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My Morning Jacket's Jim James Q&A's with Forbes: Sunday Conversation

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Steve Baltin - Senior Contributor for Forbes: Sunday Conversation writes.....My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James admits it hasn't always been easy for him to focus during the COVID pandemic. "My waking self has been in such a state of being perpetually bummed that I haven't worked on them a lot," he says of the many ideas he's had floating around in 2020.

Yet, despite that, the band released The Waterfall II, a collection of previously unheard songs begun in 2013 and finished up last year. And James tells me the band finished a new album in L.A. just prior to the pandemic that the band will release when they can tour behind the record.

The talk of new music was part of a much larger Zoom conversation I had with James about songwriting; his favorite music, including Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, which he calls the "cornerstone" of everything he does; why he's moved away from sad songs and his recent fandom of the late great reggae legend Toots Hibbert.   PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

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