Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

The Plight of the Amateur Musician

Random Thoughts Today:

On this day in 2014, I finished work on "From Eternity to Here" which eventually showed up on the 2014 album RIDING THE ECHO DOWN. Though, it was somewhat ambitious, I must admit it's one of the least favorite songs of mine I've ever written and recorded. I think it diminishes that album a bit. I wish I hadn't included it on what I believe was otherwise a pretty strong BOK record.

Golly Ned. I've played three shows in 4 years.

Fats Domino was born on this day way back in 1928. He just passed away last year at the age of 89.

Johnny Cash was born on this day in 1932. Johnny passed away in 2003.

The plight of the amateur musician: On January 30, 2018, various BOK songs were streamed by Russian fans 31 times (hey! I'm not Taylor Swift, though I can complain about revenue sharing just as well as she can). 31 streams=1 cent. Well.

"I took the easy way, and to an extent I regret that. Still, though, the way we did it was honest. We played it and sang it the way we felt it, and there's a lot to be said for that."

"I'm very shy really. I spend a lot of my time reading or writing or watching television."

"I start a lot more songs than I finish because I realize when I get into them that they're no good. I don't throw them away; I just store them away, put them away, get them out of sight."

"I love to go to the studio and stay there ten or twelve hours a day. I love it. What is it? I don't know. It's life."

"You've got a song you're singing from your gut, you want that audience to feel it in their gut, too. And you've got to make them think that you're one of them sitting out there with them, too. They've got to be able to relate to what you're doing."

-- Johnny Cash