posted on July 5, 2006 at 2:02 am

my mother, joycie is reading my blogg again
shes reconciled to one or 2 f$#*&s
but not too many
or she’ll pull the plug
mother
this blogg is swearing free for you
because buddha says
if you had to carry both your parents on your back
for the rest of your life
you could never repay them everything you owe

buddhas brother ray said
thats ok for buddha
he left home and became a prophet
and i was left at home
with mum n dad
to look after on my own

anyway
lotta nice comments pouring in from all over the globe
its as hard to take a compliment as an insult
sometimes
dont think ive gone soft fiendss
dont think ive gone all sentimental on ya
not mee, boy..
thats for sure
lotta people write in n say
deer sk
tell us about songwriting
yes my friends
a very interesting subject
mmm
what is a song?
how do ya write em?
why do ya write em?
where n when do ya write em?
for whom are they written?
etc
ok fiendss
this is a big topic
songs are spells
songs make you feel happy n sad at once
songs are magic, arent they
some of em are
they should be
if they arent yer wasting everybodies time
you dont often write a magic song straight up
ist time round
(but you might…thats the magic)
some people just got the gift
you cant compete with that
you can try n cultivate the gift
thats what i did
i didnt exactly have it
i approached it intellectually
i figured out how it was being done
and i learnt how to do it
years later a bit of the “gift”
was uncovered
my ego had been keeping it under wraps
cos it knew that i wouldnt need it
if i could get at the “gift”
anyway now i run on a mixture of the gift n ego/intellect
a lil bit of soul i guess
i dont really have the “rhythm”
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SHORT SK SCHEMA
europe = melody, harmony
india = drone, improvisation
africa=rhythm, blues
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wow
i like doing that thing with the asterisks
you just hold down the * for as long as you like

anyway
either you got it or you dont
you know in yer heart of hearts if you do
no one else can tell ya that you do or dont
songwriting is quite easy when you know how
but seemingly impenetratable from the outside
i used to sit there when i was sixteen
with my guitar or bass
trying to summon up a song that refused to appear
theres 3 hundred songs of mine youve never heard
theyre all pretty rotten by my standards
but some of you may like em
i dont ever wanna hear em again thats for sure
its an unteachable thing really, in a way
songwriting, i mean…
i mean
i cant really explain the processes
words fly into yer head
music comes out of the fingers
i gotta computer in my head
running scans on the song thats being written
checking for a number of criteria…..
ulp!

interruption
the blogger system is unstable baybee
im gonna post this little nugget incomplete as it is
oh and if youre a completist
try to get’ going down swinging’ book n cd
wherein on cd i perform the glazier
a poem
you might like to hear
just came out i guess
lotsa love
sk

55 Responses to “sees arizona standin’ ten feet tall”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 July 2006 at 3:48 am #

    Dear SK,

    Do read your blog every day, need the daily fix, am guilty of not commenting enough.

    Re KevinN’s comment about the DVD of Budapest concert. Please please please release it, it will be sold out,all us unlucky people who didn’t see the concerts want to see it.

    D & I will be thinking of question for July 7.

    Love Therese

  2. avatar
    Azza | 5 July 2006 at 4:14 am #

    Me too, me too. I’d buy the DVD as soon as it came out. I went home the night of that blog and told mey girl,”I want to go to Hungary for a holiday, they way SK described it, it sounds like the place to be.
    I’ve often wondered about writing songs. I don’t think I have the gift, maybe it will bite me later in life, at the moment I wouldn’t know where to start. L’m going to look out for the book, it doesnt look like it has hit Amazon yet..

  3. avatar
    pharaoh | 5 July 2006 at 4:18 am #

    Dear Steve,

    I have felt bad reading your recent blogs, seems I am one of the ’empty spaces’ that hasn’t commented in a week or two… but as so many others said, I still read every entry. More often than not im just intimidated by your writing (as well as some very talented regular commenters) and don’t feel like I have anything new to contribute.

    But I just wanted to say whether it be touring anecdotes, nostalgic reveries, surrealist prose or political rants… I always enjoy your words and thoughts.

    It’s great to hear you talk about songwriting, particularly your workshop with the teens. I would have given my left kidney as a teen (or even now) to experience that… I hope they appreciated it. Though I fear I would probably be a bit of a pain in the bum and not very productive… i would just want to learn and jam SK songs with you.

    ‘Steve, lets play Gloriana i know the lead’ or ‘Teach me the bassline for Constant in Opal’.

    much love,

    James,
    Brisbane

  4. avatar
    Andrew Grimm | 5 July 2006 at 5:00 am #

    steve,

    i like the idea of the song as a spell… i find the words show up and then kind of slink back into the dark. same thing with melodies and progressions… i’m not sure if you do the same thing but for the past year i’ve been recording music stuff and then forming the lyrics over top… usually mumbling a few choice words and then stringing them together until i have a good combination and then a thematic constant.

    also started writing on different instruments is a release for sure… banjo, mandolin…

    your lyrics always have two great sides… the psychadelic diction and turn of phrase… “This could have been/ such sweet thing” great pauseand delivery… oh yeah…

    so i’ve got a fever
    and i’m growing fainter
    i’m a dim receiver
    i’m a cold war painter…

    brilliant!

    cool stuff…

    write back if you like

  5. avatar
    skyintheairwaves | 5 July 2006 at 6:36 am #

    priest = aura
    nun = nova
    bishop = candle

  6. avatar
    sue cee | 5 July 2006 at 6:43 am #

    Questions for SK: Im getting in early, my previous questions were in the moment and this is now.

    These are Fill in the Blanks type questions. You have till the 8th to answer them but early is ok, do not talk to the person sitting next to you, make sure you check it before you hand it in…your time starts now! Your marks will be based on originality or honesty but you’ll lose points if you’re late. Oh the pressure! Just kidding, looking f/w to you hopefully answering these.

    If you get stuck on anything, just do what I do and answer ‘John Lennon’. You wont lose any marks for that!

    The colour purple is………………………………………………

    In a play or movie I’d love to play the character …………………………………………………………………

    Jazz is ………………………………………………………………………

    I wish I’d written the movie score for ………………………………………………………………………………………

    My epitaph should read …………………………………………………………… but most likely it will say ………………………………………………………………………

    If I could score the Tardis I would visit …………………………………………………………………because ………………………………………………………………………………………………

    I know I could do a really good cover version of ………………………………………………………………………

    I think the band could do a really good cover version of …………………………………………………………

    Astrology is …………………….

    If I could go back in time, the first song I’d redo is ………………………………………………

    Luxury should reside …………………………………

    When i was in Venice ……………………………………………………………………

    Johnny Rotten …………………………………………………………………

    I think the invisible rabbit …………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    I want ………………… on my ……………………………..

    I wish ………………….. hadn’t broken up

    I hope my mum thinks I’m ………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    I really want my kids to ………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    I have to stop here before I get carried away!
    **********************************************

    Yeah, that is fun 🙂

    Steve, some keyboard shortcuts to save you RSI – highlight the text first though.

    CTRL+C –copy
    CTRL+V –paste
    CTRL+X –cut
    CTRL+Z — undo
    CTRL+Y — redo
    CTRL+A — select all
    CTRL+P – print
    CTRL+S –save

    love Sue
    x

  7. avatar
    bluebell | 5 July 2006 at 6:59 am #

    so can you tell us why you’re quitting blogsville, I mean really really why?
    i think you’ll miss us as much as we’ll miss you
    you didn’t know there was still that much love around for you
    did you?
    and now you’re addicted to it?
    where can you get an instant fix of real emotion like you get here most days?
    thanks for sharing
    but how about a rethink on pulling the plug?

  8. avatar
    sue cee | 5 July 2006 at 7:04 am #

    Yes, you’re allowed to change your mind you know!

  9. avatar
    captainmission | 5 July 2006 at 7:46 am #

    hiya steve, thats a brilliantly origional response to what a song is, i loved reading your thoughts as i am a compulsive songwriter who kinda just ‘channels’ my songs and then look at them thinking, ‘oh, wonder where that came from?’
    i never thought about the ‘spell’ aspect before, i guess, the line, ‘all my songs are coming true’ is a good example of how evocation/invocation kinda works. i know a number of writers also write in this way, creating a situation in their narrative and then it manifests as an actual situation in life, most of the writers say they don’t mean to manifest these situations, and some actually use it as a concious act. anyways intresting stuff,

  10. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 5 July 2006 at 8:49 am #

    me am feeling ya, just got back from ye ole bj’s tavern for 4th of July fix and mix, me will have 3 questions for you on the 7th…
    me am Ne iko, me am mjnjr, and me am Jonny Hollywood at the moment…

  11. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 5 July 2006 at 9:14 am #

    the boy/girl thing will be endlessly explored in song but
    A well read lyricist
    A well lived, not recommending hard-living,
    make for more than one-note wonders
    Better vocabulary
    More nails hit squarely on the head
    And more songs about other aspects of life too
    ***********************

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 July 2006 at 9:57 am #

    Hi SK,

    Very insightful on the songwriting front. I can write a nice riff, enhance an already formulated song idea, but can I come up with a song from scratch. No chance. But you’ve hit the nail of reason on the head. A large percentive of writing is just sheer hard work and dedication. And I just don’t have the drive to do it.

    I don’t want to sound pathetic but thankyou for the hours/weeks/years of hard work you’ve put in that we reap the rewards of with our listening pleasure.

    Legend !

    Padders

  13. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 5 July 2006 at 10:04 am #

    sk
    i’d love to hear anything you have to say
    about songwriting and poetry
    but i also know it’s folly
    to write about your life’s work
    instead of working at your life’s work
    so thanks for the blog on the side
    one more thing amongst talk of gifts and such
    finishing a song is a natural high
    full of those swimming endorphins
    i believe
    i often call it the “yes” feeling
    that moment when you realize
    you’re on to something
    and you nod and smile and say “yeah!”
    to no one in particular
    except the pete townshend poster
    and “sk in bondi” print
    hanging on the studio wall…
    loveya, tp

  14. avatar
    sue cee | 5 July 2006 at 10:09 am #

    so right, you cant teach it
    same with poetry
    or art
    you can learn a technique
    but to be original
    takes talent
    i know kids who can hit the right keys on a piano
    but they dont like music
    you can hear that in their playing

  15. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 5 July 2006 at 10:38 am #

    How cute that you posted “swearing free” for your mother today. Not matter how old we get we tend to still modify our behaviour when our parents are around. I have found with time that you become your parents. Pretty scary really!

  16. avatar
    Daberhasher | 5 July 2006 at 11:03 am #

    oi boyo, how about another podcast with you and your bruddahs, talking about your fave tunes over these many moons… but only after you straighten up your studio, you Virgo slacker……..
    loved the eurindica equation…
    ah, there’s me new question, indica or sativa???
    or somewhere in the middle, oh purveyor of the white widow???

    aloha,
    ee

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 July 2006 at 11:50 am #

    I don’t care how modest you try to be sk, you were born with “the gift”. You’re songs have everything…magic, love, they cast a spell on all who listen (well on me anyway!). I wish you could have told us more, maybe next time.

    Love
    Amanda P

  18. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 5 July 2006 at 12:48 pm #

    The Glazier is pretty! You could read ingredients off I think and make it sound nice..

  19. avatar
    MarkM | 5 July 2006 at 1:08 pm #

    Thanks for the words Steve – I always enjoy reading songwriters thoughts on where their ideas come from.

    I’ve heard McCartney say they’ve come to him in dreams or that Paul Simon works sometimes for weeks obsessing about one song or sometimes simply a lyric or a chord progression, he studied other peoples songs long and hard in his youth, Elvis Costello too – worked real hard to write and arrange most of his stuff particularly from Spike onwards.

    …and it’s always encouraging to hear that’s it’s still difficult for those who’ve written a lot…that it doesn’t always just come easy…that it has to be approached with “intellect” – the “gift” though I think is writing in such a way that you make others FEEL something when they listen to what you’ve written – and there ain’t no doubt that you have done that many times over….
    Cheers
    MarkM…..looking forward to the second instalment of the incomplete bloggie

  20. avatar
    John Garratt | 5 July 2006 at 1:30 pm #

    *****************************

    You’re right, that is fun.

    John

  21. avatar
    gavgams | 5 July 2006 at 1:41 pm #

    Sorry I been missin on the bloggie. Will try a little less hard to write thoughtful comments but more of em, perhaps.

    As to Churchy songwriting: I love the music, but I love it sweeter when a line or two captures or reverberates an emotional energy. eg:
    “In the valley of death
    you’ll be breathless, but free”.

    Sometimes it can be a seemingly lesser thing that sais so much:
    “Water all my orchids, save my dynasty”
    Believe it or not, this line turned me into a cultivator of orchids. Some kind of opulence. Orchids can live for ever, by the way. New bulb grows, back bulb dies. Plant lives on and on.

    SK gets pretty down on the state of things sometimes, but also, people, don’t forget SK has written lines like “…gorgeous machines / In this century of wonder”. Yea. Whether good or bad, wonder in this age of technological revolution is the purest of responses.. the noblest of minds, like the savage in Brave New World, the grandeur of Shakespeare. To me lines like these are sublime. On ya SK.

  22. avatar
    CouldBeAnyone | 5 July 2006 at 1:46 pm #

    I’m one who finds songwriting impenetrable. I have tried, and I believe there is a song or two trapped in there somewhere.

    For now, I’ve found another creative outlet so the trapped songs or whatever they are don’t torment me.

    I am glad you find songwriting easy.

    Ann

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  24. avatar
    Renee | 5 July 2006 at 2:46 pm #

    It’s kind of funny, I just recently was thinking about the effect that a song can have on a individual,
    what is it that makes a really great song,
    the lyrics, the music, a great voice, a really hot singer? I don’t know!
    But I recently heard a remake of under the milky way, done by Grant Lee Phillips,
    he used to be with Grant Lee Buffalo back in the 80’s. He did this whole ablbum of 80’s remakes (I didn’t know it when i got it) anyhow, I saw the song and thought, oh geez this is gonna suck, but I was surprised, the song evoked the same feeling that the original version always had.
    Songs are like keys, which unlock our subconcious,
    they strike a chord which reverberates within our soul and we feel an emotional connection.
    It truly is a magical and rare thing, i find myself endlessly searching for that experience with other musical artists.
    Once in awhile it happens, and it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world!
    SK just seems to have a tremendous ability to strike that chord within me more frequently than most!
    Thank you 🙂

  25. avatar
    matthew | 5 July 2006 at 3:28 pm #

    Mwybe these boys want to be do some blogging? That’s a header I never thought I’d see… cue big synthy brass stabs… nice one sk.

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 July 2006 at 4:01 pm #

    Slippery salmons all over the place…. this songwriting stuff.

  27. avatar
    baby | 5 July 2006 at 4:13 pm #

    phoenix rising from the flames
    arizona was 114 degrees in april 86
    ripped & raw her voice at door

    make magik for us…

  28. avatar
    buzby | 5 July 2006 at 4:41 pm #

    hey stevie… catchin up on yon blogge and read awhile back that you are thinkin of maybe doin a ‘roco/doco’ with some foot-age you just got. lemmeno if you want any help on that. that’s my thing, it’s what i do. i think that would be fun…

    anyway, here’s my werky site (www.adam-stockett.com) if ya intasted now or later. it’s mostly offensive advertising on there now(haven’t figured how to get my drums to pay my bills yet), but that’s why i’d rather do stuff like roco/doco’s just for the fun of it.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 July 2006 at 4:55 pm #

    Fascinating to hear great songwriters describe the process in a similar way.

    I heard Robyn Hitchcock say about it: “you get a message, like, you’ve got mail but instead of Meg Ryan or Tom Hanks you’ve got the dawn of a song and you have to ease it out. the most satisfying thing about writing songs is that you have no idea it’s there and don’t know what it is. you see something struggling in a sack and then pull it out to find out what kind of beast it is, like unwrapping your song. The gift of the unconscious.”

  30. avatar
    Drzej | 5 July 2006 at 4:55 pm #

    I share my morning coffee and spliff with ya SK, be it yr words or yr music. Either way, the remittances from a fellow creative soul are welcomed on a near-daily basis, whether I add my 2 cents or not. What would I say anyway?

    Well, I’ll say that I maybe, possibly hear a lil’ tiny bit o’ 1st LP Jack Frost w/Grant on this newest Church gem.

    Drunken ants. There’s a thought for today. Yesterday my cat was actively pursuing a large black wall-bound moth up and down the loft. Dunno if she actually ever caught it as I fell back asleep after her 6AM brekkie.

    Stay lovely…

    Drzej

  31. avatar
    isolde | 5 July 2006 at 5:24 pm #

    dear glassman speaketh loved the glazier before it slipppeth off the edge of kh mmm wordy player of my heart think you not pomes come from love n laughter arrive in winged chariot of their own accord, like painting or sculpture, channel the energy the words and colours and paper have their own agenda … and just need a little arranging like flowers in a vase. printmaking with a press now that’s magick, did me some glaciers like shards of glass so lovely, ultramarine blue with a bit of sepia, and white white white … paint the light good knight

  32. avatar
    davem | 5 July 2006 at 7:25 pm #

    Message to SK,
    The gift?…you didn’t exactly have it? Crumbs….I’ve been wasting my money all these years. Would like to know who you think has “got it” compared to you….I must’ve missed them. (Please don’t try & enlighten me with who that could be – I don’t want to be a disenchanted fiend).

    Message to Joycie,
    Do you read the comments as well as his blog? Please note the following:
    – the fiends aren’t swearing either;
    – your Son’s a genius & a beautiful person too. A rare combination! I hope you’re very proud!

    Love you more SK,

    Dave M

  33. avatar
    Ben | 5 July 2006 at 7:53 pm #

    Interesting. I seem to only appreciate my own writing when inspired spontaniously, capturing the moment without trying to will the creativity. But i write everyday and usually stow it away to be forgottten, hoping to one day be inspired when it no longer has definative meaning to me. I wish to break away from myself and still speak from my soul, as it seems you can do effertlessly. Im young but have learned that when you truly have a gift thinking about your efforts only slows creativity. Is it only you that slows down what already exists within you? Its helped me learning the ins and outs of others styles, but my ego hasnt much helped in the healthy sense, how so for u?

  34. avatar
    Ben | 5 July 2006 at 7:53 pm #

    Interesting. I seem to only appreciate my own writing when inspired spontaniously, capturing the moment without trying to will the creativity. But i write everyday and usually stow it away to be forgottten, hoping to one day be inspired when it no longer has definative meaning to me. I wish to break away from myself and still speak from my soul, as it seems you can do effertlessly. Im young but have learned that when you truly have a gift thinking about your efforts only slows creativity. Is it only you that slows down what already exists within you? Its helped me learning the ins and outs of others styles, but my ego hasnt much helped in the healthy sense, how so for u?

  35. avatar
    CSTCoach | 5 July 2006 at 10:34 pm #

    Hey SK!

    Enjoyed your thoughts on songwriting. What i love most about your work is that it takes me someplace, or passes some ethereal feeling across to me between the lines.

    Lyrically, I love the double meanings that draw attention to the extraordinary in the ordinary. And the fact that you have a vocabulary – I always feel that my intelligence has been insulted by the c-rap and hip horp on radio and tv. Gimme somethin that’ll make me think, and reflect… I also love the references, all those ancient names, lost cities and civilizations, its what got me into anthropology.

    BTW – loved The Glazier. “I have opaque motives” – very cool. And the last line was great!

    It’s true what you say that when it works best it just flows from someplace. You have to learn to get out of your own way, cause its in there all along (its the same for physical stuff, and movement). I find I’ve gotten some of my coolest writing with the choich playing in the headphones, distracting my conscious mind…

    ryan

  36. avatar
    sockfacepuppetmunch | 5 July 2006 at 10:45 pm #

    Poetry SK that’s what it is…
    …..”he comes to this town when the peoples guard is down, on a day like today overcast and grey….

    PS.. that Matt davison has great paintings you really should get on to him as soon as possible.
    :I like doing this one
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^(like little sharks teeth)

  37. avatar
    veleska1970 | 5 July 2006 at 11:21 pm #

    a very wise statement from the buddha. thanks for sharing that one….

    please don’t sell yourself short, steve. you didn’t acquire your talent, you were graced with it by birth. you said so yourself that what you do is all the talents and gifts of your previous lifetimes channeled into this present one you’re in now. and i’m sure in your next one, you’ll be sharing that talent with us again….

    😀 😀 😀

  38. avatar
    Thomas Irvin | 6 July 2006 at 12:07 am #

    Years ago I saw an interview with Mick Jagger on the MTV. Kurt Loder asked him about the songwriting process with Keith and he had a few brief words to describe it. Loder said, “You make it sound easy.” Jagger says, “Well, it is easy.” Loder then says, “But a lot of people don’t think it’s very easy; for a lot of people it’s very difficult.” Jagger pauses for a moment, puts a finger to those lips of his, looks up, then back at Loder and says, “Yeah… but it is easy.”

  39. avatar
    Samosanx | 6 July 2006 at 12:31 am #

    Any more info on ‘going down swinging” ?

    publisher?
    Label?
    etc

    I know it won’t be in any Darwin retail outlet..

    not that I am a completist though…
    just a little ole poetry fan

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 July 2006 at 1:03 am #

    this is all too overwhelming..a sea of comments in cyberspace, but such aloneness in life…yea steve is our mentor yogi..see you in Austin ( thanks for reserved seating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 July 2006 at 1:19 am #

    oh yeah, Mr K., please answer the 1000questions i have about how you get the most out of your gift, talent , whatever…cuz i fall tired, end up alone , cant feel confident without another, et cetera..so many unearthed treasures, bands , relationships never materialize cause of this learned apathy…where’s the juice?? austin eponymous in D…..im still a mystery…for the archons!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????**********

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 July 2006 at 1:30 am #

    So after I heard Unearthed for the first time I thought. “He did the whole thing by himself” I wanna do that. I will do that. Even if just for me. So I bought some 90 min. TDK tapes and began on a “High tech” Yamaha 8 track. Ahhh the power of tunes. I must confess. I wanted to be super famous like U2. Yet, to me it was all about having some integrity like Kilbey and The Church. You see. It even then seemed like high art to me. These guys were artist’s not pop stars. And that notion turned me on. So I began channeling. That is how I describe it, letting myself sputter and shake out the ghosts. I became surprised at the thoughts and images that spoke. Was this the real me doctor? All I know is that when I find the right chord or idea or note and I automatically get the chills. I have achieved some sort of primal information. I sometimes want more. A vision to go with the feeling. I can’t focus too hard or it will be gone like a sneeze and I will be left dizzy. Ionian Blues did it to me and still does every time those lonely sounding piano notes and rolling bassline. It just captures me. What does he mean with his words. I don’t know. It means something to him and as a whole makes me listen with intrigue. I almost prefer having to ponder a lyric. Even if I’m off the mark it then means something to me. “There’s no reason, there’s no alibi” So I am a disciple of sorts to SK. I have released a little CD that no one has ever heard. I am working on another one that no one will hear. I am proud to play bass, guitar, sing, pass on ideas, and finger a piano. Knowing it can be done is half the battle even if your naive. Mr. SK do you listen to your own stuff after while? And when you do or if. Do you enjoy it? Do you ever listen not knowing how you did it. More talent than belief ? Curious. For now. Billy M

  43. avatar
    anymouse | 6 July 2006 at 1:31 am #

    I have read that the Potala Palace has dungeons waaayyyy beneath it (it seems that some people ran afoul of Lamaist theocracy.. tsk tsk).

    Thinking about the structure, its history and such, a QUESTION come to mind: what does a zen dungeon look like?

  44. avatar
    sue cee | 6 July 2006 at 2:18 am #

    As someone said earlier, Im also gonna miss all the commenters here too if you cease blogging SK

    I give credit to all of you out there chasing your muse, the thing is to NEVER give up!

  45. avatar
    mike a | 6 July 2006 at 2:38 am #

    I think your music is the spark that might bring magic back….

    Listening to your music and reading your words has helped bring creativity to my life!!

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 July 2006 at 3:15 am #

    bah..song writing is as unpredictable as a soccer match…one minute you’re on fire, the next minute you’re out…

  47. avatar
    Lynnster | 6 July 2006 at 3:24 am #

    Hi Steve,

    A couple of weeks ago you asked the commenters to post about themselves so you could see who reads your blog and I was gonna do it then, but then got tied up – sorry. I really hope you will continue blogging… I read every day or almost, read many blogs, but am just not much of a commenter most of the time… hell, I have a blog of my own for 9+ years that I haven’t seemed to be able to get back in the daily habit of posting for a few years now, woe is it. But I do so enjoy reading others’ blogs tho, and yours especially, and hope you might keep at it. The absolutely lovely Sue C tipped me off to it a few months ago. I got hooked and have been coming by here daily ever since for a fix!

    As for the delayed response from a couple of weeks ago… well, I was a silly American college girl back in the mid-’80s who had the good fortune one afternoon hanging around my apartment – probably nursing a hangover when I probably should have been in class – to catch two interesting and then unknown to me Australian bands on MTV… The Church (ahem) and the Hoodoo Gurus.

    Now, to be perfectly honest (as many on the ‘Net know) I wound up as one of the Faulkner Shepherd & Co. faithful and have for many years devoted a lot of time online and off to helping to promote them and their later efforts.

    But I have always so dug The Church as well. A friend of mine lovingly says I’m musically insane; you & yours are as responsible for that insanity as any other artists… (smile)

    One big moment was that first day in the mid-’80s; another was when I was working in a record store (I know, what a cliche) and unpacked the box that Gold Afternoon Fix came in and immediately put the first disc I pulled out on the store stereo… that was an awesome afternoon for a day at work, and the disc remains an all-time fave today. So thanking you for those two major moments, and all the other ones in between – there have been many, and I hope there will be more. And especially that there will always be SK creating somewhere in the world, whether in text, music, whatever!

    Now I’ll just go back to lurking tho I’ll try to make an effort and comment now and again. And your effort at writing daily inspires me to make a better effort to do the same, you are a topnotch blogger, sir!

    But in any case I’ll still be here reading daily as long as you’ll be writing, and hope you will… SK never fails to be an interesting read! Best to you and yours from Memphis USA!

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 July 2006 at 3:50 am #

    Long live the blogg!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 July 2006 at 5:35 am #

    It is interesting how, if songwriting can’t be taught, that so many offer to teach it….

    Hey, ‘Pine Nut’ if you read this, I went round to your place to see if I left my sunnies there but you weren’t home. Tried ringing your mobile. Can you can you check the couch for them (especially the back crack?)
    Thanks
    The ‘Thyme Boing’
    (beware of imitations).

  50. avatar
    verdelay | 6 July 2006 at 5:57 am #

    Look, I’ve tried to understand her.

    I’ve bought her things (diamond rings, my friend)

    I’ve listened to her tall tales

    I’ve given her the time of day

    I’ve begged, borrowed and stolen for her

    And she says:

    Not in my name
    Not on my watch
    Not in my house

    Not telling
    Not telling
    Not telling

    I’ve blamed her
    I’ve raised my voice
    I’ve raised hell
    Demons
    The price

    And she always makes it clear:

    “Stop anthropomorphising me, Flowers:

    I’m ineffable
    I’m untouchable
    I’m out of here”

    And I’m left twiddling my thumbs
    Staring at the blank page
    Dangling in the breeze
    Wishing I’d kept my cool long enough

    To

    Just

    Bloody

    Listen

  51. avatar
    lee | 6 July 2006 at 9:03 am #

    I write songs – actually quite good – quite by accident in my sleep and then as i’m waking up they dissipate which is a drag BUT in that time while I’m dreaming it’s such a brilliant feeling – and oddly enough during the dream I will scan my brain as to whether I’m just ripping someone’s song off – but it’s never happened yet. I guess all that music going in is being processed in this weird way. But to be able to retain it – what a feeling that would be.

  52. avatar
    rubikon | 7 July 2006 at 12:07 am #

    I write music and lyrics n’ stuff. I don’t think about how or why .. I just do. Some people can and just do it and some people can’t and don’t. I don’t think it’s a great big deal either way really. As you you say it’s unteachable.

    Obviously, some people like yourself are somewhat better at it that others.

  53. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 July 2006 at 12:48 pm #

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    this is where to get the poetry book and cd its number 23 on http://goingdownswinging.org.au/
    they will post to darwin
    isolde

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