posted on September 24, 2006 at 8:53 pm

you woulda thort a songwriting competition
was gonna arm yer olde humble scribe
with some bloggy ammunition
you know some arguments
or some aweful songs
or someone mind blowingly amazing
some angry contestants
a clash with other judges,perhaps
but no
it was a very very mild day
and relatively poor trawling for “incidents”
i left syd-knee at about 10 30
it was about 28 degrees celsius
(look it up on yer computer all you americans
who dont know what that is in fahrenheit
i cant be yer metric converter ferever)
after one hours smooth flyin’
ye olde pilate says the wind in yon melby be 80 knots
(whatever the fuck a knot is)
(but 80 of em is quite windy)
suddenly descending from the royal blue sky
we encounter the mellbinnish weather
the plane bounces around
plunges and shakes
olde sk got cold sweat coming
capitan in cockpitt
everyaone sit down now
oh im praying to vishnu
take this mother-ship down
finally after a loada
plummetting n jerking n swaying
we land in a huge spray of silver water
“welcome to sunny mellbin”
intones capitan joker pilate
“its 16 degrees”
i hurry thru aeropuerte easily
having no baggage
other than my rubber skin ipodd
and book
walk straight out the door
jump into yon cabby
i check to see if good sir cabby
wants a convahsation
he dont
he doesnt speak the olde inglise that well
and hes happier if i stick me ipoddy back on
(how all this ipodding must be further fucking up my ears!)
i listen to a compilation cd a druid in italy gave to me
years ago in 2002
its got a little opera lite kinda stuff
italian amore amore romantic ballads
one track by lisa gerrard which sounds like
a song someone wrote in nineveh or carthage
in another language she only understands
this song is unbelievable
its simply unbelievable
and shes australian
its a bit like the singin’ she does on the glad-‘e ate ‘er
when croweys enterin’ the elysian fields
n mrs maximus is awaitin’ on him
to soothe his troubled brow forever n ever
lisas vibrato n control are fuckin breathtaking
just her n this string machine
the song swoops n glides thru strange pastures
at the end we hear an audience applaud
n we realise it was live!
this music being directly channelled
from another time n place
another track is by brendan perry
who was also the other half of the
super fabulous n medieval dead can dance
his track called the voyage of bran
is also a bloody beauty
close yer eyes
and yer in a coracle gently winding
a river in ancient britain
birds twittering n cawing in the soft engish summer
yer a celt
dressed in skins
and living in a world of deep beltane magic
perrys resonant voice and superb guitar
+ a few strange instruments i cant recognize
anyway after this song we arrive in northcote
where theyre havin a festival
trouble is the weathers havin’ a festivalof its own
called the cold windy n rainy festival
i make my way into this cosy little venue
out back of the town hall
very civilized indeed
the people running the show are very nice
the other judges are very nice
mick thomas from weddings parties anything
now with the sure thing
i dunno how to describe his music
sorta aussie colonial stuff
hes pretty popular down here in melb
and hes an honest friendly kinda bloke
the other judge was a lady
with a complicated non anglo name
that i dont wanna mispell
but she was v. nice n reasonable too
we were given these sheets
that ye olde real big songwriting contests use
they hadda loada questions on em
does the chorus differ from the verse
do the lyrics suit the music
do the lyrics have an emotional response
and you had to give it a one to 4 rating
plus comments
the place was packed with family n friends
3 categories:open, junior, n a theme of celebration
yeah they were all pretty ok
a lady who sang a song about men
“i dont understand them n they dont understand me”
easily won the open
the under 18s were a bit harder
i said one
the lady said another
mick had the decider
when he said the one i said
the lady was very gracious
no argy bargy
which is great when yer there
but gives ya no “incidents” for yon blogge
the theme section was won by a dude
who didnt stick to the theme one little bit
but he hadda lovely song about money
that he sang in a lovely sad way
we decided to give him the prize
everyone was happy
other judges
even me
i made a little off the cuff speech
about the importance of songwriters
along the lines of
did ya know that it aint those
red wine swilling fat execs in their
vip bathroom skyscraper offices
who earn a million bux a year
workin for the xyz monopoly record co
that make the music biz go round?
its the humble songrighter!
like moi
yer humble correspondant
anyway after gig n photos with winnahs
i drop in to visit the lord of misrule
and her white animal familiar
but only for about 20 mins
time for a cuppa n a smoko
then a cab driver from turkey
“sydney = istanbul
melbourne= ankara”
almost runs us into the barrier on freeway
about 3 times so engrossed in conversation
with yer humble reporter
(who has the gift of the gab n straddles all walksa life)
i have to say
yer a lovely man
but yer drivings atrocious
safely arrive at aeropuerte
buy roast vege fuccacio
but its all the fuckin veggies i hate
eggplant n capsicum…..yechhh!
big winds mean delayed for ages
finally come home
go to bed
get up
write this blogge
which leaves us

thats all

65 Responses to “wheres the contra-versey?”

  1. avatar
    leelinau | 24 September 2006 at 10:17 pm #


  2. avatar
    pagey | 24 September 2006 at 10:26 pm #

    oooh DCD are me secund favorite Aussie band after yuuu nose whooo. Wow, never been so near the first to comment! Weehee!

  3. avatar
    the dean | 24 September 2006 at 10:30 pm #

    capsicum is good

  4. avatar
    Glemb | 24 September 2006 at 10:39 pm #

    Wow! I can’t believe I m rally writing this!That someone might read it! Thank you to everyone that does.

  5. avatar
    Kelly B. | 24 September 2006 at 10:43 pm #

    Hey anyone – does anyone know where I can buy a new router from on th einternet? I want to pay no more than $65.25 US.
    I really need one and you all could let me know it would be SWEEEET! Thanks a mill – you rock!

  6. avatar
    Leanna | 24 September 2006 at 10:44 pm #

    You can get a great router from – I think that is what they are called – you better check but they ship out of Chicago – I haven’t used them but heard about them at a party. I think it was them. Make sure you don’t try and program it – they always break! GOod luck girl!

  7. avatar
    Kelly B | 24 September 2006 at 10:46 pm #

    thanks Leanna! You are a life saver! Also – since you are on – what platform to use if I am thinking of switching over from Windows 98? Can you still get ME? I really need this! luv you all!

  8. avatar
    Kelly B. | 24 September 2006 at 10:47 pm #

    Oh damn! I menat -ethernet – I mispelt it! Damn -sorry if you are still there Leanna – oh god you are goning to think I am such an dweeb! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! You guys rule!

  9. avatar
    Driver Dan | 24 September 2006 at 10:50 pm #

    Just read those stupid posts – about getting computer equipment – where do you get off? All you have to do is go to Ebay – they always have cheap stuff – become a user, start your own login and you can buy some stuff and get it real cheap. They usually ship pretyy fast – and are reliable – don’t get ethernet until you get it checked out? Are you married? ask your husband or boyfriend how to do it. Good luck. If you get stuck -post back here tomorrow.

  10. avatar
    Kelly B | 24 September 2006 at 10:52 pm #

    Thanks! This has been so helpful! you guys are teh best! Thanks thanks thanks! I will! I will! See you tomorrow! Thanks Driver – thanks everyone!

  11. avatar
    mattdavison | 24 September 2006 at 11:31 pm #

    You should try flying into Wellington SK, I ve often been on the plane when we hav had a go-around..Plane’ie comes in 200 knts than Vrrrrr up at 80 degrees….head loses equilibrim, brain matter swerls around aroplanie banks hard left, than right….looking at ground than back up two da sky.. than my nuckles grip white, babies cry.. old grann closes eyes…me gin falls ova..Hostee straps in, the wind pushes us back out to Aussie..
    Pilots.. strap in like a u2 bomber in www2…
    Air traffic flip dice to see weather goin to Christchurch is an option..should we dump fuel over the south coast sea lions..or ditch for a little swim in the cook Strait..

    Na! just a typical landing..Flight officers love et, gives em some exitement..I don’t however, it is a marvl this flyin capper..but whatever!!! fuc my nucklies are gettin white just thinkin about et..


  12. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 25 September 2006 at 12:06 am #

    I love eggplant and capsicum…..yum!

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2006 at 12:09 am #

    flyyyyyyyyyyy home!!!!!!!

  14. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 25 September 2006 at 12:11 am #

    All in a day’s work.

  15. avatar
    fergal | 25 September 2006 at 12:22 am #

    nice one sk …
    so there will be no further musical collanboration between yerself & mick thomas? i wonder what your voice sounds like backed by an accordion?
    guess we may never know? ;-D

  16. avatar
    damien | 25 September 2006 at 12:27 am #

    I like these simple “day in the life of SK” blogs.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2006 at 12:36 am #

    If ya don’t like that..or that or this..What the F.. do you munch on Kilb???
    Gzzz ya must be a pain at the supermarket.

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2006 at 12:44 am #

    A song called ‘The Voyage of Bran’?! Sounds like a load of shit to me…!

  19. avatar
    mandn | 25 September 2006 at 12:58 am #


    Dead Can Dance but the living fly
    and sing and judge and drive and blog


  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2006 at 1:16 am #

    Capsicum is great roasted – then peel skin off and add to favourite dish – yum.

    As for Melbourne – 4 seasons in one day!


  21. avatar
    veleska1970 | 25 September 2006 at 1:30 am #

    i’ve been getting the impression that you were not looking forward to judging this competition~~but as it turns out, it wasn’t all that bad, was it now??

    FYI~~a “knot” is approximately 1 1/3 miles per hour. (a friend of mine is a riverboat pilot. this was a question that i asked him some years ago~~”just how fast is a knot, anyway??” and that was the answer i received.

    so now you know.

    lotza love……..

  22. avatar
    lorrain | 25 September 2006 at 1:36 am #

    o Nevets
    Ridley Scott is my best visionary, as you may find if you check my last comment from the previous entry. It arrived a bit late, but was imagined, hem, on the spot !
    I always met people who loved Dead Can Dance, as I stayed with Clannad. Gladiator soundtrack revealed Lisa to me, in full splendour.
    never stop the verses

  23. avatar
    skyintheairwaves | 25 September 2006 at 1:53 am #

    What popol vuh do you recommend to truly transcend the literal?

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2006 at 2:09 am #

    hi sk
    went to a
    john lennon
    art exhibit
    here in boulder
    it was
    just here for
    the weekend
    a family outing
    for me, john
    and our
    2 daughters
    very cool that
    laura and julia
    are so interested
    of course
    they’ve been
    since birth
    i mean
    we’ve been
    teaching them
    music appreciation
    at home 😉

    hearing the music
    looking at the art
    powerful stuff
    would love
    to see one of
    your art exhibits
    something to
    look forward to


  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2006 at 2:22 am #

    I agree 100 percent with the comment about the record execs. Its the people like you and i that make the music that makes people feel things. Its sooo overprocessed, and here in the untied-ed states, i dont even listen to the radio anymore. Mainly just the church and Margot Smith and the Church members solo albums. All about eve is great too! Fake is interesting… took me a little to get used to. Dabble is GREAT from what ive heard from it. One of your songs reminds me of my old dog Buddy… he died in the evacuation from the island when hurricane rita came through and did… absolutely nothing to Galvetraz Texas.
    ‘Now its time… to say goodbye,
    Waiting for you, in the sky.’
    I dont even know the name of the song, but its really cool.
    Love your music sk…
    Galveston TX

  26. avatar
    Tony Pucci | 25 September 2006 at 2:47 am #

    i completely agree with you
    about eggplant… 🙁
    glad the songwriting competition
    was pleasant for you
    i can only think it must be like
    the annual Cancer Telethon
    on local TV…24 hours of fundraising
    and performances by local “talent”
    i was even on it once
    back in high school
    (maybe i should do it again)
    anyway, most of the people on there
    make me cringe…
    but bless their hearts,
    it makes ’em happy
    and they’re trying…
    what more can you do??!!?
    Peace, Pucci

    ps…they make all of the local
    high school rock bands
    perform in the middle of the night
    of course…

  27. avatar
    PWERSSSSSSH | 25 September 2006 at 3:16 am #

    You blog us, ahhhh you blog us, ya blog us, ya blog us, ya blog us youuuuu.You blogg us ahhh….. you blog us….. ya blog us, ya blog us YOU!!!.

  28. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 25 September 2006 at 3:28 am #

    heres the contra-versey…

    “did ya know that it aint those
    red wine swilling fat execs in their
    vip bathroom skyscraper offices
    who earn a million bux a year
    workin for the xyz monopoly record co
    that make the music biz go round?
    its the humble songrighter!”

    Fresh today, from an unnamed source in a parallel blogiverse….

    “I remember vividly an interview with Iggy Pop from 1986. He presented his then record company, A&M, with his latest Bowie-produced album ‘Blah Blah Blah’ and fell foul of the A&R guy with a song called ‘Winners and Losers’. The opening lyric is “Winners and losers, which one am I?”. Apparently the A&R guy, after taking a long dragon his cigar, told Iggy “Son, if you don’t know, get the hell off my label, we only want winners!”.

    Did ya see Bobby Flynn last evening? He sang “straight” like he wanted out. “caught between the moon and new york city”… he dropped his mic stand to the ground, fluffed the lyrics, looked dead eyed and flat. “Get the FREAKS off the show”, the forum posters petitioned. Bobby’s a moon man lost in a big city game. He knows the Idol single choice’s all sewn up. Not a song for a moon lovin dude. T’is a song for the factory hand. Bobby…get out before they kill ya. You’re too good for this rabble.

  29. avatar
    lee | 25 September 2006 at 4:29 am #

    Yeah, what was going on with Bobby? But it can’t have helped that he had to go on stage after they’d just made a fuss of that girl – touchdown and all.Oh, Bobby…. (I wish that Lisa girl would get the flick -can’t handle her voice for more than half a song).

  30. avatar
    food critique | 25 September 2006 at 5:35 am #

    I love Portobello mushrooms! Nite

  31. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 25 September 2006 at 6:12 am #

    the leaves are crispin up ,..all yellows n browns n ambers ,…so i burnt a couple in the living room today,
    what a nice smell ,..huge sky this afternoon …

    we had our little affair the sun ..on the lawn we played bocci

    no one played foot in mouth ..

    the highlight …we achieved the primative… the father of the bride ,.myself and my dear olde dad snuck off fer a jazz session … seemed almost tribal to me and ritualistic …like we were sigin the deal …everthing …its very hard to describe but i felt connected to this humanity through these combined rituals and circumstances …its the first time ive ever felt this type of connection to everyone and everything , and not fer lack of trying ,believe me ive tried …

    i wasnt lookin for it..but there it is ….


  32. avatar
    verdelay | 25 September 2006 at 9:28 am #

    A bit slow on the uptake, but ye see, I been with the elves all weekend, grooving in a circle down in the shadow of Mam Tor, the shivering mother mountain. That’s where me kin sprang ready made from the very earth itself. So forgive me for being off-theme. Can ye?

    Y’see, I found an old photograph of you and me. Lets see if you can remember.

    It’s an old photograph, the kind they used to have long before now. Some kind of silver and mercury philtre on a papyrus backing. Anyhow, there’s you there in your plumed eagle helmet and bronze breastplate glinting in the early morning sun. You’re hauling some old magician to his death on the block in the alleys behind the north tower of Gardeniapolis. The City of Gardens. That was a fine town. Do you remember it? You can tell it was taken there by the architecture in the background, all twisty bluestone filigree and reflective leadlights. And the gawping onlookers are all arrayed in red silk, as was the fashion there for a time. You’ve got the eyes of a butcher – rhuemy with regret but steel cast and fixed with bloody intent. What else could you do? You were just a child then, though you’re at least forty in the picture. You did what you were told like a good boy. What a day! I think you must have died shortly after that photo was taken, when the gargoyles and grotesques all came to life and put every last one of you to the sword. An uprising of architecture. The beauty of the city finally had its revenge on its brutal occupants. A victory for aesthetics if ever there was one.

    I don’t think you were ever quite so cruel after that. But sometimes I look into your eyes and I’m taken back to that morning when I finally lost my head.

  33. avatar
    sue cee | 25 September 2006 at 10:48 am #

    i’ll trade you roasted eggplant and capsicum (yum) for cucumber (yechhh)

    it was the windiest day ever yesterday here too, even the kites were complaining… def not a good day to be up in the air!

  34. avatar
    Fanny Craddock | 25 September 2006 at 12:44 pm #

    What exactly is Capsicum? is it organic? Is it alive (in a cultural sense), does it replicate?.

    What does it taste like?

  35. avatar
    Manyfestly Bonkers | 25 September 2006 at 12:45 pm #

    Hey, don’t be so heavy on the Cucumber, it’s an innocent vegetable.

  36. avatar
    The Husky Man | 25 September 2006 at 12:54 pm #

    For sale:

    One slightly soiled/frozen Router/modem. Excellent condition, little use – slightly bruised. Large size – fits all. Weight 50 tonnes, Height 0.75km. Buyer collects.

    Telephone: 086351787874 (Alaska).
    Ask for the Husky Man.

  37. avatar
    The Husky Man | 25 September 2006 at 1:04 pm #

    Also Ice and Fish.

  38. avatar
    The Husky Man | 25 September 2006 at 1:06 pm #

    Hetrosexual! and Fish

  39. avatar
    sue cee | 25 September 2006 at 1:15 pm #

    capsicum = bell pepper
    and they come in red, green or yellow

    BUT the cucumber did it, in the library with the candlestick!

  40. avatar
    tokinjester | 25 September 2006 at 1:23 pm #

    Greetings! Mr. Nevets & All—- Sounds like yer havin’ ugly kite weather–Aquire an inexpnsive yet homely kite–write a message onnit.(we usta put addresses & phone#,s onnem.)So that,when the string fially breaks,you won’t miss yer kite too much & perhaps you’ll get a reply from wherever it ended up.
    May yer Days & Nights NOT SUCK!!!!!!

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 September 2006 at 1:58 pm #

    I’m surprised that you don’t like eggplant.


  42. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 25 September 2006 at 2:07 pm #

    Isn’t taste funny? And yes I mean the taste in your mouth. I loooooooooooove cucumbers, eggplants and bell peppers.
    Cannot stand root beer or mint, asparagus and peas.
    I’ve always wondered why one man’s yummy! is another’s ewwwwwwww!!

    P.S. Sue, are you on a political campaign against the poor cucumber? ; )

  43. avatar
    The Cabbage King | 25 September 2006 at 2:28 pm #

    Cucumbers of the World – Unite against Oppression.

    And Asparagus|

  44. avatar
    veleska1970 | 25 September 2006 at 2:35 pm #

    i cannot imagine a good yummy salad without a ton of cukes. i’ll have to agree with steve on the eggplant, though…..excuse me, i think i’m heaving.

  45. avatar
    Disparagus | 25 September 2006 at 2:45 pm #

    With Cabbages and Kings (and Cucumbers) we mingle.

  46. avatar
    J Winston O' Carroll | 25 September 2006 at 2:57 pm #

    I am the eggplant,(Wooooh)
    they are the eggplant, Wooooh)
    I am Cucumber, goo goo goo joob goo goo goo joob, etc

  47. avatar
    mandn | 25 September 2006 at 3:07 pm #

    anyone interested in an Egyptian Cucmber and Feta salad let me know


  48. avatar
    stealthblue | 25 September 2006 at 3:15 pm #

    Is it a Virgo thing to hate eggplant? I hate it, it is “anathema!!” I know a lot of peeps that dig it, but no way Jose for moi. My goil loves it. She gets pissed because I won’t even have it “Parmesan” style…BLEGHHH!!

    Glad you had a good time at the songwriting comp. That is so cool that you do that, and you are absolutely right about the songwriting aspect in the biz. I wish more people paid attention to that. I cannot stand to see so many “artists” and producers get all the atten and credit when they’ve never even actually written anything, let alone a song. Enjoy your days, and nights…
    Ben V.

  49. avatar
    Rubikon | 25 September 2006 at 3:18 pm #

    There’a a big differencve between an “Artiste” and an “Artist”.

  50. avatar
    veleska1970 | 25 September 2006 at 3:58 pm #

    i don’t know about virgos, ben~~i’m an aquarius. i just don’t like eggplant. ’tis some nasty stuff.

  51. avatar
    The Cabbage King | 25 September 2006 at 4:19 pm #

    Eggplant affection is not written in the stars then?

    Nature or Nurture?

    Really bad childhood experience?

    Peer Pressure?

    The plot stickens.

  52. avatar
    veleska1970 | 25 September 2006 at 4:24 pm #

    no, cabbage king, it’s not that traumatic (at least not for me)~~it just tastes bad!!!

  53. avatar
    ambnt1 | 25 September 2006 at 4:51 pm #


    Just thank God the Asian cabbie driver wasn’t flying the plane. You would have missed the competition!


    n.p. Chameleons, “Tripping Dogs”

  54. avatar
    John Garratt | 25 September 2006 at 6:27 pm #

    Eggplant rules.

    Have it made for you Chinese or Indian style.


  55. avatar
    davidcwelker | 25 September 2006 at 6:36 pm #

    i believe some things weren’t meant for human consumption, one being eggplant. come on, if you gotta dress something up that much, how good can it be ?

  56. avatar
    restaurant mark | 25 September 2006 at 7:01 pm #

    wow…i was out of town working for the weekend and had quite a bit of great reading to take in! three in one sitting…almost too much good stuff to think about. glad the songwriting contest went alright…even though you didn’t come back with drama for us! so are you the white hippy moses or the anti-claus? or both? either or…great images!!!
    sue…i hate cucumbers too, with a passion that burns deep within. can’t even smell the things…yuck!!!

  57. avatar
    mandn | 25 September 2006 at 7:33 pm #

    where did all the veggie-mosity come from?
    here I am, the carnivore.
    well, I just love food, there’s not much I won’t eat,
    except bugs and “sweetmeats”


  58. avatar
    JJ | 25 September 2006 at 7:41 pm #

    SK –

    My first registered departure from your path…me love eggplant. Especially as Bangain Bharta or Baba Ganouj (my spelling could be bad here). Love that stuff whether East or NearEast. Eggplant parmagiana too – yum.

    JJ, defender of fat, succulent aubergine vegetable

  59. avatar
    davem | 25 September 2006 at 7:58 pm #

    I don’t want to join in the aubergine debate but I’d like to know what the eff my Dad’s doing driving a taxi in Australia.
    From your description it just has to be him. His driving has caused my premature hair loss/ejaculation/male menopause & general state of anxiety.
    Love you more,

    Dave M

  60. avatar
    lorrain | 25 September 2006 at 9:34 pm #

    en la selva, deberia saberlo
    thus the contest lasted, to play a greta
    rushing song indeed
    hope Arthur Reads the signs

    just for fun, last steely walter becker words from his newsletter
    in closing may I offer these words of wisdom from my former
    spiritual advisor Lama Dudrup Golyakin, M.T.P., D.C.,
    of Upcountry, Hawaii:

    “don’t waste money, don’t make bad karma, if life
    give you lemon tree, then piss on it every day
    and take shower!”
    thanx for the grape jus n honey n teas of the mandarins

    your ghorse rider in the matrix

  61. avatar
    sue cee | 26 September 2006 at 5:56 am #

    guilty, its all my fault.. my cucumber distaste goes back to the importance of being ernest …and I just dont like the smell and taste.

  62. avatar
    Driver Dan | 26 September 2006 at 6:51 am #

    Does anyone here know is Kelly B got her router?
    I love 80’s music too! Anyone still like Mike and the mechanics? bit cheezy but way cool anyway…

  63. avatar
    Nexus-6d | 26 September 2006 at 7:31 am #

    driver dan…I got mine from this guy in Alaska…it came with some free fish..the scaly variety. It was set up to communicate with a Network just off the shores of Orion… but I reset it and I’m up and running on AOL now…just don’t tell Deckard.


  64. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 September 2006 at 11:05 am #

    The poor neglected zucchini!

  65. avatar
    lorrain | 26 September 2006 at 10:08 pm #

    don’t know much n never got interested in mike and the mechanics, though I liked genesis, since phil collins was over dominant on radio, at the time.
    i didn’t know there was a driving synchronicity, ubiquity
    yer welcome

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