Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

I'm Not a Shill For Apple

Yesterday, I recorded four sections of the new song suite I'm working on. But I'm not sure I'm heading down the right path with the music. I doubt I'll have much time to work on it again until Tuesday, depending on the usual variables and maybe I'll be able to tell what's what by then.

Honest, I'm not a shill for Apple products, though of course I've never made it a secret that I prefer Apple products. That said, I freaking LOVE Apple Music. Yesterday I was outside working on the house (mainly scraping, sanding and painting...our house still has a long way to go before it's finished) listening to a podcast when i decided to listen to some music instead. Clicked on Apple Music and at the top of its menu was a playlist entitled "The Flaming Lips: Warner Brothers in the '90s". I hadn't really listened to the Lips much lately since Wayne Coyne seemed to have spiraled off into some strange space of his own but I didn't think twice about diving into that playlist. Oh man, was it good. The Abandoned Hospital Ship, Race for the Prize, A Spoonful Weighs a Ton, The Spark That Bled, Pilot at the Queer of God, Placebo Headwound, Gingerale Afternoon, Turn It On, and so many more. How great! Thanks Apple Music for guiding me back to one of my all-time favorite genius bands!

"Sometimes the song title comes with the songs, other times you just sorta make something up afterwards."

"As you get older, you accept that there are some tunnels that don't have any light in them, but you go down them anyway."

"The things that affect you most deeply - the things that will destroy you if you don't sing about them - are the things that you often end up singing about. It's really just about saying those things that everybody thinks but no one will say and making a connection by uncovering these diamonds that are inside of all of us that no one wants to tell each other about."

"Sometimes you just have to say, 'I don't know what we are doing; let's just go and see what happens.' You have to embrace the experience itself, so that things you didn't intend to happen can make your work more authentic. And you have to hope that it works."

"Music is amazing. There's some metaphysical comfort where it allows you to be isolated and alone while telling you that you are not alone... truly, the only cure for sadness is to share it with someone else." -- Wayne Coyne