Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Interesting Conversations, Part II

More interesting conversations this past weekend.

I had a giant book/yard sale Saturday. Got rained out after a couple hours. Wondered why so few people were coming by. Found out later that someone (maybe the town of Bridgewater?) had torn down all the signs we'd put up the night before. Still, I managed to sell $80 worth of books. Nonetheless, I ended up getting half pissed about it and took most of the books to Mercy House to donate.

Anyway, before the rains came, I was standing there talking with a friend when someone I half recognized pulled up in his car. He recognized me as having been a member of Fear + Whiskey. He'd seen us play with several other bands a while back at a benefit. "You guys were clearly the best band that night," he said. "You weren't the best musicians, but you just had something that none of the other groups had." That was nice to hear.

Also this past weekend, another long-time BOK listener posed an interesting question to me: "What," he asked, "do you think is the single best song you've ever written?" I couldn't answer him. I had no idea. I still don't. Sorry. I wish there could be some sort of satisfying ending to this very small story, but there is none.

We had our second practice with the whole band. I thought we sounded better than any band has a right to sound after practicing together twice. It's like I said (and this is just my personal opinion): There is a certain chemistry between Casey, Jane and me that creates some sort of musical magic that simply doesn't happen with most people. I don't know what it is and don't need to know. But I know it happens. Perhaps it is best not to try to analyze it. It is he same sort of thing, I imagine, that happened between John, Paul and George or Mick, Keith and Charlie or Pete, Keith and John or Jerry, Bob and Phil. Not that I'm comparing us to those colossal talents!

There is another sort of musical simpatico that occurs between George III and me. Part of it is that we are family, of course. Part of it is that we've played on and off together now for fourteen or fifteen years. Our voices mesh quite well, even though we are vastly different singers (mainly because George is a sympathetic singer who understands how to mold his voice around mine.) So there's that.

And, as I've already noted, Pablo Olivieri has proven in a short time to be a gifted, creative drummer who has been a joy to work with.

Regardless, I hope that somehow this line-up can continue, at least on a part-time basis, into the future.