Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Report After First Practice

Forgot to report on the first practice last Tuesday night! I did upload a song from that night the next day, so if you're interested in hearing what we sounded like on our very first night playing together as a trio EVER, check the song ("I Hang Heavy") out on the audio page. It'll be there for a limited time only. 

I thought we played better than I initially expected we would. I struggled on most of the solos because I haven't really gotten my fingers back in shape yet. That'll take a while. I think we'll probably add one or two more songs next Tuesday when we convene again. There's absolutely no expectations as far as when we'll be ready to play live. Heck, there's hardly anywhere left for a rock band doing its own material to play in the Shenandoah Valley anymore. This ain't New York City, folks. This ain't even Richmond, Virginia! Hell, this ain't even frigging Charlottesville, Virginia! 

On this day in 1988, Nirvana began recording their first album, BLEACH, courtesy of a $600 loan from an old friend. 

Lemmy was born on this day in 1945.

Even after all these years, I'm amazed at how quickly The Beatles evolved musically over the course of the seven years they were the most popular band in the world. Consider: On this day in 1963, WITH THE BEATLES (which featured songs such as "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You") was #1 on the album charts. On this day one year later, BEATLES FOR SALE (which featured songs such as "She's a Woman" and "I Feel Fine") was #1. One year after that in 1965, RUBBER SOUL (which featured songs such as "Norwegian Wood" and "In My Life"), was #1.

"I don't understand people who believe that if you ignore something, it'll go away. That's completely wrong — if it's ignored it gathers strength. Europe ignored Hitler for 20 years. As a result he slaughtered a quarter of the world!" 

"If you're going to be a fucking rock star, go be one. People don't want to see the guy next door on stage; they want to see a being from another planet."


"Safe sex, safe music, safe clothing, safe hair spray, safe ozone layer. Too late! Everything that's been achieved in the history of mankind has been achieved by not being safe." -- Lemmy Kilmister