Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Is the Dam About to Break?

It has been a while since I really set my sights on writing a bunch of songs with the intent of eventually making a new album...in part I guess because it seems these days that albums are almost becoming an anachronism in an era where many, many people have trouble listening all the way through one song. And, too, when you've written 400+ songs already, you might want to write even more but it gets harder to figure out what sort of stuff you're going to write without repeating yourself (something you've probably already done more than once.) But once the dam breaks inside my head and the creative desires start to flow out through my fingers, I feel compelled to write until I can't write anymore. Anyhow, the song that I'm sure will start off the next album is forming slowly. The first one is always important because it sets the tone for the rest of the album's tracks and once I've gotten my feet wet, so to speak, each song after the first gets easier to birth.

Wayne Coyne was born on this day in 1961. It's hard for me to believe that he's 56, but the math seems to confirm that the number is indeed correct.

Big day in rock music as far as recording goes:

On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan started recording sessions for BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME, one of the most influential records of all time as far as I'm concerned.

On this day in 1968, Johnny Cash recorded his show at Folsom Prison. The rest, as they say, is history.

On this day in 1969, Elvis Presley began his famous Memphis Sessions at American Studios.

On this day in 1978, The Police began recording their first album, OUTLANDOS D'AMOUR. 

On this day in 1996, Dusty Bugg, Brian Temples, George Finch and I played our last ever show together for a benefit at Harrisonburg High School. The set list: Don't Stop the Scream, I Hang Heavy, Killing Time Again, Fat Woman Lying in the Street, Jesco White, Fade, Abandoned, and Lost. It was one of the most raucous gigs I ever played. If memory serves me, the huge crowd grew so unruly that the principal threatened to close down the whole affair. One kid ended up breaking his leg in the crush near the stage.