posted on September 4, 2014 at 9:18 pm
music munch

music munch

outside the rain falls on glass buddhas and wall gardens

inside your coastal poet in a house alone

in the flash of a brilliant mind snapped a shot

a shot of single malt music steeped in a vault of laughing noble gases

this is all the present you will ever get doomed to be here and now

then then and gone

music what is music but the underwater song of the wrong man

my guitar suddenly so heavy

a staggering of the voices that emanate from me

ten million electronic tricks have rendered me powerful and mysterious

the emptiness of those words i invoked revoked of all head strength

my fingers which pluck at strings learnt their tricks inside out

my limitless clip of beat

my brave danger face as i negotiate a minor seventh on a hallucinated steinway

my dancer and accomplice the woman Imogen Gestalt

here is my song in one word : believe it

but it will take a whole Lp

as i sing you to your sweetest sleep tonight

oh devotees you have waited long for the soul of music

in shadows on rue de sentimental you sat at cafes singing along

at my gig at the sorbonne i recast myself as a genie

the theatre was torn down by the elements themselves

i sit in no judgement with my axe and my murmuring voices

the simple task falls upon me to slay you in song

outside the spring rain fell tho we were bored with looking at it

then the sound of a million mellotron krsna flutes ten leagues away

the erupting beat of earth orbiting sun orbiting star orbiting itself some huge unnameable thing

suddenly i focus in on the track with the 12 string singing its unison part as in mission

the things you never think about as you doubletrack an echo

a catalogue of events laid out in sound pleasing for some reason

this is my music month i bleed crotchets i vomit up symphonies in shards

oh i ooze opera with swooping portamento contralto i congeal

among the rocks i find a baby groovin’ moses gonna rock old pharaohs saunters

yeah honey rock n roll and levitation and plagues of saxophones

yeah the bash beat of acid jelly roll over back banging gong ringing song im sure singing

do you deserve to serve great Set the groovy serpent god who coils in yon tree..?

maybe a spell in the darkness of obscurity

maybe a well and from it

you can drink








70 Responses to “tremendous benefits /opportunity to travel”

  1. avatar
    Cath | 4 September 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    Classic brilliance and wonderful aloud! Some real conkers in this one

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 September 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    Not so sure if i was to join some of your words in this prose with the imagery from one of the dreams I had last night that I would like the outcome. The other well lets just say she kicked ass. And she did it oh so well.

  3. avatar
    Jeremy | 4 September 2014 at 11:07 pm #

    Right on!

    (Does this mean that the new Church LP will be out soon?

  4. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 5 September 2014 at 6:58 am #

    Funny stuff to sleep sweetly upon and savour 🙂

  5. avatar
    Dave Sharpe | 5 September 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    This poem has been reved up to heaviness!!!

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    Chris | 5 September 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    keep slaying us in song maestro…for decades to come and beyond!

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 September 2014 at 11:15 pm #

    wiener blut

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    Anonymous | 5 September 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    lately the child has begun to really fascinate me

    you may be great at playing guitar but even after 5 kids you seem like a very disconnected and selfish father. Your loss in the end. I feel sad for your daughters. I imagine they will seek out older men that are unreliable, selfish and emotionally unavailable in an attempt to connect with their absent father.
    Well at least you play guitar so it’s not all bad.

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      thetimebeing | 6 September 2014 at 1:29 pm #

      yeah i am the worst guy in the world

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      Anonymous | 6 September 2014 at 5:12 pm #

      A praying mother would ensure her beautiful daughters ended up with the right partner who would treat them in the ways that they need for the unique treasures that they are.
      My mother used to encourage her sons to go sow their seeds, (as a daughter), it appeared as little regard for other peoples daughters. Not to mention the lack of understanding of tthe spiritial filth & opprression one can pick up from those seeking to offload or even help themselves to clean spiritual practices. Many don’t realise what they bring home to their family members, in the nature of the unseen world.
      Not one 2 get involved in marital psychology. But all individuals in coupledom have failings somewhere. An isue may have always been there but was blinded by the bountifulness of the beauty of the moment.
      One elder woman once said to me ‘pick out the traits/habit that you don’t like of the person. Multiple its effect on you 100times and to see if you can still live with the annoyance factor years down the track in marriage’.
      They say that little trait of anoyance factor in beginning doesnt go away but gets bigger.
      All comes down to love, tolerance & meeting in the middle. An earlier blog you stated how you loved your husband. Is this just a short burst of anger presently coming out ’cause your not having your needs met.

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      Rebecca1KS | 8 September 2014 at 1:33 am #

      “Your loss in the end. I feel sad for your daughters.”

      Yeah, that’s why SK enjoys a real relationship with all his kids. Not everyone manages to maintain that, even without vast geographical distances between the divorced parents making it that much more difficult.

      Actually I feel more sad for you.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2014 at 1:06 am #

    I’m never bored of rain.
    Hate the sun, though.
    Roll on October…

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    Anonymous | 6 September 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    That is really good advice from the person who commented about picking out the worst traits and multiply by 100. I think sometimes that’s how it feels in a marriage or long term relationship.
    Although the persons behaviour may not have gotten 100 times more annoying, rather the way you react doesn’t change so the initial annoyance repeats itself and increases. So what has to change is the reaction to the action as that is the only thing you have control of.
    Who is your comment directed to ” an earlier blog, love for husband, angry outburst” refer to. Not Steve, who’s blog do you mean?

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      Anonymous | 8 September 2014 at 8:14 pm #

      Don’t get married then.
      Don’t have long-term relationships with people who annoy you.
      You apes are so dumb.

      • avatar
        Anonymous | 8 September 2014 at 10:29 pm #

        I’m guessing yr a hermit then 😉
        For in any environment or community there are long term relationships. Even in a desk job where one have worked a great number of years inthe same team of employees.

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          Anonymous | 12 September 2014 at 7:55 pm #

          It’s this simple:
          No one forces you to get married.
          No one forces you to stay in a long-term relationship.
          If you’re having problems in these areas, it’s your own damn fault.
          Get out of the situation or shut the hell up, basically.

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 September 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    But then one should not ass-u-me.
    But I sensed the same person writing earlier blog as the one at 1149pm.

  12. avatar
    Eskaedor | 7 September 2014 at 6:42 pm #

    I’m seriously keen to get a vinyl copy of the church’s new album Steve. Exciting times for your band indeed! Australia is home to so many great artists, and the church are a must for me. Love you guys.

  13. avatar
    Moo | 8 September 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    Steve, I’ve always been a Church/Kilbey fan, and am an old mate of Ploogy, but I’m really liking your paintings. I live in Beijing and I paint too. I also play bass and guitar, but earn money to support my family whoring my sorry ass between four ad agencies as a creative director. Last week, I was in Hong Kong, pretending to be busy, and was surfing around on youtube when I came across some of your Steve Says videos and thought, right, bugger this, i will connect with the man and offer my services as campaign manager for the Kilbey for PM movement. ho ho

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      thetimebeing | 12 September 2014 at 4:33 pm #

      hey moo
      here i am
      make me PM

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        Moo | 15 September 2014 at 11:12 pm #

        Ahhh.. there you are… Well mate, Kilbey for PM… y’know, it’s truly not a bad idea. We lack political will and spine in Oz, but you seem to have plenty of that. Garrett had the chance and then kinda just dropped the ball. Not his fault, the man really is an island and his political future was tied too closely to the red head – and after all, who the hell in bi-partisan Aussie politics really has a chance to do anything anyway – unless you play the game and along the way are prepared to drop your dacks, bend right over and take it hard.
        But I imagine that’s not for you. A good place to start would be use your enviable and pure position as one of the last remaining rock Aussie icons to define a fresh political philosophy – sort of a not-quite-lost voice of the stifled silent majority. Taking cooking shows and American Idol on, head-on would be fraught with danger. Maybe a policy and strategy to unlock the stranglehold of Australia’s duopoly economy as a way to increase youth employment and add choice back to the average Aussie could be a goody – have a think about it. Mate, if you look at that bogan guy that got a Senate ticket on behalf of the Aussie car owner, then rallying you for a senate spot and then making a move for PM, isn’t off the cards.
        I’m gonna be back in Sydney in December to get a suntan and see my familé – maybe we can break bread with a decent bottle of wine, somewhere civilized and devise a steely tight and pointed strategy to at least have some fun with this. My shout. What say you?

  14. avatar
    Steven Krut | 9 September 2014 at 1:14 am #

    Was putting gas in my car yesterday at a large, busy gas station here in Atlanta and what song was playing on the station’s PA system? Metropolis. That was pretty cool.

  15. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 9 September 2014 at 6:45 am #

    Bees wax and plage ear: ouch! If i cant have a mug, please ask your brother if he would mind rustling up my t? Not trying to sound coxy. I dont have to try. Yours etc x by x equals. Yes just equals. That’s all there is to know and all you need to know. P.s. re coxes and yoga. Shaza in syd is a great teacher. A staircase is a great way of insuring clients return. Then if youre in DC theres a good bloke, Avery. Tweet him i guess :). Sweet. oxo=x

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    Kohl Ette | 9 September 2014 at 9:52 am #

    Half the night my mind has been restless and coming up with ‘witticisms’ such as, until if we meat free meet again etc… I sometimes nearly take your advice you gave me years ago to get off facebook and stop wasting my time to paraphrase you. I do think I understand where youre coming from regarding that at times. But of course, if I felt like you were telling me what to do, I won’t do it. Unless I decide I want to. But that aside, fb can be a very good thing for me in the context of home which is in a way too complex to go into and not all negative either. Anyway, I read this this morning and it has brought me peace. Sure a lot of stuff like this are things you already know somewhere but it is great to read something like this when needed or when it coincides with one’s reciprocity:INTIMATE COMMUNION ~The first-stage woman is her man’s woman. The second-stage woman is her own woman. The third-stage woman is love, in the form of woman. Her identity is not derived from her man, nor from her self. Her need for self-identity is virtually gone, so bright is the shine of her love.
    She wanted this unending love from a man, and no man could give her what she wanted. She wanted this unending love from herself, and she couldn’t give herself enough love to fulfill herself perfectly. Now she has sacrificed her search for love because she has gained the knowledge of love. She feels deeply, at her core: She is love. She knows that she is either being love and giving love, or she is collapsing.
    The third-stage woman knows there is no ultimate relationship to seek, no perfect self-acceptance to achieve. She understands that she will never receive enough love from a Relationship nor from her self-acceptance. But she doesn’t need to anymore. She has discovered that when she is in the disposition, “I love you,” her life is filled with love. She has realized that when she wants to feel love, all she needs to do is give love. In fact, that is the only time she feels love—when she is loving.
    Her search for love is over. She may forget love, but her remembrance is always the same: I am love, and I love you. In this present moment, she practices feeling her body being lived, her breath being breathed and her heart being opened by the radiant love that naturally wants to flow from her heart. She allows herself to be the movement of love in this present moment. She is the dancing energy of love.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 12 September 2014 at 8:04 pm #

      I hate love.

      • avatar
        Anonymous | 13 September 2014 at 12:27 pm #

        U need a life

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          Anonymous | 15 September 2014 at 8:27 pm #

          I hate life.

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            Anonymous | 15 September 2014 at 9:48 pm #

            Can’t hate it too much. For one can see your still seeking. By checking out others lives thru blogs. & partaking in them.

            HHB SJK.i can see my prayers for blessings on yr b’day have carried through in the witnessing of all the love & well wishers from those who partake in this blog.
            Same prayer went out 4 another Australian song writer coincidentally born same day stephen cummings from the sports. Guessing God was handingout the gift of songwriting on this day.

  17. avatar
    davem | 10 September 2014 at 4:35 am #

    Sept 13th is looming!! Where have the years gone……thanks so much for all the magic.

    (Great SK interview via Seance link by the way TTB’s! I’m shite at IT so can’t post it for you!)

    Much love to you Steve.


  18. avatar
    davem | 10 September 2014 at 4:36 am #

    I know this isn’t a link as such…but still a fab read.

  19. avatar
    Rebecca1KS | 10 September 2014 at 5:49 am #

    “as i sing you to your sweetest sleep…”

    Yes: this is it, Steve Kilbey. From the first note I heard you sing in ‘Under the Milky Way’ all those many moons ago, it’s your voice that utterly captivates. Singing is your most magical gift!

  20. avatar
    Kohl Ette | 11 September 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    Trees, mend us!
    Yes we can bend
    but not tremendously!
    Forgive us for taking from you
    and you dwellers
    for our ‘beauty benefits’.
    The cap fits yet not.
    We were having fun with
    our BB guns.
    It is time to live, to give back.
    We should mend you but how
    when we need you to mend us?
    Lost, bereft in a forest
    of stupendous fuss.
    We are pretentious.
    Please, trees, defend us!

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 12 September 2014 at 8:05 pm #

      Tell it to the Amazon Rainforest, Ettie.

  21. avatar
    wizkowski | 11 September 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    Live footage of a new Church song from secret gig at Eaton’s Hill, Brisbane that some of you may be interested in…

    Possibly called ‘Take off your head’?

    New album slated for October?

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      Anonymous | 12 September 2014 at 9:31 pm #


  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    Disappointed I missed TheChurch set at Bigsound & freebie at Eatons Hill Hotelbut knew I had to be at another set. I suspected The Zoo would be crammed full wirh old & new listeners especially with Hauggie on board now. Compared to the 20 or so in the crowd at the last gig I attended foe the night. Know there will be plenty of other opportunities to hear the new music.
    Those looking for SK BIGSOUND arrest as per twitter link -number 5 Page to save scrolling thru all unless desiring too. Some interesring arresting laughable (& appreciately imaginary true) comments from some of the singers I saw over the two night event.

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 September 2014 at 6:10 pm #

    happy birthday you beautiful being
    never stop being you xxx

  24. avatar
    wiskowski | 12 September 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    Other clips found from the secret gig at Eaton’s Hill, Brisbane, on 10th Sept.

    Footage of ‘Miami’:

    and a clip focusing on Ian Haug during ‘Laurel Canyon’:

  25. avatar
    Dean | 13 September 2014 at 10:53 am #

    Happy Birthday Steve. Here’s to another 60 years!

  26. avatar
    Lady Di | 13 September 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Happy Birthday SK!

    Cheers to our humble hero who gives us so much.
    With you every step of the way SK from one birthday to the next.
    Much love and happiness to the birthday boy and I hope you have a lovely day today.

    When’s the party? Hope D & T get an invite.

    Love Di

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Dear sk,

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a vsp (very special person).
    Wishing u one of your happiest days on planet earth.
    Sending u lots of happy vibes and excellent karma.
    Hope u put your feet up, relax, enjoy the day and get spoilt rotten.

    Peace & love

  28. avatar
    Crasher | 13 September 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    Thanks for attaching that link dave(m).i’m passionate about forget yourself.
    A brilliant body of music that has it all..that spacy psychaedelia, beautiful eerie tunes and then it rocks.
    The last time the church played Melbourne, the Art Rock and Roll tour featured 5 or 6 songs from forget yourself… for me..atheist heaven.
    Wishing you a deliriously happy 6oth Steve.
    What does many happy returns actually mean ?
    Taxing my brain, just thinking about it.

  29. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 13 September 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    Happy Birthday to the ageless Steven John Kilbey who was bestowed with luminous, myriad talents by a HIGHER POWER ! 42 years of humane vegetarianism/veganism too !

  30. avatar
    davem | 13 September 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    Many, many happy returns.

    Thanks for everything that you do.

    Much love


  31. avatar
    Helen Paschalis | 13 September 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    To the man who first inspired me when I was fifteen, whose words and music filled my adolescence with poetry and another world, a better world where all things beautiful are honoured and revered, where darkness turned to light with the turn of a phrase … to the man who continues to inspire me at 48 years of age, whose love and respect for all living things knows no bounds … Steven Kilbey, thank you for everything you have brought into my life … Happy 60th birthday! May your muses never leave your side. Much love always, Helen xxx.

  32. avatar
    Eskaedor | 13 September 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    Happy 60th Steve! Rock on!

  33. avatar
    Peter Olsen | 13 September 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    Happy Birthday Steve.
    Thanks for all the great and important art (music, poetry, writings and paintings) you have given to us so far! Keep it comming!

    Peter from Denmark…..

  34. avatar
    andy | 13 September 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    much love on ya on yer birthday superguru!
    thanks for being the yardstick for all things cool……….

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    Michel | 13 September 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    “Life begins at 60
    when you know it better than before
    and you have learnt by heart
    all the shortcuts of happiness”
    (translated from a french popular song by Tino Rossi)
    Bon anniversaire Steve !

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    Rebecca1KS | 13 September 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    I know I’m late (being on the other side of the world and all), but I believe everything’s better late than never.

    Happy Birthday & Many Happy Returns!

    I imagine this one can’t be an easy milestone, but don’t let chronological numbers determine anything. You’re only as young as you feel, and I think of you as ageless. Just keeping being yourself, trying to make this world a better place through all the special gifts you’ve been given.

    • avatar
      Rebecca1KS | 15 September 2014 at 9:07 pm #

      Guess I was too late, or too early, depending how you look at it.

      Time is so linear here….

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 September 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    Happy Happy Happy Birthday!

  38. avatar
    andy | 14 September 2014 at 7:00 am #

    BLOODY HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    just heard ‘Take off your head’ and I feel a bit like doubting Thomas……
    if the rest of the album is as good as this it will be a career highlight.
    this song is just stunning….as good as any of the best works in the church cannon.
    so,so brilliant!
    I thought our new one was coming on well but after getting my ears around this?…… you’re spurring us on to work even harder.
    always gonna be in your shadow artistically steve….but by god im going to strive to make that shadow as big and as deep as possible!
    you and your amazing bandmates are a huge inspiration….you have all totally delivered yet again in every way imaginable.


    please steve get this wonderful new stuff to me as soon as possible!
    so proud of you manne….
    big love,

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 15 September 2014 at 4:45 pm #

      well if we convinced you andy
      thank you my dear friend for this affirmation!

  39. avatar
    sonny | 14 September 2014 at 11:11 am #

    happy happy birthday ttb. all the best to you and yours.

  40. avatar
    hellbound heart | 14 September 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    kind sir, i have waited patiently for music’s soul
    the wait is almost over
    bathe me in magic and beauty

  41. avatar
    redpotty | 15 September 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    Happy BDay. For years you have made my Bub Bubs bounce.

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