Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Just What Exactly Am I Doing?

Well...as far as music goes, not much of anything. I do, however, think about music a lot. I've spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out some sort of approach to creating a new record. I'm not sure exactly what I want to do, to be honest. Do I want to expend the time and energy necessary to write and record 12-14 new songs? I don't know really. I will say that I think I have a "gimmick" of sorts that will serve as an inspiration, but that's all I'll say about that for now.

As far as bands go, I will be occasionally practicing with Fear + Whiskey since I guess we're going to play live at least one last time in August. Other than that, I've got no real plans. I suppose I'm resigned to the fact that I will never play in the sort of band that I have long envisioned. I would like to be part of one last really good group before I hang live performing up for good, but I'm tired of being the one who does all the scrambling for shows and the reality is most musicians around here can't really devote themselves to performing outside this area (and if you can't play a show, say, in Roanoke on a Monday night or one in Raleigh or Richmond or Charleston or wherever...well, you're just not going to play more than 8-9 times a year...and that if you're lucky.) As I've long lamented, unfortunately, the locale in which I live might be one of the worst in the nation for supporting original rock and roll...especially if the person making it isn't twenty-five years old.

And, as my five-year-old grandson says, whenever he hears a bit of negativity, "Blah blah blah blah blah."