[Left] At actor Jay Harrington’s wedding, Spellman, Harrington, Taye Diggs, and Cedric Yarbrough perform
Spellman’s “Thank God for You”; [Right] Spellman’s studio in Jupiter: a blend of instrumentation and
I feel like the quality of live music is constantly growing
in Jupiter and it’s great to be a part of that.
InJupiter Magazine: That sounds great. So, how did you
get into composing music for the screen?
Spellman: I had just finished wrapping up
my fourth album, “Blues Without a Net”
in 2000, and the president of Rossignol
(based in Vermont) calls me to let me know that he
wants me to do the music for one of their ad campaigns
and it all grew from there. It was great to see your music
being played in a TV commercial. But it was also strange
because I am a singer and all of a sudden I’m writing music
for queues, for the background. I took it as a challenge
and I believe it made me a stronger songwriter because I
had to look at different idioms like techno, heavy metal,
jazz, blues, folk – all instrumental. Then I did The Simple
Life starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, and music for
Project Runway and Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
The songs were spread out in many shows so I’d hear my
songs in many different shows at the same time.
InJupiter Magazine: Sounds like a lot on your plate.
Have you done any feature films?
Spellman: Yes, I was musical director for Hats Off, a
documentary film that came out in 2008. That was
my first movie score and one of the highlights of my
life because I got to go to the Telluride Film Festival
in Colorado and I got to hang out with a lot of cool
celebrities, namely Daniel Day-Lewis and Sean Penn.
InJupiter Magazine: Are you working on anything of
the like right now?
Spellman: I am. I’m currently producing the score for
a horror movie called Devil’s Tree: Rooted Evil, which
is currently filming. I’m also working with producer Jeff
Weber on a project right now. I’m looking to turn a
script I wrote into a musical play. It’s called “The Fairy
Godfather,” and it’s about the first overtly gay Don of
the Costa Nostra. Think about it like this: He’ll make you
an offer you can’t refuse and then he’ll make fun of your
shoes. So, this time around, I’m writing the script and
the music, which in this case will be a libretto for an
InJupiter Magazine: How do you approach recording
music for TV and films vs. recording music for yourself?
Spellman: With films and TV, I would do whatever came
to me because you see what’s ahead of you. There’s no
music there, unless it’s temporary music, and then you
see a sad scene or whatever, and you compose what you
think will match the scene. There’s a lot more thinking
involved when it comes to writing songs because those
are an interpretation of your own life
and your own experiences with music
attached to it.
InJupiter Magazine: So we know that
music is your main shtick, but we also
learned you have another passion… you
write children’s books.
Spellman: That’s right. I have a published
children’s book called “Pinky and
Bubs’ Stinky Night Out,” it documents
the shenanigans of two baby skunks
during a night out in Martha’s Vineyard.
I’d certainly like to write a few more of
InJupiter Magazine: What’s next for
Spellman: Write more songs, keep my
live performance chops up, write another
book, I still have a few surprises left in
the bag and I want to see them through.
I’m constantly working on new things and
there’s no better place for that than right
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