“HE CALLED ME A
WHICH I TOOK AS A HUGE
COMPLIMENT... IN MUSICAL
TERMS, MOFO IS THE SINGLE
GREATEST THING YOU CAN
SAY TO ANOTHER MUSICIAN.
IT JUST MEANS THAT
YOU’RE THE BEST POSSIBLE
MUSICIAN YOU CAN BE.”
posing with his
Ocean view he
enjoys from his
InJupiter Magazine: Who is Frankie Spellman? How would
you characterize yourself?
Frankie Spellman: I’d say I’m a creative mess. Everybody that
is creative has ADD! I see something shiny and I’m onto that
for a while, then I go into the next room and there’s food
in there – forget it. Then I pick up my guitar and I write a
song and then I sit at the piano and write another, and all
of a sudden, I forget where I’m supposed to be. It’s freedom
to realize that I’m a mess and that’s OK. It’s good to be able
to create, but I don’t think it comes without chaos. Granted,
being eclectic can slow people down, but it would bore me to
tears to do the same thing over and over.
InJupiter Magazine: What is the appeal of Jupiter? Why did
you decide to develop your musical passion here?
Spellman: Jupiter was always great. My grandparents lived
here so I used to visit all the time, and back then it was mostly
just beach territory. I remember a place called JOX, which is
where Harbourside Place is now – but that’s about it. Anyway,
Jupiter is a great place to be with nature, but more importantly,
to write. Being here, I realized there wasn’t anywhere else I’d
like to be, so I made it my home.
InJupiter Magazine: Speaking of home, I understand you
divide your time between here and Cape Cod.
Spellman: Yes, I used to live up there and still go up there
during the summer to play a few gigs. I actually just finished
playing Jay Harrington’s wedding. They got a chorus to back
me up for one of my songs, “Thank God for You,” for his first
dance. That chorus included Taye Diggs and Cedric Yarbrough.
It was a blast.
InJupiter Magazine: Wow! That must have been a highlight,
Spellman: Well, I’ve had many of those in my life. I’d say
opening up for George Benson is up there… and having Bruce
Hornsby call me a “Motherf****r, of course.
InJupiter Magazine: What is that all about?
Spellman: Well, technically, he called me a “Songwriting
Mofo” which I took as a huge compliment. It gave me
such a high. In musical terms, mofo is the single greatest thing
you can say to another musician. It just means that you’re the
best possible musician you can be. It’s how the vernacular
works in music.
InJupiter Magazine: Fair enough. So how often do you
perform live here in Jupiter?
Spellman: I play twice a week at different venues; it all
depends on the week. You can catch me at the Old Florida
Bar & Grill and Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant regularly though. PH