As someone who still listens to the Garden State soundtrack (and who can’t tell if she should be embarrassed about this or not), I trust Zach Braff’s taste. So upon reading that he had Chris Martin of Coldplay write a song for Cat Power to sing on the Wish I Was Here soundtrack, I was a bit concerned, but open. Turns out there was no need to worry — the piano-heavy track is sweet and lovely, and the little story behind its creation is even better. Braff told NPR:
Chris had the idea that it would be sung by a woman. I thought that was a genius idea, because one of the things the film is about is a strong woman (Kate Hudson’s character) becoming the matriarch of her family. When Chris and I were talking, we both kind of simultaneously said, ‘Cat Power.’ I reached out to Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) and she and I met and really clicked. I set her up to watch the film in her apartment. The whole time she was watching she kept texting me all the different parts she was loving. She said yes the instant it was over.
“Wish I Was Here” is streamable over at NPR.