Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

The Music Died When...

"I love that musicians can record at home. Given the sad shape of the music business, it is essential that talented singer/songwriters can easily afford to record their own music. On the one hand, it levels the playing field a bit. The music died when corporations took control and began producing a homogenized version of music. True creativity was stifled. The genius of the '60s music scene was that there was diversity and creativity on every level...I think it is harder than ever for young people today to discover true musical talent. By that I do not mean a good singer - you can find a good singer at your local talent show. I mean a true musician, skilled at playing and writing songs that you want to sing along with, songs that become the fabric of a life. I thought that with technologies like the Internet musicians would have [greater] access to their audience. But, unfortunately, it is ponderous to wade through a lot of semi-talented musicians to find the gems of music that are really melodious and meaningful." - Mike Pinder (formerly of the Moody Blues), from TAPE OP, Issue 103.