Those who weren’t won over by the film itself were probably swayed by Garden State’s soundtrack. Once again, Garden State’s lead actor Zach Braff is paying special attention to the OST for his upcoming film, Wish I Was Here. This time, Braff has enlisted Justin Vernon of Bon Iver for a new song titled “Heavenly Father.”
Wish I Was Here’s music supervisor, Mary Ramos, played an integral role in selecting Vernon, and recalled for NPR how the decision was made:
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.
Listen to “Heavenly Father” via NPR. Wish I Was Here arrives in theaters across the U.S. on July 18.