Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

The Idea of Being Alone

I hope I'll have a couple days next week to record new material. I'd like to be able to finish the final single by the end of August, but I'm not going to rush it.

It bears noting that the redoubtable Robert Plant, one of rock music's greatest vocalists, was born on this day in 1948. To his credit, Mr. Plant has turned his back on a reunion tour of Led Zeppelin but has continued to release new material in a wide variety of styles that appeal to him.

Looks pretty certain that for the first time since 1999 I won't be playing a live show. I don't know. It looked vaguely promising that The Karl Rove would get back together at least for a few shows, but it quickly became apparent that that really wasn't going to be a feasible idea. If I had some sympathetic musicians in mind who I thought would enjoy being in one last BOK go-round, I'd probably think about doing something semi-regularly, but I don't. At least I haven't sat on my hands. I doubt there are many rock and roll musicians around who can claim to have written and recorded over forty-five tracks in the first seven months of this year.

"Lately, I'm spending more and more time working with non-rock musicians and leaving the mainstream - almost dissolving into another world, musically."

"The trouble is now, with rock'n'roll and stuff, it gets so big that it loses what once upon a time was a magnificent thing, where it was special and quite elusive and occasionally a little sinister and it had its own world nobody could get in."

"I like the idea of being alone. I like the idea of often being alone in all aspects of my life. I like to feel lonely. I like to need things."

-- Robert Plant