Feeling Good: Scott Lippincott, Singer/Songwriter From New Jersey
By MusicDish [08-27-2002]
Scott Lippincott (www.scottlippincott.com) is an exceptional musician and singer-songwriter from Jobstown, New Jersey – a quiet farmland population of 1,500 – and the perfect creative environment for this weaver of melodies, lyrical simplicity and subtle layered harmonies.
Lippincott blends his writing skills and musicianship with the instrumental nuances and musical genius of many stylistic rock and pop pioneers including Elton John, Supertramp, The Beatles, Jellyfish, Matthew Sweet, Ben Folds and Elliott Smith. "Early on, I made solid songwriting a priority, finding out what it was about a particular song that made my hair rise. …what made songs special…the right changes…the hooks. I was always transcribing songs to learn how to play them. I knew a lot about harmonic structure and I could hear the elements of the music that created each of their trademark sounds. Lots of inversions. Lots of sevenths…a lot of parallels."
"Scott Lippincott's music is a breathtakingly fresh take on the kind of feel-good, solid rock music that so many of us grew up on... classic without sounding dated... creates a truly original sound that appeals to a very wide variety of people." -- Mark Northam, Film Music Magazine
MP3 Song: "Deep in My Heart"
Brilliantly adept on piano and keys, acoustic and electric guitar and bass – and with over 150 songs and counting -- this young man's influences are diverse and many, and subtly sprinkled throughout his music. "When I began writing on my keyboard, Supertramp and the Beatles were prevalent. Later, I became a fan of the Jayhawks' Tomorrow the Green Grass – one of those CDs where you love every one of the songs on it. Definitely my favorite Americana band. A relaxing simplicity to their songs makes them so charming. I like the phrased harmonies of the Indigo Girls, not in traditional thirds and a lot harder to sing yet so natural. James Taylor's songwriting has always amazed me; his phrases at the end of his acoustic lines are brilliant. Tom Petty. Toad the Wet Sprocket. I was a big Phish fan after I left LA. Later, Elliott Smith…a singer-songwriter with the elements of the Beatles, acoustic, alternate tunings, everything as a musician that was hip. Vertical Horizon, Nine Days, Five For Fighting, Radiohead, the new Wallflowers, David Gray, and more recently, Ryan Adams and John Mayer."
"Scott Lippincott creates music as a nostalgic alchemist with sensitivity and grace." -- Leslie Waller, "Sound and Source", The Film Music Channel
Lyrically, Lippincott's songs paint simple pictures of complex emotions and experiences. "A lot of my lyrics are post confrontational - you get in an argument with somebody, you're mad, confused, maybe fearful - Deep in My Heart and Together Alone [both lamenting a relationship short of compromise and growth] are like that. Where Have You Gone [conveying empathy of love lost], is completely post-confrontational. Another premise is when you're looking inside a bubble…like the story in Allison's Room [a vivid picture of life in a bubble for a heroin addict]. Gordelia is when you're just 'whoa' - you're mind blown by somebody - you just can't believe it's that good. So you're kind of looking in your own bubble for that one. Every inspiration comes from a different situation." Clever wit and irony lend to his creative spirit. God Has His Reasons highlights the ironic perspective of some of life's trips and falls with humor and tenderness. While Everything Runs Together, lets loose and has fun combining methodical yet quirky lyrics and an energetic mix of drums and harmonica (played by Lippincott). "I'm not very good at writing 'I hate you.' I'm not an angry person and I don't like dwelling on unpleasantness. I have my soapboxes, though. I don't consider myself a politician or an activist. If you're going to be a politician or an activist, be a politician or an activist. If you're going to be a singer and write music, be a singer and write music."
MP3 Song: "Allison's Room"
"This singer-songwriter from New Jersey tackles studio alternative pop from a dramatic heart-felt angle. Songs flow with a smooth and innocent feeling; melodies are sprinkled throughout each catchy hook and harmony with ease." -- J.C. Carnahan, Impact Press
Lippincott's music, recorded or live, grabs hold of you – a charismatic performer, he resonates compassion and shared experience with every one of his original compositions – the connection to his audience is undeniable. "Recording in the studio lends itself to a magical experience where you see your ideas go from thought to paper to sound. It's great to listen to an idea in your head, and then have it augmented by all the other textures and parts you can lay down in the studio. Then you take your songs out live and the next magical thing happens. You play them, and you watch the emotional connection you make with your audience. What used to be your private joy is now shared with a multitude of people."
"The music is toe tapping and just plain feels good. The vocal harmonies are outstanding." -- Clint Gaige, Gods of Music
After playing with local bands throughout Hollywood in the mid-90s, Lippincott took his experiences back to Jobstown – a better creative environment. His studio, "the Nursery", where he creates and records his musical babies, is a converted two-level woodshop/horse barn situated a short distance from the 112-year-old family farmhouse once owned by his grandmother; two stories of whitewashed wood with forest green trim in the middle 6.25 acres of what was originally 133 acres of dairy farm. "I love living on my grandmother's farm. I've played in the barn for as long as I can imagine and it's never let me down. Everything, musically, started here." This is his sanctuary. A place he goes for peace, clarity and to write his music – where the intangible becomes tangible.
Lippincott spent the later part of the 90s working the original and cover band circuit for club and college markets throughout the Jersey Shore, Philly, New York, and all points in between. His last full-band project, the Karma Factory, produced Going Places in 1997 and a self-titled CD in 1998. His original songs helped them develop a comfortable and solid area fan base, and received positive reviews and airplay from numerous local radio stations.
Lippincott, always trying to stretch himself as a songwriter and a musician, is concentrating on writing and demoing more songs – a handful of fan favorites are currently being considered for soundtrack placement. "I feel like I'm starting to really get into a groove as a songwriter, finding my stride if you will. So, I want to capitalize on that."
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