Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

My Life's Musical Works On Two 32 GB Flash Drives

I've been engaged for some time now in preserving my albums and some of the live material I still have on various media such as portable hard drives, CD-R's and DVD-R's, and flash drives. I've got stuff everywhere. In a lock box at a bank, out in the garage on CD-R's, in the house on several hard drives, and even on a couple of 32GB flash drives. I thought it might be prudent to store everything on flash drives and set them by my bed so that in the off chance that the house caught on fire and burned to the ground at least I could stuff 95% of everything I've ever recorded into one pocket and (I hope) make it to safety or at least somehow save the flash drives from melting! Why, I'm not exactly sure. But I guess it's because I want something that I spent so many thousands of hours on creating to theoretically survive me and perhaps live on for another generation or two. (At one time I had all of my albums through 2005 uploaded to archive.org but I took most of them off long ago for various reasons.) Somehow it's a bit disconcerting to realize that just about every song I've ever recorded fits onto two 32 GB flash drives.