Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Archive Stuff

I've been going pretty slowly on compiling material for the portable archive. Honestly, this is probably something more for my own edification; I really don't expect much of anyone else to have any interest in it. As I have said previously, I'll put together something that I can look at or listen to when I feel like. If someone else cares about having a copy of whatever it ends up being, that's fine. I'm not going to sell them. 

Haven't really done much work on the single. After six months of fairly constant work on writing and recording songs, I just needed to take a couple weeks off without thinking about music. Again, I have a couple ideas of where I'm going with this single (and the truth is, I never really "take a couple weeks off" from music...I'm always thinking about music) but I will wait until the pressure to get something recorded ratchets up a bit. That seems to make me focus better.

Honestly, although I did a lot of routine work around the house and worked on the archive, worked out an outline for a new song, etc etc, this past week's been sort of a lost cause. I did finally get around to watching a couple of episodes of the second season of Fargo. Yeah, I know...its finale was a couple months ago, but I'm just getting 'round to it. It's great so far, by the way. Maybe the best show on T.V.? Hell, I just move in slow motion when it comes to digesting books and T.V. and movies. I haven't seen the last eight episodes of The Walking Dead yet. (Heard it started out great and kind of went downhill from there.) I'm still plowing through Mark Lewisohn's Tune In even though I bought it back in late October of 2013, the day it came out.

It's hard to believe, but on this day 54 years ago, around 10:45 P.M. London time, The Beatles finished up sessions for their first album, most of which was recorded on this one day. The final track of the day was "Twist and Shout".

"The last song nearly killed me. My voice wasn't the same for a long time after; every time I swallowed it was like sandpaper. I was always bitterly ashamed of it, because I could sing it better than that; but now it doesn't bother me. You can hear that I'm just a frantic guy doing his best." -- John Lennon