Musical Score By: Jeanine Tesori
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In Every Day, Liev Schreiber is Ned, a writer for a seedy cable television drama. Work life is hell as his producer (Eddie Izzard) keeps demanding more and more scandalous storylines and his co-worker (Carla Gugino) continually makes sexual advances toward him despite his married status. Home life isn’t any better what with his wife (Helen Hunt) taking in her sickly father (Brian Dennehy) and his son’s revelation about his sexual preference. And yet, when life throws this family curveballs, they find a way to overcome them and somehow end up stronger because of them.
The musical score of Every Day was created by American composer and musical arranger Jeanine Tesori. Making her debut as a musical arranger while working on the 1995 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying, Tesori then tried her hand at creating musical scores for theater. Her first score for the off-Broadway musical Violet earned her an Obie Award. Since then, she has created Tony-nominated scores for Twelfth Night, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline, or Change and Shrek The Musical. She has also amassed quite a résumé of film scores including Winds of Change, Show Business and Wrestling With Angels.
The music found on the Every Day Soundtrack alternates between some extraordinarily moving piano pieces and blues tracks. The most moving piano pieces include the Opening Titles, Kiss in the Car and He’s In New York, which all feature a specific theme that runs throughout the soundtrack. The blues tracks featuring bass, piano and some percussion and the piano pieces alternate with one another until coming together in the sixth track entitled Jeannie in Bed. After that, the music alternates from quirky to serious and back as the family deals with the ups and downs of life.
My only gripe with this album is that the tracks are often too short. Just when you get into the music of a particular track, it’s over and you’re left thinking, “Wait! I was enjoying that!” Otherwise, I felt that the Every Day Soundtrack was quite enjoyable. Not only does it display the drama and lightheartedness of an everyday family and the ups and downs of life, but it works just as well as a stand alone album offering up some very well-composed musical pieces. Jeanine Tesori has an excellent understanding of her craft and the compositional skill to pull it off. I can’t wait to hear more from this composer in the future.