Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Still I Feel Sad Though There's Lots To Be Happy About

Good news for you Karl Rove fans (if there are any still out there!): The entire original band from ten years ago will come together again. Billy Hunt has thrown his hat into the ring! I'm very busy next week so I don't think we'll be able to get practicing until the week after, but I need time to figure out what songs of mine I want to do and I need to practice some on my own before stepping back into the practice room.

I still feel a bit down over the loss of George Martin. I think when you lose a public figure like that who figured into your youth in a positive and substantial way, the hurt comes in part because you feel another part of your most vibrant early years sort of being shut down for good. Again, I stand by my statement that George Martin was more than the "Fifth Beatle". He was more important than that.

"I didn’t know them from Adam; they didn’t mean anything to me. So it was a bit one-sided when we first met, but they had that idiotic sense of humor that I love too, and that made me want to be with them. If you haven’t got a good sense of humor, life’s not worth living."

"I think that one of the nice things about the Yellow Submarine movie is that it seems to be perennial. People enjoy watching from each generation. And it was like the Beatles themselves. You know the Beatles seem to find new audience each time another generation comes along."

"Because there wasn’t a rock ‘n’ roll precedent, The Beatles when they came turned everything upside down and made a revolution, which I didn’t foresee."


“If I had to pick [just one favorite Beatles moment], it would be in 1966, the first ever time I heard 'Strawberry Fields Forever'. John played it to me on his acoustic guitar. That moment I shall never forget. It was a wonderful thing to happen and it stays with me even now."

"The funny thing about getting old is you don’t basically feel any different. Every time I get up in the morning and look in the mirror, I look at my dad. I say ‘Morning dad,’ and I go on to shave"

-- George Martin