Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Paint It Black and Glass Turns to Sand...

Garfield, George III and I practiced last evening (Thursday). I think it was perhaps our best one of the four thus far. I uploaded two tracks from last evening...Paint It Black and Glass Turns to Sand...on the audio page. Once again, these practice tracks won't last long on the audio page, so grab them if you want them! I find my hands getting very tired after a half an hour or so because so many of our songs involve extensive use of barre chords and they tend to be harder to hold for any length of time than open chords. I just need to practice on my own a lot more to build up the strength of my hands. Anyhow, the two new tracks on the audio page (near the bottom) are not bad at all. I hope to add two more songs to our small repertoire next week. I have in mind a song from Wee Jim's Blackeye that I've never played live, though back in 2004, Dusty Bugg, Brian Temples, Mike Chiarello and I worked VERY briefly on developing a rather unusual take on the song with a bridge that isn't in the original version. We also worked on a quite old song of George's that I liked a lot but only for about ten minutes. We'll devote much more time to it next week.

On this day in 1968, Johnny Cash and his band played their famous show at Folsom Prison. The show, of course, later formed the basis for one of the greatest live albums ever.

"You've got a song you're singing from your gut, you want your audience to feel it in their gut. And you've got to make them think that you're one of them sitting out there with them, too. They've got to be able to relate to what you're doing." -- Johnny Cash

"Then about twelve years ago, it dawned on me that folk music--the music of Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs, early Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger--could be as heavy as anything that comes through a Marshall stack. The combination of three chords and the right lyrical couplet can be as heavy as anything in the Metallica catalogue." -- Tom Morello