Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Another One...

I had all morning, more or less, to work on writing and recording a nifty new song and got it about 90% finished! It's essentially another re-imagining of an idea that I messed around with briefly back in late 2015. But for all intents and purposes, it's a whole new thing with all new lyrics, though it does have some similarities to single #6's "Filling in Holes" with which it shares a common ancestry. I don't know whether or not I'll try to write anything else. We'll see. I have some things to do to get ready to help provide dinners for local homeless folks at the Harrisonburg Salvation Army tomorrow evening. I really have to get this final single done this week, so if time permits and I have the creative energy to do one more track, so be it.

On this day in 1992, Nirvana played at the Reading Festival in the U.k. You'll recall that Kurt Cobain was pushed onto the stage in a wheelchair by music journalist Everett True, in mockery of reports that he (Cobain) was in failing health. The band then went on to deliver one of the greatest shows in rock and roll history. If you've never seen the DVD (it's not any better really on blu-ray), you owe it to yourself to watch it. I don't know if it's on Youtube or not. Probably. Everything else is, isn't it?

Sterling Morrison, noted tugboat captain and lead guitarist for the Velvet Underground, died on this day in 1995.

"When I talked with [music biographer] Joe Nick Patoski, he said, 'What do you think the future of rock ‘n’ roll music is?' And I said, 'Whatever’s being played by garage bands today.' And I believe that! It excludes so much. What does a garage band do with ELO? Nothing. ELO doesn’t exist. What do they do with Fleetwood Mac? Nothing. The whole joy of rock ‘n’ roll music was anybody could play it if they wanted to. But the ’60s fouled that whole thing up. Everybody decided to get good and they pursued virtuosity. The thing that ruined music was virtuosity – competence – as an end in itself. It means nothing. It was a very terrible thing." -- Sterling Morrison