A little over five years ago, I remember at the end of a relationship making this big mixtape (remember those?) for my ex-girlfriend. And, on some randomly obscure compilation I found a song called “Don’t I Hold You,” by a band I’d never heard of, called “Wheat.” I loved the song, and it fell into place perfectly with the mood I wanted to convey and the mood I felt at the time. I later stumbled upon their album, Hope and Adams, which featured this great song. I wondered why the song couldn’t get more play, but the album wasn’t too wonderful. Two years later, there was their major-label debut, and it also went nowhere… and as far as I knew, Wheat was gone.
But I still listen to “Don’t I Hold You,” more than I listen to entire albums from the same period in my life. It always seemed so cinematic, I had to wonder why I never saw it in some film or, as scary as it would be, some WB show. It has the feeling of longing and romance and young, indie-rock love. It reminded me of the kind of moments we find in Cameron Crowe movies.
Enter Cameron Crowe. Six years after it was first released, the creator of Say Anything, Singles, Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky and all of their amazing soundtracks, has announced that “Don’t I Hold You” by Wheat will be featured on the soundtrack to his new film, Elizabethtown. The song joins tracks by Ryan Adams, Elton John, My Morning Jacket, Patty Griffin, and more. The album is due September 13, while the film is out October 14. I have no clue how or why the Wheat song found its way onto the soundtrack and – hopefully – into the film. But, in many ways, I think justice has been served. Hopefully, six years later, the mainstream moviegoing audience can hear what I heard in this song’s simple, yet earnest, presentation.