Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Progress of a Sort

I'm glad that I instituted a second (or I guess third?) Single of the Month Club. I've created/uncovered a lot of material that never would've seen the light of day otherwise. I would certainly never have expended the effort to create a four song E.P. in December otherwise. Too often these days, I fool myself into thinking that I have to wait for inspiration to strike before I can tackle a new musical project. Now I've "forced" myself to work at a level I used to back in the good old days of BOK when it seemed there was never enough time in the day to allow for all the musical ideas waiting impatiently to leap out of my head onto magnetic tape.

Oh...and speaking of the E.P., I've completed one song (called "I Roam the World Between"), and I'm about 2/3's of the way done with two others. I've also got a pretty solid idea about what the fourth song will be as well. While the house will be filled or semi-filled with people through this Sunday, I'm hoping that if I get a couple of relatively free days next week that I'll be able to finish off the disc.

Hope you're having a good holiday season. Hope you get a day or two off from the usual routine, if that's what you want.

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.”  — Charles Brower

“It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.” — Edward de Bono

“The key question isn’t “What fosters creativity?” But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.” — Abraham Maslow

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” -- John Cage

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou