posted on March 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm

mr clean with (soy) milk

arranging with an arranger

adding strings n things

whatsa a fuckin’ bassoon do n all that malarkey

a bit more friggin’ pizzicato

a tad more bleedin’ french horn

give those cellos a bitta welly guvnor

turn up the whatchamacallit for more wallop

fuck yeah more tremulated crotchets and make it allegro

make it presto hey

make the geezas on those woodwinds earn their top dollar

whip that lazy harpist why its patti hood from armenia

she escaped from the 13th century and now shes as slim as a teenager

still the old armenian magic in her fingers

telling stories of the distant stars and the struggle of life

telling stories of the deeply rivered land

and the  love that lives on after the bodys death

her fingers back n forth on the strings

like a widow weaving fate on her enchanted loom

like an eastern witch casting some mesmerising spell

backwards and forwards her fingers weave in mathematical poems

up and back she never misses her mark

as she plucks and she lays out

as she touches and watches

that beautiful sound oh that heavenly music

sprinkled all over the churches hammer and cruise

oh yeah pity you aint got your tickets coz its almost sold out

too bad this is a one off me old matey

dvd yeah but….

i really wish i could have all of you there

but still…..

back to work





28 Responses to “orchestral man overs in the night”

  1. avatar
    meg manestar | 24 March 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    lol..yep..Patti Hood Harp Therapy…pretty sweet deal you got there Mr Kilby…my ears are very jealous at this moment in time!

  2. avatar
    M | 24 March 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    :sigh: I really wish I could afford airfare from Philly…
    Live is definitely better than DVD.

  3. avatar
    aurore | 24 March 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Oh how I would love to be there. . .I can’t. . .maybe if I listen really hard, something will float in on the cosmic wind. All the most brilliant vibes to you and The Church, and my lovely, amazing, newly-teenaged soul sister Patti. (Watch out for the woodwinds, though; they’re sneaky. Though I shudder to think what a “tremulated crotchet” might do.)

  4. avatar
    andy | 24 March 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    money…family commitments and stuff….
    i just can’t get there…really, truly…
    for me this would be the greatest gig ever.
    off to see VDGG tonight.
    they’ll be terrific…no doubt.
    you know how much i love ’em steve.
    they were once my most favourite of all bands.
    the church stole my musical heart away from them several years ago.
    i think HOB was the one….’glow-worm’ will be played at my funeral(not any day soon i hope!).

    and youv’e even drafted patti in too!
    heaven knows i’m miserable now………..

  5. avatar
    Richard | 24 March 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    bat on

  6. avatar
    hellbound heart | 24 March 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    bloody hell i wish I could be there……but i’m here instead……
    love always…..

  7. avatar
    Narelle | 24 March 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    sounds like a damn good way to spend the day

  8. avatar
    Thelonious | 24 March 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    hi SK. Hope you’re well.

  9. avatar
    Judith Miller | 24 March 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    Looking forward to the Church and the George Ellis orchestra.So we’ll be there Judy and De

  10. avatar
    esne snoner | 24 March 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    nice work sk – dvd too – can’t wait for april 10 – this is going to be sublime

  11. avatar
    Mavellous | 24 March 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    god, i’m soooooo excited, sk!!!!


  12. avatar
    Wilfred Paradise | 24 March 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    mathematical pomes . . . yes.

    wilfred paradise

  13. avatar
    Freddie | 24 March 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    I wish I could be there. It sounds as if it shall be a truly beautiful & shining thing.

  14. avatar
    Ingrid | 24 March 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    Exciting stuff – I can’t wait xxx

  15. avatar
    MJ FRIM | 25 March 2011 at 5:30 am #

    I hate to complain or ask for too much because you guys have really been producing great things. This dvd that will be coming out sometime after the one off show should be great but is there anyway for something to be released from the present past perfect tour or from the tours from 2001 until now? Love to be that show in April! Until the next time in Michigan. FRIM

  16. avatar
    Cecilia | 25 March 2011 at 5:39 am #

    I wish the same thing…

  17. avatar
    . | 25 March 2011 at 6:22 am #

    glissando echoes fill my head
    i hear them as i lay me down to bed

  18. avatar
    Jason (jmb066) | 25 March 2011 at 6:31 am #

    Wish I could be there Steve
    Treasure this show
    DVD will have to do
    I hope you do release one
    Have you compiled a set list yet?
    so many songs to choose from
    amazing songs without the strings and horns
    endless possibilities with an orchestra
    It will be a night to remember
    what an end to the 30th tour.



  19. avatar
    mc | 25 March 2011 at 8:59 am #

    SK, can’t wait…

    I remember the last time you guys played at the SOH, forget yourself – i went twice. going with my wife this time and showing her there is more to music than just radiohead! (i like them but hey…)

  20. avatar
    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 25 March 2011 at 9:49 am #

    To You:
    Grand Blessing and the very Best Wishes of preparing for this concert that will define your careers for all those who are unaware of The Church. For the rest of us, who have been blessed to include your music in the soundtrack of our lives, THANK YOU !!!

    If possible, add as many extras to the ‘possible’ DVD release. The Church Congregation would love to bare witness to all the ‘behind,in-front,and around’ the scenes footage. Even if its conversations, pictures and clips. So many of the concert DVDs released recently have failed to include such material. The Church is much more that a band, it is a way of life for so many of us. I’m playing the lottery each and every day, trying to hit the numbers so I can hop on a plane and represent Chicago at the show of all shows. And if it happens, those lucky numbers…Andy (The Failed… Mr. Andy Lee’s band are excellent) is going, even if I have to go and get him first…than jet to Australia. Wouldn’t that be a wild adventure, we would film our insanity for sure.

    Hey, did you ever get a chance to read either of those 2 books? If so, what did you think of Professor Gibbon’s work?

    Darrin K.

  21. avatar
    mattyc | 25 March 2011 at 11:44 am #

    wish I could attend, just not possible, so I’ll dust off the memory banks and return back a number of years to a live performance of Maya, where the band was accompanied by the cellist from the opening band. I think they were called SeaRay, not sure. Anyway, the young lady played well and the song was rendered beautifully.
    “Now…I’m lost in this moment…”

  22. avatar
    eekie | 25 March 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Would very much love to see/hear this show. But I’ve seen you perform 25 times since 2004, so I can’t really complain. I’m delighted the band has this wonderful showcase and opportunity, and I know you will all acquit yourselves with grace and style. I’ll be so fuckin’ proud of you.

  23. avatar
    Will C | 25 March 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    How I wish. Stuck in the States. Stupid ocean.

  24. avatar
    princey | 25 March 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    Hi sk, I’m counting down the days for this night, I wish all the fiends from TTB could be there too to experience it, it will be a night to remember, that’sa for sure!! 🙂

    See you soon,
    love Diamanda

  25. avatar
    Cocoamo | 25 March 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    It is so nice, and much appreciated, for you to say you would love for all of us to be there. Indeed, we would so love it too.

    I’m sure many are braving Hell and high water to be there, and there is no excuse really, but I’m gonna miss it. Sigh…

    Can’t wait for the DVD, CD, whatever recording of this event you can offer.

    Ya gotta know it’s going to be really really good.

    Your friend in Pennsylvania
    (Now in Cocoa Beach)

  26. avatar
    DavidP | 25 March 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    Mr. Clean hey?
    Good work!

  27. avatar
    Craig Miller | 26 March 2011 at 7:20 am #

    Wish I could be there myself, Steve. But I’ll be here in the US of A working out and eating my vegetables.

  28. avatar
    Wayne | 26 March 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    We’re packing up the family & driving south. I’m sure those orchestral types will be digging the chance to play the sublime Church tunes. I hope that this event is an island of escape and pleasure for you; I know that it will be for me.

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