posted on January 25, 2012 at 7:16 pm

opportunity nocked

i wake one day and bondi is deserted

the people have all gone home

a hammock swings empty in the greenery

the ferns and cactuses

the colourful pots and vases

the paved courtyards are silent

oh the gentle rain

enriching soothing calming

the pool is warm

i plunge into the salty brew

the bottom of the pool is lined with seaweed

and waves crash over the side slapping me about

today a rare energy fills me

i kick through the dim warm green water

the waves come down and i escape  by diving under

the blessed quiet underwater

the healing power of this immense ocean

the holiness of the pure and simple things

in the sauna an old ukrainian guy tells me about his sauna hat

instead of listening i drift away on his marvellous accent

the melody of his speech suggests kiev and great forests

coming home i encounter hardly anyone

some good news i am moving into a nice  apartment soon

i will have a wonderful view up in the trees

this will inspire me to pour forth more creation isms

i have never lived anywhere as nice as this before in some ways

i am inspired to create some things that will be good

i am solving art conundrums by the easel load

i am sorting out music like it was my first language

i am understanding music on more levels more deeply

it is coming to me so easily

after this long apprenticeship a brief period as a master craftsman

saraswati favours me for the while

all art is from god

all art ultimately should be dedicated to god

it should contain or touch upon god

or even upon his perceived absence

god is afoot god is a mile

god is a warm grey day

the kind of god and day i like

i think i am content and happy just at this moment

the cool summer seabreeze the constant drizzle

the trees drip drip drip

i am detached and pleasantly so

warm grey day turns into cool black night

i look at a picture of kate mitchell and me that sits on my desk

i send my prayers to craig and the girls

i hope they are doing ok

i wish she was out there tonight

this world can be a real hell quite often

bad things happen

mission calls it a clusterfuck

i am grateful for this moments respite

a brief pocket of time in equilibrium

it is truly appreciated






26 Responses to “warm grey day”

  1. avatar
    eekie | 25 January 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    “some good news i am moving into a nice apartment soon
    i will have a wonderful view up in the trees
    this will inspire me to pour forth more creation isms
    i have never lived anywhere as nice as this before in some ways
    i am inspired to create some things that will be good”

    Oh Steven, I am so happy for you!
    Such great news! A nice place can make such a difference.

    “i think i am content and happy just at this moment

    And this makes me very happy.
    It’s pretty much all anyone can ask for…to be happy at this moment.

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    hellbound heart | 25 January 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    ….sounds like a day of quiet and relative solitude…..balm for the soul, me thinks….
    love always….

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    eekie | 25 January 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    “i am solving art conundrums by the easel load”

    And how can this not absolutely thrill me?
    eekie is very, very happy!

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    princey | 25 January 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    That’s so sweet you have a picture of you and Kate on your desk…hope she can somehow know that, it would really make her smile, wouldn’t it 🙂

    Nice to hear you’re feeling happy and content at the moment too, and congrats on the new, groovy pad…enjoy!

  5. Jmb066
    Jmb066 | 25 January 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Nice to hear you are having a Grey Day, long deserved.

    Will you still be near the ocean in your new apartment? either way looking forward to the art and music it will aid in producing.

    Here’s to many more Grey Days.

    Take Care,


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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 25 January 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    That is the ‘cigar box’ guitar in the background of this picture, it sits proudly on display. Have you used it yet it any song creation? If so, how did it sound after it was miked up?

    There is always fiction and non-fiction in the mastery that is your daily blog. Todays was exceptional. I, dedicate all my art to those that I love the most, I don’t necessary believe I have ever thrown the almighty in the mix. Since he/she has the pulsde of every living breathing thing on this spinning rock, all the pulses beating separately but together sounding like a symphony of life.
    So, if I read in2 this a bit…a possible resolution has taken place, whereas, you will stay a constant positive influence on the three angels who reside the closest by taking up residence not to far away from your Bondi home. This, if true, is a great thing. You will stay right at an arms reach of those needed hugs and the world of wisdom that you possess which will be easily passed onto the wolfies and the human bunny. The tone of the blog entry is uplifting. I am very happy for you, if this is/was the resolution to what turmoil that has disrupted your personal life, for quite some time now. If this was ‘your’ idea- it is extremely thoughtful to share space but found your own at the same time. It is actually very genius of you.

    Hopefully, today, my ‘new’ girl arrives from sunny-warm California. Iv had my eye on this black beauty for more time than I care to share- but now she is mine. Mahogany body, maple neck, hand crafted her in the greatest country on EARTH. The last of her kind. They, Carvin guitars, stopped creating her model and the very last one- is all mine. She is tricked out with all the Floyd Rose bells and whistles and when I gently lace her up with a new set of Elixirs (best strings on the planet- nanoweb design- always ring true-stay in tune- coated for longevity ) – I will have her join the others- she will be at the front of the line now. Ready, willing, and born able to plunge into my vintage 1974 Ampeg 100wt head and dual 4×12 cabinets (all original tubes, I let the beast warm up 15 minutes before rocking out ny neighbors ). I have a name in mind, but I truly haven’t named her. Any suggestions ???? New guitars are like sweet angels, and when they ‘talk back’ , they sound better than when they sat there quietly- just looking good.
    I am so excited- haven’t bought a ‘new’ guitar since 1986 !!!
    So – she is quite special already.

    Take pics of your new digs and the view you have obtained and post them up here on ‘ye olde bloggeee’ if/when you can. I hope you find comfort, quiet, and new found creative birth- in your new home (if it truly exists).

    Darrin JK

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      thetimebeing | 26 January 2012 at 5:52 am #

      the girls will be living with me dazz
      congrats on the carvin…may she ring on for ya!

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 26 January 2012 at 10:12 am #

        AHHhhh hell with the new guitar, the girls will be living with you. Thats fantastic news. That made my day. Those angels need their father. I know first hand with my Kristina, how important a ‘Father’ is to a daughter. And you have 5 all together. Three which will be living with you. Thats Super Fantastic News !!!!!


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          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 26 January 2012 at 10:24 am #

          How can we send you a ‘house warming’ gift? It is very traditional in my family, and as many of the families on this website, to send something that will be a constant reminder of how special a ‘home’ really is. I was thinking of sending it thru Raj at: The Church Store
          C- Futura
          PO Box 7485
          Bondi Beach 2026

          Would it get to you this way? Raj has been incredibly professional operating ‘the store’ for the band. I have ordered a bunch of stuff and received it in a week (for each of my orders). OOHHhhh…she will tell ya how I’v been kidding her on ‘obtaining’ a CHURCH MAP T-Shirt since they are no longer in production. I NEED IT BAD KILLER !!!

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    Jonathan Andrews | 26 January 2012 at 2:12 am #

    Hi Steve. This post is exquisite and moved me. It brings to mind “Pearls” from Back With Two Beasts, for some reason. That song is so emotional for me and transports me.

    I pray for peace. Do you ascribe to Buddhism in practice? Just a question I have wondered about.

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    . | 26 January 2012 at 2:51 am #

    the clouds break and the sun shines through
    what a fitting change with an eternal view
    it’s all around us, it’s in me, it’s in you
    the wind and the water reflect that truth
    one equation solved, a thousand more to choose
    work to solve every answer, that’s what we do

  9. Kraig
    Kraig | 26 January 2012 at 5:29 am #

    Sounds and feels oh so tranquil! I like the part where you sleep on listening to the geezer speak his Ukranian language…lost in the moment, i find myself doing that same thing sometimes with your English accent, me being American, fascinates me hearing your Australian/English slang when listening to your beautiful art!


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    colette | 26 January 2012 at 5:51 am #

    I’m wondering will the trees block your view or are they the view? But whether a room has a view or not is not really the point, I think, because more importantly it sounds like you have a view of a womb? Or from a womb or a womb with a view? Anyway something/where comforting and peaceful.

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      thetimebeing | 26 January 2012 at 5:57 am #

      the trees simultaneously block the view and are the view
      but remember i am a tree hugging fool
      i love my arbours !

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    Steven Krut | 26 January 2012 at 6:59 am #

    It’s really great that you’re getting a nice, new place. The way you described it made me imagine it as sort of a treehouse – kind of a Swiss Family Robinson earthly paradise made from thatched palm leaves, bamboo, and tropical timber. But with Internet and central AC, of course.

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    Anonymous | 26 January 2012 at 7:48 am #

    oyez… goes to thoughts of a leonardo exhibit – it was all studies and observations of so much before in parts, mostly hundreds and hundreds of horse anatomies separated into their given movements (and so many human hands and wrists too) it was so fascinating – all sketches; they had to kick me out of the museum… I got lost in just everything and had to keep running back into different hallways to connect what I was then looking at — and he a true master too (of which I know my masters). and after that showing everytime I now get to see one of his works, I understand better the emotions he gave us within those paintings he is so famous for… it took him years to get to everything he has given the world (paintings among), and they became forever in those emotions he kept working on until: voila! so perfect, you can’t even tell! your last few paintings – you’ve nailed what only movement/emotion can provide. they are unbelievably beautiful, really. back to leo… right before… he moved from the home he had lived (for the most part) for years and years to take residence high up on a hill (to be within the trees). and for all he gave so much of, composing music was not his strongest gig.

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    colette | 26 January 2012 at 8:22 am #

    Yes, unlike labours, arbours are not arduous but inspire ardour.

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    redgrevillea | 26 January 2012 at 9:50 am #

    sensations as these are sacred. may they last a long, long time.

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    andy | 26 January 2012 at 10:46 am #

    when the ‘dudes of neptune’ slimmed down to a trio….as you know we adopted the name ‘the failed’.
    lovely april-scarlett promptly informed me we had missed the oppertunity
    to give ourselves the greatest band name ever……’tree huggers from venus’.
    so happy that you’re so happy slim.

    darrin….new guitar… tunes!!!!!

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 26 January 2012 at 2:34 pm #

      Indeed- and her action is ridiculous. Thou knowith I luv to shredded….
      I’ll send baby pics to reg email


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    Brien Comerford | 26 January 2012 at 11:29 am #

    I like it when you invoke God becuase some Creator or Highter Being did indeed bestow you with a plethora of talents.

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    Anonymous | 26 January 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    Sounds like there is positive energy in your soon to be new abode. May you and your family share many happy hours together there. Feng Shui.

    Quote:And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
    William Shakespeare
    Quote: As the poet said, ‘Only God can make a tree,’ probably because it’s so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
    Woody Allen
    Take care Mr K and Family.

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