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About The Music
"One of the challenges of the movie was to figure out what the music should be," explains Hastings. "I knew I didn't want the short novelty numbers that are in the park attraction. I wanted something a little deeper and a little more interesting, something that spread out a little bit from a specific genre. I didn't want it to be just country or just rock or bluegrass or blues, but I wanted the music in the film to have parts of all those styles."

"Lyrically, I wanted it to be simple, but have a little depth to it, to be simple poetry," continues Hastings. "Once I realized that I needed this amalgam sound of American music, I found it in John Hiatt. He has played all these different kinds of music, and lyrically, he's great. He's just really good at saying a complex thought in a simple way."

"When Peter first suggested John Hiatt to write the music, I thought, he'd be excellent but he's never going to do the movie," laughs Gunn. "So to humor the director, we said we'd ask him, thinking he'll pass and we'll get onto more realistic choices."

Producers Andrew Gunn and Jeffrey Chernov, along with director Peter Hastings and music supervisor Nora Felder, flew to Portland, OR where John Hiatt was on tour and had a laughter-filled dinner with the singer/songwriter explaining the premise of the film.

"John's first response was, ‘How many songs do you want? You want six songs? You want eight songs?' Which he promptly wrote. John was very enthusiastic about the whole thing," enthuses Hastings. "I just kept getting these CD's of songs that he was writing. Actually, his success rate was pretty high in terms of the writing to what actually ended up in the movie. John's music had a mix of all of the different styles that we were interested in as well as a nice, simple, but poetic lyric to it. He also became the singing voice for Ted, so John ended up becoming the sound of the Bears."

"His stuff is that authentic Americana music that we were trying to get from that time period," adds Gunn. "His lyrics are just so wonderful. John really became the linchpin that made everything else start to fall into place. He gave us real musical legitimacy with other talent. Without John, we wouldn't have had a lot of the other people who came to be involved with the movie."

John Hiatt's wit and storytelling talents contributed six original songs that propel the story told in the film: "Let It Ride," "Where Nobody Knows My Name," "The Kid In You," "Can Love Stand The Test?" "Kick It Into Gear," and "Straight To The Heart of Love." The film also includes an original song by Brian Setzer called "I'm Only in it for The Honey," as well as a bear-version of the Tom Jones classic, "It's Not Unusual."

Famed music producer Glyn Johns (who produced bands such as The Eagles, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Eric Clapton) served as the executive music producer on several of the tracks.

"Glyn and I assembled the band together. It was Glyn's intention, as well as mine, to really make it sound like a band," explains John Hiatt. "We wanted the bears to have their own sound, because they had such an impact on other musicians."



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