posted on October 8, 2006 at 6:27 am

we were pretty good
my oh my
thank you brisbane
that was more like it
you made my day
the audience completed the loop
enhancing and redirecting back at us
our own attempt
at measuring the feeling
o tivoli what an ideal place for the chrunch to play
such a lovely mild brisbane night
backstage i paced a la le panther mangey
my fingers curl n uncurl
people talk to me
and somewhere miles out there
some drone in autopilot
answers along the party lines
my eyes are not fixed
they wander
my mind is swimming
as i spot check my memory
see if i can remember the second verse to this song
see if i can remember the double e minors in that song
but that too at a superficial level
under are more mes
one me is excited to fever pitch
another me is calm n collected
another me imagines the doodles in bed
and the twillies in sweden..what time is it there now?
i meet some people
one guy
he had fraternal twin daughters born same day n year
as les doodles
one dark, one blonde
just like them too
so jus’ remember folks
you think that yer unique
and yes yes
you are
but there are other people out there
with the same goodnbad things happnin’ to them
azacktly the same as you
anyway eventually we go on
right in the middle of a george harrison song
cos i was jus’ too impayshent to wait my fiendss
like waiting for the dentist
like waiting for some thing delicious
going on that stage
thats a whole trip in itself
have you got the balls?
i stride on pick up the bass
im playing ye olde telecaster guitar in firstsong
start plucking the chord
pete starts the piano
(actually on the record its the reverse
i do piano, he does guitar)
timbo comes in
the drums are like the sound of an armys bootheels
hitting the resounding ground
mwps crow wah-wah starts up
its all sounding good in my in-ears
its gonna be a magical night
after that point
i dont remember
some geezer called something out nice
another geezer called out something nasty
people vainly screamed out for songs
they hoped for
but somehow must have known we would not play
the band played very very well
thats all really
thats my review
its hard to review it and do it too
im in my own world up there
just like getting out of your tree
strapping on some 2 thousand dollar headphones
putting some very loud spacerock on
and jamming along on yer air guitah
except that you actually are doing a bit of the music yerself
its easy
its hard
its great
its disappointing
its exciting
its boring
its a whirlpool of emotions
whirling out into unremembered places
something has changed tho
something is streamlined
something keeps us in the sky
flying for another day
back to my room
the open windows stream in the blue air
the curtains move gently in the breeze
i then had to get up early today at 6 am
drive to heiroport
fly home w/ all argy-bargy associated with that
but now im here
had a picnic in glebe
weathers turning sultry
i bet the trees love to sway around in the wind
looks like thyre dancing
but who has seen the wind?
the palms out the back grope blindly
in the torrents of air
the sky now grey getting greyer all the time being
on aeroplane home listened to low spark of high heeled boys
r.i.p. jim capaldi
drummer n co-songwriter
tell me if ya think this is a brilliant couplet..
the percentage yer paying is too hi priced
and yer living beyond all yer means
and the man in the suit has bought a new car
on the profit hes made on yer dreams
and today ya just swear that that man was shot dead
by a gun that didnt make any noise
but it wasnt a bullet that laid him to rest
was the low spark of hi heeled boys
and the whole thing just grooves along o so nicely
it came out in a weird lp cover too
with the corners cut off
n a 3D effect thing
the next album had a cover like that too
but i dont think its quite as good
steve winwood a beautiful soulfull o voice
piano just drips out n glides
distorted organ
a guy from africa rebop kwaku something
(r.i.p. him too)
playing some extra in the groove percussive stuff
this is my ideas ground when i think about percussion actually
a cat called chris wood on winds (r.i.p. on drugs)
rick grech a fluid n mellifluous bass player
therese 4 bona fido true classics on this disc my fiendss
its essential in my universe
tho its influences may be hard to detect
or maybe never really had the wherewithal
to play this kinda jazzy thing
what a group!
now my body is sick of typing at this blogge!
a nasty electric feeling nerve is shooting up my leg
the glasses perched on my almost perfect nose
they make my olde eyesache
my fingers which can pull bass strings for 2+hours
wither as i tickle the lapptop for too long
my head weighs a hundred weight on my swanlike neck
my shoulders droop with gravity not gravitas
being onstage is like shooting a cocktail of the best stuff there is
but ya gotta gotta xcept the comedown
(cue in music)
when its good
you really are higher than the sun
and that aint the fleur de lis talkin, mister
its a privelege to explore these realms n thoughts
for you/with you
i didnt fucking write my songs for no reason
its all starting to come back to me
its all beginning to fade away
we’ll probably never get to the bottom of all this
just diggin’ n delvin’
in side yer sweet head, childe
where the darkness holds sway
and the light that could blind you
burns in your sacred heart
these are the voyages of the nevets yeblik
legendary time being
mapper of unmapped space
deceiver n disillusionist
charlatan n clown
renaissance bloke
dealer in nothings
a ship flown by shadows
the spear of destiny
the hammer and nails of the gods
the consolation of the deadheads
war n roll lovelock
warlock of rock
with a hole in each sock
there is no stopping me
until i meet the end
im invulnerable now
except for all these gaps everywhere
im immortal until i die
im forgotten until im remembered
my tomb is desecrated
and my skull is used
as a drinking vessel
by a new barbarian emperor
its ok
this is all years in the future
right now tho
its just some tomato soup
and something relaxing
goodnight n goodluck

43 Responses to “in the orbits tremor”

  1. avatar
    Richard | 8 October 2006 at 8:34 am #


    Now that I have pole postion, and considering that 22 November may be the last time I hear from you (at least in the daily sense) I thought I would take the chance to say something that I never imagined I’d have the chance to say.

    THANK YOU for your part in:


    last broken flash of love still in the camera

    the crescendo in Happy Hunting ground

    the cover of Seance

    the bagpipes



    nodding palm trees

    playing ‘Travel By Thought’ as an encore at Rock Arena (Brisbane) in 1988

    not going further in the “Maybe These Boys” direction

    the occasional lyric that I can understand

    the rest that I can’t

    the start of Telepath

    the end of It’s No Reason

    the liner notes on Hex

    the jingle jangle ones

    the quiet ones

    the dark ones

    the light ones

    the slow ones

    the fast ones

    the ones that start slow and end fast

    getting better and better (somehow)

    giving a forty year old bloke with two kids, two dogs and a mortgage a reason to every now and then feel and behave like the 18 year old he was when he first heard you



  2. avatar
    kat | 8 October 2006 at 8:35 am #

    sk, glad the gig went more than well! see, you have good fans all over the place. probably best here though. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    traffic is great… i actually witnessed the dead doing a good rendition of lowspark a few summers back.

  3. avatar
    Ross | 8 October 2006 at 8:51 am #


    That was the best concert I have ever seen.

    It was perfect. Peter Koppes is the greatest guitar player EVER. You can have your wanky Claptons and Metal gods…

    Great set list
    Even better do you keep getting better???

    Thank you – really.


  4. avatar
    Imber | 8 October 2006 at 9:20 am #

    What an amazing show last night!
    Just incredible, especially “providence” and “ripple”.
    Loved the “rock moves” and the bobby rendition, not to mention the j ho impersonation!
    It’s the third time I’ve seen you and the best ever.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 October 2006 at 9:36 am #

    war and roll lovelock
    warlock of rock

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 October 2006 at 9:42 am #

    Thanks for that “sneak-peek behind the scenes” before you go on stage sk. Wow! how do you do it, my hero, and you look so cool, calm and collected ALL night? It’s made me even MORE excited (if that’s possible!) about next Saturday night, I can’t even eat or sleep thinking about it!! Third row, the Church playing live&electric in front of me for two hours, now that’ll be the biggest trip ever!!!!…that’s for sure!!!
    love always

  7. avatar
    mattdavison | 8 October 2006 at 9:59 am #

    Ben V can tell a good story…..

    I hope you saved a little of that magic for Melby.

    I canne deal with Sunday’s Blog “Yeah din’t quite come off the way It could a” Bandies weren’t in sinc.. etc that sort of stuff No pressure but I need it like a drug.. If only u knew (not crazzie fan) just need ma space needle.

    ‘Oh god’ what am I saying… I have faith..
    Sue, I will be the one in the sunglasses, or cool custom CCHru T shirt.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 October 2006 at 10:42 am #

    good work sk…we’ll miss ya if u do go but hey u need yr life surely…

  9. avatar
    Frosty Lass | 8 October 2006 at 11:27 am #

    Wicked-ass show last night Kilbey!
    Loved every second – especially from the front row ๐Ÿ˜‰
    what can i say
    Ripple was deluxe..
    UTMW was hilarious..
    you so made my day too!

    btw also purchased Unearthed! Othertime’s such a fab song.

    cheers, love, n thanx!


  10. avatar
    davem | 8 October 2006 at 11:34 am #

    That was wonderful SK.
    Crikey I wish I could have been there.
    I still have some Chrunch/SK vinyl that needs to be replaced with CD, so I’ve got to go & check out yon merch now. Hope you enjoyed that tom soup.
    love you more,

    Dave M

  11. avatar
    cita | 8 October 2006 at 11:45 am #

    an intimate insight into the incarnate realm of performance. Such a heightened sensitivity after years of gigs. That it still bewitches and entrances you. If it feels that way for you we spin in the same orbit wiht you. the playful spirits suddenly find a voice in you. Your sweet youthful intentions hum along holding your hand as ride high in the sky.

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 October 2006 at 12:01 pm #

    Last nights gig in Brisbane was amazing. I still can’t get Saturation out of my head. (Its on autoloop).
    Great show mate, you guys killed it!! Brilliant setlist with a dash of humour ๐Ÿ™‚
    Big Thank You.

    Danny J Frost

  13. avatar
    nickfiction | 8 October 2006 at 1:15 pm #

    really cool. Lovely description as usual. Love ya Steve, Nick Fiction

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 October 2006 at 1:29 pm #

    really interesting – glad the gig went well. on an unrelated note, i’ve got both the jesus in bondi and S. with bass prints now on the wall, i love em, he wife hates em. there you go. i have noticed you have a particular talent for fabric (or is it legs). the goddesses legs in the white fabric with blue shading, and jesus’s (looking suspiciously like a certain bass player to me) green trousers are both pretty real. just struck me seeing them together. perhaps you could become a leg / fabric specialist if the church ever pack it in.

    kind regards


  15. avatar
    Jen Jewel Brown | 8 October 2006 at 2:06 pm #

    very happy

  16. avatar
    mandn | 8 October 2006 at 2:33 pm #

    Morning Orpheus,

    all I can say is:
    when its good it’s really good
    and when it’s bad I go to pieces


  17. avatar
    bucks burnett | 8 October 2006 at 2:50 pm #

    I love TRAFFIC. John Barleycorn must die, but long may he live. But what about the long forgotten captain Beyond? Their 2nd album is my favorite – Sifficiently Breathless. It’s on CD now.

    If anybody likes they can check out my band and my songs at:

    If they don’t want to, they can:

    Hello all goodbye all

  18. avatar
    verdelay | 8 October 2006 at 4:40 pm #


    with us
    and assorted

    we’re all traffic now


  19. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 8 October 2006 at 4:44 pm #

    3rd best blog so far me esskay, me know you didn’t write your music for nothing, me am your something that means something, me love you long space and time…

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 October 2006 at 4:47 pm #

    marty-willson-piper, what a god!
    and sk is a god and pk is a god and tim is a god with a chariot.

  21. avatar
    lorrain | 8 October 2006 at 5:11 pm #

    congratees squire
    yes, it would take an eternity to ascend this tower, mate, ร” !
    the spirit of amitiรฉ may suffice for a soup or two on tour (i am gonna rush for a soup and have a cracking laughter, already) n memories in future times, since atlas has disapointed me, and it’s minimum to say so !
    traffic should lead me onward, since i only knew a bit about steve winwood…
    oh tom ate all sunset
    guess he musta liked a cup of surreality, even when out of control
    i remember how the curtain moved in shadowy student’s room, during seances with college mates while priest=aura played, in 1992, amiens not far from “la lune des pirates”
    19:06 pm
    with your dear ones in mind

  22. avatar
    Letango | 8 October 2006 at 6:22 pm #

    “i didnt fucking write my songs for no reason
    its all starting to come back to me
    its all beginning to fade away
    we’ll probably never get to the bottom of all this
    just diggin’ n delvin’
    in side yer sweet head, childe
    where the darkness holds sway
    and the light that could blind you
    burns in your sacred heart
    these are the voyages of the nevets yeblik”

    And you probably will never know how truly grateful we are, or how thankful I am.

    Your blog today is a sublime truth.
    I cannot express how appreciative I am
    of all that you share have shared with us
    over the years — musically and with your bloggy.

  23. avatar
    mike a | 8 October 2006 at 7:07 pm #

    Glad your gig went well sk!!

  24. avatar
    ambnt1 | 8 October 2006 at 8:00 pm #


    It’d be nice if you come back to San Francisco, plug everything in/volume to eleven, and open with “Roman.”

    In the meantime, I’ll be drifting away to some more space music.


    n.p. Alio Die, “Suspended Feathers”

  25. avatar
    leelinau | 8 October 2006 at 8:10 pm #

    “Something has changed”

  26. avatar
    the dean | 8 October 2006 at 10:27 pm #

    I still got that traffic record, it survived all these years along with a few churchy vinyls and other oddities. I dig looking at something you had for 30 years, a lifetime.

  27. avatar
    12str | 8 October 2006 at 10:55 pm #

    ooh maan!!
    im just a jealous guy!!
    all around the world people have had the oppurtunity to see the greatest band ever…fronted by the most enigmatic bassguru and leadsinger…..But not me…no no up here in this cold corner of the world we dwell in our sorry selves waiting for the snowqueen to come and freeze the hearts and souls of many poor boys…..

    love you all


  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 October 2006 at 12:28 am #

    Great blogge Steve

    Thank you


  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 October 2006 at 12:34 am #

    hi sk
    at the tivoli
    the church
    sounds perfectly

    just catching up
    on your bloggie
    loved your
    terry stamp storie
    but sk
    it coulda
    gone exactly
    like you say
    if you had just
    given ole terry
    the chance to
    be thrilled
    by the
    sk …
    next time


  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 October 2006 at 12:35 am #

    i loved
    low spark
    and john barleycorn

    xo diane

  31. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 9 October 2006 at 12:48 am #

    bravo richard!, here…

    what a life huh..

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 October 2006 at 1:01 am #

    Dear SK,

    Enjoyed Live at the Basement.
    Actually got to see a lot more than on the nite, better view.
    But, 52 minutes only? Methinks someone got a little over zealous with the editing, perhaps?

    Hope it’s a bit longer at the Enmore.

    Lady Di

  33. avatar
    fergal | 9 October 2006 at 1:30 am #

    “thank you brisbane”

    – you are most welcome, and indeed thank you and your colleagues, good sir!

    come back soon please


  34. avatar
    Finn | 9 October 2006 at 2:07 am #

    Nice Traffic tribute. I listened to Low Spark yessaday too, what a coincidence. Give Shootout @ Fantasy Factory another chance. Tis a good one. Thanks for the blog and the tunes.

  35. avatar
    veleska1970 | 9 October 2006 at 2:12 am #

    thanks for the review of the concert. wish i coulda been there.

    “its a privelege to explore these realms n thoughts for you/with you…”~~steve, it’s a privelege to have been a witness to all this for more than 20 years. how can i thank you??!?!?!!

    lotza love…..

  36. avatar
    stealthblue | 9 October 2006 at 2:35 am #

    Here, here…the privelege is all ours, Steve. There are no words really that can capture the way I feel regarding this whole “SK/Church” experience. This music thing is in my blood and I cannot shake it. So I succumb to it and thank God for it. I thank the universe for the likes of you and other musicians that fit into this niche…indescribably good, and certainly not typical. FYI-SK/The Church were quite prevalent at my wedding on the beach recently as well as Dicko Robinson! I was chuffed when a few of the attendees asked “Where can I get this record?” I explained to them that these were a few select tracks of some excellent “friends” of mine that I highly value and think everyone should have the honour to hear…if they can appreciate the “simple complexity” of the artists and the thoughts the music might provoke.
    All the very best…
    Ben V.

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 October 2006 at 5:52 am #

    I’ve been with you thru your 25 year tour. This was the best i’ve seen. The Tiv rocks as a venue, but when The Crunch are up on stage it becomes a divine place of worship. SK you may be “old”(er), but you and the boys can teach the top 40s of today there is more to music than selling records.
    thanks for the keyboard on stage.
    first time i’ve seen it since craigy hooper….
    thanks for the memories
    thanks for the future tense.
    Marty H.

  38. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 9 October 2006 at 6:47 am #

    “so jus’ remember folks
    you think that yer unique
    and yes yes
    you are
    but there are other people out there
    with the same goodnbad things happnin’ to them”

    I like reading your blog. It’s sometimes challenging, often thought provoking, always entertaining, and never fake.

    A “good thing happned” to me today that made me happy. I just received an email in which I learnt of a 13 year old Canadian girl (the daughter of a friend) who, along with 20 of her classmates, raised $8000 for cancer research. They all chose to have their heads shaved to help raise money and awareness for their cause. In the email was a photo of this young girl, side by side with her Dad, who also had his head shaved in support. Her beautiful, long flowing blonde hair was gone….but it seemed to me that her beauty had doubled. I think it was her eyes. They seemed so soft, caring, sensitive and kind. They were full of joy.

    Just felt like sharing the love!

  39. avatar
    Azza | 9 October 2006 at 6:49 am #

    Was so looking forward to Sat’s gig. Then I read the above comments and Im so beyond looking forward. I want it now! Ahh just another victim of the short attention span society.
    5 days to go till you hit melborne. It’ more exciting than the count down to christmas!

  40. avatar
    craig | 9 October 2006 at 7:48 am #

    yeah brilliant couplet

  41. avatar
    John Garratt | 10 October 2006 at 1:42 pm #

    “people vainly screamed out for songs
    they hoped for
    but somehow must have known we would not play”

    Just like this guy in Detroit who screamed for “Chaos.”


  42. avatar
    Brendan | 12 October 2006 at 8:39 am #

    Brilliant show in Brisbane last Saturday night……so many great songs….honestly it is criminal that the band does not get more recognition…….so much beter then the junk fodder on radio today…..may there be many more goood songs to come….Also do you know how I can get copies of the 2 albums you did with Grant McLennan?

    Never ever give up……


  43. avatar
    razor edalb | 14 October 2006 at 2:06 am #

    Sorry for the late comment. I’ve been short on time lately, it seems. Finally got around to reading this entry while at work.

    I read this to my co-worker (46 years ancient).

    “the percentage yer paying is too hi priced
    and yer living beyond all yer means
    and the man in the suit has bought a new car
    on the profit hes made on yer dreams
    and today ya just swear that that man was shot dead
    by a gun that didnt make any noise
    but it wasnt a bullet that laid him to rest”

    And I asked her to finish the couplet. She couldn’t. Made me feel ancient at 49. I lend her a lot of my CDs to listen to, but I didn’t have Low Spark on CD. I’m trying to slip the lady a bit of culture that she somehow missed out on.

    She seems to be interested in female singers or guys with very distinctive voices (Henley, the guy who turned the Doobie Brothers into one of the lamest bands ever, and Spingstein). Strange since Winwood has one of the most distinct voices I’ve heard . . . along with yours, of course. The Dixie Chicks are her current fav band, I think.

    I lent her Pete Yorn’s latest CD a couple of weeks ago and she hasn’t listened to it yet. Even so, since she wasn’t that familiar with Traffic, I lent her their last 1994 CD, Far From Home, a very good Winwood/Capaldi collaboration.

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