Soundtrack
 

Any Day Now Score and Soundtrack

Composed By: Joey Newman

Songs By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records


Reviewed by Melissa Minners

 

                Inspired by a true story from the 1970s, Any Day Now stars Alan Cumming as Rudy Donatello, a struggling musician and drag performer at a gay nightclub in West Hollywood.  When Rudy takes in Marco (Isaac Leyva), a fourteen-year old boy with Down Syndrome who has been abandoned by his mother (Jamie Anne Allman).  When Family Services intervenes and places Marco in foster care, Rudy enlists the aide of Paul Fleiger (Garrett Dillahunt), a closeted District Attorney, to help him gain custody of Marco, but the struggle is an uphill battle that will rip bare the personal lives of Rudy and Paul for all to see before it is done.

                On December 11, 2012, Lakeshore Records released two albums of music from Any Day Now.  The Any Day Now Soundtrack features songs performed by France Joli, Betty Padgett, The Honey Cone, Thelma Houston, Rufus Wainwright and cast member Alan Cumming.  The Any Day Now Score features music composed by Joey Newman, an American composer following in the footsteps of generations of musical Newmans.  His grandfather Lionel Newman was an Oscar-winning composer and conductor.  Father, Joe Frank Carollo, is a rock/R&B bass player and mother, Jenifer Newman is a classically trained ballerina.  Uncles Randy, David and Thomas Newman are all composers and there are more composers in the Newman family where these came from.  Joey began his musical career as a drummer at the age of three, eventually moving on to chorus and piano and finally settling on musical composition which he studied at the Berklee College of Music.  Since then, he has created musical scores for television series, including The Middle and Little People Big World, and films such as The Space Between and My Uncle Rafael.

                The musical score of Any Day Now is piano-based and beautiful, in spite of its somber, serious style.  Rudy and Paul's fight for custody of Marco is devastatingly difficult an the score perfectly reflects that pain and anguish that comes with this almost impossible fight.  The songs selected for the Any Day Now Soundtrack, in addition to a couple of tracks of Joey Newman's score, are about various phases of love and reflect the time period, ranging from R&B and disco to jazz.  I loved singing along to songs like Don't Leave Me This Way and Come to Me, a song that is performed by Frances Joli and later by Alan Cumming.  The rendition by Alan Cumming was slower and sadder, as if he were wistfully singing to someone he loves but can't seem to reach.  I was surprised to realized that Alan Cumming had such a nice voice.  In fact, his rendition of the gospel-inspired song I Shall Be Released was amazing and, though promotional materials praise the song Rufus Wainwright wrote after watching a final cut of the film (Metaphorical Blanket), I found Alan Cumming's I Shall Be Released to be such a poignant track that I felt it should be the last song track on the album instead. 

                Although I felt that the Any Day Now Score perfectly reflected the emotions of the film, it was the Any Day Now Soundtrack that wowed me.  The fact that it contains two poignant tracks of Newman's score, in addition to some incredible music from the era and some heartfelt renditions of songs with incredibly meaningful lyrics, makes the Any Day Now Soundtrack the perfect representation of the film and an album that any fan would be quite happy to add to their collection.

 

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