Nick Cave has shared his New Year’s Resolution for 2024 in a new post on his Red Hand File website.

In the new post, Cave answered two questions, one asking if he had a New Year’s Resolution for 2024, and another which asked: “Could you point out three single words that you like the most and explain why?”

He responded: “Three of my favourite words, and ones I find myself using more and more these days, are ‘Having said that’. I am also fond of saying ‘On the other hand’, and Seán O’Hagan tells me that the word I use most in our book, Faith, Hope and Carnage, is ‘However’.

“I like all of these phrases because they acknowledge one point of view but also tender another, they preface the presentation of a stabilising counterargument. This is something not much liked in our contemporary culture, it is unpopular on social media that trades primarily in a currency of performative moral outrage. ‘Having said that’ is the bothersome and deflating enemy of polarisation, self-righteousness, intolerance and hubris.”

Musician and author Nick Cave gestures during lit.COLOGNE Spezial: Nick Cave & Seán O'Hagan: „Faith, Hope and Carnage" at Theater am Tanzbrunnen on June 05, 2023 in Cologne, Germany. Faith, Hope and Carnage is a book about Nick Cave's inner life. Credit: Andreas Rentz/Getty
Credit: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images.

Cave went on: “But as the world divides into its various factions, these are words that are increasingly important. Difficult as it can be, I try my best to apply them by questioning my own thoughts – what actually is the argument from the other side? In doing so I have found that there are very few disputes, conflicts, disagreements and ideas that these three unassuming words can’t help to mediate by broadening and strengthening the conversation.

“Some may feel they are the undermining opponent of conviction, hostile to progress and action, but they are not. These three small words give conviction its sense of humanity and prevent it hardening into a blinkered and uncharitable stringency. ‘Having said that’ is the precondition of empathy, it is the capacity to see and understand the other side, to show that we have the necessary willingness to hold two contrasting ideas in our hand at the same time.

“And so, Ellen, my resolution for the coming year is to practice, as best as I can, more open-mindedness and understanding of other viewpoints. I wish both of you, and all readers of The Red Hand Files, the very best for 2024 and may happiness and good things come your way.”

Elsewhere, 2024 looks set to also see Cave release a new album with the Bad Seeds. The LP will be the follow-up to 2019’s ‘Ghosteen’. Speaking to NME last summer, Cave described the new material as “just so instantly interesting” as well as “different all the time”.

Back in October at a concert in Chicago, he debuted a new song ‘To Be Found’. Writing about the song on his site, he said: “The sentiment is simple and softly spoken, the song unable to even declare its name, but still it is a special song, full of unspecified emotional impact and a great pleasure to play. I think I’ll call the song “To Be Found”.”

In other Cave news, Matt Smith is set to play the lead role in a TV adaptation of Cave’s novel, The Death Of Bunny Munro. The actor, known for roles in Doctor Who and House Of The Dragon, will also executive produce the six-part series alongside Cave. Isabella Eklöf (Industry) will direct the Sky Original series, from a screenplay written by Pete Jackson (Somewhere Boy).

Cave also performed an emotional version of The Pogues‘ ‘A Rainy Night In Soho’ at Shane MacGowan‘s funeral in Tipperary, Ireland. The Pogues frontman passed away “peacefully” on November 30, having died from pneumonia aged 65. Aidan Gillen and Johnny Depp were amongst the attendees who paid tribute to MacGowan.

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