Reflecting Light

Album: Crazy Heart soundtrack (2009)
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  • Sam Phillips is a huge fan of Jeff Bridges' performance in The Big Lebowski, so she jumped at the chance to write a song for his turn as an aging, alcoholic singer in Crazy Heart, a film co-produced by her longtime collaborator and former husband T Bone Burnett. She sought inspiration from '60s-era ballads to fit the pace of the slow-burning drama. "I was very proud to have a song in it," she told Magnet Magazine. "I wouldn't have called that one, I've gotta tell you. But T Bone fought hard for that. He felt that [Maggie Gyllenhaal's character's] moment needed to be more tender and not like the rest of the score. It was her moment, not his moment. For that, it worked well."

    T Bone also co-composed music for the film and won a Grammy, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "The Weary Kind" (along with Ryan Bingham).


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