"Aurora" is dedicated to those who lost their lives and were affected by the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. I recorded this song in London in the days following the tragedy as a heartfelt tribute to the victims and their families. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Aurora Victim Relief organization. The track is available on iTunes and you can download and donate here.
This is NOT the "Batman" or the "Dark Knight" Massacre
It is a tragic shooting, but the events of this morning are killings by a single individual. His motivations, whatever they may be revealed to have been, are not the fault of, nor catalyzed by, the actions of Bob Kane, Christopher Nolan, or any other incredible artist who has ever worked with the Batman character.
The shooter is a man who worked alone to commit these heinous acts and any connection to Batman lies only in the date and time in which he chose to finally commit them. These violent actions are not the product of comic books, movies, or video games, but rather a man’s own distress and derangement.
Kudos to news agencies around the globe labeling this as what it is, a horrible and deplorable shooting; and shame to those who take the easy and ignorant path of naming them after a comic book hero who has a long and proud history of fighting against guns and the violence that would be done with them.
May the victims of this terrible crime rest in peace, and may their families find some semblance of solace in the justice that will surely be delivered.
“That’s the spirit of Batman. Not punching and kicking. Not vengeance against crime. But a hope that lies in all of us, that if we just push, make ourselves the best selves we can; while we’re around, no one has to die. Today, especially, let’s all be the best Batman we can possibly be.”—Alex Zalben (MTV Geek)
“And as someone who writes about movies, and who cares about the big, flawed thing we call fandom, I’m saddened by someone turning that shared enthusiasm into a weapon. And even if this tragedy hadn’t happened at the premiere of one of a dwindling number of genuinely mass cultural events, I hate the idea of using an audience’s suspension of disbelief, their openness to and absorption in the spectacle unfolding before them, as cover—the gunman reportedly started shooting during a sequence involving gunfire, meaning the audience was slower to react. We are vulnerable when we go to the movies, open to fear, and love, and disgust, and rapture, surrendering our brains and hearts to someone else’s vision of the world. We don’t expect to surrender our bodies, too.”—How the Colorado theater shooting exploited one of our last mass, in-person cultural events. (via think-progress)
“What holds true then remains the case today: no film makes you kill. Having a mind to kill, at least in any systematic fashion, means that your mind is ready-warped; that the warping may well have started long before, perhaps in childhood; and that you may perhaps seek out, or be drawn to, areas of sensation—notably those entailing sex or violence—which can encourage, inflame, or accelerate the warping. Whatever we learn of the Aurora murderer, whatever he may profess, and whatever the weaponry, body armor, and headgear that he may have sported, and however it seems like a creepy match for what is worn, by heroes and villains alike, in the Batman movies—despite all that, he was not driven by those movies to slaughter.”—Anthony Lane (The New Yorker)