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Griffin House’s love song to Paris

Griffin House 4Nashville (CNN) – November 13, 2015. The darkest day for the City of Light.

Suicide bombers and terrorists with guns murdered 130 innocent people dining in Parisian cafés, enjoying a soccer match and dancing at a rock concert. Most of those killed were at the Bataclan Theatre… 89 souls lost simply because they loved music.

Weeks of media coverage exposed a web of sleeper cell activity, major security problems and left Europe on edge – fearful of another ISIS attack on Western soil.

Half a world away, a guy with a guitar in Nashville, Tennessee, was affected, too. He vowed to help the world heal the only way he knew how — through song… a love song to Paris.

To Griffin House — Paris is magical, surreal and enchanting. He studied abroad there years ago working and living in a bookstore, attending Shakespearean parties and getting lost wandering the city streets.

Paris Calling (Sweet Sensation)” off House’s album, So on and So Forth, showcases the ambiance of one of the most romantic places in the world.

Hate hidden in corners will rear its ugly head from time to time, but love and kindness will always chase it away.

Griffin House joined “CNN Newsroom L.A.” to help the lights of Paris, once again, drown out the dark.

Griffin House 3John Vause: “I want you to go back to when you first heard about the attacks in Paris and when you found out that a music venue, a place of entertainment and fun, was where most people were killed?”

Griffin House: “It was frightening. It was scary. It was baffling. It brought it home a little bit to hear that it was the Eagles of Death Metal, they’re one of my favorite bands. I saw them at South By Southwest a couple years ago, fell in love with the band. My heart just went out to them. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Paris myself. It was a tragedy that is still affecting me.”

John: “You mentioned your own personal connection to Paris. Now we have this new song ‘Paris Calling (Sweet Sensation)’. Tell me about the song.”

Griffin: “It’s just about a guy living in Tennessee… and dreaming about getting back to Paris. I got to do that this summer and it just felt great to be there and walk down the streets and feel the magic of the city. I got to hear (‘Paris Calling’) for the first time mixed on my record when I was back there. It made it all the more bittersweet to have just been (to Paris) and to hear the news of the attacks. It was mind blowing and so sad.”

John: “You’re releasing this song early and you’re hoping to raise money for charity. Until the end of the year, all the proceeds of the sale will go to it. There’s a great connection to the song and the charity which you decided to raise money for.”

Griffin: “Yeah. Secours Populaire, it’s a non-profit in France. It fights poverty and exclusion all over the world. We wanted to do something — to do our part to give back. Equally as important to put some joy and love back into the world and some celebration of life in the midst of the darkness that happened there a few weeks ago. So putting music into the world has hopefully added some joy to the people over there.”

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John: “Tell me about the importance of music. We saw U2 performing over the weekend, Eagles of Death Metal also back there on the stage performing music. How important is music in the face of something as horrific as we saw in Paris?”

Griffin: “I think, in a way, it’s the most important celebration for life that we have, at least for guys like me and probably the guys in Eagles of Death Metal, too. I think it was completely courageous of them to go back there and just say, ‘Hey, we’re here and we’re playing our music again and we’re not gonna stop because this is what we do.’ It was the ultimate loving thing for them to do. I’m very inspired by what they’ve done and how they’ve reacted to it.”

Written & Produced by: Ben Bamsey for “CNN Newsroom L.A.

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