Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Singles Mailed & Other Not As Happy News!

I finished the second song! The singles were mailed late this afternoon.

In other news...

I have absolutely no doubt that some folks who visit this page at least semi-regularly wish that I would just shut up forever about how poorly musicians are paid for the use of their creations by the various companies such as YouTube or Spotify who themselves make quite the nice living by hawking said musicians' music to other companies or, far more commonly, to the general populace. But I'm not going to shut up about it any more than people like pop princess Taylor Swift will until some fairer solution can be reached. 

Just to give you an example of my own latest experiences (yet again), consider this: Thus far in 2016, my songs "Heaven", "If I Should Fall", "Waiting on a Friend", "La La La La La La", and "Fade" have been licensed by Rumblefish for use by several businesses. (If you're wondering, Rumblefish Inc. is a music licensing company specializing in all forms of synchronization licensing with a focus on 'micro-licensing' and online network monetization such as with YouTube's Content ID.) Those five songs were "used" 1,388 times from January through April. I was paid 12 cents.

It's hard to believe, but it has been four years since Adam Yauch died of cancer at the much too young age of 47.

"That's the strange thing about making a record. You can be in one mood for an hour, put it on a record, and you're remembered that way." -- Adam Yauch

“I’m always up for trying something, and I tried it and I didn’t like the way it felt. I think there should be an inherent value placed on art. I didn’t see that happening, perception-wise, when I put my music on Spotify. Everybody’s complaining about how music sales are shrinking, but nobody’s changing the way they’re doing things.” -- Taylor Swift