Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

This Week in BOK News...

This week I'll have parts of four straight days (I'm assuming...and we know what happens when you assume) to work on music. That's the longest stretch of largely unfettered time I've had in ages. Of course, there are lots of other things needing my attention as well, including the book-selling part of my life, but regardless, it'll be nice to know hours of free time are staring me in the face. I'll work a bit on the next BOK CDBaby upload (speaking of which, since SONGS FOR A GONE WORLD has been distributed to Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Tidal, and etc, you should be able to stream the album by late this week) and new material. You'll recall that I recently announced I'll be starting work on a new album. I couldn't even begin to speculate about a finish date for that project!

I was lying in bed last night when the thought struck me (though, of course, not for the first time): What will happen to my music after I'm gone? Will it just fade quickly into oblivion? Will somebody, or somebodies, make an effort to somehow preserve it? It's disheartening to think of the thousands of hours I've devoted to creating music and speculate that with my demise my music disappears from the face of the earth. But then again, one day (I hope in the far far distant future) even the music of Bob Dylan will vanish from the universe. 

Sorry to get rather gloomy suddenly. I found out this morning that a former acquaintance, as well as someone closely related to a friend of mine, both passed away last night.

"Songs really are like a form of time travel because they really have moved forward in a bubble. Everyone who's connected with it, the studio's gone, the musicians are gone, and the only thing that's left is this recording which was only about a three-minute period maybe 70 years ago." -- Tom Waits

"I'm never tired of going to the studio. I enjoy recording and documenting everything and trying new things." -- Aretha Franklin

“Make someone feel something and you will never be forgotten.” -- Charlotte Eriksson