Sting: "We Are, by Accident, Creating the Soundtrack for People's Emotional Life" | Songwriter Oscar Roundtable

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When Sting first was approached to write a song for Jim: The James Foley Story, he said, "I can't write a song about this. I cannot write a song. It's just too emotional, it's too intense. I think you've got the wrong guy."

"It was actually Thanksgiving, and I thought, 'What would it be like to lose a member of my family? To have a member of my family in captivity? Or to be that member of captivity? What would be the thing that could unify us?' and I thought, 'Well, we'd leave a chair empty for that person.' " From this, Sting was able to write the film's song, "The Empty Chair," he told The Hollywood Reporter during the Songwriter Oscar Roundtable.

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