posted on March 15, 2007 at 8:43 pm

yeah whatever baybee
oscillating between poetry n anti-war “sarcasm”
nevets, are you being “sarcastic” to those belligerent warmongers
nevets, are you being rude to those blood thirsty animal eaters
nevets , did you tell all the aggressive philistines to fuck off
ooohh nevets youre worse than hitler!
a storm in a tea cup
still the wars rage on
still the prisoners remain bound
still all the rest
what can ya do?
try to make small changes
try being nice
go on
why not?

im painting n working on music
i dive deeper and find theres constantly more
another plane of colour
another unexplained sound wash
be careful
dont rush it
take it easy
if it aint easy its too hard
see how the masters achieve their effect
do it with love
dedicate it to the hell of it
make it marvellous
try for impossibility
leave space
grow up
remain child like
focus n detach
let your mind wander as you work
the first things are the best things
get some distance
try new things
respect the rules
and then break em
expect the best from yerself
but never be too hard on yerself
make the music like a painting
and vice versa
follow yer train of thought
trust your heart
listen to yer muse
dont blow it
dont get angry
if its fucked up dont persevere
start again
pull stuff outta the thin air
put opposites together
make it intellectual and sexy and divine and nice
stay away from dissonance until you know what yer doing
imitate and innovate
see if you can do it properly before you do it lazily
lazy aint easy
listen to what yer friends say then ignore em
if you know its brilliant , sod their criticism
if you know its baloney, sod their praise
presentation is important
dont be too humble when letting em hear/see
dont tell em too much about it
be modest and realistic
except if you are a genius
then behave like one
try different things
when you paint make sure you got the right music on
talk about art n music all the time
think about it
youll be surprised how answers come to you unbidden
love it

41 Responses to “shemozzle”

  1. avatar | 15 March 2007 at 8:50 pm #

    Travel light, seem a dream…Prove real.

  2. avatar
    John Garratt | 15 March 2007 at 8:53 pm #

    I already blew all of your advice. Long ago.


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    Samosanx | 15 March 2007 at 8:56 pm #

    you could put every one of those on a card, in a box, and then sell the box; and call it direct strategies

    I especially like the one about dissonance…thanks SK for saving us punters from noise.

    top o’ the morning to ya!

    and you Matt

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    CSTCoach | 15 March 2007 at 9:16 pm #

    i will take your advice to heart as i strive to become a better writer. thanks, man. the wisdom of your long experience is hard won.

    as my coach scott sonnon is so fond of saying, half the battle is showing up. can’t get anywhere if you don’t do the work. and you’ll only transcend if you live and breathe it, if it ain’t work anymore. if you live it.


    ps – fuck the philistines. there’s nothing at all sycophantic about agreeing with sensible ideas

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    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 15 March 2007 at 9:24 pm #

    so me wood like me choich’s catalog of songs all wrapped up into me one production studio, me wood like to hear EVERY CHOICH SONG THERE IS TO THIS DATE…
    Jonny Moondog

  6. avatar
    veleska1970 | 15 March 2007 at 9:29 pm #

    sage advice, steve. sage advice that i’m already adhering to. i have a revelation every time i do my art, and the only direction i could possibly keep going in is upwards.

    “dont get angry
    if its fucked up dont persevere
    start again”
    as far as this one goes….i’m working on it!! but i’m getting better, though.

    lotza love….

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 March 2007 at 9:30 pm #

    nice interview on abc – i might even buy the record now

  8. avatar
    Daberhasher | 15 March 2007 at 9:38 pm #

    yes, this is not imagination…
    the dream is real, and things
    are getting better everyday…
    even when they get
    temporarily worse, you know…
    i’m believing, and it’s revealing
    a little bit more every day…
    and there IS always more…
    i dig your daily bloom flowerman…


    matt, for what it’s worth
    you’re a colorful character,
    keep on keepin’ on…
    fuck the downtrodders i say…

  9. avatar
    the dean | 15 March 2007 at 9:42 pm #

    Em to E7 eh?
    what about the other one, acoustic lash?

  10. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 15 March 2007 at 9:48 pm #

    “be careful
    dont rush it
    take it easy
    if it aint easy its too hard”

    Keeping this close as I paint this weekend

  11. avatar
    JJ | 15 March 2007 at 9:49 pm #

    There’s truth in sarcasm. Like satire, that’s why it’s effective.

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 March 2007 at 9:50 pm #

    perhaps you could paint a self portrait wearing the heyday shirt…. i’d sure buy it

  13. avatar
    stealthblue | 15 March 2007 at 10:01 pm #

    Bravo. Right on…Thanks for that, Steve. Good reminder…for life in general. Much peace, love, and many, many “sick-elephants”…

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    mattdavison | 15 March 2007 at 10:04 pm #

    Thank’s all…..

    Hmm I really wish sometimes I could act like the genius that I am.

    Nb* To the real Fanzies, ya gotta get hold of the Karmic Hit Podcasts
    some great music, and cool sk/ rk commentary Awesome!!


  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 March 2007 at 10:12 pm #

    This is getting unbearable.

  16. avatar
    thebishop | 15 March 2007 at 10:34 pm #

    Dear Blogg Terrorist.

    for bored idiots like you there is 24/7 fox news broadcasts you can watch. Or just stop breathing. Your choice.

    Lay off MD he is light years ahead of you mate.

  17. avatar
    damien | 15 March 2007 at 10:44 pm #

    With your blessing, and if it’s not an infringement of copyright or something, I’d like to make a poster out of today’s blog (after editing out a couple of the naughty words) to put on the wall of my classroom as a motivational thingy for the kids.

    Can’t wait to hear the interview with Fran Kelly this morning!

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    Anonymous | 15 March 2007 at 11:14 pm #

    yes, yes- can back all of that, and I like the idea above of the ‘direct’ stratagies,… to go with my box of ‘oblique’ ones.

    but i can’t back
    “stay away from dissonance until you know what yer doing”

    A lot of the best dissonance and/or noise has been done by complete novices, think lot’s of early punk and industrial, those guy’s n gals had no idea of what they were actually doin apart from how it felt and looked…i saw one of the first jesus n mary chain gigs…not a lot of ‘drawing on learned experience” going on there. genisis P had a bit of an idea….BUT of course yr really only refering to yourself, so we can take em or leave em at will, cheers PV

  19. avatar
    Celticat | 15 March 2007 at 11:23 pm #

    Mornin’ Killer


  20. avatar
    kat | 15 March 2007 at 11:25 pm #

    “the imagination imitates. it is the critical spirit that creates”
    ~oscar wilde


  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 15 March 2007 at 11:59 pm #


    Bought the Kev Carmody tribute album yesterday,
    Your track images of london – you did a really great job on it- you should be proud ! You vocals top notch and the music wow!


  22. avatar
    fantasticandy | 16 March 2007 at 1:24 am #

    PRS santana ll SE arrives tomorrow,i will be using it to lay lead break down on beautiful new dudes song.
    i’m afraid nothing else is of any consequence.
    i have a mission
    i must complete it
    at all costs.
    a driven man,

  23. avatar
    isolde | 16 March 2007 at 2:19 am #

    divine interview with the nice fran in a podcast 4 u

  24. avatar
    captainmission | 16 March 2007 at 2:29 am #

    dig yr wisdom, smells true to me.

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    nv | 16 March 2007 at 2:50 am #




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    CSTCoach | 16 March 2007 at 3:29 am #

    Thanks for the link isolde šŸ™‚

    that was a really good interview.

    esskay, i was a little surprised to hear you say that you’re “not a big fan of nostalgia”! Now, i understand what you mean in terms of not feeling nostalgic for the 80’s, or for older songs. But so many of your songs simply ooze nostalgia in terms of memory, poignant feelings, an object perhaps that symbolizes a time or a turning point or the dim recollection of a feeling nearly forgotten – at least they do for me. do you see a difference between the two? are you prone to nostalgia of the latter type? do you like/dislike it?

    i ask simply because nostalgia (in the latter sense above) is a bit of a weakness o’ mine. So perhaps that’s simply the personal meaning that i’ve been reading into some of the songs.

    it certainly works for me šŸ™‚

    again, great interview. we really enjoyed it. its nice to hear something intelligent and well-spoken from the rock media.


  27. avatar
    veleska1970 | 16 March 2007 at 4:10 am #

    to isolde: many thank yous for the link.

    to steve: i was particularly interested in the part about on-going tensions amongst the crunchies. it’s interesting and somewhat amusing to me~~the way you described it, it’s almost like ya’ll are like an old married couple, still bickering even after all these years, but still together. you have known each other for 30 years, give or take a few, and that’s quite a loooonnng time. a lifetime. my impression is that you are also like well-worn shoes with each other, too~~a result of being together for so long.

    and bless you for articulating what i’ve been thinking for ages~~your music is indeed timeless and ageless, and you’re right~~mick jagger DOES sound silly as a 60+ year-old-man crooning about picking up chicks. that’s why i love the church so much. your music has a depth like no other. i was a little annoyed at the interviewer for suggesting that your recent albums were nothing more than just a desperate rekindling of past days of glory. your reply was very eloquent. if only she knew!!!!


  28. avatar
    Celticat | 16 March 2007 at 4:24 am #

    Hi Steve,

    you came across well during the interview – really enjoyed it.

    Thanks isolde


  29. avatar
    Rehan | 16 March 2007 at 5:07 am #

    There’s a lesson in your blog for us all…very inspiring words indeed!

  30. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 16 March 2007 at 8:34 am #

    advice on creativity
    iā€™m printing it out

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 March 2007 at 10:30 am #

    i am failing to understand the repeated references to the ‘heyday t-shirt’ – whats the significance

  32. avatar
    misshuny | 16 March 2007 at 10:56 am #

    well, it’s bin a while since i’ve commented- I regularly read the bloggs but time doesnt always allow me that luxury unfortunately…and beleive me, it’s a really enjoyable thing to escape to.
    Steve, you are so unique and inspiring…such a beautiful soul with a huge, loving aura!
    Sadly, one thing that really stands out when I finally got to catch up on the bloggs recently, is the odd sad,empty souls out there, that choose to use the comments to make personal attacks on other kindred spirits..
    Like you say Steve, sod ’em. My mum always said “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say it at all” very old school, but very true…If we all tried showing a little more love and kindness the world would be a much nicer place to bring our children up in.
    Anyway, I hope you skin is still glowing…you must be needing some more m.honey cream by now???? I’ll see what I can do.
    it was very nice to c you at the national in meb..sorry about matt…he he

  33. avatar
    Symon | 16 March 2007 at 11:59 am #

    Hi Steve…”shemozzle” is a fine word…too little used in my opinion, but right up there with “juxtaposition” which is another fave of mine.

    thanks for another passionate insight into the human psyche.

    I liked “expect the best from yerself but never be too hard on yerself”…I’m still working on that one…got myself into a lot of trouble so far cos I can’t quite sorted that one out yet.

    Nunc est bibendum, nunc pede libero pulsanda tellus…my friend

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    Symon | 16 March 2007 at 12:27 pm #

    PS….just had a chance to listen to the podcast….great interview !

    In another 12 years time, I’d like to be as assured of what I’m doing with my profession as you sound now.

    Thanks again Steve

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 March 2007 at 12:43 pm #

    >.< I JUST get to the interview part (which is on the THIRD part btw) and my browser crashed argh! I’m gonna go work and listen later.

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 March 2007 at 1:56 pm #

    next tour= blog type.
    new model army & the church
    wouldn’t that be interesting and lovely.


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    nic | 16 March 2007 at 2:10 pm #

    he he he… I secretely am guilty of using the word “shemozzle” – loved it!
    thank you for your inspiring words today SK.
    My 5 1/2 yr old has just started Kindy at an ‘alternative’ independant school – re-known for it’s excellence in the creative arts (goes up to Yr 12 – and they have had impressive results in HSC in drama and art) – anyhow – I have seen before my very eyes – the blossoming of a VERY sensitive and deep little soul – into a hugely passionate artist and social being. He hasn’t stopped drawing since school started – and just today was talking about his “self potrait” (which they have been working on for weeks now) and how he is shading around the sides of his nose (darker one side – lighter the other). Last night he was in a drawing frenzy – and your words “if its fucked up dont persevere
    start again” – struck a chord – as he scrunched up the paper and started again immediately – if he didn’t like it or had made a mistake – hence there was paper EVERYWHERE!!!

    How blessed you are with all your amazing creative gifts xxxx


  38. avatar
    davem | 16 March 2007 at 5:41 pm #

    And love it I do!!

  39. avatar
    Trickster | 16 March 2007 at 7:30 pm #

    love the dissonance
    no baloney

    sexual act
    serpent easy

    don’t change


  40. avatar
    kat | 16 March 2007 at 8:53 pm #

    damn i can’t get the interview link to work anymore. have faith it was great, but… the stones can croon their stuff to me anytime. [except i don’t want to hear satisfaction] they ROCK, and they still got it going on!!

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    Samosanx | 16 March 2007 at 10:47 pm #

    (yo, I’m not knocking dissonance…I sang with SPK, banged on metal, own early TG, made soundscapes, and listen to radio static from time to time … but there is/was a school of industrial that sounds like the eurovision version…bad xx)

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