Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

R.I.P. Lemmy

As I'm sure you're probably aware by now, the great Lemmy Kilmister died of cancer yesterday. I'm not ashamed to say that I admired him for being a man's man and a rock star's rock star. He screwed too much (as if you can screw too much), he drank too much, and he smoked too much. And he still lived seventy years. Goodbye Lemmy.

"Apparently people don't like the truth, but I do like it; I like it because it upsets a lot of people. If you show them enough times that their arguments are bullshit, then maybe just once, one of them will say, 'Oh! Wait a minute — I was wrong.' I live for that happening. Rare, I assure you."

 "As you go through life's rich tapestry, you realize that most people you meet aren't fit to shine your shoes. It's a sad fact, but it's true. A good friend is someone who'd hide you if you were on the run for murder. How many of them do you know?" -- Lemmy Kilmister

Someone posed an interesting question to me yesterday, which I suppose shows just how clueless I can be sometimes when it comes to the way people listen to music these days. He asked me why I didn't make the Single of the Month Club free with the opportunity for people to pay for it through donations and if I wasn't going to do that why I hadn't at least given said people the opportunity to subscribe with the option of being able to download the songs each month rather than receive them in the mail on a compact disc.

Well, I'm not going to go on another rant about "free" music here (you're welcome), but I guess it might be a good idea to give potential/current subscribers the opportunity to download the monthly tracks rather than receive them on a CD or in addition to their CD. As was pointed out to me, a number of people, particularly younger ones, don't even have the means to play a CD other than on their computer, and then only if the computer has a disc drive. I just have fun creating the little insert each month and forgot that many persons couldn't care less about that.

What's rather amusing is that for more than a few young hipsters and serious high quality sound aficionados, vinyl is the only way to listen to music. Of course, vinyl is out of the question for me. If I were in a working band, maybe so, but I'm not. So, perhaps I need to make the move towards putting the singles up on the website so that new subscribers who don't use CDs can obtain them and for the benefit of current subscribers who might want to be able to download mp3s or flacs in addition to receiving their CD each month. If you have an opinion on this, shoot me an email.

"If there is any great secret of success in life, it lies in the ability to put yourself in the other person's place and to see things from his point of view, as well as your own." -- Henry Ford