posted on November 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm

never harm monica

free of all constraints i follow my muse

i chuck slabs of sound together

i cut it back i prune it down

this is rocknroll if made my max ernst or ezra freaking pound

i break all the rules

i adhere to em strictly

music is an unending surprise

i love how it reveals itself like a subtle spirit

i am still so delighted by how this whole thing works

amazed by the blithe guidance that now seems mine to avail myself of freely

still figgering out all the rocknroll tricks

i been fiddling about with organs(oooh ahhh davem n andy!!)

organs are very important rnr instruments obviously

yeah i like tony kaye from yes organ work

i like rod argents great organ playing too

ian mac from small faces/faces and stones wow! hes fucking brilliant!

some of my new stuff is a bit rollicking like the faces believe it or not…

altho not known for my rollicking nevertheless i do indeed rollick herein!

yeah so i been playing organ

or i been playing organ samples i should say

virtual organ

i cant tell the difference but im a philistine

im pretty happy with my set up

man if you couldnt make music with all this stuff they got today

you should fuckin’ consider another line of work

music and i have a funny relationship

i am awfully clumsy and inelegant sometimes

then othertimes music lets me pull off some magic i didnt see coming..

as far as my prowess on other instruments is concerned

thats weird too

being good on bass hasnt easily transferred to other things

the way you mighta hoped

but bass is a whole other thing

it is not guitar and being good on one

doesnt mean youre good on the other

ronnie wood is good at both

so is our own mwp

he is a guitarist who throws away his guitar thinking

when he straps on a bass

and plays it like a bloody bass

mind you because of his guitar knowledge

he can push it beyond the boundaries of what most bass players choose to do

but he does that with guitar too….


importantly he understands a certain thing bass players must adhere to

an allegiance to the cause of the rhythm

you are the gap between the guitars n the drums

you must bridge it wisely first before you get all tricky

man if you wanna be too tricky maybe you should play something else

because a lotta the bass i love is sometimes about hammering down like a storm

and wheeling and slamming and thumping and throbbing

i dont usually put NO effects on the bass

i dont even play thru an amp ever anywhere

i just plug my bass  straight in straight into the PA or the desk

very occasionally i might add some rev or echo or chorus or something

but not often

why mess with this perfect bass sound?

its deep and warm and human

its real

its four thick metal strings resonating against flesh and wood

its a primitive beast yet still unsurpassed even today with all its gadgets

a good fender bass is a straddy-various ..ive said it before

mine has picked up my charge and intent

this wood retains magic like a staff retains magic

i sit here struggling making music

but oh boy when i strap my bass on there are no frowns

i wish it was like that with guitars keys and other things

but i’m a writer more than a player

i wish i had 3 identical brothers

each as good on guitar keys drums

then we would all murder each other in one minute

ah the joys of working totally alone

no explanations no waiting around

just plug in and go!

an important part of this is the strategy of course

theres a billion geezas can play better than me

but i am a solo strategist

some brilliant geeza dont always know where to start (or stop)

his brilliance is so brilliant he is too dazzled to start somewhere

me on the other hand

i just jump in fearing the worst hoping for the best

i’ll do anything for a song

anything at all

the song is my ideal

the song is still my main thing




43 Responses to “madness in my method”

  1. avatar
    Boriah | 16 November 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Organs and you wearing a grunge Pearl Jam t-shirt??? Something does not compute…:)
    Anyhow, I can smell from here that Andy got horny, haha!!!

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 November 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    i love hearing you tinkle on the keys… really looking forward to the new songs… your strategy rules… keep spoiling us… we love it xx

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    Kohl Ette | 16 November 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    I mean really do you have to wear a red and black shirt and speak of various straddling, staffs etc? … anyway, yes, I don’t play bass but I have felt and noticed the connection with human electrical impulses, heart, whatknot… funny how instruments can be different but connected. Sometimes I think piano is just melody but then I remember the piano has hammers, so it can be percussive too… I listened to some organ music this very afternoon myself. Oh the joy of human desiring…

  4. avatar
    randompan | 16 November 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    you have a bounty of gifts. write that book. make that album (album seems like such an antiquated word…..though i’m partial to it), paint that commission and remember your lines……….did i mention you are a gift to us……indeed it’s true.


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    keith23 | 17 November 2012 at 12:04 am #

    I am in NYC working on Hurricane restoration and of course you crossed my mind. I hope all is well with you the ladies Kilbey. working with several bands to produce a record to help raise relief funds for homeowners without flood insurance.
    Would you like to donate a track to help the cause?? I already have Sylvain Sylvain and David Jo-HasBeen on board in addition to Peter Zarumba and the Fleshtones, and of course we are reaching out to Patti who wants to be involved. maybe a chance to see JD again.
    I will email you my phone number.


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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 17 November 2012 at 12:28 am #

    I never knew that about your bass sound , playing live …
    U don’t use an amp ?? U go directly into the board/PA ???
    Have u always done this when it was available ???
    That’s just brilliant stuff !!! I love learning something new about you !!!
    “he is to dazzled to start somewhere”…that little sentence before and
    after…was that a shot at moi ??? If it was , I’ll take it…I hav this strange
    brain disability now that alters my ‘plan’ and than I just get lost…its
    sad and maddening at the same time, but inbetween- I process some
    crazy shit and it just flows-connects-and flows some more….and it becomes me…
    …a bit of brilliance and insanity and the same time…oh well….

    Have a grand weekend Killer…I cannot get ‘Shell’ outta my head….
    That’s a brilliant song u got there big bro….


    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 17 November 2012 at 10:11 am #

      no shots at you dazzler.
      yep. inever use an amp. just straight in!

      • avatar
        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 17 November 2012 at 10:22 am #

        It still would be
        a great compliment…
        I am kinda crazy , diagnosed

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 17 November 2012 at 9:46 pm #

          Smoking that shit can’t help, dude! Besides, Kohl Ette don’t like it!

          • avatar
            BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 18 November 2012 at 5:46 am #

            That shit ?? It’s all natural – found growing under
            MotherNatures gentle hands…its good for u ….
            all of u…considering the toxic garbage(s) forced into
            our bodies everyday, everywhere…it opens and
            expands consciousness and creativity…if used
            correctly…it can be the very best medicine ….

            …and Kgirl…she understands why some of us must…


  7. avatar
    Andrew Park | 17 November 2012 at 12:54 am #

    If you ever need a fckn genius on the organ do let me know

  8. avatar
    david duchow | 17 November 2012 at 1:18 am #

    I understand you completely here. Your love of the bass and “the song” is like my love of photography. Everything else seems secondary.

  9. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 17 November 2012 at 2:43 am #

    Right on about Ronnie Wood. He was a great bass player with the Jeff Beck group on the Truth and Beck-Ola albums featuring Rod Stewart on vocals.

    Back to Yesman

    Steve Howe has been vegan/vegetarian since 1972. Sounds familiar?

  10. avatar
    davem | 17 November 2012 at 3:27 am #

    “this wood retains magic like a staff retains magic”…………oooerrr back atcha! xx

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    Bastard Universe, Hell Yes! | 17 November 2012 at 4:15 am #

    Ere, Steve, you’re the Time Being so tell me: why is time such a bastard?Ploog was 50 a few weeks back! Ploog, 50?! Christ…

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    Steven Krut | 17 November 2012 at 5:01 am #

    You’ve got your eyes on the prize with your focus on the song. It’s a real gift to be able to assemble musical ideas as effectively as you do. And I definitely understand the joy of having complete control over the entire process. I have my own setup and really enjoy cooking up stuff on my own. The only downside or criticism that I would offer is that my experience with albums on which one person does EVERYTHING is that they often lack a certain energy – the dynamic energy that comes from human musical interaction. They can sound insular and sterile, even if they are technically perfect. I guess the problem with having other players is you’ve got to pay them, but you might want to consider having some guest players do some of the guitar parts or backing vocal parts, etc. just to add dynamism to the end result. Just my modest suggestion.

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 17 November 2012 at 10:09 am #

      i agree…but….

      • avatar
        Daydream | 18 November 2012 at 7:17 pm #

        I disagree as it depends entirely on the maker; and in the hands and ears of a seasoned magician like SK it could sound fresh and new and spiffing. Remember when everyone was making electronic music that tried to reproduce analogue music…Switched on Bach and synth drums…and it sounded shit?; then along came Eno. You don’t make solo album a simulacra of a group album; you make a solo album and respect its own integrity … my two bobs wirth

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          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 19 November 2012 at 12:24 pm #

          Agreed !

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      Stephen | 19 November 2012 at 7:04 am #

      Interesting comment Steven. It’s only over the last year or so that I have been recording stuff more ‘seriously’ (since I finally allowed myself to buy a MacBook Pro, and some useful interfaces). I’m not kidding myself that I’m a ‘professional’, more an enthusiastic amateur – but isn’t that how everyone starts?

      However recently I’ve been feeling that some of the stuff that I’m coming up with is some of the best that I’ve ever done – textures, moods, idiosyncrasies, fret buzz n slide, nefarious frequencies, mistakes that somehow add to the ambience. It’s all there!

      Music is an artform in itself and somehow what is left in (or left out) all goes towards what the creation is and what it becomes. I know we all have our favourite groups and sources from whom we garner inspiration, but it’s important to not let ‘group’ symbolism overwhelm. Sometimes collaboration can sap and dilute energy, and to have the confidence to take onboard responsibility for your own work is an admirable attribute.

      Experimentation is essential to progress in order to grow. Nowadays – with the home recording capabilities available, and the support available via networking (forums, YouTube, personal contacts), it’s important to look to take advantage of what ypu can, when and how you can. Especially since the whole global economy is royally fucked with the significant cultural shifts and disasters of recent decades.

      Just my tuppence worth for the day.

      On another track: Last night I saw Part 1 of’Crossfire Hurricane’, probably the best Stones doc I’ve ever seen. Available on BBC iPlayerfor anyone with access (not sure about regional access restrictions)

  13. avatar
    sleeping dog | 17 November 2012 at 7:19 am #

    just saw sir paul in st louis, good show, nice guitars, 3 hr set, nailed it, amazing people play bass.

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    andy | 17 November 2012 at 7:28 am #

    nothing like a bit of organ eh?
    not arf!
    check out the link below to hear me murdering a hammond and a mellotron…
    it was supposed to be a demo for a ‘dudes’ song…but i went a bit mental
    and played the lot apart from the duff drum machine!
    we imploded before it ever saw the light of day…
    my olde pal jim cook features on vox.
    it’s rough, but i think you’ll like it steve…despite its flaws.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 17 November 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Have u ever used an Ebow on ur bass for any of ur solo projects ?

    How about with The Church ???

    …for any1 who doesn’t know what an Ebow is…as a guitarist…it applies
    sustain and harmonics that are unparalleled…its ur 9volt violin bow for
    any string instrument and is amazing on an acoustic…costs $100…worth
    that and a whole lot more …solo guitarists …well…u will just lose ur minds…
    …look it up on YouTube for tutorials…Martin K. is very adapt at the Ebow…
    it creates its own little vibrating force-field …a string at a time …and with
    practice…u can do perfect sweeps and hammer-on, pull-off to sonic perfection…

    I use it along with a bit of distortion + reverb+ delay…its an orchestra in my
    pick hand…since my left elbow is a mess…iv been using it more and its my
    new- again- best friend !!!


    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 18 November 2012 at 5:17 am #

      its on cortez the killer!

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 18 November 2012 at 5:55 am #

        But that’s not ur original or with The Church…
        its a great version , so many versions now…
        Urz is still my fav…have u ever written with
        the Ebow…a riff ?? dramatic fill ? …ohhhhh I
        bet u would make that little device sparckle with
        that sense of adventure u hav in song creation…
        Saw that vid that Martin recently made using it on
        the new music for her 3d upcoming release…

        I told my best friend Mark , who’s a great 6 string
        bass player…that u plug right in…so he’s gonna
        bring his gear to their next show…but is gonna
        try it out …he believes the ‘pulses’ will fill the room…
        and it ultimately is just less to worry about (rig-wise)…

        Thanx for the info…


      • avatar
        Anonymous | 18 November 2012 at 7:52 am #

        Aint it also on shadow cabinet

  16. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 18 November 2012 at 9:48 am #

    There are always trade offs said the lady in waiting
    You can’t have this without that
    You can’t dream of a sunset without the subplot of suicide
    You can’t watch the sunset with closed eyes
    when they open it’s morning and there’s still mourning.
    You can’t reunite with a spouse without remembering
    the rankling of their voice
    You can’t hear bird noise without thinking, quiet I need sleep.
    You can’t love someone deep without accepting their pain relief
    They cannot create without your money or mind
    You can’t hear their music without them leaving you behind
    It’s like being in Jane Eyre – both the mad woman and governess
    and he Rochester and she the dancer in Paris.
    You wouldn’t have the book without hook or crook
    You can’t have romantic tete a tete with husband so
    Perhaps I will let him come to the supermarket and
    help get food, something I previously would rarely do
    Maybe that’s the level where we can allow eachother now.
    I’m not saying it’s all bad, it could be good.
    ‘Let go, baby’ a strange hippy once stated when I berated
    him for swearing near my kid.
    Take the moments as they are offered with no thought of material profit
    The only thrill is being on Bondi Hill itself
    You can’t have Nirvana on earth without acknowledging the dirt
    You can’t appreciate Christ’s death without your own distress
    You can compare that distress, thereby making it less.

    p.s. I’m not suicidal that was actually part of my last dream which included watching the sunset in western australia while my eyes were closed but with background mutterings about someone else’s death. It wasn’t all distress, it was mixed with peace and release.

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 18 November 2012 at 11:27 am #

      ah…the poetess….

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 19 November 2012 at 4:21 am #

      Never trust a hippy, Collette!

      • avatar
        Kohl Ette | 19 November 2012 at 3:37 pm #

        sic of you harming my moniker

    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 19 November 2012 at 6:37 am #

      I LOVE THIS !!!

      My fav thing iv ever read by u…

      This is amazing – Kgrl !!!


      • avatar
        Kohl Ette | 19 November 2012 at 3:38 pm #

        I’m really very shy you know

  17. avatar
    monica | 19 November 2012 at 9:36 am #

    just checking in
    with appreciation x

  18. avatar
    Ingrid | 19 November 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    I love your sense of humour SK, “never harm monica”, I cracked up when I read that!!! Looking forward to the new album.

  19. avatar
    hellbound heart | 19 November 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Trying to analyze music is like trying to say where the universe ends….you can’t……

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