posted on December 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm

magenta nocturne

remain immune

practice yoga

avoid animal products

pursue god n hedonism…who did you catch first…?

surround yerself with the best

put up with the foibles of geniuses

pay homage to the masters

reject philistinism

derange your senses gladly but then make sure you can rearrange em

seize the day

imagine it all up

give it everything

tune in like a child

never ever grow up

be weird

be lovely

be a devil

listen to your eyes

see with our heart

feel with your future

appear all over the place

no job too big or too small

there are no guarantees so just actualise it if its in you

ignore these words

wish me luck

kiss my effigy

walk a mile in my souls

go tell it on the mountain

let my people go


28 Responses to “straddling the great contradictions of show biz”

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 23 December 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    I always believed the modern mountaintop to be this blog. Our beloved moderator standing in the foreground telling tales of future-past-perfect . We come from all walks of life, time, color, and space. The modern mountaintop is majestic in a tech certain way. Pixels and flashes, curvatures and collapses entice -entangle- megabytes and synapses.
    Time freezes yet no blankets are offered. Words warm from screentops yet the devices need cooling.
    I pictured much more than what is displayed, but the others rally as if there is none…there is this only one.
    I look around to recognize names not places, but no one is who they seem to be. Some gather in dark corners and whisper conspiracy than blacken the vision of others with words that were not designed to hurt, unless placed together in such a certain way.
    I am reminded of simplier times but simplicity has its cost. The fray still gather but stay at arms length to watch-listen- and ponder. The great moderator continues as if another page, another chapter is so easily written. All I have ever asked was not to be led astray. Than with a casual smile, another entry is offered to read, analyze, entice or incite.
    The mountaintop has grown over these past years, but I only can wonder if any or all of us have.

    Still struggling to find the land of sleep…


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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 24 December 2011 at 6:23 am #

      Thats a great pic today, the lighting has a mystery to it and you have a twinkle in your eye. Wish I could say the same. So sick, can’t break this fever and im quarantined so not to give it to the wife and kids. Thanks for getn me thru this. Its just cd after cd cuz of no sleep at all. I had “magician…and some” on repeat for a bit. Very underrated record and time in ur lives. Hell, you 4 endured more than your fair share of ups and way way downs
      The song ‘ritz’ always does it for me. That would be an emotional song to play live. I scanned some history and don’t recall that song ever being interpreted ‘live’ . Is that correct?
      What a great album and full of such raw emotion. I hope your holiday turns out grand for you. Man, after this exciting, non-stop year….you so deserve it. I hope I get better before xmas morning, its what iv waited for all year long- to see the light in my children’s eyes as they ….greedily tear thru overpriced stuff.

      Merry Christmas everyone !

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      thetimebeing | 24 December 2011 at 4:27 pm #

      sleep dazza sleep my son
      go down gently into that wonderful black night

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        Cocoamo | 26 December 2011 at 1:09 pm #

        What the heck, I’ll beat the poor dead horse once again. With the approval of your doctor, you might occasionally try Phenergan (AKA promethazine) – (not really a sleep agent, but a motion sickness/antihistamine drug). This comes from the recommendation of the late, great Dr. Janet Travell, who taught pharmacology, was a cardiologist, and is considered the mother of trigger point therapy. She was the White House physician for US president JFK. No light weight. I occasionally take 1/2 a 25 mg tab for a deliciously cozy sleep when I’ve had several nights of the ol’ 3 a.m. wake-up.

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          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 28 December 2011 at 1:58 am #

          Thanks Coco…
          I did try this drug after ur last advice. My doctor was apprehensive because of all the other drugs i take dailly. I started at a medium dosage and within 2 days – my side effects was severe itching, non stop. He powered the dosage and that did not work. The itching continued. We stopped the drug and after its half-life ran its course, the itching began to stop and than stopped all together. Iv tried more drugs and therapys and sleep studies than u can possibly imagine. This is pain related. When my pain flares my synapses goes into overdrive and i cannot sleep. It purely pain related and I have several pain issues to contend with. But, thank u so much- I tried it. U were kind enough to help another person. Much love and happiness for u.


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            Cocoamo | 28 December 2011 at 1:00 pm #

            Gee Darrin, I am so sorry. I have never heard of anyone having itching as a side effect, but perhaps with the other medications it caused that reaction. With all of your other maladies, I feel terrible to have been the cause of another torment. You are so kind to thank me for my good intentions. I went to school to relieve people of their pain, not make it worse. And, I am so sorry it did not help you.

            Your Friend in Pennsylvania
            Now in Cocoa Beach

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          Cocoamo | 28 December 2011 at 6:27 am #

          As long as I’m talking to myself, let me add a postscript. I have found the chocolate demon to be quite the waker upper. Instant karma – I gave out the chocolate and got the chocolate (the dark kind).

          And, despite my wish to be moderate, last night there were few chocolates left in the box. It’s irritating that they have to take out the cocoa butter and replace it with milk fat!!! So, again, I am 99% vegan and 1% hypocrite — but I digress.

          Last night, I figured I’d see if Phenergan would counteract the chocolate. It did!! Sweet dreams indeed.

          Of course, I always work toward good “sleep hygeine” – No TV in the room, shower and clean teeth before bed – spritz the pillow with fragrance (my favorite Miami Glow)”. But still, the 3 a.m. wake-up demon sometimes appears–and is multiplied by the chocolate.

          If I weren’t afraid of developing a tolerance I’d use it more often. I’ve had the same prescription bottle of Phenergan for 9 years.

          Come’on dead horsie. Wish I could help some if you insomniacs.

          Your Friend in Pennsylvania
          Well refreshed after a good night’s sleep in Cocoa Beach

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            BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 30 December 2011 at 2:04 pm #

            Your angelic, a very special person dedicates their life to helping others with their ailments. I wish you the very best in all your endeavors. Iv come to the realization that some of my disabilities are far beyond my control. I have searched and tried so many things that, th process alone, it has made me tired. But my avatar was so sick when she was born and the first 7-8 weeks of her life were beyond difficult. She couldn’t gain weight and hold down any type of liquid, natural or synthetic. I went to my fathers gravesight an hour before I was to relieve my wife. At the hospital and begged him to stop her suffering- hell- put it all upon me if you had to. The next day she was released from the hospital and was gaining weight and starting to sleep and smile. This was in April of 2008. MY Kristina was born on Valentines day 2008. The. Avatar picture is her 3 month picture and she is even more adorable now than at that age. In January of 2009 I was diagnosed with severe major foraminal stenosis of both my cervical and lumbar spine to go along with my herniations and other disabilities. My wife, in fear, believes something else was there in that cemetery that day when I offered up myself for my daughters pain. I know for some, this may sound to strange to be true. But how did I go from one extreme to another in mere months and my sweet angel go from one extreme to another in mere days. When I was. 21, a long time ago, I saw the face of pure evil in a man who was attacking a woman on the streets here in Chicago. I along with 2 bystanders stopped the brutality- but what happened if I set forth a chain of events unexplainable. The attack happened 2 weeks before my daughter was born. Which happened to be the same day, my daughters birth, that a major massacre happened on a college campus by a very evil person. All these events are tied together, I just don’t know how.


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    hellbound heart | 23 December 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    you don’t need luck, steve-the spirits are with you
    magic magic concert last night….made me forget everything for a while and live in the music
    thank you so much
    love always….
    (hope those goodies I gave to the nice roadie to pass on-would have loved to give them to you guys in person but alas, I didn’t have The Magic Yellow Wrist Band that unlocks all manner of Doors-better luck next time xx)

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    hellbound heart | 23 December 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    oops-partial sentence omission-hope the goodies got to you guys 🙂

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    Karen | 23 December 2011 at 6:21 pm #


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    Boriah | 23 December 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    Here´s this poem for ya:


    There you go!!!


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      Boriah | 23 December 2011 at 8:00 pm #

      Steve, I´ve just recieved the painting from Holly. Pass her my thanks. Nice package, and with two magnets for the fridge as a bonus! I´ll put it in a frame.

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    Linjo | 23 December 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Hello dear Steve. Of course I wish you luck. Lots of reading to catch up. Sorry for your sorrow!x Hoping you and the baby girls have a lovely time over the holidays. Tuncurry has an outdoor concert in January! Damn and blast my two most detested bands, Dragon and Mondo Rock! urrgh! Best wishes. Linda

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    foolonthehill | 23 December 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Celtic-angel air
    noisy streets
    lonely woman drinks
    lean forward
    peace love
    she rests on my shoulder…. tolerant
    strings eu – parable

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    That girl | 24 December 2011 at 1:24 am #

    Twin Towns,Two insights,Two songs that took my breathe away.Today to tired but the show tonight to think about tomorrow . Never ever lose the inner child in all of us. Sweet dreams to me.

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    Lara | 24 December 2011 at 2:21 am #


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    . | 24 December 2011 at 4:46 am #

    there’s a mutual balance going on there
    and a ghost of christmas past stares
    shallow into my soul while i’m left bare
    and naked without an earthly care
    free of worry, void of despair
    a balanced equation without error
    and nothing else compares
    the gargoyles and monkeys dare
    to wage battle as i prepare
    to defend this dream world character
    who’s everything & nothing, even less than the air
    searching for the answers through humble prayer

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    Anonymous | 24 December 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Last night was probably the best show I’ve seen you guys do

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    Anonymous | 24 December 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    my botty is very pretty.

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    Homer | 24 December 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    Funny I have been listening to Ritz alot lately – an amazing version on MATS. Would have sounded great with the ochestra!

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    colette | 25 December 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    The little visit to New Farm was like a fairy tale. Saw someone strangely familiar sitting outside a cafe with lap top atop table. Didn’t stop, in fact,impelled to not… another surreal situation, I stayed next door to the place I’d lived in for 6 months 15 years ago. Apparently some other old souls were staying there too though they only appeared onstage down by the river earlier or later. Back in Sydney, abusing some nouveau riche bitch who can’t park her BMW, almost deiberately, as if to say ‘Look at me, I’m driving a BMW’. For me, that captures the difference between Brisbane and Sydney.

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    eekie | 25 December 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    Just be.
    Weird follows naturally.

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    churchhead | 29 December 2011 at 6:38 am #

    Wow, this was just what I needed right now.
    Was feeling like shite, and reading your stream of mantras got me out of me funk. Thanks Killah.


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