Jim James on criticism and finding the love in the music.

My Morning Jacket's Jim James on Love and Criticism

My Morning Jacket's Jim James on Love and Criticism

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Dec. 8 2015 5:40 PM

Jim James on Criticism and Finding the Love in the Music

My Morning Jacket’s lead singer and songwriter talks about using his place in the world for a greater good.

Jim James
Jim James.

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo by Neil Krug.

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Jim James, the lead singer and songwriter for the band My Morning Jacket. Brian and Jim talk about the band’s latest album, The Waterfall, and the message in many of their songs. Plus, Jim meditates on criticism and its role in the artistic process, how his songs are created over several years in a garden of ideas, and what it feels like, minutes before he steps on the stage, to bring a group of people together around one common cause—love.

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Brian Koppelman is a filmmaker (Rounders, Solitary Man), essayist, and podcaster. His latest project is the upcoming Showtime series Billions.