Zack Braff’s new movie Wish I Was Here won’t hit theaters for a few more weeks but we got a special taste from the soundtrack today courtesy of Bon Iver.
Iver released his song “Heavenly Father,” which was written specifically for the movie, today on NPR.
Mary Ramos, the music supervisor on the film, said that Braff sent Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) a copy of the film and asked him to write a song for the soundtrack. According to Ramos, Vernon started writing the song immediately after the movie was over.
Ramos told NPR: “They were enjoying it and laughing, but at a certain point, they just got quiet. When it was over, Justin started humming. We talked afterwards about the relationship between Zach’s character and his brother [Josh Gad], and Justin and Nate talked a little about their father — all the while Justin kept distractedly humming. Eventually, he sang out the words ‘heavenly father.’ Before I even left their house, Justin was recording the first version of the song in his downstairs studio. His inspiration was that immediate.”
There are two Bon Iver songs in the new Zach Braff movie. The new, “Heavenly Father,” as well as the song “Holocene” from the band’s self-titled 2011 album.
You can listen to “Heavenly Father” at NPR or check out the “Wish I Was Here” trailer below.