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Zach Braff Got Bon Iver to Come Out After Hiatus to Record This Stunning Song

Bon Iver performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 27, 2012 Bon Iver's Justin Vernon

About two years ago, it appeared that Bon Iver was, if not dead, on a fairly significant hiatus. However, Zach Braff was able to reach the band's front man Justin Vernon through the power of man-feelings. Braff had his music supervisor Mary Ramos fly to Wisconsin to screen a rough cut of Wish I Was Here for Vernon and his brother. 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.” The result is the stunner “Heavenly Father.” Built over a choral loop and a very minimal drum beat, the song highlights the fullness of Vernon’s lower register and is used perfectly during a pivotal scene in the movie. You might as well just start crying now. Listen over at NPR.

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