So Long, Long Between Mirages
Posted on November 16, 2014
My sister texted me last night to say that she was going to see Steve Kilbey from Australian band The Church. She was very excited, and I texted back to tell her that I once saw him play in a little room.
Indulge me in a segue for a moment –
That night in Bondi, eight or nine years ago, Al was playing a gig with the band that he was in at the time, Dizzy Limit.The gig times got mixed up, and the band ended up going on later than originally planned. Dizzy Limit was Stephen Lovelight’s baby, and he is an actor as well as song writer and musician, who went to WAAPA with Hugh Jackman, who happened to be in Sydney filming X-Men Origins: Wolverine at the time. Stephen had run into Hugh in the days previous and told him about the gig, not imagining that he would actually bother turning up. When the band – and band wives – arrived, we discovered that Hugh had turned up to see them play at the earlier time, and then left, as Stephen wasn’t there.
So, Dizzy Limit played, there amongst the artwork, and we two wives drank wine and danced and watched, and later, Steve Kilbey stood with his guitar and a mike in the small room, and he sang Under the Milky Way.
It felt as though the ground beneath me vanished. The ceiling opened like a flower -for a song at least- and there was that Milky Way, luminous and eternal above, and it felt as though the dead lived – and swayed in common elation with me.
Under the Milky Way is one of my favourite Australian songs. It was released in 1988. I was only fourteen that year, but my brother Grant was twenty one and living in a tiny house in Carlton, Melbourne, studying Graphic Design at RMIT. I don’t know if he even liked The Church, they were probably a bit too alternative for him, but I know that he would have known the song, along with the much earlier The Unguarded Moment, and because the songs were so iconic, he might have felt stopped in time too, if he had have lived, and been standing there beside me in the flesh.
I say this, although I don’t believe in ghosts, or anything after. Grant’s spirit, or the spirit of him was conjured. Music has that power.
Words have that magic.
*The words So long, long between mirages comes from The Church song The Unguarded Moment
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