Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

What WAS I Complaining About

We are preparing for what the National Weather Service is predicting to be possibly the biggest snow on record in the Central Shenandoah Valley. Local government agencies are warning citizens that we might face 2-3 days or more without power. Just so you know if you don't hear from me for a week or if you're wondering where your shiny new single of the month is.

Back when I was playing music live fairly frequently (at least by my meager standards), I used to complain about having to play this song or that "too often". In my case, that meant I was getting tired of performing, say, "Lost" or "Killing Time Again" perhaps two or three dozen times over the course of a couple years. Last night I stumbled onto this rather astounding note: According to critic/author Michael Gray, from 1974 through 2003, Bob Dylan performed his song "All Along the Watchtower" 1,393 times. And according to Dylan's own website, as of today Bob has sung "Watchtower" 2,258 times! ("Watchtower" is, by the way, the song Dylan has performed more than any other, including rather surprisingly "Like a Rolling Stone".) And I was feeling put upon for "having to" sing a tune people came to see me to hear 35 or 40 times?

What a freaking whiner I am!

“[Back in the '60s] songs, to me, were more important than just light entertainment. They were my preceptor and guide into some altered consciousness of reality, some different republic, some liberated republic.” -- Bob Dylan