Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

It's Always Something...

It looks as though the central Shenandoah Valley (where I live) is going to get hit tomorrow by 2-3 feet (yeah...feet) of snow. We're being told to expect impassable power outages that may stretch into days. Guess after tomorrow I won't be doing a lot of recording for a few days. I tried to do as much as I could today on the second track of the next single, but in the end all I really got done was the main vocal. I guess I shouldn't say "all I got done" because I wrote the lyrics to the song as well and lyrics are always the hardest thing. My throat is a little sore, but that's not unusual after doing a lot of vocal work. I also made a little headway on the insert, but it's always hard to get a whole lot done, other than the front panel, until all the recording's done for obvious reasons.

Paul McCartney on writing songs: “These kind of things – you can't really talk about how they come 'cause they just come into your head, you know. They really do! And it's like John [Lennon] writing his books. There's no...I don't know how he does it, and he doesn't know how he does it, but he just writes. I think people who actually do create and write...you tend to think, 'Oh, how did he do that?' but it actually does flow...just flows from into their head, into their hand, and they write it down, you know."

Worth noting today: The Jimi Hendrix Experience (minus bassist Noel Redding) recorded their version of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" on this day in 1968. It is, of course a brilliant track but listen carefully to the introduction and you'll hear the band get totally out of sync with one another for five or six seconds or so (right around the 9-15 second marks)! Once you hear it, you can't un-hear it, sort of like the splice in The Beatle's "Strawberry Fields Forever" (which comes at exactly 59 seconds into the song).

"All I’m writing is just what I feel, that’s all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland." -- Jimi Hendrix