posted on July 23, 2017 at 7:21 pm

tap tap tap

doing yoga in my little shared courtyard

doing garudasana blah blah blah

im standing there quite stoned on weed and yoga

the voice says enter the stillpoint and remain there

so i do

the feeling persists even after a day

the stillpoint

easy to say enter the stillpoint 

hard to fucking enter the stillpoint

yet miraculously i do

in the stillpoint its marvellously calm

all that thrashing around

what does it add up to?

i go to a party

the praises and blames roll off my back

impervious still in the stillpoint

i float away on a cloud of detachment

i just smile like a vacancy sign on the edge of town

all that fucking music i wrote let it speak for itself

tomorrow i will write more its gonna be alright

my thoughts collide and collect in my empty head

i listen to a bit of the new church album

and i put it into an order and listen to em together

yeah wow golly gee its sounded pretty good but what else would i say..?

theres some strange and weird stuff on this one

beautiful stuff too like another century

if that aint one of the best songs ive ever been involved in i dont know what

its a little masterpiece lush and romantic and ra ra ra

i gotta toot this horn no one else is ha ha ha

yeah man our new album oh god you gonna love this

you gotta love this please dont let me down oh no

i’m playing a thousand gigs i pop up everywhere

i’m out there being a travelling minstrel and i burn down the road

i duck n i weave and steve you know you deceive and are deceived

i am high and low i am wise and so slow

my eyes see right through the fields

my voice is so familiar to you who are reading this now

you can almost hear me saying these words

and smell my neck which is warm and pleasant

and up close you notice i fidget and move nervously

clutching myself as if some great chill is sweeping over me

you think its a smile but its my aching mouth as a grimace

a skull a jaw a brain turning over

now my heart beats out of time with every lie

any lie at all

and it palpitates to the awful truth

and my hands never shake

but my feet tap tap tap nevertheless to an inaudible tune

im writing my lyrics all over your face

my words decorate your army

my songs that no one hears except my dismal pillow

in the hollow of night a phantasm arriving slow

the church songs go on n on in the back of my dreams now

stuff we ripped from the void from the stillpoint

music music music i know sweet music

go on go on go on





12 Responses to “stillpoint”

  1. avatar
    Chris | 23 July 2017 at 9:57 pm #

    At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
    Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
    But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
    Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
    Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
    There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.

    T S Eliot

  2. Jmb066
    Jmb066 | 23 July 2017 at 10:26 pm #

    Just smile lika a vacancy sign on the edge of town, love that line. Another Century is amazing, in my head all the time which usually takes a year longer after hearing, not this time that ear worm has taken over. If that is any indication the new album will be spectacular. Enjoy the stillpoint, keep writing and we will keep listening as that is what you create for so many of us, a stillpoint to transfer us to many other worlds created by your music/lyrics.

    See you soon,


  3. avatar
    andy | 24 July 2017 at 5:22 am #

    I ache with anticipation!

  4. avatar
    cwinters | 24 July 2017 at 8:26 am #

    You’ve been writing and performing gorgeous, haunting, memorable music for how long? How many other people can you say that about? You own none of us nothing. Only the spirit that moves you matters. Let go of your worries (yes, easier said than done if you give a damn about art) and let the music take over.

    • avatar
      cwinters | 24 July 2017 at 2:04 pm #

      Forgive the typo. That sentence should read: You owe us nothing.

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    ninigretboston2017 | 25 July 2017 at 4:42 am #

    I have so enjoyed listening to “Another Century” Steve. So lush, so lovely, great chorus.
    Please keep on keeping on.

  6. etta
    etta | 25 July 2017 at 8:56 am #

    I approach the confessor in further shame of pride risking your deeper dismay for forgiveness

    Probably when you stared back then
    When we were so young
    Thinking simultaneously how sophisticated we were
    I probably thought
    It was politically incorrect
    Still flattering out the back somewhere
    A convoluted life ensued
    In pursuit of freedom
    A relatively little while ago
    I didnt know you dogged me
    Though I may have
    Now more in your death than life, that I am aware
    I thought I didnt like waste
    You now force your perspective
    Ecstatic and sad
    I guess all the girls
    Are saying the same


    Sigh, mon. In memoriam

  7. avatar
    millbill | 25 July 2017 at 12:49 pm #

    “I Don’t Know How, I Don’t Know Why” is pretty catchy too….looking forward to listening to the new masterpiece soon! Also to seeing you and the band in New England in September! Thank you for continually putting yourself out there….I appreciate it!

    Any word on the “Go Betweens” shows you were going to do?

    Keep saying those words in my head….it makes me Delerious!

  8. avatar
    mattyc | 25 July 2017 at 1:24 pm #

    Ahh, the new album…
    I salivate in anticipation of the feast.
    Proving Mr Pavlovs point once again
    Stillpoint to flashpoint

  9. avatar
    Ingrid | 26 July 2017 at 12:55 pm #

    Highly anticipated album – can’t wait (especially to hear the masterpiece lush and romantic you do them so well).
    Music to my ears you’ll to touring widely. So in need of a Church gig!!!

  10. kevinbreton
    kevinbreton | 27 July 2017 at 12:19 pm #

    Hey Steve! I’ve been hooked on “Guinnevere” by Crosby stils. Man that song is stillness nothingness real world nirvana and everything else to me. Do you ever do altered tunings? I’ve been using DGDGAE on my ric 12 string. “Rainbows n stuff” is my tune. 😉😀

  11. avatar
    Beatle#9 | 31 July 2017 at 3:13 am #

    Om mani padme hum

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