posted on October 2, 2006 at 8:42 pm

another cloudy morning
ipod on shuffle
cat power half of you
yeah its ok
kinda desolate
uh oh
coldplay white shadows
can i write blogs to this kinda stuff
maybe i gotta get back to oophoi
or eno
or something gentle n undulatin’
sorry chris, you wont feel a thing!
ah thats better
peter baumann romance 76
i dont like other words intruding on my words
i love to paint to songs
but i need to write to instrumental music
unless its in another language…
that works for me
scarlet bumper wakes up early
so i got up n meditated
with her sitting in my lap
crosslegged on the sofa
she immediately goes back into a deep dreamless sleep
works every time
eve n aurora arrive at the table almost immediately
they start asking questions
i say auroras a “piker” if she wont come to the pool
with me n evie
then i have to explain what “piking out” means
i sound like some olde cs lewis codger
explaining the slang phrases of 40 years ago
do people still say “piker”?
theyre both sitting at kitchy table now
looking at me expectantly
like a pair of small puppies watching you eat
what do they actally want i ask them
they dont know
they just want to vaguely hassle someone…
ive sliced my right index finger on a razor
and its ahurting me to type
oh boy i hope its better before our next gig in eumundi
its my main plucking finger….!
its gonna be a real mess if it aint healed by then
as some loathesome greasy manager once said
the show must go on
and i’ll have to pluck more with middle finger
or use a plectrum
whatever, pray for my finger, my fingerlings
so that i may rock once again
due to xtreem racquet the band is generating at moment
i am wearing in ear monitoring
which is those things jammed in my whole ear
flesh coloured torture instruments
to block out le rackette
to give me feed of all instruments
unfortunately its hard to be chatty with them on
your voice coming back in reverb like the voice of god
filling up yer head with yerself
the audience aurally recede to whispers milesaway
its hard to be “natural”
just when i wazza getting my showbiz spiel together
long overdue too, it was
gee am i imagining it
or are australian audiences more hesitant n reticent
than the u.s. n europa?
whats wrong with ya?
are we actually scaring em into a frightened gawk?
they hang about
not that excited to see one of the best space opera bands ever?
whats wrong with em?
by now
the baby is on my lap
shes woken up n she wants my lap
and nowhere else will do
its flattering and annoying!
everytime i leave the house for a while
she gets upset
she sits on my lap
gently wriggling
softly saying dad dad
it sounds very cozy
but what with my sliced finger
and big fat baby in ye olde lap
every letter becomes excruciating
such is my love for you, devoted reader
my imaginary companion
you who exist on a screen somewhere
a shadow , a flicker
aurora colours in
eves playing a complicated game
with a load of little animals
baby bumper slings her foot up on the table, imperiously
she sighs, a little bored quite frankly
but shes content too
shes like a little beast in some ways
and a little angel in lotsa others
oh dad
dont worry
i aint about to get all fucking sentymentle on ya
kids are kids are kids
like the dawn , n the trees n the wind
there will always be kids
i have a lot of kid left in me still
the little bugger refuses to vacate
and let olde mr avuncular wisdom move in
the kids are alright, i guess
someone hadda raise me
now its my turn
i guess im lucky none of my ones
are as obnoxious n precocious as i was
tho each can be shockingly naughty on occaisions
i was like having dr zachary smith join yer family
smart arse comments, mutinies, disappearances
setting things on fire,general ratbaggery
bullying small cousins etc
i couldnt stand myself
but i couldnt help myself either
i was the sorta kid that i would detest now if i met ‘im
i have only very very recently become even vaguely nice
and if they hadda had bloggs way back when
you woulda seen a different manne…..
actually its very nice to give the bumper a cuddle
shes warm n smells of vanilla
she digs kraut rock too
baumanns sequencers keep her jigging about
although shes also trying to kick my lapptopp
she wants to do some typing with her heel!
nice one bumper
now i have to constrain the foot w/ left hand
i leave ya there
e n a furiously colouring in
bumpr riggling on my lap
soft grey clouds
bridge n tower obscured
romance 76 going in the corner
flowers in vases
ganeshas n photographs
fridge magnets

42 Responses to “soon soon soon”

  1. avatar
    ben | 2 October 2006 at 9:57 pm #

    cracked up about comment on dr. zach. Ah we all didnt find acceptance then and better off not finding it know, since i know who i dont need to be. apart from the alter ego who is very fuckin cool

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    sydneetreeflea | 2 October 2006 at 10:00 pm #

    Goodmorning all,
    SK thanks champ… a taste of life at the kilb household..(almost with you)

  3. avatar
    mandn | 2 October 2006 at 11:16 pm #

    hallo dear orpheus,

    here’s a loverly link to online space radio.
    How do you like that?
    Online Space Radio.
    beaming to you from nowhere…

    sorry about your finger.
    Hope the toe and the other toe are are healed now.


  4. avatar
    don joe | 2 October 2006 at 11:17 pm #

    Sweet steve.

    Sounds like a great day ahead.
    Relish and savour what it brings.

    Some vitamin e oil and a bandaid will have u healed in no time. had the same problem once myself. just padded the finger and it worked well.

    don joe

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 October 2006 at 11:19 pm #

    How long does it take you to write these wonderful diatribes? Amazing and seems so effortless – you have more than a gift of music.


  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 October 2006 at 11:38 pm #

    ET, ouch! He had a knack for healing wounds quickly. Maybe you could get him on the bandwagon.

  7. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 2 October 2006 at 11:40 pm #

    dont hesitate dont hold back….

    ladies and gentle

    ………how can they not emote…at the space opera band shows…….we will…

    this electric with drawl …..much too much….far too many..

    cant wait till ya do the breadbasket again dr.

    well roll out the carpets ..

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    fergal | 3 October 2006 at 12:10 am #

    i hope the (we) punters at your remaining oz gigs give u satisfactory reactions … u know we all luv ya – we just probably aren’t generally as effusive as your typical american.
    it is what it is

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 October 2006 at 12:14 am #

    Beautiful blog today Mr Kilbey…like a dreamy short story, the kidlets stitching in and out seamlessly…lovely read…thanks.

  10. avatar
    emmkay | 3 October 2006 at 12:26 am #

    Thanks esskay

    you’ve brightened an otherwise lacklustre day . . .

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 October 2006 at 12:54 am #

    ya might try gluing the gash together. You just recently became a “nice” person ? Were you a ass before ?

  12. avatar
    mike a | 3 October 2006 at 1:15 am #

    I hope your finger gets better!!

    Glad the kids are all doing great!!!

  13. avatar
    Jen Jewel Brown | 3 October 2006 at 1:35 am #

    Beautiful gentle mood, thanks…

    Sorry to spoil it, but from this morning’s work emails…

    ‘A Queensland disability advocacy group yesterday demanded controversial Australian Idol judge Kyle Sandilands be sacked unless he apologised publicly for referring to a contestant as a “mong”.
    The Down Syndrome Association of Queensland said the use of the term by the shock jock during Sunday’s show was offensive and deplorable, reports The Courier-Mail. Sandilands referred to Brisbane singer/songwriter Bobby Flynn as a “full mong” while commenting on his performance.
    Keep the Association away from Sandiland’s radio show – “mong” is one of the host’s favourite words.
    A Network Ten spokeswoman said yesterday the station did not condone Sandilands’ remarks.’

    Easy, Baby!

  14. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 3 October 2006 at 1:44 am #

    Awwwwwwwwwww…the bumper wants your lap and nothing else will do. What a sweetie! And yet and yet…haha. Kids. ; )
    Lovely visions of your kids Steve.
    Hope your finger heals ASAP.
    Thanks for sharing your morning – it was lovely.

  15. avatar
    veleska1970 | 3 October 2006 at 2:11 am #

    aren’t kids wonderful??? and i’m sure you were, too, as one. you sound like you were a typical boy~~mischievous, always in trouble, but then mellowed by age, maturity and wisdom.

    “i have a lot of kid left in me still”~~there’s nothing wrong with being a kid at heart. you have to let your hair down, so to speak, every once in a while!!

    today’s blog was a heartwarmer. thank you!!!

    lotza love…

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 October 2006 at 2:34 am #

    Hi Steve,

    really enjoyed reading that this morning. You made it very easy to picture your peace with your family.


  17. avatar
    damien | 3 October 2006 at 3:04 am #

    I love these little glimpses inside Chateau Kilbey.

  18. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 3 October 2006 at 3:11 am #

    I always loved Dr Smith! It does not surprise me that you were a pain in the arse as a kid. You only very recently became vaguely nice? Don’t feel too bad, there already are so many nice people in this world. Maybe you wouldn’t have been as interesting? I know what creative people are like being married to one and being one myself. You can’t have been too bad; afterall NK can cope with you.

    I love the nickname “bumper”. You make her sound so huge. What are you guys feeding her? I saw an early pic of Scarlet on Russell’s blog. She definitely is a cutie! Man, sometimes I do feel clucky! Ha, to have another baby and a bumper size one at that!

    Yeah, nobody says “piker”.

    Now hurry up and heal finger!

    I’ve just finished drinking my Chinese herbs
    Thanks for putting a smile on my face
    I bet you are a great dad


  19. avatar
    JJ | 3 October 2006 at 3:12 am #

    Zachary Smith, of “Lost In Space?” He was a smartass, manipulating young Will Robinson. Scarlett demanding attention – takes me back, mine’s 16 now, likes Pink Floyd and leaving behind his horrid rap phase; but I remember the bumper times. Young pyromaniac, eh? I set the back yard on fire when I was 10, caused a little excitement. Where was Steve, you may well ask, when the widow’s house burnt down….great song, love all of Pharmakoi, even the mechanical voice repeating the time over and over.

    What magnets are on the fridge? Seems to be the appliance of choice for personal expression these days, and gallery space for children’s art.


  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 October 2006 at 3:19 am #

    Love your reminiscences about growing up, makes me smile and brings back some good childhood memories of my Dad taking me to the Baths and singing on the way there. Those were the good ole carefree days,thanks for transporting me back there.

    Watched the Basement tape again and Two Places at Once is now a new fav song. Have to find what album that song is on. Great show,wish more songs were filmed (but fingers crossed maybe they will be on a dvd released for C’Mas.)

    Love Therese

    Ps hope your finger is better.

  21. avatar
    syrinx | 3 October 2006 at 4:55 am #

    LIQUID BANDAID – great stuff. Disinfect, baby it and air it out until the last possible minute, then superglue that last bit shut with Liquid Bandaid.

    Good luck.

  22. avatar
    leelinau | 3 October 2006 at 5:08 am #

    each day has a number…

  23. avatar
    captainmission | 3 October 2006 at 6:27 am #

    remedy- golden seal herbal ointment will have your plucking finger fixed in no time. it comes from flowers and is very potent.
    you can’t smoke it though.

  24. avatar
    cita | 3 October 2006 at 7:22 am #

    Loved the show at Revesby. The last time I saw you guys play was back in 82 at the Apia club in Leichhardt. I have always felt hypnotized by your tunes but I feel I have really missed out on something not seeing perform live over the years. If the crowd seemed a bit reticent… it was true for me I felt a bit shaken and shy and wasn’t brave in enough to rush the stage. Reptile was wonderful even though I didn’t recognize it straight away I felt those haunting notes and it took me way back to being 16 again.

  25. avatar
    kat | 3 October 2006 at 8:36 am #

    you guys need to come back to the ‘nati… 😉

  26. avatar
    12str | 3 October 2006 at 9:31 am #

    is there anything better than having your child gently asleep in your lap… i got this flashback from when my kids were really small…i could sit forever feeling the warmth of their small bodies…listening to the sound of their tiny hearts beating along..
    i miss it!

    take care


  27. avatar
    lorrain | 3 October 2006 at 9:41 am #

    Yes ! so good to have a nose dive in the gates of delirium !
    relayer in pictures

  28. avatar
    verdelay | 3 October 2006 at 9:45 am #




    Learned Gentlesirs and Godmistresses,

    Further evidence has emerged on the phenomenon known to you as “STEVE KILBEY”, It appears a record has been unearthed containing obscure magnetic script authored by said avatar. Its contents revolve around ecclesiastical matters, aesthetic rumination, pseudoconstructed nostalgia, delusio-fantasial psychodrama, domestic blissitude, and socio-eliptical rantage. Early research on these files suggests support for the matrialineal mitochondria thesis, as the avatar’s own account suggests the randy beggar sired no less than five daughters. The research continues.

    Yours academically,

    Dr. Vitus Frame

  29. avatar
    rubikon | 3 October 2006 at 10:31 am #

    WOW! a Lost in Space reference..I used to love that show when I was a kiddie – a quite surreal little series sometimes. I was Will Robinson..and Dr Smith was my (somewhat camp in hindsight) childlike Uncle. I liked the Robot too…DANGER! DANGER!.

    Hope the digit gets better b4 the show.


  30. avatar
    Melquiades | 3 October 2006 at 11:00 am #

    I still think its pretty cool you produced twins from two different women. I know, I know, some will say that the recessive gene blah…blah….blah….But I think its deeper than that.

    I hope the tour, despite the lax audience (isn’t that what you want though? Noone screamin for BelAir, or Sisters, or..), this tour is treating you and the band well.

    So, I hear that shortly after the Aussie tour you’re coming back to the states for a 30+ date tour of the lovely state of MD.

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 October 2006 at 11:05 am #

    I still use the words “piker” & “piked” and I’m only 40yo…actually, I remember using it just recently when a certain someone “piked out” of answering ALL his questions on this here blog, ha ha (not that I care, you answered mine!!)


  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 October 2006 at 11:54 am #

    piker, piked out, piking out and others (my favourite being ‘my car has had the dick’,’my computers had the dick’,’my brains had the dick’ – where the ‘dick’ in question indicates that the item is not functional – the poms love that one) – all still part of my vocab i’m happy to say. i may have to live in the uk (the yUcK) in 2006 but at least my language can still be rooted in a 1970’s australian childhood.

    fond regards pip

  33. avatar
    restaurant mark | 3 October 2006 at 12:30 pm #

    danger will robinson!…danger!!! yeah, i don’t know if i could have handled a little dr. smith running around???
    as for your inner kid…hope he stays right where he’s at…don’t want mine going anywhere!

  34. avatar
    John Garratt | 3 October 2006 at 1:20 pm #

    I think I once heard that Neil Young had to cancel an entire tour because he accidentally cut the tip of his finger in the kitchen.


  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 October 2006 at 4:20 pm #

    Like a cuppa hot chai
    he comes in singing
    scarlet lapped
    ears whispering
    last of the sunshine
    round here..
    its alright..

    So, anybody wanna start a piker gang?
    ha ha…
    -reminds me of Willow being called a Peck..
    peck peck peck…
    hope it heals sk..


  36. avatar
    ambnt1 | 3 October 2006 at 5:03 pm #

    My ears pricked up at the Baumann reference. Ah, to have seen Froese/Franke/Baumann live back then, alas I was only 8 and only then listened to Captain N’Tennille and Elton John. The giant synths w/hundreds of patch cords, impossible to keep in tune, mellotrons, searing Froese guitar solos…OK, will add a couple more analog sequencer CD’s to the pile you will find quite tasty. About 15 discs winging to Sydney tomorrow. Hope the finger isn’t too bad.


    n.p. Ash Ra Temple VI (Manuel Gottsching), “Inventions for Electric Guitar”

  37. avatar
    John Garratt | 3 October 2006 at 5:42 pm #


    Are you sure that’s what he was getting at when he typed “Soon Soon Soon.” If it were from “Relayer” wouldn’t it be “Soon, oh soon”?


  38. avatar
    gavgams | 3 October 2006 at 5:45 pm #

    What a lovely, lovely posting.
    Thank you

  39. avatar
    davem | 3 October 2006 at 6:30 pm #

    We aren’t imaginary SK. Yer fiends hang on yer every word. Great blogge. Did you ever have a spell where you preferred the old plectrum or have you always been a finger man? Guess it wouldn’t suit yon choiches sound?
    Hmm.Get the old manuka on that finger Steve. Call on the magic healing power.
    Love you more,

    Dave M

  40. avatar
    davem | 3 October 2006 at 6:31 pm #

    I see TTB’s back in the top 30. I can’t work out how it moves so quickly from 60something to 50summat & now 30.
    What’s that all about.

  41. avatar
    Centuryhouse | 3 October 2006 at 7:15 pm #

    I used some of that “Liquid Bandage” stuff that you put on cuts. It adds a kind of hard protective layer over the cut.

    It’s invisible and might allow you to play bass as normal without tearing the cut back open, if it’s not healed by showtime.

  42. avatar
    lizardlizard81 | 4 October 2006 at 6:53 pm #

    I don’t like kids normally (my husband and I have a video game arcade so we see nothing, but a stream of the worse youth our town has to offer day in & day out), but yours sound cute. Maybe it’s because everything is better when you’re famous — even your progeny are better apparently.


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