #

    ive read some good reviews of triffs n me

    And here and here are a couple more. Very nice indeed.

    Hope your voice holds out. Sending good thoughts your way. I think I’m actually going to have to spring for the dvd of this when it comes out. After reading so much about the shows I certainly can’t pass it up now.

    in the sauna i hear a ridiculous conversation

    all punctuated by my sudden guffaws

    I couldn’t help but laugh at this! I could practically hear you as I read it. 🙂

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    Ethereal Butterfly | 19 January 2008 at 11:27 am #

    Quick remedies: From the Australian Family Guide to Natural Therapies by Nancy Beckham: for sore throat sipping undiluted lemon juice, Sage or Thyme tea as a gargle (at room temp). For voice problems- gargle with cabbage juice or celery juice (as they have anti-inflammation properties).

    Opera singers I knew, used to use a spray which you can buy at chemist for inflammation in throat & or gargled Aspirin.
    Consider eating dope as an alternative to smoking, as smoking is creating a weakness.
    Take care & rest it as much as you can……whisper if you have to talk.

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    melissa | 19 January 2008 at 12:42 pm #

    Hot toddy’s work a treat, apparently 🙂 (hot drink with honey and whisky .. hic!)

    That and a well deserved rest afterwards. The show’s sound magic so far, and love reading the glowing reviews 🙂

    All the best SK, sending good wishes your way too..

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    tim | 19 January 2008 at 1:18 pm #

    once screamed myself hoarse at a concert and had to be on air the next morning….it sounded so bad…but show must go to you sk…hope it delivers for you tonight…will say prayer for you my friend..

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    Anonymous | 19 January 2008 at 1:58 pm #

    its late here in my city and im drunk and thinking about you and glad you’re sharing your vulnerabilities with us, and thats a fucking hard word to spell when under. all the best mate. believe.


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    JJ | 19 January 2008 at 5:26 pm #

    May Vishnu guide and protect tonight, TB. Yes, the Manuka Honey from the digestive tracts of enlightened bees to your throat could once again be the balm of choice….good luck, and hope the evening goes well for all involved.

    It’s snowing here in winter-white Atlanta town, beautiful scenes of fresh crystals lay before my eyes. Got a fire going in ye olde fireplace; nice and toasty warm in my hotel/home womb. Going out for some rare sledding soon….be a kid again. Leave adultworld behind if only for a few hours.

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    davem | 19 January 2008 at 6:25 pm #

    Many thanks for the links Holly.
    Very proud of you Killer.

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    Brien Comerford | 19 January 2008 at 6:28 pm #

    Thank you for the reviews EEK. SK is such a great vocalist. I invoke St. Martin De Porres to salvage his vocal chords with divine salves.

    So it’s raining on the poor Australians. It’s F—— below zero in Chicago. Unbearable and I worry so much about the hapless wildlife and stray dogs and cats that are suffering in it. Woe is me but I have nothing but best wishes for Steve.

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    Anonymous | 19 January 2008 at 8:06 pm #

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    CSTCoach | 20 January 2008 at 4:21 am #

    Thanks for the links Eekie. 🙂

    Wow, GREAT reviews.

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