Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Happy Birthday, John

John Fogerty was born on this day way back in 1945. I always regretted having never seen the original four-piece line-up of Tom and John Fogerty, along with bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford (the two of which formed one of American rock and roll's greatest, as well as one of its least appreciated rhythm units), which...of course...constituted Creedence Clearwater Revival. CCR is one of those bands I wish had been able to stay vital for just a few more albums than they did. But they did give us GREEN RIVER, COSMO'S FACTORY and WILLIE AND THE POOR BOYS, three unbelievably great records.

I have nothing new to report on the Single of the Month front. All I can tell you is that the final three singles will be difficult for various reasons, but they will be completed within the next three months. There are very few rock and roll musicians who can "routinely" churn out 40+ new recordings in a year by themselves. I'm one of them, however. I just cant necessarily churn out 40+ songs all on schedule. I knew you'd understand.

"As a songwriter, I try not to be sloppy; same with the music. You can be very lean, very efficient, so you're not wasting a lot of time getting to the point. You're saying it with as pure a word or phrase as you can. That's the part that was craft. You refine and refine and refine. Maybe that's why the songs still hang on, because they're very pure. For one thing, they're very short. 'Bad Moon Rising' is like 2 minutes and 12 seconds. I would try to do everything as quickly and with as little extra as possible. It was a challenge." -- John Fogerty