Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

3rd Time's a Charm

Over the course of many years through the experience of playing with numerous band line-ups, I've learned that the third practice seems to be the one where the players will begin to lock in to one another and the group will start to gel...or not. This past Tuesday's practice with Garfield and George III proved to be the one where we started to come together as a unit. We're playing some songs where it's extremely hard to provide all the guitar sounds necessary to pull off the song sonically so I'm trying to figure out simpler, fuller arrangements for my parts, while George is experimenting as well, particularly with the sound of his bass. It will take many more weeks before we're ready to perform in front of real people and probably much more time after that before we're able to even find a place to play, so no one's in a hurry. Next week we're going to focus on an old Plague Dogs song called "You Don't Know Me". It's easily my favorite PD song, probably in large part because it sort of sounds like a Book of Kills type composition.

Of course, CDBaby will, in another month or so, ask me to upload my next album. I think most likely I will combine singles #11 and #12. That will make for a pretty sweet little 13-14 track record. Both of those singles were pretty labor intensive in that they had very quirky little sonic details actually added during the mastering process (not during the mixing process). So besides the fact that they'll feature new mixes, they'll also feature slightly different sonic characteristics.

On this day in 1979, Prince made his live debut at the Capri Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"The key to longevity is to learn every aspect of music that you can." -- Prince