"Travis [Fine, director] wanted the music to be simple and poignant," said Newman. "We both agreed that the instrumentation should be a variation on the jazz trio that Rudy (Alan Cumming's character) sings with. That way we could weave smoothly through the songs and source in the film, yet still be distinctive."
Joey Newman is a third generation film composer of the famed Hollywood musical Newman dynasty. A drummer, conductor and orchestrator, he earned his degree from the Berklee College of Music. He got his start working in television, co-composing with Emmy-winning composer W.G. Snuffy Walden. For five years, Joey composed the orchestral score to NCsoft's Lineage, one of the biggest online role-playing games in history. As a conductor and orchestrator, Joey has worked across the media spectrum including conducting alongside Michael Tilson Thomas and John Williams.
Joey's music can be heard on the hit ABC comedy The Middle, starring Patricia Heaton, and the TLC docu-series, Little People, Big World, for which his underscore was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. Recent film credits include the award-winning 9/11-inspired drama The Space Between (also directed by Any Day Now's director Travis Fine and starring Oscar winner Melissa Leo); and the award-winning comedy My Uncle Rafael (starring Missi Pyle and John Michael Higgins).
Inspired by a true story from the late 1970s and touching on legal and social issues that are as relevant today as they were 35 years ago, Any Day Now is a powerful tale of love, acceptance and family. When a teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) is abandoned by his mother, a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) takes him in and becomes the loving family he's never had. But when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men are forced to fight a biased legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own.
Newman tackled the scene where Marco (the boy with Down syndrome) wanders the streets first. He said, "I did this to lay down and develop the musical foundation that I would be using throughout the film." "Marco has a 3-4 note motif wandering themeplayed on pianothat ends up weaving into the relationship he has with Rudy and Paul, his partner. It's sombre and has a yearning quality to it," Newman explained.