Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

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It has been a stressful (and pretty expensive) time around the homestead these days. My wife and I are having extensive work done on the house...specifically the roof, the guttering, and new siding. Tomorrow we're also having two very old, almost dead, and very large trees taken down.

I've been working on two different musical projects when I've had the time...new material is coming along. I'm working on two new songs that will be rather different from the things I've been writing over the past two years, specifically RIDING THE ECHO DOWN and the two recent singles. They'd probably both fit well on 2008's THIS IS YOUR BOOK OF KILLS.

But I think I've had even more fun with the recent discovery of unused drums and bass tracks from the Mike Hicks/George Nipe III days of BOK. As I wrote in an earlier post, I've decided to make use of these tracks as part of the BOK Single of the Month series. I've decided that I'll treat each of these recordings as the foundation of a series of almost "live" in the studio performances. While I obviously have to overdub a guitar and vocal, it'll all be done spontaneously. In other words, I'll be playing and singing with the drums/bass rhythm track as if I were in the practice room jamming with George and Mike. I already did "Blue Man". It took about a dozen tries to get a respectable take but I finally nailed one. These won't be typical multi-track layered recordings, but that's what will be interesting about them. I'm hoping that I can somehow find the time to finish all six tracks in time to ready them out for this month's single. Even if I have to wait till the last week of October it'll be worth it, I think.

Speaking of George III, he recently asked if I'd be interested in jamming again with him, with George on drums. I'll pick out three or four songs that shouldn't be too tough and we'll see. The first time went pretty rough but one never knows! Second time might be the charm.