Jim James on Paris Attacks: ‘Music Must Always Go On. Fear Must Never Win’
My Morning Jacket‘s Jim James offered pointed words of healing and perseverance in an interview with Rolling Stone about the terrorist attacks in Paris, saying, “Every note we play and every syllable I sing is for peace, and for understanding, and for love.”
The musician recalled the total confusion that took hold after learning about the attack at an Eagles of Death metal concert at Bataclan, where 89 people were killed. As James noted, some My Morning Jacket crew members have also worked for EoDM and Queens of the Stone Age, and for a while, the condition of their friends were unknown.
“That’s one of the weirdest things in life,” James says. “When shit hits the fan and it’s chaos, and it’s just, ‘What? Who’s alive? Who’s dead? What’s going on?’ And ever since then, I can’t count how many talks I’ve had with friends where we’re just sitting around trying to figure it out. We’re like, ‘Why, why, why, why, why?'”
While the “wormhole of questions,” in James’ words, opened by the Paris attacks can be overwhelming, the singer remained adamant that there’s enough space on Earth for all ideas and beliefs to exist without violence.
“The music must always go on and fear must never win,” James says. “And we must stick together and talk about how we can find ways to accept each other.”
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