Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Post-Kringle...

The Beatles gave folks a bit of a Christmas present, I suppose, by finally relenting and allowing their music to be streamed world-wide. That'll be a game changer, believe me. I don't see how popsters like Taylor Swift will be able to hold their own music out of the streaming services now that The Beatles have thrown their support behind Spotify, Apple Music, and the sundry others. I just wonder if they'll be able to push for better returns for artists. I was hoping Ms. Swift would be able to effect some positive change for artists, but I'm not so sure now. 

It was a good Christmas. Spent much of the morning and afternoon with the family. I over-ate and over-drank, but not too much. But that's okay. Mary Lou, Christian and I went for a short hike in the woods. We saw four or five snakes! Keep in mind that it's late December. Snakes generally don't spend a whole lot of time doing their snake thing in the outdoors in late December. The world's just a little out-of-kilter, I think. Mary Lou was kind enough to bring a little flask of rum which helped us stay merry the whole hike.

Later, Mary Lou and I went for a longer walk, so I got lots of walking in for Christmas as I always seem to do.

Over the last few days, I've worked on the songs for the fifth single every day at least for a few moments when I can sneak in the time. I have the fourth song's structure worked out. You wouldn't believe all the travails we are going through, however, with the work being done on our house. The experience has been absolutely horrible. Now it appears we will have to fire the incompetent boobs "working" on the house currently and bring in someone new to fix all the problems the incompetent boobs have created.

But life goes on. Our problems are minor compared to those of many other families who've experienced so much worse this holiday season. There's always something to be thankful for.

My very best wishes to those of you who frequent the pages of this website regularly. Hope you have a happy, peaceful time with those you love for the remainder of the holiday season and beyond.

Jim