i recall wandering through a london record shop and seeing the cover of remote luxury, it struck me before i even knew it was the church. when i saw it was a record by the church i bought it immediately but i probably would have got it if it was a band unknown to me as i liked the cover, fickle youth that i was.
constant in opal was a song that i loved so much, i played it and played it over and over, not really understanding it, what was 'constant in opal'
that strange introduction with it's consistent tone that suddenly drops out, the jangle chords and then that strange lead sustained and intruding in, some synth textures with that baseline that weaves through, carrying the whole song.
what was steve singing about, to a 18 year old it was a mystery, i searched and searched that song for meaning but at the end of the day it was just a great song.
then many many years later i'm in australia, and i hear the live version, and the words take shape, like a jigsaw puzzle coming together, i see the picture take form. australia is known for its opals, people still go out prospecting and looking and some of these outback towns are just dusty and thirsty places. but then i realized the song was about a lot more for me, it was about the search within. the mining we do for inner truth and the jewels we find. and how some people search and some transform through that search, others don't find themselves this way.
now i had an even bigger connection to the band, i was also a puzzled traveller. searching looking within myself, attempting to find a jewel, often finding dust.