Crowley and Me

by Star Sponge Vision

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It's 1974 I am sitting with Jimmy Page in the Hyatt hotel on Sunset Blvd watching a film by Kenneth Anger "Scorpio Rising". listening to Jimmy's music. We talk about many things, including his interest in one Aleister Crowley! The seed is sown.
Fast forward to 2016. I have been working with Twink on his "Technicolor Dream" music, adding keyboards and vocals. Twink says "Ever thought about looking into Crowley poetry and writing music to it?" No, I said, another seed drops into my mind. Sometime later I purchase many books about this strange and complicated man, Aleister Crowley. I am glued to the pages.
Crowley worked the media of that age to his advantage, all he did was put a strange hat on, or mumble an incoherent word, and they were on to him straight away. His notoriety is well documented and has become part of Rock History.
In truth he was a one man "rock n roll band" way ahead of his time. He wrote the book & film on outrageous behaviour.
Others later followed his lead including my band "The Pretty Things". I immediately warm to him, like souls attract, they tell me!
It is so easy to adopt the media interest in Crowley, and write music along those lines, but not for me. I read his poetry and was struck by what lies in between his lines. I wanted to expose what I believe to be, the real Crowley.
Thirty-two years ago, my attention was moved inwards, and I was drawn to an Indian Mystic Maharaj Charan Singh from Beas in India. The meditation that I practise has so many correlations to Crowley's incredible poetry, and his own inner experience's.
Crowley's life that is depicted in books, had no real bearing on his spiritual experience's, and like all true seekers for truth, he secretly hides his love for God in his words. Within these lines of poetry, lies Crowley's personal inner adventures, I realized, that he and I are so very similar, in so many ways.
The first song that I penned for "Crowley & Me" was Crowley & Me and was instantaneously created, I played this to Twink and his response was " love it, just carry on and write some more". The rest were chosen by subject, and the melody that creatively emerged from out of Crowley's words.
The band name " Star Sponge Vision" comes from a personal spiritual experience that Crowley had, and was documented during his lifetime.
The recording sessions were at "Pioneer Music" in Colchester, under the guidance of engineer Mathew Abbot. I wanted to work with younger musicians this time, and decided upon Max Gibson, Nick Ferris, Ed Sykes and of course my long-time buddy Twink.
This collection of songs dedicated to the life & poetry of Aleister Crowley is by far the most comprehensive work ever attempted by a contemporary band, hope that you enjoy it as much as we did makin' it.

The Star Sponge Vision band line up is as follows;
Jon Povey Keyboards, Grand Piano, Vocals & Narration.
Twink Drums & Percussion.
Max Gibson Lead & Acoustic Guitars.
Nick Ferris Lead & Acoustic Guitars.
Ed Sykes Bass & Ethereal Guitars.

Special thanks to;
Mega Dodo records.
Pioneer Music Colchester UK.
Geraldine at Atlantis Bookshop London.
Michael Woods London.
Bill Breeze at OTO New York.
John Wood Malaga Spain.
Brice Baron France.
Rozanne Povey for her endless patience.

All songs composed by John Povey.
Except "Hymn To Pan" Povey & Gibson*
Produced by Jon Povey, Twink & Ed Sykes.
Executive producer Michael Woods.

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released April 27, 2018

The Star Sponge Vision band line up is as follows;
Jon Povey Keyboards, Grand Piano, Vocals & Narration.
Twink Drums & Percussion.
Max Gibson Lead & Acoustic Guitars.
Nick Ferris Lead & Acoustic Guitars.
Ed Sykes Bass & Ethereal Guitars.

Special thanks to;
Mega Dodo records.
Pioneer Music Colchester UK.
Geraldine at Atlantis Bookshop London.
Michael Woods London.
Bill Breeze at OTO New York.
John Wood Malaga Spain.
Brice Baron France.
Rozanne Povey for her endless patience.

All songs composed by John Povey.
Except "Hymn To Pan" Povey & Gibson*
Produced by Jon Povey, Twink & Ed Sykes.
Executive producer Michael Woods.

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Track Name: Crowley and Me
"Crowley & Me"

V1
Where did we meet?
How could I forget.
Was it in my mind? Was it in my sleep.
The waters of life & the fires of hell.
A glance from your eyes, as you cast your spell.

V2
We stood at the top looked down on the sea.
The golden ship sinking for Crowley & me.
The dark boy beckons, to him we must run.
He shows us the reality in the things that we've done, we've done.

V3
Hold on to your Chinese girl.
Duty bound you found the pearl.
Moments of delusion never turned your hair.
Despite that iron fist punching the air.
Nothing matters to Crowley & Me.
Take all in our stride with certainty.
On the board of life, we play the game.
Or be lost forever, drowned in shame.

Middle Eight.
Don't be afraid of what you are.
Don't be afraid of what you are.
Don't be afraid. Don't be afraid. Don't be afraid.

V4
I stood by your side when they sent you away.
You turned your head, wanting to stay.
No stone unturned I searched with you.
We grasped their secrets, all of those jewels.
The gate blew open, you saw the truth.
Futility of life, the sadness of hope.
You rubbed your eyes, we stood in the light.
A vision of our hearts delight.
The spirit plays a waiting game.
Hard to find, impossible to tame.
The wise ones watch as the foolish run.
Paying the price for the things that they've done.

Chorus.
Crowley & Me most definitely.
Crowley & Me just fine you see.

Jon Povey 2016.
Track Name: The Pentagram
The Pentagram.

Verse 1.
In the beginning, as the fire took its course.
He tamed the Mammoth and then he tamed the horse.
Standing tall he was the Lord of the Earth, Lord of the Earth.

Chorus.
Show me the magic. The magic pentagram.
Show me the magic. The magic pentagram.
Show me the magic. The magic pentagram.

Verse 2
He carved a ship, from the holy tree.
Set sail around the earth, wanting to be free.
He was now the Lord of the Sea, Lord of the Sea.
Lord of the sea.

Middle Eight.
Arise dear lord,for this heaven is yours.
With God by your side, just knock on the door.
At last you will become, Lord of the spirit.
At last you will become. At last you will become.

Verse 3.
Took the lightning from the sky, and made it his dream.
Worked so hard to find the power of steam.
He was now the Lord of the Fire, Lord of the Fire.
The last of the demons, he knows he cannot scare.
Voices all around him, they must declare.
That he is now the Lord of the Air.
Track Name: Clouds Without Water
Jealousy, Parody, Debauchery, Homosexuality.

Verse 1.
Clouds without water.
Love without fear.
Smoke from my altar.
Do I make myself clear?
Play by my rules.
Look straight ahead.
Don't play the fool.
Just lay on my bed.

Clouds without water.
Love without fear.
Smoke from my altar.
Do I make myself Clear?
Clouds without water.
Racing with the wind.
Lambs to the slaughter.
Love without sin?

Verse 2.
All we are saying.
Just be yourself.
No one is your Master.
Everyone for himself.
When the reverend speaks.
We know our place.
But the flesh is weak.
There's egg on our face.
Our face.

Clouds without water.
Love without fear.
Kneel at my altar.
Do I make myself clear?
Clouds without water.
Love without fear.
Kneel at my altar.
Do I make myself clear?

No fear. No fear. No fear.
Track Name: The Mantra
The Mantra.

Verse 1.
I searched to make a song for you.
One that would lift my heart.
No sad monotones, the same, the same, the same.
Just reflections of that dark unimaginable sea.

Verse 2.
My golden hawk, my everlasting sky.
Look! how the shadows changed that glittering gold.
I strived so hard to please you, look in my eyes.
Your love sees it all, and never grows cold.

Give me the mantra. Give me the mantra.
Give me the mantra. Give me the mantra.

Chorus.
This passion eats me day and night.
Will never stop, until I am dead.
So put me in the dirty earth.
Perhaps I'll get a better birth.

Verse 3.
You know this snake that has bitten me.
In my breast that trembles so delicately,
I whispered your name, you chose the hour.
To take my youth, to own my heart.
Track Name: The Logos
The Logos.

Verse 1
Out of my night came a flaming star.
My own, seventy light years ahead of its time.
Guiding me through that dark black scar.
It's glory my companion as I speed through space.
Towards that gate of light, that some call death.
Pulsating sphere of gold, contracting, expanding in my embrace.
My embrace. My embrace.

Logos, logos everywhere.
Logos everywhere, beware, beware, beware.

Verse 2.
It gives me immortal life, burning the blackness into Crimson red.
Listen, Do you hear? Your voice. Your word. Your secret seed.
Ecstasy, that destroys the guilt that I wear, with dread.
With dread, with dread, with dread.

Chorus
Find it.
Right, right, right between the eyes.
Right, right, right between the eyes.
Right, right, right between the eyes.
Track Name: Hymn To Pan
Hymn To Pan

Verse 1
Thrill me with your moving lust for light.
Come with me, let's race through the night.
Fly over the sea.
From Sicily to Arcady.

Verse 2
Speed with Apollo in his bridal dress.
Hunt with Artemis silken shod undress.
Wash your white thighs, beautiful God.
In the wood, where angels trod.

Verse 3
Devil or God, come to me my man.
Over the hill the trumpets sound for Pan.
From the spring those drums so low,
Play that flute, blow Pan blow.
Spring those drums so low.
Play your song, blow pan blow.

Middle.
Dive into the light of passionate prayer, (Lo Pan Lo).
The Crimson shrine, scarlet snare.
The soul that stares with eyes of blue. (Lo Pan Lo).
Watches your lust seeping through.

Verse 4
The tangled forest, that broken branch.
Of the tree of life, I seize my chance.
My mind and body sail over that sea.
To Pan, this God for me.

Verse 5
The eagle wounds me with beak & claw.
Great beasts arrive, the Gods withdraw.
Am I born to die? Says the Unicorn.
No need to cry, no need to mourn.

Second Middle
I am numb the devil waits. (Lo Pan Lo).
Give me the eye at your gate.
Thrust in the sword to break my bonds. (Lo Pan Lo).
Devour this madness magic wand.

Verse 6
I rant, I rave, I rape and I tear.
Never ending, sad world without a prayer.
This child this woman & the son of man.
Come on Pan do what you can.

Verse 7
With hooves of steel I race over the rocks.
Through stubborn solstice, to Equinox.
Golden goat, you're God is here.
Flesh to your bone, flowers for your spear.

Fade Out.
The Devils daughter, son of man.
Pan my man . Do what you can.
Pan my man. Do what you can.

The Mantra.
Track Name: The Buddhist
The Buddhist.

Verse 1.
Never was a face as fair as yours.
Heart so true, love so pure.
Impossible to find, just can't ignore.
Heart so true, love so pure.
This jungle heaven that locks away.
Silence so loud and us so proud.
Destiny strikes again, time to play, time to pray.

Verse 2.
The restless arrow strikes and finds me.
I love you, feed the hunger in my heart.
Help me please & set me free.
The drug that saves is never smart.
It offers no key to unlock my heaven.
For you & me is truly forbidden.
The pearl that lies beneath the ground.
Makes lives of love, go round & round.

Verse 3.
All my darkness lies within.
No sun, no moon, no stars therein.
My angel flies without a fall.
This world is sick, I am appalled.
Of my universe, and of my heart.
This will, always keeps us apart, keep us apart, keep us apart.


Om, Om & Om Again.
Om, Om & Om Again.

Heart so pure. Heart so true.
Track Name: Lament For Al
Lament For Al (Elergy).

Verse 1.
I lie beneath this beautiful spot.
The brethren gave it to me hot.
Trinity college made me its own.
To the flatties I was known as the beast.
Call me the beast.

Verse 2
Three thousand women called me pet.
Thoughts of them just made me sweat.
Love of them just drove me crazy.
Good at chess but never lazy.
I'm the beast. Call me the beast.

Verse 3
Climbed some mountains in my time.
Wrote some poems, some sublime.
Tigers, bears were my pals.
Never were as nice as all my gals.
Found a way to laugh at myself.
You wont find me on any shelf.
Lots of chats with my old friend God.
Now I lie buried beneath the sod.
Beneath the sod, beneath the sod.

Chorus.
AC DC Its not a crime.
Happens to us all, We run out of time.
I wrote the books, I was doing alright.
Living my life searching for the light.
Beast I am the beast. Beast I was the beast.

Love you Al, Miss you Pal.
Love you Al, Miss you Pal.

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