posted on September 4, 2011 at 11:47 pm

september has come ...autumn or spring.....?

the arcadian night

Love, drinking deep in his hush

decreed a banquet in exile under the meridian stars

then draped in crimson under the foreshadowing trees

he  clapped for his rock and roll to be summoned

all dappled as he was in the moonish light

all suckered by the glimmering points in blackness of a total sky

vibrato fingered love : flesh upholstered leisure master

the unbridling of the tropical sea

i call it the white sea said Love

oh love we do not dare to displease thee answered the ripplish waves

and so Love clapped his divine  hands again

his royal chubby fingers in so delighting the baby angels in the trees

where oh where is my sweet rock and roll ? he thundered under his breath

then the drummer appears to a mighty roar from the assembled little deities

he sits down at the kit and begins to play

hes a real walloper

bang boom bang boom boom bang bang crash

yes thats it …!

Love cries out and leaps up from his fairy dust encrusted throne

the bass guitar is so fucking obvious…man….

but thats what you adore about it

its simple its like sex it just hammers away…8th notes…

the drums and the bass maintain cruising altitude for a while

they lock in inexorably and you feel like your in the presence of…..

and then oh sublime…!

2 electric guitars enter permanently intertwined around the other

like snakes around a staff

or like spirit wraiths chained together yet aching to be free

Love lives in his void but the music rushes into fillet

no one can explain rock and roll..!

Love smiles gently within the island night

the guitars contradict and refute each other

they are opposites or they are twins

one minute one thing next minute something else

the originality of their sound

the bold virtuosity of the playing

the clever use and restraint of technology

the way the 2 guitars come together at times and sound like an orchestra

the way they sometimes attempt to deny the others existence

the sheer volume that ricochets around in your skull

these things defy analysis

they achieve their effect not as an analogous picture of the real world

they themselves are hyper real and their reality supersedes most others

and then the voice….

sing it out …! yells Love from his balcony

Love has the best seats in the open roofed house

the words are unexpected

they seem to be talking to you

the voice is confidential

mentioning matters you thought were strictly your own

it comes in waves as some strange effect causes tremolo in the songs throat

one paradox is the songs simultaneously anthemic yet intimate nature

huge and sleek and fast and distant

then suddenly

fragile and hesitant and blurry and near

a certain combination of notes and chords

a certain combination of words

this music is sending me there ….Love again

and now he hears the piano which shudders on the beat

the authoritative lower register

the plaintiff tinkling up high

and other instruments too now discernible

the harp caught in the percussion

the violins which stand off   making quick stabs

the lonely lost flute buried in the background only sometimes coming thru

more voices singing in round to the first singer

an unusual harmony to his melody adds a poignant urgency

my favourite band….EVER!  thus spake Love king of the balmy night

and so the piece of music undulates and meanders throughout the silence

a river of song containing all its reeds and mouths

a life without music is a waste of time said nietzsche

there is no life without music !says Love crying his soft tears

and with that

the curtain falls















28 Responses to “september is music month”

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    vossy | 5 September 2011 at 1:16 am #

    amen to that.. where would we be without music, wether it’s primal beat or symphony?

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      Jonny Hollywood | 5 September 2011 at 1:16 pm #

      we would be dead…

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    Jmb066 | 5 September 2011 at 3:21 am #

    Here is to September then,
    Music month is a great way to spend a birthday.
    A gift to yourself and to your fans.
    The above post is the best description of The Church I have read yet
    this band has it all:

    Intelligent, surrealistic lyrics,
    3 song writers all with unique yet a similar perspective on the world/otherworlds.
    Twin guitars roar and twist, who is playing what?, who is playing that?, just when you think you have it figured out, the bassist and what a talented bassist he is played that guitar part. Musicians through and through. Always reaching for the next plateau, always giving you 110% pure emotion/magic/jokes/souveniers. Then to top it off a solid drummer with an incredible ear for music, organizes, orchestrates and pulls it all together just before lift off, before it all floats into the next universe.

    30 years of pure Rock and Roll, this is the Beatles/Stones/Zepplin/Doors for me. No one else has even come close, sure some other bands have moments, hell sometimes they even remind me of The Church, others that have mass media success, could not open for The Church in my universe and yet they are glorified for some reason U2 know what I mean if your really listening and honest with yourself but really no other group of individuals comes even close.

    So here is to music month, The Church, and Rock And Roll.


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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 5 September 2011 at 10:25 am #

      AMEN JASON !!!

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    Lara | 5 September 2011 at 4:53 am #

    Bravo, Maestro! Love it.

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    Once | 5 September 2011 at 5:32 am #

    I read a book once that suggested that the universe was created from music. Very math heavy, I didn’t understand most of it (that side of my brain apparently doesn’t function all that well), but it’s a lovely thought.

    At the very least, there’s something about music and its effect on our bodies, minds and emotions, that is deep and inexplicable – which makes me think that we’re somehow linked with it as beings.

    Life, itself, sings. Is music an echo of life, or is it the other way around??


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    foolonthehill | 5 September 2011 at 7:10 am #

    reminds me of the feel in the early 90’s Hordern pavilion waiting for that surge just as the lights go down.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 5 September 2011 at 7:39 am #

    I enjoyed that immensely. The stanzas regarding the relationships of dual guitars so eloquently describe the continuity of Peter and Marty through all theses years. September is music month and also holds a grand birthday for our someone special. I have been feeling down over the past days- week. My pain sometimes gets the better of me but not the best. I wish it all away but I was only granted those three and I used them up so long ago. Todays blog entry had a hint of sadness within it, I cannot seem to place it after reading it many times already. Yeah…no one can explain Rock n Roll. And no one should even try. It goes on, living and breathing…expanding and surrounding us all. Sadly, there is many ‘forms’ of bad R n R. But that is the ying/ yang man. With every band such as the church, pink floyd, beetles etc… you also get the counter existence of motley crue , poison, journey and so on. I guess that’s why almighty gave us freewill, for us to chose what we will enjoy and share with others. Imagine a world where you had no choice of what to listen to…to embrace and awaken the senses…OH WAIT !!! We have that – its called radio here in the states. What an embarrassment the foundation that R n R evolved from for the listeners to to call their very own has turned into pure wastes of time, electricity, and talent.

    Take care my friend…todays blog was truly inspiring.

    Darrin K.

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    Sharon | 5 September 2011 at 9:34 am #

    “A life without music is a waste of time”….Music, the beauty and expression of emotion. May every month be music month.

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    Cocoamo | 5 September 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Oh, what a mind you have!

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania

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    princey | 5 September 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Looking forward to some new tunes from the one and only (and some new videos too perhaps?)


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    M E M | 5 September 2011 at 11:20 am #

    i understand…

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    Jonny Hollywood | 5 September 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    my name is LOVE thanks to the church band 🙂

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    andy | 5 September 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    jason…that was bang on the money!
    FOUR songwriters though……….

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    duress | 5 September 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    one for poetry week

    September, a rush of warm forgetting
    of flickering planets in newly woken skies
    of whispering jousts and delicate indecisions
    under a moon
    of flesh, intoxicating, becalming
    long implacable wounds
    of unsaleable moments marooned inside
    a world tempted to awake
    its blood searing red
    its blues now oceans of lustrous undulation
    the blandly bedeviled unveiled as the baroque
    the whittled branches shedding the pith of their shame
    blithe optimism invites
    the warts turn to wattle
    and the music is the wine that breaks asunder the sublime
    but this too will pass in the chills of days gone by
    and the silence will come, and it will be as it is

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      thetimebeing | 5 September 2011 at 5:37 pm #

      i like it!

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      duress | 5 September 2011 at 6:38 pm #

      ps: forgot to say who much I loved your piece – a happy memory of other beautiful pieces.

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    Adam | 5 September 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Every year I give my students a question to think about: If they had to make a choice, would they give up watching TV or listening to music permanently? And no, they can’t cheat by watching TV on their computer, etc. Needless to say our class discussions are interesting…personally, music has been my lifeblood, and for me it is an easy decision. Music and emotion are intertwined like a double helix, and have helped me celebrate the good times while pulling me through some horrific ones. I cannot thank The Church enough for their prominent role in helping to make me the person I am today – good, bad, or indifferent at one time or another.

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    hellbound heart | 5 September 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    where would I be without your music?
    don’t even want to think about it

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    Michael | 5 September 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    I love the imagery and love is indeed The Church. Rockin me for since I can remember, and my birthday is on the 12th. Looking forward to December 23..thanks Steve, as us aussies like to say, you and the band most certainly ROCK.

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    aida morgan | 6 September 2011 at 12:55 am #

    Forget the earthquake and hurricane that rattled my area (Washington DC suburb) the past week – if music could no longer be created or heard, just ceased to exist, that would be my catastrophic event – an understatement, really. Music is this introvert’s language and lifeblood. That’s why musicians/artists have a larger place in my heart than family sometimes. I’m glad September is music month. The end of summer always makes me a little sad.

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    miss muse | 6 September 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    “lower the curtain down on Memphis”

    nice one

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    Roshni | 13 September 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    Well, I guess it must be… a music month.
    Jeez I’ve been 50 for a whole day and I know now what I knew at 1 (?), or was earlier, that music and song and lyrical words fill me and feed me and always will. I am sorry to have trusted those who brought me into this world and tried too long to live for their lives. It’s not their fault,just a misguided mistake and the sadness and waste is overwhelming. I know now that ignorance is a crime, freedom is all, love equals tolerance and assistance. I wanted to be a kite that was earthed by love. Nevermind.
    I want to die feeling full of the sounds that others have brought to me, I want to hold healing images of my babies smiles.
    But I must try not to forget the ones who have given me their time and empathy and who have told me that my miniscule existence in this world had consequence.
    Happy birthday.

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