Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills


I've been out of town (Myrtle Beach) with wife and friends the past week. Just didn't really have much time to sit down and write a blog. Sorry. Sometimes people get antsy if I don't upload a new song or post a blog or put up some new photos for an extended period of time (I know...they email me) and I do feel guilty when I neglect bookofkills.com. But I'll get back to the job of keeping the site a bit more consistently current again...at least for a little while.

Obviously I haven't had any time to work on music for the past 8-9 days.

As I slowly make my way through each Beatles album (this year I will be adding the three Anthology releases from the mid '90s as well as the live album), another thing I'm struck by is the importance of space in a song. So often rock music from the late '70s through the '90s featured constant strummed distorted guitar. Now I love strummed distorted guitars, but I also love well-thought out arrangements that don't depend on constant, unrelenting noise. John, Paul, George, and Ringo (and George Martin) were so great at using space in-between notes and chords and knowing when to add a bit of piano or guitar or percussion or what have you to provide a crucial accent to a song's arrangement. It's a lesson in arranging that I've always tried to consider in my own recordings, though I've never been nearly as successful at it as were those five musical geniuses.

Anyhow...the main thing I can think of tonight is that the second single will be mailed tomorrow! It's cool. Six tracks. Hope you like it. If you haven't subscribed, why not? You could be getting cool unreleased BOK CDs in the mail every month and you'd also be supporting the web site!

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