Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Long Time, No Record

If you've been following the progress of the writing and recording of the first new (all original, all new) Book Of Kills album since December 2008's THIS IS YOUR BOOK OF KILLS (and I know a nice number of folks have been...I can check traffic to the page...and for that I thank you for your interest), you might be wondering why updates haven't been very update-y over the last two weeks. I finished the 10th song exactly fourteen days ago today and started in on the next one the very next day. However, bunches of interruptions (if that's what you want to call them...perhaps "life events" would be better) occurred on and off and I sort of lost my momentum. Then I started thinking about the record (oftentimes a bad thing) a lot and I realized that I needed to pause, take stock of where I was, and recharge my creativity a bit. I also felt as though I'd fallen into perhaps a bit of a songwriting/arranging rut (though maybe not really...I don't know...thinking too much) and so I did what I almost always do when I hit these rough creative patches...I listen to The Beatles and I listen to podcasts about The Beatles's music. During this time, I discovered a new Beatles podcast called Compleatly Beatles by Ian Boothby and Dave Dedrick, two Canadians (Ian is a musician himself and an insanely rabid/knowledgeable Beatles fan while Dave plays sort of the near-clueless newbie who loves The Beatles but isn't exactly sure why) which goes into almost bizarrely in-depth detail about each album (and I think in the future, things like Beatles movies, videos, singles, etc). I can't say that I've learned much that I didn't already know about the band, but it has been fun and enlightening and inspirational to listen to so much information about each song and what made it good or not-so-good and how it was put together and so forth. And I've begun to accumulate new ideas about where I want the last few songs for my own album to go. And, I think, I've also realized that I want to write three or four more songs that aren't just decent but really good (or at least I want to aspire for "really good".) And creating a really good song is really difficult.

So...when will I get back to recording? I don't know. I have everything in place to put together the eleventh song...even the words. But the musical ideas I hac for the song just aren't quite there anymore, whereas I originally thought they were. I'm on no timetable, of course. So I can (I hope...who knows what the next moment will bring?) take my time.

In the meanwhile, I'm still trying to update little things here and there on the website at least once or twice a week.