Cameron Crowe has had his share of music experience. You might recall the semi-autobiographical adventures of a young Rolling Stone reporter in the Crowe’s signature film, Almost Famous. Others might remember a very stereo-centric scene in Crowe’s first feature, Say Anything…. And, of course, there were the music videos and the documentaries: Tom Petty, Alice in Chains, Elton John, Pearl Jam… it’s fair to say that Crowe knows his way around a tune. So, it’s both unsurprising and pretty darn groovy that he has come to collaborating with Sigur Rós’ frontman Jónsi on some original music for the upcoming We Bought a Zoo.
Crowe and Jónsi (Jón Þór Birgisson) co-wrote “Gathering Stories,” the final song on We Bought a Zoo‘s soundtrack, and coming from a fan of Crowe, Jónsi, Sigur Rós, stories, gatherings, soundtracks, original music, zoos, financial transactions, and this symbol: Þ, I can objectively state that this song is pretty darn groovy. Unsurprisingly.
The musical Crowe-laboration is available free thanks to NPR. You can listen to it on NPR’s website by clicking here. We Bought a Zoo opens Dec. 23 and stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, and Almost Famous star Patrick Fugit.