posted on November 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm

king o’percussion

i still dont really know what music is

why it captures us so completely

i put together bits n pieces

suddenly a bass line turns into a song

suddenly a song turns into a good song

with my new album i have no real intent

i’m not trying to do this or that

i am just going wherever the wind blows the music to

there i will follow

in cool groves of brittle fender mustangs i will lay me down

in the valley of jazz bass i fear no evil

oh muse may you never desert me….!

here a song there a song everywhere a song song

whats the secret of it?

just boring old perseverance

plus enough madness to do it

but enough sanity to not run off the rails with it

and a sturdy constitution

and just remain a child forever

we are conduits we are channels

where is it all coming from

i am abashed at the audacity of the creative force

it reveals itself openly to me

i am baffled with choice as to what to do

the force says i am the source

the source says you were born to do everything my son


pick up that axe and go forth n make a new record

as you always did and always must do

yeah yeah of course , source

no youre off course says the source

pick up that axe and rock !

a metaphor the pick axe and rock

i chop away at this wall of silence

when i finish i dragged a song( i know you’ll love) back with me

everything is vibrating with possibility now

i aint no mozart i aint no bach

but i perceive music now so much differently

i see an inner working

i see a way to milk music forever and instead of depleting it

it grows richer still

the more you take the more music gives

the more you give music the more you can take

i do not know music inside out

that is impossible anyway

in most areas of music i’m pretty ignorant

this is what i am good at tho

this and pretty much only this:

a guitar a 12 string ac guitar a bass a keyboard some drum thing

a mic a multitracking thing…thats it

i can combine and recombine these elements endlessly

i can never dry up

even my most mediocre songs are still …i dunno…ok..(!?)

so cocky i am i start up

i pick an instr.

and usually the first thing i do is the thing

the thing that becomes the song eventually

i dont usually sit there casting round for ideas

although sometimes i do

i have an instinct for building up layers

layers that one must have faith will develop

this is my thing

i spent umpteen years doing it between about 77 and into the nineties

then i had a long rest

now back into it

it sounds like all my solo records i guess

its impulsive and imperfect

its rocknroll with all the sloppiness and rampant ego

me playin’ everything? why not?

it aint rocket science surgery mister thats for sure

this is what im good at

everybody good at something right?

well this is what i can do best

invent these songs just for the fun of it

i have no attachment to the result

i dont care who loves em hates em or never gets to hear em

i do this for the love of doing it

like building model planes or something

i build little songs

i glue em all together and i hang em off the sky

some of its hard work believe it or not

engineering n getting caught up in cables

and wondering why certain things arent working etc etc

it can be frustrating n lonely work

but usually its enthralling engrossing and a lotta fun fun fun

and its best done alone

with no expectations

i can roam if i want to





32 Responses to “soothing savage beasts”

  1. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 14 November 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Like glimpses into your insights or creative processes, the uniqueness of them. Played the piano for the first time in ages today. Hooray, because it was a bit cool the keys didn’t stick with humidity. Still not fixed! Boo hiss. Rustier than ever but strangely enjoyed the feeling of sort of beginning again. Like an innocence and rediscovery except there is an old cynical self criticism and frustration getting in the way. So, along with coordinating actual rusty digits, mind, ear, eyes, breathing, soul it is fun also, hard work but nothing like it, even if it’s bad. The pleasure anyway and vague optimistic promise of improvement. Even just the unknown – what is to come?

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    Boriah | 14 November 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    You can roam if you want to, but not with Kate Pierson…

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    andy | 14 November 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    great to know your’e bristling with enthusiasm killer!
    iv’e made so much good music myself in the very same way….
    ah…but those velvety vox, yours alone.
    loving addenda two, easily one of your best.

  4. avatar
    sonny | 14 November 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    play on pied piper. i shall follow.

    love on to you n yours,


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    David R | 14 November 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    Can’t wait to hear the result – many of your solo albums have been at the top of my all time faves – both lyrically and musically

    Your Come back as a warrior in some lysergic Africa

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    princey | 14 November 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    Good on ya sk, you know we will all appreciate and love and dig the music that you create in your humble Tree Top Studio…all we want is your voice, words, guitar, bass, shakers’n’marakas put into song….so bring it on!!!!

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 15 November 2012 at 1:01 am #

    You do know that after this album springs to life and runs rampant thru
    the airwaves and the critics rave rave….

    YOUR COMING TO THE STATES…ON YOUR OWN with a few helping hands…
    and the lovely Sam…THATS NOT A REQUEST BIG BROTHER ………………………….

    THATS AN …ORDER !!! (or do I hav to grovel n beg…)

    It is such a bright day , reading ur enthusiasm – flowing all about …
    this new album is going to be EPIC – I can feel it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Set sturdy the RnR ship (aeroplane) and travel the globe !!! Do what many said couldn’t be done…

    Your name alone …on so many marquees…for more than one night only…

    Please stay awhile…


  8. avatar
    Tanya | 15 November 2012 at 3:00 am #

    Keep farmin’ them there songs Sir Kilbey.
    Eee eye eee eye oh…

  9. avatar
    davem | 15 November 2012 at 5:09 am #

    Lurve what you do.
    There was a wee tale about you on Radio 5 on Saturday.

  10. avatar
    Stephen | 15 November 2012 at 7:11 am #

    Looked at some B52’s stuff on Sunday (Channel Z, Roam) so made me smile when you came out wi that quote at the end there. Been a strange old day. Also stumbled upon an interview wi you and Iva Davies from Icehouse. I used to really like the song Icehouse back in the day (but never really ‘got’ any other Icehouse stuff). Watched the Icehouse video. Lotsa people used to pull Bowie poses back then (think Heroes an iconic video).

    Had me thinking about Foreigner’s ‘Waiting for a girl like you’ – I always liked the keyboard line at the start but hated the rest of the song. Just recently found out that Thomas Dolby wrote the keyboard line.

    Was looking to see if I could find any other clips from Addenda 1 and 2 cos I quite liked Ur Inside. Stumbled on the frankly stunning ‘Falling for you falling apart’ – how the hell did that not see light before now?!

    Can’t get into cos it’s under construction.

    On another track entirely:

    Liked the idea of artwork on mugs, this could be a definite winner on a wider scale than just Kilbey/Church fans methinks. HOWEVER I think it would also be worth considering good quality designed mugs that men like to drink their large mugs of tea from (i.e.. 500ml size). Mention this cos I’m working through an OU Design Thinking course at the mo and a ‘design that I like’ is a favourite mug.

    OK. enough for now. I’ll get me coat…

    • avatar
      holly | 18 November 2012 at 12:56 pm #

      Hi Stephen — Re: the mugs — They are 15 oz which is just a hair under 445 ml (the more standard size mug of this type here is 11 oz or 325 ml).

  11. avatar
    verdelay | 15 November 2012 at 8:06 am #

    Illyrian, seems to me you’re a pro with the heart of an amateur which can only be a good thing.

    I’m just an amateur, and that’s a good thing too. All you need is love (and Logic).


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    DavidP | 15 November 2012 at 10:49 am #

    hi sk, do you ever hear music in dreams and then end up recording it?
    last week I read an interview with Paul McCartney from 2007 where he talks about hearing a tune in a dream and then turning it into a song in real life
    I also like the child-like wonder he seems to have about the marvels of creation
    “love everything you come across” as you have said before…indeed
    love is the keeper and maintainer of everything I am learning…
    I remember one vivid conscious dream I had as a teenager and I was just consciously composing off the top of my head the most awesome prog music you ever heard, it really was magic and sort of mystical like Paul says.
    Other times I’ve heard music in unconscious dreams and it was just my egos playing their abysmal songs

  13. avatar
    The Sign of Fire | 15 November 2012 at 11:09 am #

    Dabble and Painkiller will be hard to top. It’s weird, tho’. Most artists lose “it” as they age. SK is the opposite.

  14. avatar
    Lady Di | 15 November 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    You’re certainly on a roll sk.
    Keep on keeping on, it’s all good. We’re very lucky.

  15. avatar
    M E M | 15 November 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    …you, with your tom-toms and your shakers…!!!

  16. avatar
    kell | 15 November 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    I love your songs, SK. Alot more going on within that gives rise to them than you give yourself credit for. You wrote something interesting in here ~ “what all this has been leading to”. All the songs, everything. I’m interested in that, too, but that’s between you & Sorce, hey!!! Love n Light, KG.

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    kell | 15 November 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    All I know is that you help me to get to a higher place & stay there. It just feels like who I am. It also helps me to remember who I am. Everyone who appreciates your music (& The Church’s) may experience the same….effect. Which is the Divine Purpose of the Music. Ok, say no more!

  18. avatar
    madeline smith's upholstery | 16 November 2012 at 12:19 am #

    Yes, yes, to you it is nothing – your creative genius is no more than some middle-aged bloke piddling about with model aeroplanes. Sure. Just like the early 90s when you always told interviewers that the church didn’t mean anything to you (“Nothing. Nothing at all”). I didn’t believe it then and I don’t now – every facet of your work’s imbued with far too much love to convince us you could just swat it aside like that, Steven!

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 16 November 2012 at 2:29 am #

    I forgot to ask u, who is accompanying u on ‘Shell’…

    I keep listening to that song over and over…that truly is a beautiful song !!!

    As u begin to arrange the track list for ur upcoming album, Shell (in my humblest opinion)
    would do wonders for u being listed #2…

    It truly is a classic Kilbey masterpiece in the making…for anyone who is yet to
    hear this song …please do…its really mesmerizing …its sad in a authentic way…

    Pure Brilliance !!!

    I love ‘Shell’ !!!


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    hippy | 16 November 2012 at 9:30 am #

    I just read this today: German electronic musician Peter Kuhlmann (aka Pete Namlook) dead at 51. RIP Pete. Stay healthy, SK, and do it as long as humanly possible.

  21. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 16 November 2012 at 11:39 am #

    Steve Howe is the guitarist version of Steve Kilbey. He does all those great albums with Yes and manages to have approximately 20 solo CD’s wherein he writes all the music and the lyrics. Great riffs, tones and splendor of his fretboard. Yes-he’s the same Steve Howe who is also in Asia but I won’t go there.

  22. avatar
    Ade | 19 November 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Yep, I love creating music with others but I thoroughly enjoy just working by myself on my own creations, having total control with no one to grab hold of the tiller and steer it somewhere else! You can decide yourself if that guitar solo sucks without someone telling you.

  23. avatar
    hellbound heart | 19 November 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    weave your magic Steve….

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