Joey Newman may share one of the most recognizable family names in the world of film composing, but he's definitely in a realm of his own. I was blown away with Joey's score to The Space Between so I was very excited when I saw Any Day Now was getting a release. The score is a very short (19 minutes) experience. Usually scores of this length fail to establish any emotional resonance, but I assure you that Any Day Now doesn't follow that trend. This is a very simple score, and I always stress that beauty strives in simplicity. That is indeed the case for Any Day Now.
The piano is an essential part to how Newman infuses character into the short time he has to tell a story. Instead of telling a full on narrative, he paints character portraits with the melodies on the piano. These portraits are tiny little glass windows into the emotional realm of the characters, and that was the aspect of the score that grabbed me initially. Since the film is an acting powerhouse that wears its emotions on its sleeves, it wasn't really the score's job to hammer emotions in but rather accent them. The beautiful motifs that are crafted with a layer of dissonant tones underneath completely envelop the listener. The narrative structure of the score is there, but since the score is so short you can hardly feel the progression so as a listener it's hard to grasp the emotional arc as a standalone. However, since the music acts so well as emotional portraits with a slight flow it makes for a very nuanced and beautiful listen.
Joey Newman knows how to pinpoint character and create simple melodies with rich emotions. Any Day Now is a stupendous little score that exists very well in its short form. He never tries to make the music bigger than it needs to be so it doesn't feel like a lot crammed into a little. I do wish the score could have been fleshed out into something more, but in the end it serves the picture and that's all that matters.
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