Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Just a List of Stuff

The Book of Kills Singles Club is open! If you haven't subscribed...remember, you get an ELEVEN track CD of all new BOK music this month (August), plus 5 or 11 (depending upon the duration of your subscription) more CD singles, each one with at least two previously unreleased tracks! Single #2 (out the third week of September) will feature six recordings, including two previously unreleased live performances, two songs from the HUMAN AGAIN sessions, a demo from the DIFFERENT sessions, and an all-new song recorded especially for the single!

Speaking of which, the second single is completely done...mixing, mastering, artwork, printing, burning, etc. I'll mail it the third week in September. It's pretty cool. I originally guaranteed full-year subscribers would receive at least 24 previously unreleased tracks; however, if you started you subscription this month, by the end of September you will already have in your possession seventeen unreleased BOK recordings!

As I noted previously, I'm working on a couple new songs for the 3rd single. I have a pretty good idea of where I'm going to go with both. They'll be pretty darn neat, I think.

On this day in 1964, Bob Dylan met The Beatles at the Delmonico Hotel in New York City. Supposedly, that evening Bob introduced John, Paul, George, and Ringo to marijuana. The band quickly took to the drug. According to John, all four of them were soon smoking pot morning, noon, and night. It wasn't long before their music began to reflect a new level of complexity and creativity.

On this day in 1968, Tammy Wynette recorded what is perhaps the greatest female country song of all time, "Stand By Your Man". According to Wynette, she and her producer, Billy Sherrill, wrote the song in-studio in less than a half hour just before recording it.

"I don't think there is any generalization one can make on [the link between drugs and creativity]. Experience has shown that there's an enormous variation in the way people respond to lysergic acid. Some people probably could get direct aesthetic inspiration for painting or poetry out of it. Others I don't think could. For most people it's an extremely significant experience, and I suppose in an indirect way it could help the creative process. But I don't think one can sit down and say, 'I want to write a magnificent poem, and so I'm going to take [LSD]' I don't think it's by any means certain that you would get the result you wanted -- you might get almost any result." -- Aldous Huxley

"I'm really annoyed by the wave of country music that's just a list of stuff. It almost sounds like L.A. people writing country music, because it's just a list of stuff: 'My pickup truck and my cowboy boots and my Levi's jeans and my girlfriend with the short shorts.' It's so boring!" -- Kathleen Hanna