You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your true love?— Jim James
The most perspective Jim James quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
Some things cannot be explained. This is part of the magic of life. There cannot be a word or an idea or a definition attached to everything.
I think that live music is something that the Internet can never kill.
I feel lucky that I even have the luxury to write about feeling lonely or feeling confused. When you think about climate change that means that we won't have an Earth to be lonely on.
I think one's musical life should be free and open to new experience in order to keep expanding your mind and horizons.
I'd love to have a lifetime career. If you look at people like Bob Dylan or Neil Young, people who have been there forever and who still make relevant music that people want to listen to - that would be amazing. I hope to be able to do that. But above all else, I feel like I just want to be happy.
I just enjoy collaborating. I think there is always something to be learned, and I think that one could never collaborate enough - that would be impossible. So I am always excited and honored when someone wants to work with me.
When I had dinner with a friend or a loved one and one of you pays for the check and the other says, "I owe you next time." I like to think that we're eternally even - that they don't owe me anything or I don't owe them anything if you have a connection with somebody or a love with somebody. I like to think that there's no debt to pay. You love each other and you're happy to pay for dinner every time.
God forbid Donald Trump gets elected president;
think about how many people are going to get f**ked over or how much harder we're going to have to fight for equality.
Fashion is one of the most beautiful forms of art we have.
It's a form of art that every person gets to possess and create for themselves.
It's tough to make music and make it your own, and not have somebody call it something you don't agree with but can't control. Sometimes the press doesn't realize how much power they have and how they can shape somebody's life. I think there's a lot of people just trying to make music and get their art out there, and their heads get f**ked by the press calling them this or calling them that.
I think it's every artist's dream to create something that will endure, something that people will listen to until there are no more people on earth to listen to things.
It is just so cool to play on the beach right next to the water.
I am deeply moved by water as I think most people are - so to play music with it is a most powerful experience.
I can't understand how some bands are criticized for doing something different and other bands are rewarded for doing things different. At the end of the day, I throw my hands up in the air and say, "F**k it." I've come to accept that no matter what we do, there's going to be somebody out there on the Internet that says it's a piece of s**t and somebody who says they really like it. That's happened with every single album we've put out.
Don't let your silly dreams fall in between the crack of the bed and the wall.
I wish we had a more open discourse. It's just a shame that with our 24-hour news media and the Internet, people have become so fragmented. They only want to support their own worldview.
People always want reasons for things ... but sometimes there are no reasons.
Reading is one of the greatest forms of magic available to us on the planet.
I am very blessed to have a great group of long-term friends and a huge family that has been very loving and supportive. I try to stay connected to that and contribute as much as I can.
It's not the '80s any more. We're not all riding around in limousines and snorting coke off of hookers' tits. We still have to keep working and touring. We're definitely still very much a working band. If we stopped doing this tomorrow, we'd have a little bit of cash to last us a couple of months, and then we'd have to go and get other jobs.
I'm not the kind of person that's so self-confident that I would ever think I had recorded anything great. I know that whenever we finish an album and turn it in, I know that in my deepest heart of hearts that we did the best that we could. Only time goes on to tell what I will think of it 10 years later or if people will listen to it forever or if people will get tired of it.
You might see someone with dreadlocks and label them a hippie in your head, but that doesn't mean they think of themselves that way. A lot of people look at me and see I have a beard and shaggy hair, and think I'm a hippie. I'm not a hippie, and I'm not not a hippie. I don't know what the f**k I am.
I keep wanting people to realize that there needs to be a tidal wave of peace and love. People should be treated with love and respect regardless of the color of their skin or their sexual preference. We need to keep saying that as much as we can and as loud as we can.
For me, changing the sound and listening to new music - that's just so fun.
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. You're never going to please everybody. I feel that at the end of the day, I should make what I want to make since somebody is going to hate it and somebody is going to love it too. I can't control that.
I feel like I'm trying to speak in a very loving way or a very nonspecific way.
I really just want to talk about peace and love and equality. The fact that anybody couldn't get behind equality or love - those are things that are their problem.
I feel like hate and darkness get so much airtime.
We need to give peace and love as much airtime as we can. We need to be teaching our kids that it's okay to love whoever you want to love, and it's okay to be who you want to be, and it's okay to feel that everybody should be treated equally and with respect. Such simple things that I don't know why it's hard for people to understand.
Songwriting is ... all about intuition - this thing pops into your head for a reason and it's up to you to follow it. It's like there's a spirit, or intuitive network, that comes through all of us, but most people don't take the time to think about it or remember it. These little things pop into our heads - it's just a process of intuition. The initial thought comes in a baby state, and you work on that some more.
I think a lot of people vote in fear.
People like Donald Trump are good at casting this shadow of fear over people, making them believe if they don't vote for him then the terrorists are going to get them or whatever. All his ways are to scare people to vote for him. It's so sad.