Former Crowded House frontman, Neil Finn has expressed surprise that Peter Jackson asked him to write a song for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, following a wrap party on King Kong in 2005. Speaking exclusively to CBS Local he said,
“…it should be noted I made a complete hash of ‘Ticket To Ride’ that day and it’s a wonder Peter didn’t cross me off the list given his love of The Beatles.”
Finn’s song, A Song For The Lonely Mountain, which appears in the end credits of the movie, sounds like a Irish folk song telling the tale of the working men, or in this case dwarves, as they trek across the dangerous landscape that combines angelic vocals with the sounds of blacksmiths crafting their metal weapons. The song is on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Special Edition album, just released.
In the interview with CBS Local, Finn explains that rather than becoming critical of his performance, both Peter Jackson and one of the movie’s co-writers, Fran Walsh, instead gave some positive artistic direction to help him conjure up something evocative and heartfelt, saying that he should,
“Think Dwarven. To reach, to elevate.”
Finn clearly found the whole experience very enlightening. Jackson was never interested in telling him how to write the piece, but was impressed at how he,
“…allows collaborators to have space and confidence to bring their best work forward.”