Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Just Brilliant

"New" live song on the audio page featuring a performance from early 2012 by Fear + Whiskey. I don't know if I've posted it before, but it wasn't currently on the page and it's worth hearing/downloading.

Woody Guthrie died on this day in 1967.

"In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people, 
By the relief office I seen my people; 
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking 
Is this land made for you and me?" -- Woody Guthrie (from "This Land Is Your Land")


Eddie Cochran was born on this day in 1938. He was killed in a car crash, one of the more senseless deaths in the history of rock and roll music, in 1960 at the age of 21.

What can you really say when a great person dies? Nothing that matters. So here are some more quotations from the late Tom Petty:

"I tend to write on an acoustic guitar or the piano. I have kind of a rule: if I can't sit down and play this and get the song over, I don't take it to the band, because most any good song, you can sit down and deliver it with a piano or a guitar."

"Making a record? You've got to have the song, then you create a record. I think it's the same with a live performance. If the material is strong, you're already 90% there. I always tell young people it's all about the music, the songs. Work on the songs, work on the songs, work on the songs."

"When I go to see people, I always kind of hope they are going to play some kind of songs I know. So you've got to know your audience. It's kind of something that is a blessing and a curse in a way. You're obligated to play some of that stuff that people know, but I don't think that's all you have to do."

“We're told we're nothing if we don't have a mansion and dress like a movie star. It's hard on a young person to not think that's the game. ... You can boil all the world's problems down to greed. (For the rich), the money's not enough and they seek power. It's gone into the hands of really shaky people who don't care who they hurt in their quest to have more money than they'll ever need."

"Standards go down, we settle for less. A CD is not expected to have more than one or two good songs. And I find it amazing that audiences accept lip-syncing in live shows. … None of us seem to be enjoying popular entertainment. It's missing an element of truth, almost to a crisis proportion."

"Sometimes I feel like an old football player. I'm just grateful I have an audience because I'm sure not ready to quit. But I promise you, I won't hang around and suck."