“Waiting for the Miracle to Come” Release: April 29
Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-03-11)
A new song co-written by Bono, “Where the Shadows Fall,” is featured in the film Waiting for the Miracle to Come by director Lian Lunson. Bono also acts as an Executive producer on the film. The song, co-written by Bono and long-time collaborator Simon Carmody, features over the final credits, and is sung by Willie Nelson for the film. Bono also performs on the track singing backing vocals in the chorus of the song. The song, and film, debuted at the Austin Film Festival in October 2018. It is now set to make its debut for the home video market, on April 29, 2019, the same day as Willie Nelson’s birthday.
Both a digital release, and a limited collectors DVD will be released at that time. Full details about distribution are unknown at this point, but mark your calendars, and as we get closer to the film release, we will share information about the release for those who are interested.
The song has main vocals by Willie Nelson. Bono is listed as backing vocals in the credits for the track and can be heard singing in the chorus of the song.
The song was produced by Andy Barlow, who also provides keyboards on the track. Barlow, best known for his work with the band Lamb, recently worked with U2 on the album Songs of Experience as a producer, and has been working with the band as a producer / mixer on the recent U2 tours as well. Barlow brought equipment with him to work with and record the band as they toured. Barlow is credited on the songs “Love is All We Have Left” (production and mixing), “Book of Your Heart” (production and mixing), “Red Flag Day (Production), “The Little Things that Give You Away” (produced with Jolyon Thomas), and “Landlady” (produced with Ryan Tedder) from U2’s most recent album.
Guitar is provided on the song by another long standing member of the U2 recording team, Declan Gaffney. Gaffney has been working with U2 as a recording engineer on projects including No Line on the Horizon, including many of their recordings since that album. Harmonica on the track is provided by long time Willie Nelson collaborator, Mickey Raphael, who also performed on “Slow Dancing”. “Where the Shadows Fall” was recorded using Barlow’s mobile recording studio, and mixed at The Lookout Studio. Mastering was done by Scott Sedillo at Bernie Grundman Studios.
The song, “Where the Shadows Fall” was co-written by Bono and Simon Carmody. Carmody is a long time collaborator with Bono. He has co-written a number of songs for other artists to sing, including the song “Streets of Surrender (S.O.S.)“ recorded by Zucchero, “I Am the Blues“ recorded by Johnny Hallyday, “Sugar Daddy“ recorded by Tom Jones, and “Drinkin’ in the Day“ recorded by Ronnie Drew. Carmody is a long-time friend of Bono’s and a former member of the Irish band Golden Horde, who were signed to U2’s label Mother Records.
The song by Bono is the only song featuring any member of U2 in the film. Other music in the film is composed by Richard Souther, and the film also features a song by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and one song performed by actress Charlotte Rampling.
- 2018-11-01 Bono writes song for Willie Nelson to Sing
- 2018-10-10 Waiting for the Miracle to Come to Debut at Austin Film Festival
- 2016-03-03 Bono and Willie Waiting for a Miracle