Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Happy 2016 Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, if you celebrate Thanksgiving! If you don't, have a wonderful day wherever you might be! This is my favorite holiday of the year by far. I plan to enjoy it.

Looking forward to beginning a new (and perhaps final) rock and roll band (ostensibly) next week.

Rather momentous day in rock music history. On this day in 1966, The Beatles reconvened in London after wrapping up their last ever tour, to begin work on SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND. The song they chose to begin the sessions with? "Strawberry Fields Forever"! And it didn't even end up on the album. But what an album it would've been if they'd included "Strawberry Fields" and "Penny Lane" rather than issuing them as a double A-side single.

Also on this day in 1991 (hard to believe it was that long ago), the brilliant Freddie Mercury died after a long battle with the HIV virus.

Thought you might find this interesting: This is what I wrote one year ago, for Thanksgiving 2015...

"Happy Thanksgiving Day. I hope you have much to give thanks for.

"Two Thanksgivings ago I was thankful that George Nipe III, Casey and Jane Firkin, and Pablo Olivieri had somehow come together to play a show (one of what would turn out to be three.) I was hopeful that we'd continue to play on and off over the next few years, but that proved a pipe dream unfortunately.

"One Thanksgiving ago, George and I were talking about possibly putting together a band. Unfortunately, that turned out to be pipe dream #2. George and I have jammed a couple times since then with George playing drums, but nothing really has come of it.

"Perhaps there's one last band left in my future. Perhaps not. If not, I'm thankful for the music I was able to make with some great, talented people. More than that, I'm thankful to have been friends with all of them.

 "Now go eat something Thanksgiving-y and watch a football game!"