posted on July 1, 2009 at 7:59 pm

tonite the troc
the very gig i met my sweet lil wife in 1998
wife told em
i gonna marry him
and lo it came to pass
nk could remember our future together
before it happened
as soon as we met up…….well…
and it happened here
in these very rooms
last night was a strange but good gig
after the big fair dinkum theatre at falls church
we do this like dinner cabaret set up at the rams head
something in me fires
and i jump around all night like a childe
so full of energy i was simply astonished
all on this tiny little stage
felt like i was showing off to my parents friends
and i gave it to em with both barrels
there was lots of cheering and standing up by the audience
they enjoyed it quite a bit i would say
the room had a weird L shape
and it seemed most people were in the wrong part of the L
bloody L !
afterwards there were meteorologists doctors engineers
and peoples with other interesting jobs
sign stuff etc
today we drive to philly
city of brotherly love
we drive thru a bit of delaware
we arrive at troc
but everything seems to have changed
the rooms the same
but all the ghosts have gone
the memories do not cling
i find no trace left of our first meeting here
it was cold and dark that night
today is sunny and bright
i can suck nothing out of this building
like the time me n russell visited our old school
but could find no nostalgia lingering
we stood there empty handed in the quadrangle
but no old memories came flocking to soothe us
to lead us back where we obviously wanted to go
back to the days of yore and your youth
the sun was too bright that day
russell said : the ghosts wont come in this sun….
its just another empty venue in the afternoon
like a load of others
with its own charms and blues
with its one million stories
with its sweat n blood n tears n beers n ash
with its faded grandeur
with its whatever it was
ive played here maybe 4 times now
we never get a very big crowd
and its quite a big gig
man it would be good to see them balconys full…
steven tyler : dream on!
last nite was a stadium show in a 300 seat cafe
if only if only if only
philly is a big busy and occasionally heavy city
dont be in the wrong parts and acting dumb, now
be cool and hopeth that they treatheth thee cool
was recognized twice on the road
once at a truckside stop buying trail mix
a lady with her extended family in tow :
excuse me are you a singer?
me : yes i am
oh wow i saw you guys last night…
the whole family are happy for her
they all stand back smiling happily
the grandfather says
keep talking we like your accent
the next time is in the carpark
a lady asks me to sign her u 23 cd
gladly lady that mayest i do..
now im just sitting here
did a huge yoga session this morning
lotta people suddenly interested in yoga
tim says to me
are you the first person to do yoga n rock
at the same time
i dunno
the 2 somehow go together
why have all this flexibilty n mobility n not use it
so i go up n down n round n about
i crouch n hop n jump n skip
it feels real good to do it
it just kinda happens
but there also is a message
do it or become stiff forever
(but not where you wanted probably)
you dont have to get so old so fast
or do what you like
and you’ll be sorry
when youre my age
and you cant bend yer knees
or you cant hop skip n bleeding jump
go ahead sit there then
yoga is like magic
but you dont get to cast a spell for a while
till you show yer dedication n resilience
no easy quick way
only hours of hard but lovely work
as you tune in
yeah tune in
to your self
to the planet
to the universe
sounds grandiose?
sure it is
hey i’m made of the very stuff of this universe
my intelligence
bewildered by maya
seduced by the zeitgeist
has some how gotten me outta tune
i need to get back in tune
i need to apprehend phenomena accurately
like a cat does
you dont see cats miss the mark when they jump on a fence
they dont hesitate they dont second guess
they feel it
the intuitively know exactly how high n hard to jump
thats what yoga will give you eventually
and if you practice hard for five years n you dont get that
whatever else you did get
will more than make up for it
its win/win
its guaranteed
i hear a lotta talk about protein
a lotta people say they cant be vegan cos theres no protein
where do gorillas get their protein then?
a lotta big heavy lazy people say they need their protein
looks to me you hadda enough “protein” for a while, my friend
if you sit at a desk and watch tv and not much exercise
why you need all this protein
if you a marathon runner ok i guess
but c’mon
look around ya
where do i get my sodding protein from
and im not fucking fading away am i?
i got energy to sing it out and heft heavy bass and jump about
wheres all the protein i needed for that?
i tell you where
by abstaining a little from all that delicious food
by exercising and breathing
by the sunlight and fresh air from chi and prana
from water and fruit and vegetables
just like a gorilla
yeah i got 24 hour non stop on tap energy
i can pull a song outta the air or walk along ten mile beach
never puffed out
no aches n pains
can sleep at night
this quality of life is so important
in my naivete i urge it upon you
in my heart i dont believe anyone “needs” meat
tho they say they do
i dont believe it
its their meat addiction talking them back into it
yes even after years n years’
you dont need it
you just want it
anyway come along n see me
see if you think i’m telling the truth
yoga is the bees knees
one day youll even thank me if you start n persevere
the ones who dont will never know
aint it always the way

60 Responses to “pencil vainia”

  1. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 1 July 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    I used to like it when you wrote about those vile, brutal, malevolent, barbaric, monstrous, heinous, sadistic, demonic, virulent, cretinous, tyrannical, cruel, inhumane, malicious, beastly, unpardonable, irreparable, putrid, hellish, genocidal, murderous, frightful, horrific, bloodthirsty, savage, callous, heartless people who viciously massacre innocent beasts in slaughterhouses, the forests and the seas.

  2. avatar
    the dean | 1 July 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    you're right about protein, it's a myth, anyway there's soy.

    Read Dr Roy Walford's research on nutrient rich low calorie diet if anyone needs convincing.

  3. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 1 July 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    it's hard to go vegan when mary loves that steak so much, hurry up esskay so i can be taught your vegan ways…

  4. avatar
    veleska1970 | 1 July 2009 at 9:48 pm #

    **cough cough** i can barely see you!!

    "was recognized twice on the road"
    exhilarating, huh?

    "lotta people suddenly interested in yoga"
    you've inspired a lot of people, steve. everybody sees how good you look and feel and they want a piece of that pie, too. you've inspired me to take it up again. i used to practice it quite a bit, but it fell to the wayside for me. anybody that i've ever known to practice it swear by it, just as you do.

    keep doing what you do.

    lotza love….

  5. avatar
    Ellen | 1 July 2009 at 9:59 pm #

    Indeed, it is true that there are alot of heavy, bloated people who declare they need meat. Interestingly, there was an article today on about how Americans are getting (even) fatter. Yikes!

    I'm a marathon runner and truth be known, carbs (complex, wholesome ones) are the main source of energy. Protein is definitely needed, but most Americans eat WAY too much. Causes all kinds of problems. No need to get into that discussion (I'd be preaching to the choir).

    It's always exhilirating to discover [insert whatever it is] that transforms your life for the better. It just makes you want to scream from the rooftops: HEY, I FOUND SOMETHING HERE! PAY ATTENTION!

  6. avatar
    Craig Miller | 1 July 2009 at 10:13 pm #

    High octane athletes may need protein to build muscle mass. People who need brute force.

    But I don't think my occasional golf game qualifies me as a high octane athlete. I want to get smaller, not bigger.

    Besides, there's loads of places in a vegan diet to get protein, beans, nuts, seitan, etc.

    First yoga lesson tomorrow. I must admit I'm a little scared. Send me some good vibes and I'll return the favor.

  7. avatar
    J Street | 1 July 2009 at 10:16 pm #

    I saw you at the Ram's Head Tavern last night, and I thought the whole shape and setup of the room was weird, too. You guys were fantastic, just incredible to watch. May I single out Mr. Powles for being so solid and steady and so inventive? The praise should go all around–in a strange setting, with guitars bumping into one another and the ceiling being so low as to put the lights almost level with your eyes, it was so worthwhile and such a moving experience. The crew did an incredible job keeping things running and the setlist–no complaints. I heard what I wanted to hear because I had no expectations. It was an event of the mind. It took off and went places and I truly enjoyed it.

    Thank you for getting on the road in that small, small van and doing this. It is greatly appreciated and your sacrifices to go do this–truly amazing.

    If you haven't seen the show yet, pull out all stops and go. Don't hesitate. Travel, fly, beg, cajole, wheedle and horsetrade. You will not be disappointed.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2009 at 10:32 pm #

    sk, you've got me thinking. Tonight is a no meat night. My dear husband will not complain- he eats all that I make, angel that he is! I have been contemplating this, but I am going to dive right in. I always wanted to go veg, but never thought I could or that I would have enough energy. You've proved that to be erroneous, so it would seem! What kind of fat content do you allow your diet to have? Just curious. Have you ever tried Tai Chi? That is what I practice and at age 54 have found it is relaxing, but energizing and my flexibility is improving. It does wonders for my head, too. I haven't been doing it for too long though- a bit over a year. Wonderful story about you and nk. Have a good show tonight!

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2009 at 10:59 pm #


    The leanest state in the US is Colorado, as reported today, only 18.9% of its adults are obese. yes, that's the leanest state. only 18.9 obese. the leanest fucking state, holy cow, too much fucking cow.

    my prediction: the church soundcheck will be pumping out the back door of the Trocaderro about 5:30. they'll crank happenstance, maybe another tune off the new album. the bass and drums will boom out this back door. will invite you in, but the Troc 'staff' will keep you out. will get any fan somewhat jacked up. then, kilbey might step out the back door. he might chat w/ a fan or two in parking lot while the sun still shines, shaking off the drive perhaps, trying to get a sense of the locals, espec if they've brought him strawberries or plums. everyone a little uneasy perhaps. if it's a pitted fruit, he'll twirl around and spin and heave his pit into the road. he'll be wearing his dylan slightly oversized wayfarer shades. maybe some kind of documentary camera thing going on, not sure, a pose or two maybe. then, he'll disappear again, prob into backstage area, join his bandmates (b/c the vans too small to hang out in, even though they are nice vans). then, after opening act,will deliver killer killer killer show. much energy. will say 'thank you ladies and gentlemen' like a true professional. will smoke some jazz prior to encore. then, rip out two more songs, killer killer killer show. then, maybe an autograph or two in the lobby. maybe pose for a pic. he'll stare funny into yer camera.

    thanks so much, great music, your band is not close to done, too much good music to sing and to write and record. mid-50s is young, ask dylan, ask neil. please come back 3 years hence, or hey, how about a nother spin around the states? or, maybe a fall tour in the states? bring yer wife, kids, states is nice in the fall.

    up to you whether you want to expand your 2009 fan base. you can do it, kind of like your yoga thing, take some work just to get heard a little more, get back on the american radar,just gotta play a few more shows around here.

    but i like where you are now and appreciate you singing live to the fans who never stopped listening. a reverant crowd, an appreciative crowd.

    thansk for rolling around the states for 6 weeks. come back.

    tuesday night request: tranquility

    wilfred paradise

  10. avatar
    Mary | 1 July 2009 at 11:04 pm #

    you know i didnt like meat when i was younger just cause i was disgusted, i just thought it was nasty to eat something that died, but then i tried it one day and liked it but still cant eat too much of it, but it wasnt bad to live without it for so long, you can get protien from other stuff, people just love meat so much its just an excuse, but i can understand when you like something or when you are used to it for so long its hard to stop it, but i guess all we can do is stop making these excuses and just do it, just like me and yoga, i know im a bit big and i have got to do it and i need to quit making so many damn excuses like, ohhh my head hurts or ohhh im tired or ohhhh its too hot, lol lets face it we could be some lazy f#cks

  11. avatar
    Earthfriend | 1 July 2009 at 11:04 pm #

    OK, well everyone's entitled to their opinion–especially on their own blog! (And SK you certainly are more eloquent in your opinion that Brien Comerford–try consider a more nuanced position, sir Brian). As for me, I will continue to believe that the human body needs protein to survive. The body is made of protein, not carbodyrates. It is widely accepted that consumption of protein is responsibile for the advanced evolution of the human brain. Sure, spider monkeys eat leaves, but perhaps that's why their still swinging from trees instead of building civilizations and advancing scientific knowledge. The human body needs protein a hell of a lot more than it needs regular intake of "mother nature", I might add, but I don't begrudge anyone a vice or three. But hey, each person's gotta choose his/her own path. As for me, I shan't ever return to the days of bagels, muffins, corn chips, white rolls, sugared soda, potatoes (the most beastly of vegetables), etc. If that makes me "cretinous", "genocidal" etc. in the eyes of others…I guess I can live with that.

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2009 at 11:07 pm #

    New word for ya: Asperatus (clue: 'sometime up here…')

    Been clearin ma hoose in prep for a move n discovered old Church bootleg tape from Marquee, Heyday tour. London, ya know, the UK…?

    It's OK. Just on here, KK, Maybe Soon…that's a hit. Made me feel like I was stoned one night a few weeks back, just that glint of wistful whatever… norew that's a complement.

    Glad you got yersel a cool new computer, and I know that being on tour's a headfuck, but 'picture this'…who's watchin, who's taking notes?

    Take care out there, or we'll send Waddy Wachtel to get ya!!!

  13. avatar
    fantasticandy | 1 July 2009 at 11:48 pm #

    we were all SO worried about ya on and after the last tour….it all seemed an immense struggle and you were so unhappy most of the time.
    what a change!
    and no coming home to an empty house……….

  14. avatar
    Nick | 1 July 2009 at 11:59 pm #

    still reading the blog The new album and tour has re-re-re-re sparked my interested in the "church" . great blog today sk . Still have thoughts of the awesome Cleveland show in my head. thanks again ! Nick Fiction

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 July 2009 at 12:05 am #

    "and im not fucking fading away am i?"

    Ah no…but you do have the very occasional collapse…

    Whilst on this course, may I say that shrouded in smoke you've never looked less inspiring. You appear washed out and dopey, rubicund yet mired. It's smoke druid – smoke! Even tofu looks pretty fucked up when it's been smoked. In the same way that the consumption of meat imbues a carnivore's system with the beast's desperate suffering, a smoker decks their inner halls, i.e. their souls, with gases and suspended carbon particles and, frankly, stinky ash. It matters not what the smouldering substance is, it's still smoke. And though it might've been part of your post-junk cure, it truly will be curing you no matter what else you do.

    I'm so glad for you that your psyche and self-image are robust enough to withstand the corrosive hyper-introspection brought on by the weed, but so so many are not so fortunate. Sadly for them, many of them in their teens, they never quite unshackle themselves from the harping doppelganger they never wish they'd met in such overrated reverie.

    Careful about glorifying the practice. Or are you keeping one stunning health-related, road to damascus realisation in reserve?

    You're challenging every farmer and his dog to give up meat, take up yoga, why don't you give up smoke? You know there are as many good reasons to do that, but I betcha can't. What are you afraid of?

  16. avatar
    frank | 2 July 2009 at 12:07 am #

    I heard that pot is good for the eyes except when a seed pops! Can't wait to see you guys tomorrow night in Foxboro. I heard the sound is great there and not a bad seat in the house.

    I sent some emails to some local radio stations to request some of your tunes try to get them to plug your show. Hope you get a good crowd.

    Peace Frank

  17. avatar
    m.p.k | 2 July 2009 at 12:32 am #

    OK, I was feeling lazy but I'm heading to yoga tonight…

  18. avatar
    Sigur | 2 July 2009 at 12:48 am #

    Wow! Wish I was at that show.

    You are finally becoming what I've always known you to be: a magician.

  19. avatar
    Renee | 2 July 2009 at 1:11 am #

    The first time I met my husband, I had a strange sense of familiarity
    like I recognized him, though we had never met or seen each other before
    now as I reflect, it was a very profound moment for me
    I try to remember that when times get tough

    Started reading the biography which I'm finding really interesting
    sounds like you were something else back in the day, and evidently still are
    in the preface I believe your quoted as saying 'who would be interested in reading a book about me and the church?'
    hopefully it's evident that there are plenty of people, I'm really lovin the old pictures…wow, what a look, that whole glam rock thing was not working
    what I found most striking was the obsession, fixation, fascination with the church, that I shared in common with the author and I'm guessing, quite a few other people…it's a very strange thing

    Hope your able to rework your magic from last night


  20. avatar
    Steven Koontz | 2 July 2009 at 1:25 am #

    Steve, from another Steve:

    how can you guys top last nite?

    the energy
    the emotion, the fortitude, and anecdotes, and the audience vibe?
    you were the most animated last night of anyone I have seen in a long time, could it be because you are ACTUALLY HAVING FUN ?! I HOPE SO!!

    so many comments afterwards about your energy, your fitness, your finesse….I hope I have that at your age!! (DON'T TAKE THAT THE WRONG WAY!!—HA !!)

    but in all, it was a pleasure to meet you and the band again, and I appreciate the courtesy and conversations at the club and a couple times at the hotel…Ramona really enjoyed the hug and kiss as well!! You and Peter's courtesy of walking her to the hotel and up to the room, shows your true caring attitude to life…

    best of the luck rest of the tour..

    PS Like I told you at the hotel, I am a pharmacist, and see on a daily basis the effects of people who don't exercise, eat right, etc.. so I have taken this to heart what you have written above, and will incorporate your views in my counseling of patients…sure wouldn't hurt!!
    ..and though I love meat, I can do without it regularly….I just find it hard to turn down these interesting brews and lagers at these fancy brewhouses!!

    see ya next go round

    Steve Koontz
    High Point, North Carolina

  21. avatar
    Mary | 2 July 2009 at 1:33 am #

    i wish i was sitting there right now smoking a joint with you, how cool would that be to share a hit with my favorite bassist/singer!

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    Anonymous | 2 July 2009 at 1:42 am #


  23. avatar
    Melquiades | 2 July 2009 at 1:54 am #

    Yes, with both barrels you slew the soy based flock. the band communed with the gods last night. Spells abounded, ghosts were set into dancing and cavorting along the veiled, velvet curtains. Swinging from the rafters the ship steers off course and finds it's way in the key of A minor. lush continents on the horizon. This course was the way of the evening and travel we did with you. i'd get lost with you anytime, captain.

    my fiance had her first live Church experience last night and I quote her as we were listening, "I have goose bumps inside me". I told her she should get it looked at immmediately.

    I love you guys and will miss you sorely until next time.

    cheers to you and the mates.

    PS love the video.

  24. avatar
    Jason | 2 July 2009 at 1:56 am #


    I tell you giving up meat was easy, its the cheese that gets me everytime. I have more energy at 36 eating fruits and vegtables than I ever have before when eating meat. I have been meatless for over a year now. Anyway I hope to look as good as you when I am at your age, now to Space Saviour I tell you when I saw that on the set list as an encore I was confused since it was a newer track vs. so many classics etc. Once I heard it in Detroit I was floored and then I understood. Great show again keep em coming get home safe and enjoy the 4th.


  25. avatar
    Richard | 2 July 2009 at 2:43 am #

    you skoob

  26. avatar
    kyle farley | 2 July 2009 at 3:29 am #


  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 July 2009 at 3:59 am #

    Steve, I have a question for you in the event you see this. It is a matter of surpassing interest to me:

    Why, oh why, does the acoustic guitar you guys use have so much duct tape on it? Is it falling apart?

  28. avatar
    Protein | 2 July 2009 at 4:19 am #

    For those who want protein via vegan diet click on my name for some info.
    Dude is a vegan body builder so he's figured out how to get prtein.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 July 2009 at 4:28 am #

    Lucky Ramona…

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 July 2009 at 4:31 am #

    wow killer, great jazz pic to kick off yer blog….and finishing with an angus young type duckwalk solo, classic!

  31. avatar
    The Adventures Of A Happy Nihilist | 2 July 2009 at 5:19 am #

    You Killed 'Em Killer!

    We B M


  32. avatar
    princey | 2 July 2009 at 6:43 am #

    Chuckle Berry eat ya heart out, there's a new kid in town!

  33. avatar
    eek | 2 July 2009 at 6:45 am #

    "we arrive at troc
    but everything seems to have changed
    the rooms the same
    but all the ghosts have gone
    the memories do not cling
    i find no trace left of our first meeting here"

    They aren't there because you don't need them anymore. What you do have is far better. 🙂

  34. avatar
    melissa | 2 July 2009 at 6:58 am #

    sk, it looks like your computer's on fire 😛

    I don't think meat is really necessary either, I don't know how people find it at all tasty or enjoyable.. but, hey, that's just me. Even as a little one, I would turn my nose up at my mum's lamb chops etc. Just the smell of it ..Ughh..

    I started Yoga maybe 10 years ago now, but after a bit of lapse in attendance, I finally started up again. Should never of stopped in the first place, but never mind … I'm excited to be starting again. I remember too, one of my previous teachers talking about your psychic capabilities developing through the practice of Yoga. Especially with inverted poses .. must be all that fresh blood flowing to the head 😉 I actually feel alot more clever after doing shoulder-stand, lol. But, yeah, definately looking forward to developing my practice as time goes on. I love it. It's probably the best thing I could do for myself, physically, mentally, spiritually.

    have a beautiful day 🙂


  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 July 2009 at 7:39 am #

    Sorry Steve. You are a brilliant musician, but a nutrition expert you are not. I used to be vegetarian for a number of years myself, but since eating meat again, I have actually lost weight. Have you ever heard of the term, "biochemical individuality"? What is right for you is not necessarily right for everybody else.


    "Biochemical individuality" is a subject worth clarifying. Coined by biochemist Roger Williams, PhD, the term refers to the fact that different people require different nutrients based on their unique genetic make-up. Ethnic and racial background figure in this concept as well. A diet that works for one may not work as well for someone else. As a practitioner, I've seen several patients following a low-fat, low-protein, high-carbohydrate diet with severe health problems: obesity, candidiasis, hypothyroidism, leaky gut syndrome, anaemia and generalised fatigue. Most of these people have been vegetarians. Because of the widespread rhetoric that a vegetarian diet is "always healthier" than a diet that includes meat or animal products, these people see no reason to change their diet, even though that is the cause of their problems. What these people actually need for optimal health is more animal foods and fewer carbohydrates!

    I was a vegetarian for the same reasons you are- the guilt of consuming an animal life. Modern living has distanced us from what it is to survive naturally though, as traditional cultures mainly lived upon animal based foods with little health complaints in comparison to the disease ridden lifestyles we now endure thanks to food processing. These days I try to eat organic food and livestock produced from free-range farms. The animals live a healthy and content lifestyle instead of being caged up inhumanely. Processed foods and factory farming methods are the evil at work here as created by the industry and greedy capitalists.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 July 2009 at 9:19 am #

    U talk 'health' while breathing in that shit?

  37. avatar
    waxwanka | 2 July 2009 at 9:31 am #

    Dude, I gots to break it to ya: you ain't a gorilla, so eatin like one won't work the same way for ya. Sorry, dog.
    U can get a lot of protein from non-animal sources. But NONE of these are 'complete' proteins. Unfortunately, the only complete protein sources are derived from meat. ie. dead animal flesh.
    So u gots the choice.
    Me, I have no choice cos I can't and never could stand the taste of meat and so quit eating it as soon as I was old enough for my parents to be unable to beat the shit out of me if I refused it.
    But dude, who killed n skinned the fuckin cane toad ya got on yo head yestrday?!

  38. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 2 July 2009 at 11:40 am #

    …you got the mojo happenin' my friend…..
    under normal circumstances the sight of doobie smoke makes me desire to partake but at the moment my poor afflicted lungs are cringing at the mere thought……wheeeeezzzze….

    love always……..

  39. avatar
    Richard | 2 July 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    great stuff

    someone really should do a doco…

  40. avatar
    Freddie | 2 July 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    M’ Lord, what are you thinking in that photo? In that smoke?
    What images are swirling in that smoke? Hmmm…
    And I like the video! I wish I could have been there.

    On the topic of protein, I’m not a nutritionist
    but most of the sources I’ve consulted
    say that the average person needs
    somewhere between 0.4 to 0.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight.
    So, the person who needs 150 g. of protein a day weighs 300 – 375 pounds?
    150 g of protein a day won’t hurt you
    but unless you weigh a lot or are some kind of special athlete,
    you really don’t need it.
    But as a vegetarian you do need to pay attention
    that your protein sources add up to complete proteins.
    This is how I got in trouble.
    Meat is a complete protein
    so you’re not used to thinking about it.
    Soy is a complete protein
    but I don’t like to eat too much of it.
    Be sure to combine grains with beans
    or whole wheat toast with peanut butter
    are a couple of examples of combinations making complete proteins.
    Do an internet search on it and you’ll do fine.

    Good luck with your first yoga class 🙂
    Don’t let your enthusiasm wane
    And if you ever need someone to help you stay on track,
    Send me an e-mail; I’ll be happy to be part of your support network.

  41. avatar
    plumlady | 2 July 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    First yoga class yesterday at work…..plank pose makes me realize how out of shape I am. Don't know that I'll ever be able to get into those inverted poses, psychic ability enhancing or not; although that sure would help life along a bit. Stayed in the basic poses as long as possible; inspired by how good Steve looks and knowing there's other folks out there in my same boat. My daughter gets married in one month and I'd love to be in even slightly better shape than I am now. Reading the blogs have inspired me to at least try and give up most meat….haven't had any red meat in two months now; and I DO have MORE energy.

    Thanks for the video; I'm already looking forward to the next time you tour and missing the one I just saw.

  42. avatar
    John Garratt | 2 July 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    do it or become stiff forever"

    I really dd try yoga. Enrolled in a community center down the street from my house. I went for almost all of the sessions, and didn't end up feeling better. I actually felt worse. The pain in my back increased and my attempts at relaxation were anything but relaxing.

    And I didn't wuss out after two of three sessions. I did numerous ones. They told me to balance on one leg and do all these twisty-limb positions. They only resulted in me constantly losing balance and all the women in the class probably snickering at me (I was the only guy).

    So yoga, for me, was a dead end. It just increased the pain. I stopped yoga, so the pain stopped.


  43. avatar
    Cee | 2 July 2009 at 3:06 pm #

    Y'all are so HARDCORE!

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 July 2009 at 3:27 pm #

    Ever seen the movie "Reefer Madness"?

    You look like one of those pot fiends the government warned me about!!!!

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    Anonymous | 2 July 2009 at 4:18 pm #

    Protein=Skim Milk
    Protein=1% Cottage Cheese
    Protein=whole grain bread

    Must be more but there are plenty of protein foods besides meat.

    I am not vegan but try to stay away from alot of meat and now high fat dairy products. My stomach feels better and hence so do I.

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    Craig Miller | 2 July 2009 at 4:25 pm #

    Part of the point of doing healthy things like veg/yoga/ex is so you can do some unhealthy things that you enjoy without completely ruining yourself.

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    Renee | 2 July 2009 at 4:34 pm #

    Concerning the whole veg thing:

    Not long ago I attempted the vegan diet, fortunately we have a natural food market near us that carries a lot of veg and vegan products, that made the transition much easier…initially.
    One of the problems I had was eating out (and we eat out often)…so many restaurants are not veg friendly, and all I ever wound up eating was a salad (I felt like I was starving)…while everyone else was eating this really delicious looking food.
    Cooking at home was much easier and we found these really great meat substitutes as well as some tofu dishes which are to die for! My lasagna recipe is awesome.

    I must not have been doing something right, because I noticed when working out that my muscles got sore and started to burn almost immediately, which was definitely not normal. I started thinking it was insufficient protein and began incorporating dairy products, fish, and chicken. I'm having difficulty eating the meat however, the thought of it just puts me off, but I don't want to go back to feeling like I'm starving all the time either.

    Going veg and particularly vegan cold turkey, is challenging if you don't have a lot of information and good recipes early on.

    The other thing I encountered was a lot of harrassment from my co-workers during lunch, I think they almost wanted me to fail, so they didn't feel so bad eating their crap. I thought that a bit unfair, but then it goes both ways, people that are veg sometimes can be a bit judgemental of those that are not.

    People should just leave each other fucking alone!!

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    Anonymous | 2 July 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    Is that NC jazz? Even if it's not, tell me it is!

    CG in NC

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    Dave | 2 July 2009 at 5:02 pm #

    To PROTIEN (@ 2:19pm)….Thank you!!!! I have been looking for a site like this since I do lift weights and practice Qi Gong /Chen & Yang Taiji.

    Steve, you ever practice Yang or Chen Style Taiji? It is a great compliment to Yoga.

    Dave S

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    davem | 2 July 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    Thank God you ditched that effing frog.
    I'm still a tad portly but feel at last as if I'm a work in progress.
    I've ditched the fags for 4 years, never touch meat or fish but Jason is right…that dairy….and the vegan wine and ale.
    I've had no dairy for over a week and doing ok. I like soya milk and soy cheese but the yoga seems a step too far at the moment…

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    davem | 2 July 2009 at 5:21 pm #

    Beans on toast…..has the lot too.

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    restaurant mark | 2 July 2009 at 5:27 pm #

    i think i got a contact high from looking at that photo!!!
    glad the shows are going so well! enjoyed watching you wig out on the jaguar in the video!

    take care man

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    Queen Hatshepsut | 2 July 2009 at 5:35 pm #

    Hey! I posted a comment last night and it's not here! Waaaahhhhhh!!!!

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    fantasticandy | 2 July 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    that was one of marcs favourite stage moves………
    he did it po-faced though!

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    stealthblue | 2 July 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    Yeah, you know sometimes those "old haunts" are simply just that…OLD haunts, that don't mean anything anymore. Like "Eek" was saying. It's true that…sometimes those places we are so nostalgic about don't really give off that "vibe" anymore because we have truly moved on to the present and future. Sometimes the past intertwines with our present (and future) but when you are feeling good about where you are now in life, even something as nostalgist as the place where you met your loverly wife can move on from your soul, not to mention its own energies have moved on from certain ghosts of time, no? It's like the town where I grew up, all those little haunts in Amado/Tucson, AZ), they're not there anymore. Hell, the place doesn't; even look the same anymore; it too has grown up. Even more recently, in the opposite spectrum, I also used to get the "heebee-jeebees" (sp?) from the area where I lived in downtown Chicago, but not anymore. Now I can walk by and not dwell on those past events, some of the worst events in my life, like a dream that turned in to a nightmare, but it was all very real. Thankfully, now I am in a much better place in life, mind and heart…and I dare note question it. I guess "nostalgia" can lead you in all kinds of directions, but it is not necessarliy a "bad" thing to not have those same feelings about a special place, or person for that matter. "life speeds up…then it goes away" (Hmmm…where have I heard that before???) 🙂

    Hey, Steve, that is a great hat! You almost need it around here…even though it is supposed to be summertime! Wierd weather these days…like Mama Erf is peed-off, yeah?

    Thanks again for all the inspiration, musings, anecdotes, etc. Keep rockin'

    Hey, everyone, hope you have a Happy, SAFE 4th of July weekend! (If you celebrate; if not, have just a plain old nice weekend!) Cheers…

    Lots o'P&L,

    Ben V

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    Anonymous | 2 July 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    Looking at the smoking picture reminds me of the battle cry at home when the jazz sparks up:



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    Anonymous | 2 July 2009 at 7:23 pm #

    Hey fans ya think the church will sound good tonight? I copied this tech info from the Showcase Live in Foxboro. I sure hope the Church is recording tonight might make a great live DVD.

    Audio Technology:
    • FOH Console – Yamaha – PM5D-HR
    • JBL Concert grade line array speaker system with 10 supporting sub-woofers
    Visual Technology:
    • Fully integrated with the in-house video systems including a state-of-the-art ceiling
    mounted large screen digital video projector and six high definition flat panel televisions

    • 12,000 Lumens Center Projector, Christie LX120
    • 24×24 Matrix Switcher, Extron 60-468-01
    • Stage Camera w/ Pan Tilt, JVC Pro – KY-F560U
    • 30 Ellipsoidal spot lights with motorized color changers.
    • 94 par spot/flood lights.
    • 10 programmable motorized moving lights.
    Hey it's not the equipment that makes the band sound good but man this is some great stuff.

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    bjmcwilliams | 2 July 2009 at 7:51 pm #

    That's a pretty frickin' cool video. Especially meeting the fans and drawing on the back of the guy's shirt! Very cool!

    It is SO nice to see you interacting with the fans. I don't think it's possible to convey just how much that means to everyone who's followed you and the band. Mortal or not… to some of us, you are one of our heroes.

    It's interesting… I had a chance to say hello after the Ferndale show and softly/quietly get your autograph on an album. Though I wanted so bad to shake hands and have a picture taken, I wondered why that is?! I had the overriding uneasy feeling that I was intruding into your life in some way. And I really didn't need any kind of "blessing" to be considered special or cool. I just really wished I could have found a way in one sentence to express how inspiring I've found your music and creativity. Somehow that seems to matter to be able to say it – and I wonder if it has a similar effect on you when you hear it from your fans?

    Safe travels!


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    Sunshine | 2 July 2009 at 10:45 pm #

    Quinoa is a complete protein.

    That's all I have for today…


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    Anonymous | 3 July 2009 at 12:24 am #

    Stiv, twas yer influence that gifted me veganism.twas yer influence that gifted me yoga.twas something else that stopped me smacking my life awae…
    You discovered Vishnu on a jones, i discovered Ching Hai (beef~whore that i saw kim sandeman again in a needle exchange in Brisbane!strange !
    there's no message here,it just is

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