posted on February 26, 2008 at 7:41 pm

its a thundery morning in north bondi
my 4 girls sleep on
elli n minna sleep on round the corner too
am i lucky?
i am
i am a very lucky man
my daughters
my wife
my friends who are all of you
im always so touched by your concern
im sitting here wearing a krsna/vishnu long sleeve t shirt
given to me by ms x
who has also given me some of the most amazing art supplies ever
stuff i never heard of, never woulda bought
all picked out with originality and flair
always exactly what i needed
even if i didnt know it
she sends my kids wonderful art supplies too
which ALL children love
she sent me these new pastels called pan pastels
applied with different applicators
its enough to get me going on a new painting spree
i wasnt real happy with my last lot of paintings
not the ones that went missing…they were good
just the ones before that
its like songwriting periods
sometimes you churning em out
sometimes youve been inspired
well now
im inspired
and im inspired about music
and im inspired about words
and im inspired about the rich knowledge
that flows to me in my fifties
the fruit of years of struggling and yearning
let me tell you being fifty three is not all bad
dont fear middle age you younger fiendss out there
i have no desire to be 23 no no no no
only for the time it would give me
but each man gets only one life as that man
and as painful as it must be
we will have to relinquish our masks….
i am learning about paint and pastels at a rapid rate
oh all those wasted years…
music too
my voice….
learning how to use it
what it is capable of…
yesterday after all the money baloney
i drive out to tims
when i get there
we worked not on new church album
as i thought we would
but we finished up work on the shriek soundtrack
the churches soundtrack for the book “shriek”
a weird fantasy by jeff vandermeer
tim and i had such a blast
we locked in our intentions
we secured a modus operandi
and we nailed it
using passages from the book
i sang screamed whispered pleaded ranted and raved
over the top of the churches roiling boiling music
guitars flutter and float and shake and shudder
we added some strings and leslied piano
tim jumps in shadowing my voice perfectly
almost everything we do is right!
that happens with painting too
everything you do is right
like some hand guides you
like some intelligence feeds you the clues
sometimes you can do no wrong
i play some accoustic guitar
it changes the angle of the tracks
my basslines are sexy and snaky
i go in the laundry and bang tims washing machine
with mallets
and all the drum bits hanging up in there
and tim does what sounds like a looping sample
of some old egyptian guy praying or something
and i go in with some chanting and grunting
very maori says tim smiling
we just add and add
tim does his studio trickery on the computer
work on into the night
i had a goodtime
and we finished it
the long lonely drive from tims to home
in the rain
listen to kate bushes aerial and rocknroll animal
although not an extreme fan of twin lead guitar harmony solos
the guitar playing on this is gloriously celestial
intertwining and climbing
steve hunter and dick wagner these guys were called
and the arrangements on here are almost classical in detail
in 1974 this album knocked my socks off
it makes the drive back to bondi more bearable
over anzac bridge
down the tunnel
up in rushcutters bay
up the hill in belvue heights (however ya spell it)
down the other side into vaucluse
then bondi
the rain abates
not a bad days work
things arent so bad
just financial…
its still a worry tho’
not for my sake
i can live on literally nothing
and i have
but fambleys need money
and ya gotta get that soy bacon on the table
nose to grindstone!

33 Responses to “re evaluation”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 February 2008 at 9:19 pm #

    Probably the most enjoyable blog that I have ever read from you sir.
    My wish and my prayer for you is that some good vibes come your way soon.
    But it sounds like you’ve already found them on your own without my help.
    Rock and Roll Animal is one of my favorite albums of all time.
    Sweet Jane should always be turned up loud!!!
    Those guys went on to play with Alice Cooper as well.
    Have a great day Steve.
    Nite nite.

    Tampa, Fl

  2. avatar
    fantasticandy | 26 February 2008 at 9:33 pm #

    they then went on to play with peter gabriel too.
    i had a great day also.
    carl and i nailed a lovely piece,
    something that had been put to one side some time ago…..
    we launched into it with renewed gusto…..
    what a result bit of accoustic here…little touch of mellotron there…ahhhh…bliss!
    happy days my friend!
    andy L.

  3. avatar
    mandn | 26 February 2008 at 9:51 pm #

    Hallo Orpheus,

    Filter mag just gave your DVD a nice shout-out:

    now off to read the blog.


  4. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 26 February 2008 at 10:17 pm #

    Sk belies age like a freak of nature. His first great vocal album was Unearthed when he was 32. Starfish at 34. The fantastic Priest=Aura at 38. So his greatness commenced at 38 and unabatedly advanced till the age of 53. The best is still yet to come. Jeff Beck did not hit his guitar virtuoso prime until age 47. At 63 he’s better than ever. SK and JB are God’s marvels. I became a was when I hit 40.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 February 2008 at 10:46 pm #

    i was reading this month’s readers digest this morning (as one does in the early hours) and it had an article on the link between gratitude and health…the obvious conclusion was that people who have the ability to be or at least focus on being grateful are much healthier than those who focus on the negatives…better sleep, better health, better all…easier said than done but the idea is to try everyday and remember things to be grateful for…as per case study, 7 dollars in pocket (probably has dwindled by now) but a rich and rewarding creative and family life…


  6. avatar
    princey | 26 February 2008 at 10:55 pm #

    I’m so glad to hear everythings looking brighter for you sk, it seems studio therapy work’s wonders for all you muso’s!
    And I agree, ageing isn’t something to fear, being an “ageing groupie” (as that lovely person called me yesterday) keeps me young at heart and it’s so much fun!(maybe not for you tho sk haha) Just cos I’m 42 doesn’t mean I can’t love my favourite musician/poet/painter/person, and attend all his gigs does it?! You bring me happiness, what more can I say.

    Have a great day sk.
    Love Amanda

  7. avatar
    matt davison | 26 February 2008 at 11:29 pm #

    Yeah babbe thats the stuff…. and get that mutha fuckin mofo thats been in2 yr dough.

    MTHE d2 THE c

  8. avatar
    sharim | 27 February 2008 at 12:02 am #

    Hey Steve! I’m a fan. Have been for a while now and I love reading the blog. Thanks for sharing!

  9. avatar
    markobears | 27 February 2008 at 12:28 am #

    You are very lucky. Art, Adventure, freinds and a happy family. All that stuff has vanished from my life like 10 years ago. I hate getting older, I hate death i hate time. I wanna live forever but i dont wanna age. (O:

  10. avatar
    veleska1970 | 27 February 2008 at 1:08 am #

    your comment from yesterday:
    “please guys
    this wasnt a plea for you all to send money”
    whoops~~too late. it’s already done. 🙂

    “but fambleys need money”
    yes, and that’s why i did it. i’ve had to stretch $20 for about a month, and invented all sorts of new recipes with a single jar of peanut butter **gasp**, but that was before i had a fambley. besides, i am just paying forward from somebody helping me, albeit just a little bit, when i can afford to.

    happy to see you’re feeling better. spending times with a good friend doing what you love to do is quite the mood-lifter, isn’t it?

    lotza love….

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2008 at 1:53 am #

    it’s good isn’t it, ….it seems to be the way it is. (Unless you find yourself in jail or some addicted hell), things always turn out OK. You wake up, do a bit of this and that and yr back on the road, back ‘on the bus’. And yes, getting the nose to the grindstone, doing some solid work usually does the trick.
    ‘Life’s not meant to be a struggle’ is a common new age platitude, but it’s true, life’s meant to be nice stroll in the park on a sunny day (with the occasional thunderstorm to keep it in perspective)

  12. avatar
    MEM | 27 February 2008 at 2:01 am #

    sorry to hear those paintings are still ‘out there’ in the abyss…

    i know about living on mere nothing… a consequence of following the path?

    artistry? passion? ones true calling? unwillingness to play the game?

    maybe. i’m not sure.

    but what fine things you continue to do!

    prayers will be offered to the green goddess
    of blessings…



  13. avatar
    melissa | 27 February 2008 at 2:05 am #

    Steve, your inspiration and creativity never fails to inspire me also.

    Thanks so much for sharing a wonderful read with us this morning 😉

    Lotsa luck and best wishes to you!

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2008 at 2:09 am #

    the more music you make baby…
    the more babies I sell…
    and the more I get to buy for my babies and you for yours,
    bring the pain…all of it…
    I have this..
    they call it bliss…


  15. avatar
    linjo | 27 February 2008 at 2:15 am #

    Hope you get lots of Bpays for your wonderful philosophical thoughts from those more financial than myself Steve. Had to cut up my b/c been a naughty girl! Hope you dont even regret those “wasted years” as they brought you indirectly to the love you have now. Just a bit of cash and life would be perf! same here, well almost.
    Linda X

  16. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 27 February 2008 at 3:59 am #

    you go girl…
    Ne ik’O’

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2008 at 4:19 am #

    yeah,right .

  18. avatar
    Ethereal Butterfly | 27 February 2008 at 5:59 am #

    That’s the spirit!!!!

    Have to agree with you M @ 9:46- counting my blessings always sets me on the right path…….


  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2008 at 6:21 am #

    grateful?for what..oh,am so grateful.thank you god,head of the church,for all i should be grateful for…ha.scraps

  20. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 27 February 2008 at 6:30 am #

    so tell me, steve, how was tim’s washing machine after you’d been at it with a mallet…when’s the shriek thingy coming out…i’ll help you put the tofu on the table…put out some new cd’s and i’ll buy ’em!!
    love always…
    ps Q: how many mice does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    A: two if they’re small enough…
    oh well i thought it was funny, anyway…

  21. avatar
    matt davison | 27 February 2008 at 7:55 am #

    Manne, I am aMAZING….)))) Oh- wrong blog!!!


    from JEPO FM.

  22. avatar
    linjo | 27 February 2008 at 8:28 am #

    handsome staff!

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2008 at 10:39 am #

    nothing brings peace to the musical beasts ,like a good BANG in the laundry!;D

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2008 at 1:38 pm #

    so when does the Shriek soundtrack come out on cd? people could buy that and put some $ in your pocket 🙂

  25. avatar
    matthew | 27 February 2008 at 2:04 pm #

    Lovely reading about your session with Tim… Leslied piano – marvellous stuff. Thanks SK.

  26. avatar
    blackeyes | 27 February 2008 at 2:40 pm #

    i was just wanting to say it, exactly, yes, how lovely it is to read the process of creating, and yes, Leslied piano…

    lovely. really enjoyed it.

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2008 at 2:46 pm #

    In 1974 and 1975, David Bowie wrote a column for a teenage girls’ mag called Mirabelle. In January 1975, he wrote that Mick Ronson was in New York, working with Lou Reed. This would have been fascinating stuff and Lou was working on demos at the time, but nothing ever surfaced. The truth turns out to be that Ronno did hang out with Lou in NY at that time, just before going back to the UK to start Ian Hunter’s first solo album – but there was never any question of him playing on Lou’s stuff at that point. Oh and the Mirabelle column wasn’t written by Bowie himself, it was written by Cherry Vanilla. Ronno is still the best guitarist and collaborator that both Bowie and Reed have ever had.

  28. avatar
    davem | 27 February 2008 at 7:20 pm #

    Good evening my hero.
    Glad to read todays blog and catch you in much better spirits.
    I hope the paypal bits and bobs are flying in. TTB’s one of the best things in my day – if you ain’t coughing up your subs fellow fiends then shame on you.
    Now I’m off to listen to some Kilbey…

  29. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 27 February 2008 at 7:54 pm #

    “Heading South” is just a perfect song that stands out like a priceless gem in the “Back With Two Beasts” CD. It was pleasantly replaying in my dream-world last night and it negated my usual nocturnal mental demons that ravage my subconscious psyche.

  30. avatar
    Matt Davyddson | 27 February 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    Manne Matty D you’re a total embarrassment to the name.

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 February 2008 at 10:15 pm #

    While you’re inspired to create & build the coffers, how’s about a church gig to satisfy our hunger till the new album launch (hoping there’ll be one). We’re starving here in Sydney. I could easily watch a repeat of the space rock Basement show.

    You haven’t mentioned Marty for a while, he hasn’t jumped ship has he? Did Mick make him an offer he couldn’t refuse?

    To bring in wealth, try hanging 3 Chinese coins tied together with red ribbon behind the front door. They don’t cost much, it’s worth a try.

    All the best sk
    Lady Di

  32. avatar
    eek | 28 February 2008 at 10:46 am #

    almost everything we do is right!

    Don’t you love when that happens? Such a fantastic feeling. And then we get to hear and see the results. Most definitely a win-win situation!

  33. avatar
    real387 | 12 February 2009 at 10:55 pm #

    Hey. join my blog please.

    it would be great if you did. you’ve met my parents before. they went backstage at myrtle beach with you.

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