posted on July 14, 2009 at 4:44 pm

flying along in a van in quebec
if this is summer bebe
i hate to see winter
so we shoot along the road
the sky is ominous
the vegetation is lush and green
buildings posts wires buses motels
restaurants sheds complexes
flags trucks trees weeds rails
clouds birds fences
and plenty o road
road forever n ever
king road
we hurtle onwards thru a pale green blur
i can sit here
and still post my blog
this wonderful awful technology
wheres captain kirk
we already surpassed you
and we dont have all them coloured lights
the fields pass by
corn in the sun
sulky little brooks
languid rivers
a big big world
crows in the cold summer sky
yes its cold
im cold
here in this van the summer is bleak n grey
i sit wrapped in a blanket
a frail old so n so
a veteran of the rocknroll wars
the signs say travaux
region touristique
oest saint-nazaire
birds of prey flap overhead
becoming sleepy
more later

13 Responses to “on the road”

  1. avatar
    davem | 14 July 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    No, not the crows…..
    Sue – great news about the
    What a brilliant fucking chance for those of us who owe the band so much to give something back. If I can help in any way sue then please let me know.
    Love you sk.

  2. avatar
    frank | 14 July 2009 at 5:19 pm #

    How long did it take you guys to get used to driving on the wrong side of the road?

  3. avatar
    CSTCoach | 14 July 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    safe travels sk! i don't envy ya that NY drive. done it a couple times. tis a long road to ho.

    eek wrote:

    "For anyone interested in the Art, Man & Technology CD & 5"x7" Prints Box Set from Steve's recent exhibition by the same name, here is the direct link: Art, Man & Technology CD & Prints Box Set. The price is $50 USD. Currently it is only available from Steve's art website."

    I picked this up at one of the shows and i'm ridiculously impressed with it. I haven't even got to the end of the CD yet, because i keep going back to those first 4 or 5 tracks. Yeah, they're that good.

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND this to all fiendss. Get it now before they're gone!!

  4. avatar
    Craig Miller | 14 July 2009 at 5:48 pm #

    I was thinking about people leaving the show in Quebec. And then I thought, who's the biggest French Canadian music star ever?

    Celine Dion.

    Take it as a compliment that they left SK. Or as the South Park guys say, "Blame Canada."

  5. avatar
    A. Kite | 14 July 2009 at 5:48 pm #


    I don't recall exactly where I originally read this line, but there was enough consonance in it to make me save it… and it seems to be more germane now than it was when the guy first said it:

    "The best artists make you feel like you're in on a joke that no one else quite understands."

    Do you remember who said that?


    There have been a lot of good suggestions thrown around here the past couple of days… Let those of us who are in on "the joke" (and understand it) know how we can help you and the band.

  6. avatar
    Nigel Bell | 14 July 2009 at 6:04 pm #

    Steve – please email me or call me. Thanks, Nigel Bell

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 July 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    Steve, what's the lead singer of the best band in the world listen to while driving for 10 hours?

    What's in that CD player?

  8. avatar
    Ellen | 14 July 2009 at 6:41 pm #

    Thanks, Steve, for continuing to blog. I feel like I've been on tour with you so-to-speak.

    Speaking of weather, it's blazing HOT in Los Angeles. Sending you California warmth and sunshine, you "frail old so n so."

    P.S. At 54, you are definitely NOT old! The human body (with rare exceptions) has great restorative powers and you are living evidence.

  9. avatar
    fantasticandy | 14 July 2009 at 6:48 pm #

    now…take note….
    a veteran of the rocknroll wars eh?
    BOC have always been better live!
    check out the version on 'extraterestial'.
    these people are right….church live is a different beast…get that bloody dvd sorted!
    'n sorry 'n all that but the website IS shite….very dreary indeed.
    get outta here!
    ruddy well EAT 'n kip properly.
    once youv'e got them batteries re-charged in severige you'll be ready to take on the world again.

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 July 2009 at 7:44 pm #

    Dear Steve:

    You may have been on target that your festival goers were put off by the songs being in English. Here is a cut-and-pasted article (truncated due to posting limits) about a group who was barred from performing their music in Quebec because they were using English:

    From your friend in Pennsylvania

    The following is cut and pasted from The Vancouver Sun:

    Anglo musicians ousted from St. Jean Baptiste Day celebration in Quebec

    “The reason they set up this event was for it to be different," band member says

    By Jason Magder, The GazetteJune 15, 2009

    Maybe if their band was called Lac de Ragoût, they could play in a celebration marking the St. Jean Baptiste Day celebrations.

    But Lake of Stew, a local country/bluegrass band, and Bloodshot Bill, a country music performer, both say they have been barred from performing June 23 in the festival called l'Autre St. Jean because they are English.

    A sponsor of the event was upset the event would include English artists and threatened to pull out funding if they performed.

    In an email from festival organizers, the performers were told a sponsor, whom they would not name, fears the daily use of the French language is threatened, and having an English band at a St. Jean Baptiste-related event would be a further threat.

    The organizers also said they were worried there would be violence and they couldn't guarantee the safety of event participants.

    playing at the end of a weekend street festival on Mount Royal Ave. yesterday, Lake of Stew band members said they were upset, but blamed the sponsor, saying event organizers felt their hands were tied.

    "Nothing in our daily experience would lead us to believe there would be a riot if an English band played at a party in the spirit of good vibes," said Richard Rigby, 42, the group's front man, who was born in Châteauguay and has lived all his life in and around Montreal.

    "We're really disappointed that we wouldn't be able to play, and the reason is such a ridiculous reason."…

    Gourmet Délice, vice-president of the management agency Bonsound, whose clients include Malajube and Marie-Pierre Arthur, said he thought Quebec had evolved past the point where English bands would be banned from such a celebration.

    "It's completely ridiculous," he said. "This is not an event exclusively for francophones. It's for all Quebecers."

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 July 2009 at 8:03 pm #


    After reading Robert Luries book I have revisted Jack Frost and Snow Job. Absolutely brilliant and original

    Love Richie

  12. avatar
    Freddie | 15 July 2009 at 12:22 am #

    I’ve never been to Quebec, Canada but I always imagined most of Canada as a cold barren kind of place.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2009 at 4:26 am #

    Please, guys! Enough with the stereotypes! You'll all intelligent people — stop peddling this crap. That quip about Celine Dion is the equivalent of dissing on the US because they spawned Mariah Carrey. Please. Try and do better. Go and see a Robert Lepage play or catch a Cirque du Soleil performance.

    A. The Gazette hates Quebec. It wants to be a Toronto newspaper but guess what? Its headquarters are in Montreal. Boo-hoo. Don't believe a word they say about Quebecers and Quebec; it's biased.

    B. English-speaking acts, esp. British and English-speaking from outside North America, are huge in Montreal.

    C. The events mentioned in the afore-mentioned newspaper were centered around the St-Jean-Baptiste, our national holiday, typically a time when nationalist ferver runs high. It's over. On to the next news item.

    C. We are a victim of global warming. This has been the suckiest summer in memory. No, this is not what summer is like in Canada. Unless you go to Nunavut. These comments are uninformed and frankly irritating.

    Why Quebec City of all places? This was to be expected. Call me next time you want to plan a gig in this province. I'll give you some pointers. The Jazz Festival, outdoor free concert is where you want to be.

    Violette, a long-standing (and English-speaking) fan from Quebec

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