Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Looks Like My Pleas Were Heard!

I recorded a bit today. Got a guitar and bass track done (on the second song for the sixth single). Little story: I'd finished the vocal tracks Thursday as well as a really good guitar track on which I'd pulled off some unusual (at least for me) riffs. I was recording using Garageband. Hey, it's free and it does a decent job. And it's free. Anyway, all of a sudden all of the tracks started flashing(?) and froze for a second. And when they stopped flashing and being frozen, almost everything I'd recorded had disappeared. Permanently.

Don't underestimate the power of Facebook, eh? I finally decided today to put a plea on my Facebook page and received several replies within minute, including BOK "super-fan" Andrew Neckowitz, long-time fan/fellow musician Gary Bugg and founding BOK member, Brian Temples! Casey Firkin has told me that he has a very substantial amount of material, even more, I think, than he initially realized. Awesome.

I am beginning to think that the most practical way of compiling this proposed BOK archive of mine might be a 64gb or 128gb USB flash drive. I could include perhaps an upgraded version of the now deleted 2006 box set ADVENTURES OF AN INSPIRED AMATEUR, as well as 100s of photographs, and some videos. This isn't something that's going to come together in a couple of months, but I'd like to think that I could pull it off in a year's time...maybe? I have literally dozens and dozens of old CDs and DVDs with photos and songs that I will have to go through. And, of course, there's all the stuff I hope to get from other people. This could turn out to be a ginormous undertaking, but it'll be worth it, God willing I'm given the time to complete it.

I've written about this before, but it always bothers me to think about all the time and effort I (and those who played with me) spent in creating music that will probably just go away when I go away. That's kind of distressing, isn't it? Just a little?

“Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.” -- W. Somerset Maugham

“The only permanent aspect of creation is constant impermanence.” -- Chris Matakas

"Write as if the wind will erase every word." -- Marty Rubin

"I've known supreme happiness, and I'm not greedy enough to want what I have to go on forever. Every dream ends. Wouldn't it be foolish, knowing that nothing lasts forever, to insist that one has a right to do something that does?" -- Yukio Mishima

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” -- Neil Gaiman