New Music for Strange Times

Article Contributed by Dennis McNally | Published on Saturday, May 9, 2020

In normal times, Steve Kimock and Friends (John Morgan Kimock, drums, Jeff Chimenti, keys, and Reed Mathis, bass) would have returned to Mill Valley’s Sweetwater Music Hall this weekend for a three-night residency.

These are not ordinary times—oh, you noticed?—and so Steve & Co. decided to release a mini-EP, Point of No Return.  Here’s what Steve says about the EP.

A beautiful bit, one of my favorite KVHW (Kimock/Vega/Hertz/White) / Studio E (a place in Sebastopol where Steve lived and worked in the ’90s) era numbers, recorded live at the Sweetwater (Feb 14, 2019) and reimagined here via John Kimock’s signature production.

(To the extent all art is necessarily subject to context and the emotional state of the observer for interpretation, comments of mine about this piece necessarily refer more to observer than observed.). Nevertheless…

I think everybody’s clear about the basic “can’t go back” “too late to stop now” nature of the Point of No Return title.

All the more poignant in our current pandemic lockdown context, “The Point” in this timeline suggesting a world we knew well behind us and an unknowable world somewhere ahead. 

Likely no going back to life as we knew it.

My own slightly psychedelicized version of the lockdown pictures us all in our cocoons, waiting to emerge as beautifully transformed beings.

But that ain’t it either.

The Point of No Return is the arrow of time, it exists in every moment.

You can’t go back from any moment, the blessing may be you don’t have to either.

Let it go, grow, don’t look back, you never step in the same river twice,

Point of no return, it’s now.

           John Morgan added, On any given night it could be a 30 minute song.  This suite offers up the more delicious parts of where our improvisations tend to go in SKF.

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