posted on July 15, 2009 at 4:24 am

arrive in ny
ring nk
she says evie possibly maybe has swine flu
oh no
feel so worried
beside myself
2 people die in nsw just today
please lord vishnu
protect and preserve my family
i entreat you
sk ny
12 30

31 Responses to “new york new york”

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    Also Ran | 15 July 2009 at 5:21 am #

    Please don't think the worst. I think they're saying most Australians will eventually get it, and for the vast, vast majority it's feels like nothing more than a cold.

    Best wishes to Evie, NK & you on your travels.

    Once again, thank you (for everything).

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    stealthblue | 15 July 2009 at 6:08 am #

    Sending you and your family much white light. I hope your little one is ok. Yikes. If it's any "comfort", from what I've been seeing and hearing at work (a children's hospital), there are a several people that are being diagnosed as having contracted what is referred to as "swine flu" and it seems as if they get through it ok. (There are slo plenty of "misleadings" too) It, like any other strain of "flu", can be quite nasty, but usually the ones that have significant trouble are people with severe respiratory disorders, or immunity issues in the first place…prior to getting ANY kind of cold, flu, pnuemonia, etc. Another thing to remember, is the media is LOVING this sort of thing…anything it can do to scare the shit out of people. I would no doubt be worried too, being away and all, but at least you know Evie will have plenty of other caring souls like mom and uncles, good docs, etc to help out until you can get back home.

    I still feel like I should wish you a safe, and somehow fun and happy time with your other girls in Sweden. Hang in there, buckaroo. I'll be praying for you…for ALL of you actually. 🙂 Remember to breathe…

    Much, MUCH P&L,


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    syrinx | 15 July 2009 at 6:17 am #

    Green and green and green.

    You will be back in the arms of your family soon.

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    davem | 15 July 2009 at 6:19 am #

    Thanks for all the blogs. I went to bed and you've posted 4!
    hope Eve is ok. Swine flu is really prevalent here in the west midlands, UK. Lots of people getting it and usually it's actually quite a mild illness. My boss, his wife and their 2 year old daughter all had it last week – all ok after a few days.
    I hope and trust that's the way it is for your family.
    Hugs to you…and great to see a pic of MWP too!!

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    matthew | 15 July 2009 at 6:59 am #

    Yeah don't worry too much Steve, apparently healthy people usually get just a mild case & it's almost always people with severe secondary health issues that get it bad. Will pray too for Eve. Take care.

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    fantasticandy | 15 July 2009 at 7:46 am #

    same here killer…..
    my hometown's been struck too,
    chrissy 'n girls worry about it.
    the whole world will go through this.
    distance and longing and a sense powerlessness make this seem worse.

    everything will be ok…..ok?
    i have the family on the map,
    neptunous vibrations are racing across the miles right now.
    vishnu's a church fan too.
    i reckon he can spare a little love……
    blessings from my family to yours steve,
    much love,
    andy L.

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    frostatmidnight | 15 July 2009 at 8:04 am #

    Don't worry about swine flu. The only people dying from it are people that have compromised immune systems. To put it in perspective, more people die each year from the ordinary flu strains, but that doesn't make for any great media headlines.

    I've had a sore throat for days and just yesterday my husband, who really should know better, said, "I don't mean to scare you, but someone else in London just died from swine flu." Gee, thanks. Seriously, I've never been seriously ill in my life and should I ever get swine flu I'm sure I'll be just fine. Everyone's in a panic which is great for the pharma industry who wants to put out a nice 'lil vaccine without any serious testing which will probably kill more people than the virus itself.

    By the way, like the media collection behind you in the photograph.


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    linjo | 15 July 2009 at 8:14 am #

    She'll be right Steve. My nephew (7)in southern Sydney has just been diagnosed with it and he is well on the mend. Linda

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    Anonymous | 15 July 2009 at 8:36 am #

    Hi Steve,

    I smiled at…as rex mossop used to say "theres still a lot of football left in this game..!" Of course!!

    And yes, it may be half time and you're nearly 10 goals down (or $$$1000's in this case), but the great Ron Barassi urged his players in the famous 70's Grand Final "Play on,…just play on at all costs!"
    And lo, they revolutionised the game and went on to win the Premiership…

    Food for thought…play on, play on… 🙂

    Ok, that's enough footy analogies for me.


    Jon from Geelong

    P.s. Swine Flu not as bad as they first thought back here…

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    Shirley Sally | 15 July 2009 at 8:51 am #

    We will all contract swine flu at some point over the coming years, the majority will survive it. Tell NK to get the biggest bottle of alcohol hand gel she can buy and get herself and the kids used to washing their hands with it at regular intervals and especially before they eat and prepare food, kids love this sort of thing it is a big game to them. In fact this is the best advice for anyone – wash your hands, constantly.

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    Tim_G | 15 July 2009 at 8:52 am #

    swine flu is more likely (hopefully) just a worst case scenario precaution (but stay away from Melbourne on your return – it is our swine flu capital) – my fambly has all had the dose of a flu in the past month – not nice – knocked me flat for at least 10 days and only just getting energy and mojo back – my kids had varying effects and have only recently recovered.

    anyway, best wishes to your girls – hope all is well in bondi; and enjoy your break in sweden – lovely place, lovely time of year too!

    thanks for the mini-on-the-road-blogs – and seriously, check out the tips from previous followers on other money models suggestions(Kristin Hersh and her CASHmusic project; Marillion; and some others) – I've got some time on my hand and would love to help if you need an extra pair of hands or brainstorm

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    Mr. Ricky | 15 July 2009 at 9:38 am #

    Love and best wishes to you and the family!
    Ricky (writing from Liverpool)

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    Andrew Taylor | 15 July 2009 at 10:19 am #

    Sending you good vibes for you and your family from Liverpool. You guys should come and say hello sometime – #23 is up there with the best of you.

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    Anonymous | 15 July 2009 at 10:29 am #

    It seems that obese people who catch the swine flu are the ones who are most susceptible to mortality according to the latest news reports on the web. I'm sure your daughter will be fine considering your stance on health.

    I just watched the interview at the Ottawa blues festival on youtube. I actually laughed out loud about your analogy about a good show and sex. I never thought you'd make me laugh like that. You seem so different from when I saw The Church in early 2000 at the Gov in Adelaide. You've gone from looking like a somnambulist onstage to becoming one of the most energetic performers I've ever seen. Keep up the great work. I can't remember who said it, but.. perseverance will prevail!

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    eek | 15 July 2009 at 10:30 am #

    Oh Steve I hope she's ok. As always, loads of positive thoughts to you and your family.

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    matt davison | 15 July 2009 at 10:37 am #





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    Anonymous | 15 July 2009 at 10:50 am #

    Steve, a 10 year old girl got it in Uk and recovered easily. When asked how it felt, she said "just like a normal cold".
    Hold onto that thought, druid.

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    rk | 15 July 2009 at 11:31 am #

    Oh Steve, this flu is now making its way through our town. I know personally 7 kids (ages 5-13) who have had it, or now have it and it's really just a flu. The media made such a huge deal of it and everyone's freaked out now. Unless a person has some other underlying health issue it won't be a problem.(Same as any other flu) But I'm sorry she isn't feeling well, and that you can't be with her to take care of her. That always feels awful for a parent! She will be absolutely fine in a few days– I see the kids around me back to normal in 5 days or so!
    I'm sad to see you leave the States, but after this long journey it will be so good to see your girls in Sweeden, and your wife and little girls in Australia.
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers and love are always with you. Safe travels! I look forward to reading about the next chapter in this blog. Thanks for being so honest.

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    Jasperina | 15 July 2009 at 11:38 am #

    Hard hearing news like that so far away from home. You really need to give them all a cuddle. Hope all will be with with your little one. Have just read your continuous blogs. The photos are great too. Got an impatient cat on my lap …all she wants is some pats and that incessant purring!

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    frank | 15 July 2009 at 11:48 am #


    My wife works in an emergency room at a hospital and says not to worry to much. Unless a person has serious underlying conditions the swine flu is less serious then the common flu…at this point.

    NK should bring her to the Docs though to make sure she isn't dehydrated and all that.

    Listen to me giving med advice.

    Said a prayer for her, can't hurt.

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    Anonymous | 15 July 2009 at 11:59 am #

    Hearing the words 'swine flu' can cause tremendous anxiety and raise a lot of fear. When I thought my husband had it, I started referring to it as 'the piglet flu.'

    Anyhow, safe travels and best wishes for health and happiness for all your family. Thanks for the tour and the music and all the beauty and sadness that is at the core of it. In the end, I did find what I was looking for. Your music points to it, highlights it, but it's often a desperate and maddening journey. Thanks for the soundtrack that reminds me how and where to look. I owe you more than I will be able to repay in this life. Is it just music… or something much much more?

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    A. Kite | 15 July 2009 at 12:42 pm #

    She's protected by the angels, Steve. No worries.

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    Freddie | 15 July 2009 at 12:45 pm #

    Oh no! Praying for her and the rest Steve. I don't know much about this sickness but AlsoRan is probably right.

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    frostatmidnight | 15 July 2009 at 12:46 pm #


    You and everybody reading this should follow my link to a quick You Tube video which has 2 American adverts from 1976 for a swine flu pandemic that never happened. I guarantee you will laugh at the hilarity of them.

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    Anonymous | 15 July 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    best wishes to your daughter Steve and the rest of the family. Just don't take the vaccine. I don't trust it. read up on the last swine flu back in the 70's. the vaccine killed more than the actual virus.


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    Anonymous | 15 July 2009 at 2:06 pm #


    I will definately say a prayer for Eve.

    The 3 shows I saw on this tour were some of the BEST Church shows
    I have ever witnessed. Operetta was breathtaking. I actually had a tear in my eye the first time I saw you play it. Your yoga poses (?) and movements were really incredible to watch.

    WHAT IS IT about Untitled #23? It's like I'm addicted to it. I am having a love affair with this album. I mean, I've had love affairs with other Church albums in the past (especially Heyday, P=A, After Everything) but there is something different here. "23" is narcotic, intoxicating, heartbreakingly beautiful, sassy in a T. Rexsy/Velvet Underground way (Space Saviour). There are so many beautiful little details that make me yearn to hear it over and over. The mellotron on Cobalt Blue gives me goosebumps, the layered vocals and trumpet melody on Operetta are just so damn gorgeous. Every single song is a gem and each time I listen I discover another little treasure within the song. It is like watching a Bergman film such as "Wild Strawberries". I haven't felt this way about an album in a while Steve. The only thing I can equate it to are classics like The Zombies-Oddesy & Oracle, Love's-Forever Changes, Straight Up by Badfinger,Big Star's 1st, Pet Sounds or classic peices by Eno or Harold Budd. I think it's right up there with those works!
    Your music has really changed my life.There is NOBODY left quite like you and The Church anymore Steve and I cherish you. For what it's worth, when you are down and discouraged just remember that your work is appreciated by some really cool, intelligent people
    who really love you.

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    Ellen | 15 July 2009 at 2:35 pm #

    Don’t worry, Steve, Evie will be ok. I’m sending prayers from "across the pond" for her healing. It’s so hard to be far away from a sick loved one, but you know she is in loving hands who will see to it that she recovers just fine.

    And Anonymous’ post re: #23 – you took the words right out of my mouth.

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    CSTCoach | 15 July 2009 at 2:50 pm #


    the commenters above are right. a healthy little kid should have nothing to worry about. jeez, i remember all the flus i had as a kid, all the days home from school (most of them legitimate). As an adult, i'm never sick. Something we have to go thru i guess to build it all up. but yeah, as someone who is often on the road i know that helpless feeling of being so far away and being helpless to do anything. that can really gnaw at ya. all you can do is stay in touch and keep em in your thoughts. the bloody media hype doesn't help, that's for sure.

    will be thinking of you guys and wishing everyone well.

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    CSTCoach | 15 July 2009 at 2:52 pm #

    Oh, and thanks anon at 8:30 for spotting the ottawa interview on youtube. here's the link for those who'd like to check it out

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    Lian | 15 July 2009 at 2:56 pm #

    Steve, eve is such an energetic and healthy little girl, she will absolutely overcome it, so don't worry too much.

    Looking forward to your next tour. Keep creating, Steve. You and your bandmates's work is extremely beautiful.

    Love you, love your music.

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    plumlady | 16 July 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.
    When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
    He then asked the students if the jar was full.
    They agreed that it was.
    The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly.
    The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
    He then asked the students again if the jar was full.
    They agreed it was.
    The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.
    Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
    He asked once more if the jar was full.
    The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'
    The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.
    The students laughed..
    'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.
    The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
    The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.
    The sand is everything else—the small stuff.
    'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.
    The same goes for life.
    If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
    Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
    Spend time with your children.
    Spend time with your parents.
    Take time to get medical checkups.
    Take your spouse out to dinner.
    There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.
    Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter.
    Set your priorities.
    The rest is just sand.
    One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented.
    The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.' There's always time for a beer with friends.

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