Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Big Business Monkey, Volume 5 CDs Have Been Mailed

I have finally mailed the CDs of BIG BUSINESS MONKEY, VOLUME 5 to those folks who previously purchased a digital version of that compilation album. If you don't receive a copy but did indeed purchase a download of the album, just contact me at bookofkils@aol.com

I wrote and recorded another song yesterday (well, I recorded about 60% of it.) I've enjoyed more free time this summer than any other period in the last three years or so, and that has allowed me the freedom to create a good deal of new music. There are times when I feel as though I'm on the verge of perhaps another creative span similar to 1992-1998 (I'll never equal that run again) and 2002-2008 (probably not that one either). I can only hope.

The most difficult thing has been trying to move past old musical ideas while developing new ones. I can't say that I've done that at all. But I also can't say moving into new musical territory has even been a priority in the first place. I think I'm at the point in my life where I'm comfortable simply exploring within the boundaries more or less enclosing the sort of Folk/Indie/Lo-Fi/Electronic/British Invasion/Pop amalgamation of genres I have always loved. And I'm simply grateful that the muses have provided me with whatever little bundle of inspiration they deem I deserve.

"A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn. It can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow." -- Charles Brower

"Because of their courage, their lack of fear, creative people are willing to make silly mistakes. The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless. The creative person is flexible; he is able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress. He is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people are." -- Frank Goble

"You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." -- Maya Angelou 

"When a poet digs himself into a hole, he doesn't climb out. He digs deeper, enjoys the scenery, and comes out the other side enlightened." -- Criss Jami

"Life has taught me to release my ears from hearing negativity, destructive remarks, false rumors and stupid ways. I learn to open my eyes and my mind to think ahead of my life, to learn more of who I am." -- Auliq Ice