Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Where the Heck Did August Go?

Where in the world did August go? Summers fly by much too fast in my part of the world.

We didn't practice this past week. Maybe Sunday. I did, however, write a new song! Whether or not George III and Garfield will like it, I'm not sure, but it's definitely a quirky Book of Kills-type song. I might actually do a solo full arrangement recording of it, though I'm not sure when I'll find the time.

Perhaps it's even more relevant than "normal" to note that The Beatles played at Philadelphia's Convention Hall on this day in 1964. Less than a week before the show, the city of Philadelphia had suffered through three days of rioting brought on by numerous ongoing reports of police brutality committed on black residents. The Beatles, who even in 1964 were quite vocal Civil Rights supporters, were aghast to see that their audience at the Convention Hall performance was completely white.

"As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it -- whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash." -- Harper Lee (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD)