posted on June 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

my guitar is my staff : charged with my energy : it is in symbiosis with me

where would we be without music?

powerful stuff

how does it work?

nobody knows

i can write it i can play it i can sing it

but i got no idea how it works

musics like a car to me

i know if i do certain things i will get to where i want to go

but i have no idea why good music feels so good

how do i write music these days?

well if i’m on my own i fiddle about

i may have some vague shadowy thing in my head

like i want to write a cross between all my favourite songs in one

othertimes i just goes with the flows

like debussy

automatic writing

i pick up an instrument …phrases come to me out of the blue

it is like that for me now with all my endeavours

a geeza sends me a song

sing on this please sk

ok yeah

bang

a couple of hours later i dreamed up the words sang all the parts

no problem

where did it come from?

i dunno but i know it will be there

having duly honoured my muse and creativity

i feel like i am now rolling easy

i can do whatever i want to do

vis a vis music painting and writing

i expect to do something bloody good

and i almost bloody well do sometimes

i observe myself endlessly pulling stuff outta the ether…

i pay for it in other ways tho of course

i am a bit of a foolish fellow…you have to understand

and now half deaf i am almost quite comical

rambling on when i get the wrong end of the stick

i do that quite frequently

i should shuttup and work

my work is all i’m good at

i have so much work to do

i have some serious writing commissioned

i have some paintings commissioned

i have songs commissioned

i have guest appearances being booked

i speak i act i perform i reminisce

i sometimes make em laugh with my old palaver yes

i keep the people here entertained

yesterday i asked scarlet if she’d rather a bike or a unicorn

after a bit of thought she said oh a unicorn i guess

then i rang up the imaginary bloke at the bondi junction unicorns R us

and i’m talking to him in a very grown up voice

and scarlets eyes are widening all the time

yes yes i want a flying unicorn please…do you have any left?

the guy mutters some apology

only 3 left sir this afternoon

i tell scarlet

her eyes are wide now like saucers

she wants to believe it but she’s not saying much

any females? i ask

but the guy says he’s only got males

i tell scarlet about 7 year old snuffly the male flying unicorn

would you like a little male, scarlet?  i ask

but she shakes her head

i have a bit of an argument with the bloke

i mean you’d think they’d bloody well have some little females wouldn’t you?

i mean c’mon is there a unicorn shortage?

anyway  after some grumbling i hang up

scarlet looks thoughtful

about 5 minutes later she comes up

she’s looking very serious now

dad I’ve changed my mind

I DO WANT SNUFFLY!

 

 

 

102 Responses to “rambling underfoot”

  1. avatar
    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 26 June 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    That’s absolutely precious !!!

    Good on Scarlet for knowing what she ‘really’ wants !!!

    Children are the oxygen that fill our lungs, and as challenging as life
    may turn…they always help us breathe…
    Everything becomes more clear…

    Grand Luck to you on your creative endeavors !!!

    Conscidering a purchase of the Jazzmaster 4 string…
    Always wondered with the vastness to chose from – why you always
    go back to her ??? I need a ‘new’ bass that doesn’t sound so plastic
    when recorded and played back, sampling has more body these days but I
    must stay organic on these instrumentals…
    I only use Elixir’s as my strings of choice, stay Sharp (nanoweb) for
    so much longer, have you always had a specific string preference ???

    Have A Great Day !!!

    Daz

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 26 June 2012 at 8:02 pm #

      Hahahahaha
      You posted that one quickly…I’m still sludging thru
      this hellish insomnia…its just before 5am here…
      Possiblly partnering with Mr. Lee on some Jazzy-trippy
      Bounce instrumentations….
      That’s one super talented friend you have there…
      The Carvin has been writing n singing the Blues lately…
      Trying again to find my footing, been down for quite some
      time as of late…

      Sleep forever eludes me…

  2. avatar
    Ryan Murdock | 26 June 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Music is the best proof I know of the existence of magic. I’ve always been suspicious of people who don’t care about or relate to music. And I always felt they led empty lives.

    >having duly honoured my muse and creativity i feel like i am now rolling easy
    i can do whatever i want to do
    vis a vis music painting and writing
    i expect to do something bloody good
    and i almost bloody well do sometimes
    i observe myself endlessly pulling stuff outta the ether…

    Was it always that way, or did it only develop as you hit your creative peak? At what point would you say it all started to come so easily?

    >i pay for it in other ways tho of course

    I think it’s possible to put the best of yourself into your writing—poetry, your ability to love, optimism and hope—and what’s left is all you’ve got for your day to day life.

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 27 June 2012 at 2:15 pm #

      ryan
      it wasn’t always like that
      BUT I WAS CONVINCED AND EXPECTED THAT IT WOULD HAPPEN
      i wanted to write the best stuff and i knew i had to try

      • avatar
        Ryan Murdock | 27 June 2012 at 7:52 pm #

        >BUT I WAS CONVINCED AND EXPECTED THAT IT WOULD HAPPEN

        thnx sk. then i’m on the right track. not that i wasn’t already convinced – it’s just nice to see someone else is working off a similar map.

        • avatar
          thetimebeing | 28 June 2012 at 10:19 am #

          ryan i think you’re possessed with enough “right stuff” to make it happen
          or where did your maltese villa come from?

          • avatar
            Ryan Murdock | 29 June 2012 at 7:41 pm #

            Jeez man, it’s a palazzo. A villa’s much smaller ;P

            Wait till you see the book I’m wrapping up. Talking w/ an agent about it now.

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      david | 28 June 2012 at 11:30 pm #

      i agree ryan “beware the man not moved by music.”( hayden?).i was struck when most recently the Dali Lama was asked if he listened to music ..he answered a simple “no”. and i was alarmed and immediatley questioned his ..proclaimed enlightenment …i wanted to ask if he blocked out the birds and the wind as well, or just the pulsating soul of humanity….

      • avatar
        thetimebeing | 29 June 2012 at 7:38 am #

        and he eats meat

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        Ryan Murdock | 29 June 2012 at 7:43 pm #

        Wow, I had no idea. I always kinda liked him because he’s a giggler. But I wonder how tuned in someone could possibly be if they don’t relate to music. I remember playing After Everything Now This for some kids on a bus in Tibet, they seemed to dig it.

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          colette | 30 June 2012 at 6:51 pm #

          Some people are just not musical, it may not be a bias, just a sort of deficiency no offence. Maybe a bit like how I found learning guitar hard so didn’t continue it, but continued piano. I like the Dali Lama but he’s obviously human. So he answers honestly and without pretense. That is what he’s about and I read that he will eat meat if offered, the rationale being he doesn’t like waste. Different perspectives… I thought it was interesting recently someone said something about a pick and choose Christian who had broken ‘thou shalt not kill’ commandment by eating meat. There’s ‘judge not’ also as I remember. Not a commandment but still a piece of advice I like to recall.

          • avatar
            colette | 1 July 2012 at 12:51 am #

            *Dalai

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            colette | 1 July 2012 at 7:47 am #

            He might have meant he doesn’t listen to music with modern technology or listen to pop music. He may have music in his mind, soul, voice…maybe he feels music rather than listens…it may be something quite sublime to him.

          • avatar
            thetimebeing | 1 July 2012 at 9:21 am #

            gee you feel guilty about eating the meat dontcha? wake up!

          • avatar
            colette | 1 July 2012 at 9:32 am #

            I’m only awake because I eat meat. Attempting to induce guilt trips with people is counteractive.

          • avatar
            colette | 1 July 2012 at 9:34 am #

            You sound like the thought police.

  3. avatar
    Boriah | 26 June 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Sing on this please SK!!! File in progress…
    Cheers!

  4. avatar
    colette | 26 June 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    How do I love music, thy music and thy church’s music? In countless uncountable counted mysterious ways…

  5. avatar
    shaun Hoffmann | 26 June 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Someone should open a Unicorn shop up here, make a killing, I know my Caitlin would grab a couple, specially flying ones. Brilliant steve, loved it.

  6. avatar
    eekie | 26 June 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    Ok, I have to know — how did you get out of that one without a whole bunch of tears or a tantrum? I know I would have raised holy hell at that age….

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 June 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    what about that cruel council by-law that bans anything with horn?

  8. avatar
    david | 26 June 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    ..perrogative

  9. avatar
    anthony | 26 June 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    Ah, nothing like pulling yer kid’s leg. But now you have to produce Snuffly! Ya know unicorns are mentioned in the King James version of the Bible. Just sayin’…

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 27 June 2012 at 2:07 pm #

      where does it mention unicorns?????

      • avatar
        angie | 27 June 2012 at 11:25 pm #

        yo – anthony and steve!

        if the following link is correct:

        http://www.anunseenworld.com/areunicornsreal.html

        Here are the 6 verses in the Bible that mention the word unicorn and helps to answer the question are unicorns real?.

        Nu 23:22 – God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.

        Nu 24:8 – God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.

        Job 39:9 – Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?

        Job 39:10 – Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

        Ps 29:6 – He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

        Ps 92:10 – But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

        • avatar
          thetimebeing | 28 June 2012 at 10:17 am #

          wow everyones noticed the unicorns but me!!

          • avatar
            matthew | 28 June 2012 at 11:46 am #

            Pretty sure it’s generally considered that the term ‘unicorn’ referred to the rhinoceros – especially given the references to restraining/strength, breaking bones, ‘harrowing after thee’ etc. But what can we really know for sure eh?

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            thetimebeing | 28 June 2012 at 2:07 pm #

            glad i didn’t order scarlet a freakin’ rhinoceros matthew!

      • avatar
        Steven Krut | 28 June 2012 at 2:52 am #

        It’s mentioned 9 times in the King James Bible, but only because the King James translators decided to substiture some Hebrew word for a type of ox with unicorn. I guess they thought it made the Bible more entertaining.

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        anthony | 28 June 2012 at 4:53 am #

        Only in the King James translation. Others use wild ox I believe.

        Deuteronomy 33:17 His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.

        Job 39:9-10 Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

        Psalms 22:21 Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.

        Psalms 29:6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

        Psalms 92:10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

        Numbers 23:22 God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.

        Numbers 24:8 God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.

        Isaiah 34:7 And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.

    • avatar
      DavidP | 28 June 2012 at 12:01 am #

      I was in Scotland last December and one day we visited Stirling Castle. There was a lot of medieval artwork there with a unicorn in them. The tour guide explained that they used the unicorn to represent the Christ. It was a way of getting the pagans to convert.
      Another interesting thing I learnt there was that King James was a fan of the Greek Myths and a big Hercules fan.

      Music works by way of vibratory affinity. Its all about feeling and vibrations. It can evoke and glorify the God of yer understanding and it can also stir one up in a negative way and lots of other states inbetween.

      • avatar
        thetimebeing | 28 June 2012 at 10:17 am #

        saw you yesterday wandering round the junga!

        • avatar
          DavidP | 28 June 2012 at 2:36 pm #

          surprise surprise
          again
          you just never know when a kilbo might be watching you
          must a been on my get dinner run again after the med. practice
          nice to chat to you last time you saw me doing that
          only about two weeks left for me at the junga
          then its looking like inner west
          catch ya round like a veggie rissole!

  10. avatar
    Chris | 27 June 2012 at 12:08 am #

    Never rambling or trampling…never fazed and confused….always a house of the holy…always what is and what should always be…The Time Being.

  11. avatar
    Jonny Hollywood | 27 June 2012 at 1:32 am #

    may I get a Snuffly too???

  12. avatar
    mark wingler | 27 June 2012 at 2:18 am #

    kids are so precious, so unconditional. So innocent. I wish we’d never lose that.

    Mark W.

  13. avatar
    plumlady | 27 June 2012 at 7:53 am #

    Oh oh, no what are you going to do? Tell her Santa Claus will bring it and then you’ll have a good lead-in to that story. Is it Christmastime there soon?

  14. Jmb066
    Jmb066 | 27 June 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Not sure where it comes from either, I don’t like many forms of music yet a small percentage of bands/artist speak to me. Cant really play any myself well at least not good enough to move forward and make a life out of it. So I try to keep my opinions to myself, yet music can evoke some passionate conversations especially when it comes to like and dislikes. As I type this Tranquility is playing and 99% of whats out there will never make me feel the way the church and related do as this song is just beautiful on so many levels. As I get older I like less music as time goes on. Im turning into my father, bands or artist I liked years ago sound so strange to me now. So keep it coming Steve and don’t ever stop forever entertained, well since 1988.

    Love your unicorn story, I am always amazed at the innocence in my children and sad that their childhood is slowly coming to an end. I try to make it as magical as possible and it sounds like you are as well.

    Take care,

    Jason

  15. avatar
    Cocoamo | 27 June 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Yes, music is very mysterious. Sometimes, listening to your music, especially late at night when there are no distractions and it is dark, I can feel an energy, like electricity radiating out. I wonder what the effect is when those of us who have “Church receptors” in our neurons put this out into the ether? It’s got to be doing something.

    I just saw a movie, Hanna, that had some very interesting music – especially with the closing credits. Part of the story was defining music. A gripping movie (too violent for children) – worth seeing if just for the music at the end.

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hanna/

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania

  16. avatar
    mattyc | 27 June 2012 at 11:43 am #

    music,,,
    i am not a creator, i consume
    i do not envy the creators, i appreciate the sharing
    i do not know how it moves me, i only know that it does
    music is organic,human, variable…constant
    it caresses the skin, it penetrates the soul
    mostly it is personal
    the creator creates and the consumer listens, interprets
    and feels

    i

  17. avatar
    Chris | 27 June 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    I reckon music…really good music like The Church’s ‘jangly clear light’ that seems to clear the mind and heart…is some of the most superior communication known to humans. It can heal minds, hearts and souls. It can move people to think, say and do stuff they never thought of before. There is a lot of serious neurological stuff being written about consciousness being something interior to each of us, but also between us all…intuition or ESP if you like. We get touches of it when we think, ‘I should phone so and so’…and they suddenly ring you. Apparently the Aborigines had it strongly because no phones etc. They had to communicate by song and thought. A song sung from the heart could cross great tracts of space and land and call people up. The Church’s music is so clear and sweet that, whenever you listen to it, it sounds like you heard it just yesterday…signs of true timeless music that is written to last, like a great painting you never get tired of looking at it. I listened to ‘Texas Moon’ twice on the way to work today, and I instantly felt my day was great and precious.If you wanna see the healing power of music, and the spiritual significance of music to us humanos, check out these 2 short vids:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5SMH2o6WCk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DUYqrgEfwA

    Music has kept me sane…helped me to love…helped me to experience ecstatic joy…and literally saved my life on occasions. The Church is on constant rotation in my car at the mo….soundtrack to my life…literally.

  18. avatar
    Galamor the Wizaed | 27 June 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Whoo hoo! Can’t wait for the Decemeber tour that I’ve just found out about – and you’re coming to the ‘Gong! Watch out for Devo though. I’ve seen you guys heaps of times but Devo are AWESOME live – 2nd best concert I’ve ever seen if Macca in 1993 was Numero Uno. Did you get the gig because you mentioned Simple Minds produced Walsh at the Aria induction? You guys have far more great songs than they do and should wipe them…but watch out for Devo! You have been warned!!

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    Once | 27 June 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    This is so cute…just the other day I was thinking about how much I love the word “unicorn”, and the concept of a unicorn. The perfect mythical animal, cuz, it’s a horse with a horn that can fly. What’s better than that?

    What’s scary is that a unicorn could most likely be genetically engineered. Oh, yeah – they can do anything, you know – they’re already talking about making puppies and kittens that STAY puppies and kittens forever, cuz everyone loves puppies and kittens. You can bet that they’d be out of our price range, tho.

    What if they decide to make babies that stay babies? Oh, wait…they do – they’re called “men”. (ZING! Sorry, couldn’t resist).

    My past 2 days: Receiving messages from dead people, getting in a car accident, spending all day at hospital (unrelated to accident) with boyfriend who just had surgery. My mind has never been so wide open, and my heart has never been so full.

    Thank God that I quit that soul-sucking job.

    Every day now is an opportunity, and every moment is precious.

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    Michel | 27 June 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    What is music ? Music is the best drug. The only drug.
    Music helps me to exist and to grow up
    Music is my cocoon, my cocaïne
    The Church are my heroes, my heroin

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    Stewart | 27 June 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    You honour your muse admirably. I trust that you’ll be forever spared the bitter regret that comes from not doing so, a remorse that taints enjoyment of the most sublime art with an overwhelming longing for that which is irretrievably lost.

    On a lighter note, the unicorn that lives at the back of our place does a thoroughly convincing impersonation of a horse and refuses to break out of character. Of course, if you’re ever down this way you’re welcome to come by to meet him.

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 28 June 2012 at 10:19 am #

      unicorns in figtree mr holt?

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        Stewart | 30 June 2012 at 2:06 pm #

        It’s a wonderful world. “The Ficus religiosa, commonly known as the pipal as a variety of the fig-tree, was intimately connected with the unicorn, and in the Hindu Atharva-veda it is called the seat of the gods (devasadana)”: Edwin Oliver James, The Tree of Life: An Archeological Study. 🙂

  22. avatar
    andy | 27 June 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    oh, how could you tease that poor child so?
    she’s such a lovely little girl steve,
    your’e a lucky man.

  23. avatar
    Steven Krut | 28 June 2012 at 2:38 am #

    That’s a really great flying unicorn story. And Scarlet is precious. It’s nice that it all flows so naturally for you now.

    Here’s my stab at explaining music:

    Music is an application of a principle that is at the core of reality – the creation of entities through the structure of energy vibrations. String Theory posits (through astounding mathematical insight) that all of reality is built up from variances in the vibrations of tiny, extra-dimensional strands of pure energy. Music is an iteration and echo of this overarching principle, like a smaller Mandelbrot set embedded within the larger set. It’s the symbolic replication of reality’s most primal tenet – the arrow of time and the ceaseless flow of creative ideas that propel it. Ideas are a deeper, mysterious form of energy that arise from metarealms of inspiration beyond our ability to observe. They enter our more mundane realm through the gateway of pure quantum potential. Every form and every shape begins as the idea of that form and shape. Ideas, imaginative impulses, serve as the DNA that molds the energy vibrations that give the universe form. Music is the sculpting of ideas within human consciousness using the palette of symbolic instruments of vibration. Music is the play within the play of reality. And among its many uses, it can indeed be used to capture the conscious of the King (define “King” as you believe). On its surface, music is an earthly and human-centric phenomenon. It requires a gaseous medium and human consciousness to exist. Yet at music’s core are universal mathematical principles. Music is the purest language of sentient intelligence.

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 28 June 2012 at 10:16 am #

      sk youre on the money
      but if music is maths
      howcome i am good at music but terrible at maths? huh?

      • avatar
        Steven Krut | 28 June 2012 at 10:50 am #

        Ha-ha! If you are good at music, then you are good at the highest form of math. 😉

        • avatar
          thetimebeing | 28 June 2012 at 2:08 pm #

          well how does that work?

          • avatar
            Steven Krut | 28 June 2012 at 3:54 pm #

            Well, I was mainly BSing with that comment, but … I guess you could call creating music doing math through intuition rather than through logical rules. It’s right-brain math rather than left brain math.

          • avatar
            thetimebeing | 28 June 2012 at 4:43 pm #

            oh

          • avatar
            Steven Krut | 29 June 2012 at 5:29 am #

            I was BSing with my second comment, not the explanation of music. That’s a definitive explanation and effectively ends all speculation worldwide about what music is. 😉

      • avatar
        DavidP | 28 June 2012 at 2:30 pm #

        well, you do like to try and reconcile opposites now don’t ya

        • avatar
          colette | 28 June 2012 at 5:12 pm #

          I tried to tell him myself that at the highest point just about every discipline merges… ’cause the highest point is an apex presumably, ie convergence and I don’t even remember being very good at geometry…

  24. Jmb066
    Jmb066 | 28 June 2012 at 5:47 am #

    Steve,

    FYI The Slow Crack on your band camp page is missing some key tracks, not sure if that was your intent or not? I also wanted to say thanks for putting the Jack Frost b-sides there I do not have dub or Jack’s Dream and now realize I need to look at all download you have to make sure I don’t miss anything.

    Take Care,

    Jason

  25. avatar
    Once | 28 June 2012 at 10:28 am #

    OMG! My phone is progammed to sense new emails, and “bling” when they appear…there have been like 20 of them in the past 30 minutes! Posts to this blog? Probably. Because it is a beautiful link of child to man, a nice depiction of adult disappointment, I think…Steve, there really SHOULD have been unicorns!!

    Then again, our children are going to grow up in a very (overly) informed world…I’m not a mother, so I can’t give advice. But I AM fairly naive and childlike, so I’d say this: Don’t look for certainty, look for yourself. Look into who you are and what you can do. This world needs you and your love and your being. Give what you can, and take what you deserve. You deserve all the happiness and light that there is. Live that, and be that.

    Amen.

  26. avatar
    John Garratt | 28 June 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    “i mean c’mon is there a unicorn shortage?”

    …you got me thinking really hard about this one.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 28 June 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Breaking News…

    Chicago has decriminalized natures gift !!!

    The process has been passed and will go in effect in August. If , in the city limits, an individual is found to have 15 grams or less and over the age of 18 with proper documentation…the essence will be confiscated (Boo !!!)
    and a ticket with a fine will be issued by the Police Force.. Fines will be between $100-$500 …..the thinking behind this grateful gesture is – our city has a growing gang violence/shootings obstacle…this ordinance will free up the police to purse ‘actual criminal activity’ than waste the precious man power on lengthy drug arrests which also backlog our criminal justice system…yeah there will b the knuckleheads without I’d’s and who cannot or chose to ignore the ticket/fine…that falls in the catagory of ignorance and will be handled differently…

    So , come one come all to the greatest city on earth and enjoy our majestic skyline…better in person than on the telly…as you fire up a sparky…tightly rolled…. resting on this lakefront oasis…but keep that quantity below 15 grams and some extra $$ just in case…Home of the Blues and birthplace to The Church’s first Chicago appearance in 1984 at the legendary Cabaret Metro, though they enjoy the refined Park West (perfect acoustics) on many recent tours…which once was a burlesque house…

    Holding a special gift just @ 15 grams for ya Killer…see ya next tour states side !!!
    Also know of some excellent veg spots…and a Unicorn Resale Shop- actually a head shop…
    but who wouldn’t want to puff the magic bong of Unicorn Horn…

    Daz
    (we have 6 million + people who will be sweltering in 105+ heat on Thursday …please b careful)

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 28 June 2012 at 4:45 pm #

      sanity prevailing in the windy city, eh?

      • avatar
        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 28 June 2012 at 8:02 pm #

        Finally !!!

        We will always have a table waiting here for you…

        Or more importantly…

        A moonlit stage.

        Daz

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 2 July 2012 at 12:29 am #

      they should legalize it – no gang violence/no profit anymore …just no driving on the stuff.

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    Chris | 28 June 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    “The unicorn is a legendary animal from European folklore that resembles a white horse with a large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead, and sometimes a goat’s beard and cloven hooves. First mentioned by the ancient Greeks, it became the most important imaginary animal of the Middle Ages and Renaissance when it was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin. In the encyclopedias its horn was said to have the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness. Until the 19th century, belief in unicorns was widespread among historians, alchemists, writers, poets, naturalists, physicians, and theologians.” Ah…modern rationalists beware…

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      DavidP | 3 July 2012 at 2:16 am #

      “symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin. In the encyclopedias its horn was said to have the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness.”
      – sounds like Christ doesn’t it. Also sounds symbolic of sexual alchemy and its transformative affects.

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    Chris | 28 June 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    Just bought‘Magician Among the Spirits & Some’,‘After Everything Now This’,‘Hologram of Baal’,‘El Momento Siguiente’,‘Uninvited Like the Clouds’,‘Box of Birds’and‘Parallel Universe’ on CD…some great hours of listening coming up!

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    veleska1970 | 28 June 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    awwww….snuffly. how precious is that? and scarlet deserves one. 😉

  31. Jmb066
    Jmb066 | 28 June 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    The Slow Crack is now complete, my 1st solo album purchase many years ago and still special to this day. I hope all here are checking the Bandcamp section. I know a lot of us may already have a majority of these albums in physical form, if not this is a great way to get them if you do not. I have moved to almost all digital now and this site makes it so easy to support Steve and get the tracks that I need. Look forward to upcoming releases and future projects.

    Thank you Steve your always are looking out for your fans in more ways than one.

    Jason

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    david | 28 June 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    Dr. Kildare the Humans are freakin me out again…..

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    M E M | 29 June 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    Where are my glasses I can’t ready

    Anything without them

    All this auto capitalization, it’s
    Bothersome

    My huge fingers trying to type on
    This tiny pop up keyboard

    I type mostly with my thumb now
    One handed (yes, I’ve developed the

    Dexterity) It’s the device!

    Is spellcheck working? I can’t tell an
    Angel from an angle…

    How embarrassing for me?
    A magical beasty

    May muse, sweet
    Blessed muse be good to

    Us all.

    Lets see, in unicorn years would make me a
    1,149 year old…

    Just a babe…

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    Chris | 29 June 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Like this description from you a while back, sk:

    the right amount of tradition and innovation
    the right ratio of new and old
    the right mixture of prowess and intuition
    music that could contain destruction and creation and sex and soul
    all at once mysteriously reconciling everything
    the beat of africa its urgency its earthly compulsion
    the sub-continental drone of the eternal spirit like a mesmeric trance
    the scientific mathematical european intelligence as applied to music

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    anthony | 30 June 2012 at 12:15 am #

    even unicorns can’t escape man’s hunger for meat. http://www.thinkgeek.com/caffeine/wacky-edibles/e5a7/

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    davem | 30 June 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    Well I ended up without music last night.
    Bunnymen rained off….
    But Stone Roses tomorrow and BJM a week on Monday.
    Ricki – if you’re reading this are you hanging out in Brum during the day?

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    hellbound heart | 30 June 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    I’ve recently made very close friends with someone who loves the same kind of music that I do…..it’s unreal to see the same expression of joy on his face that I know I have when we listen to music…..cool
    <3
    ps…I have a scruffy!!!! She's a fluffy little white dog….

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    Anonymous | 1 July 2012 at 2:39 am #

    soon going up to Montreal to see if I can find an old friend from high school – then onto Greenland… never been. But:!!! the friend I’m looking to find in Greenland (if lucky) when I was young lived in a place with a really pretty name: Half Moon Bay – and he raised/sold little pigmy goats/horses, etc. AND had a couple little creatures that had only one horn (and were horses, not goats) My mother’s boyfriend brougt one home for me one day – but mom wouldn’t let me keep her. Anyway later in my 20s the old guy who raised these and I became friends and stayed in touch until I heard he moved away… now informed he’s retired up in Greenland – I was going there anyway, never’ve been and want to see the very north… If I find him and he still has little unicorns: Scarlet can get one?!!! I’ll email the timebeing pics/way to get in touch with the man. Wish Scarlet luck, and she gets her unicorn. I remember them (the one I had for a couple of days) to be very sweet/gentle and very easy to fall in love with.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 1 July 2012 at 6:01 am #

    The more n more I
    drift in2 the song ‘Stardust’ …
    I repeat inside my head that…
    this may be the greatest song that
    ‘the church’ and your sire – may have ever
    written. For those who do not know, please find
    this perfect eloquent song and play it as loud as
    neighborly possible as the dusk softly approaches,
    press repeat forever and let yourself go. This maybe the
    most hypnotic phrases SK has ever composed. So modern
    yet dark n mature. No song like it since its creation, no song
    can match it today. PK * TP * SK * MWP * paint a sonic
    sound scape that cheats time _ 30+ years n still in business,
    top that phukerz !!!
    Absoulutely Brilliant ;*)

    ~ now here repeat again ~

    Thanks SK=^}
    helps take the pain
    away…

    Daz

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 1 July 2012 at 9:16 am #

      dad if that takes away the fucking pain then i’m all for it
      yeah no one talks about stardust much but deadpans hand had some great stuff on it
      sk

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 1 July 2012 at 9:23 am #

        Ur blog vid of Dakota always stays lached to the strains inside….
        So quaint and emotional, makes that song a bighter gem if even possible…
        U have no clue…
        Yes, u do…yes u most certainly do…
        Music is pain relief, and some fragments are just more potent…
        Have a great Weekend …Papa…

        Thanx for the escapes…

        • avatar
          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 1 July 2012 at 9:25 am #

          I’m not well…

          • avatar
            BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 1 July 2012 at 9:27 am #

            Neck went out…
            This pain SUX…
            Such is…

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    Serge Zéni | 1 July 2012 at 6:24 am #

    Hi Steve!
    I’m about to relocate all your solo albums/collaborations. Many of them are in great shape… Some have disappeared… The extremely rare Fake + the instrumental CD is almost inaudible (sigh…), so I’ll probably download some more items from Bandcamp.
    Have a great weekend,
    Serge.

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 1 July 2012 at 9:15 am #

      fake will be coming to bandcamp soon serge !

      • avatar
        Serge Zéni | 2 July 2012 at 6:48 am #

        GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Lots of releases that I never heard of, like the 2nd “Gilt Trip” album.
        Love you guys!
        Serge.

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    colette | 1 July 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Missing Biscuits – You Did It
    by Kohl Ette on Saturday, 30 June 2012 at 00:44 ·
    I always thought I was being accused, persecuted
    regarding the missing biscuit affair
    you know the one where I was said
    to have climbed up to the top cupboard
    and taken the chocolate bikkies
    as well as eaten them?
    I told the truth and said i didn’t
    but I was not forgiven so bidden
    to admit I did it.
    So for peace and to please
    I ceded.
    For a long time
    I felt hard done by
    like Silas Marner
    banished to a land of exile
    alienated from my life
    until tonight I realised
    how bright you were saying I am.
    As a child I would instinctively know
    where to go to find
    a hidden chocolate fix
    and have the agility
    and ability to reach it.
    To scale without flailing
    to eat and conceal, no finger prints
    nothing.
    To bite quietly
    and enjoy slyly so even i
    was none the wiser.
    Thank you.
    For someone so smart
    I am quite slow.
    This only took me
    forty three years to know.

    (Moral of the story, it is madness to admit being wrong when you know you’re right).

    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 1 July 2012 at 2:22 pm #

      That’s brilliant stuff Colly !!!

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    colette | 1 July 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Very kind. I appreciate your appreciation, having been told by a close family member this afternoon that he’s not into poetry.

    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 4 July 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      But that’s ok, my bride is so engrossed in her labors that she has gone adrift from her cultural beginnings. I love her so, funny just the other day I was toddling with my Carvin and I knew she was listening so I played the beginning of ‘Freewill’ because shez very familiar with Rush and iv jersey her singsong, we have seen them together at least 7 times and she asked what song I was strumming and I simply unplugged and put my guitar away. She thought I was angry with her, I replied with a hint of sadness…”they’ve taken so much of your time, even when your here at home…now it seems they’ve take some of your glow”…but that’s ok…she must keep churning away in this hectic paced world we madenlaid upon ourselves. I am medically retired , have been since 2009…will be til my final days. I have the luxury of creativity and slipping away into a song, a new found book, a wonderful TTB blog She has to watch the clock…its always moving forward in commerce. My clock has been idled for so time now.

      I’m ok with her losing part of herself, I just worry about them taking those final important pieces. The ability to laugh and smile, the emotions set forward by a single warm tear.
      She should be ok…so hopefully will yours…
      If I see the light continue to fade, I will gladly klunk her upon the head…LOLOLOL !!!
      Will you do the same??? LOLOLO ???!!!!!

      AzAlwayz,
      Daz


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