It’s time to play everybody’s favorite game: Guess Who Said It! This week’s quote is a tricky one: “Like so many people that have gone to art school before us, we started a band for fun.” Is the answer A) James Franco, B) James Franco, C) James Franco, or D) All of the Above?
Well done, champ! Your prize, of course, is a brand new James Franco music video and interview, which you can redeem below.
“Can’t Say Goodbye” is the nostalgic Motown-y single from Franco’s Daddy EP, which was the result of the actor’s collaboration with artist Timothy O’Keefe. (As Franco tells it, the duo’s goal is to “push beyond the sonic space of music into the surrounding ecology. Daddy investigates the territories of film/video, installation, and performance while simultaneously exploring the connections that form between them.”)
And while the clip has neither the Lindsay nor the Lohan of the R.E.M. video Franco recently directed, it is full of fuzzy home video clips from the actor’s childhood.
Watch Franco get nostalgic in his “Can’t Say Goodbye” video below:
As Franco told MTV, the song deals with the death of his father. “The song is really sad for me,” he explained. “When I was in Detroit, my father died, so I wrote a song kind of about it. I feel like the lyrics aren’t super-explicit, so it can be kind of a goodbye to anyone. That was the inspiration, and then my mother had recently dug up all the home movies that she had, so we thought it would be a good connection.”
“It’s such a weird thing to lose a parent,” Franco continued. “And to have it happen when I was in the middle of a movie [...] made this strange situation even more difficult to deal with in some ways. … [Writing this song] seemed like the best and easiest way to grieve.”