Scott Speedman.

Scott Speedman. Scott Speedman is a shit actor whose crowning achievement was making the scenary look like a better actor in Underworld.

Skott Freedman, however is not a shit actor. Skott Freedman is a musician. And a pretty damn good one.

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Skott reached out to me through Laura DiStasi, who I try to mention on this blog at least every 30 minutes (Laura DiStasi), and whom I may yet marry. I haven’t decided.

Skott I won’t marry, but almost, given the absolute gorgeousness of his music.

I’ll steal a chunk of Wikipedia to give you Skott’s background:

Freedman was born and raised in New Jersey. His music makes heavy use of the piano, which has led to regular comparisons with chanteuse Tori Amos. Similar to Amos, Freedman was a child piano prodigy and won statewide competitions while growing up. Freedman has said that repeated bouts of depression during his adolescence inspired him to write his first songs.He cites Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Paula Cole, and Beethoven as major influences. Freedman’s music blends pop and folk influences with a confessional lyrical style.

From Skott, I give you two piano-led gems. Firstly, “Until That Time”. Starting slowly, with just a piano and Skott’s voice, I dare you to try to stop your foot tapping at 1:02 as the tempo increases, but the subject matter – of breaking up; of helping another through pain; of sacrificing to let another survive – is absolutely heart-wrenching.

And after, “I’d Like To Think I Would”. Starting slowly, with just a piano and Skott’s voice (see the trend here?)… Slower than “Until That Time”, but treading similar roads – of almost breaking up; of not being sure and of breaking and running, with the other not far behind; of the self-realisation that love might not be enough, but that you feel you would miss the other should it all end (but yet… yet… just aren’t sure…).

Songs for a swiftly-approaching Winter; best enjoyed in a darkened room, with a drink in hand, and tears slipping out.

well i know that you’re hurting
and i know that you’re crying
but i also know that you’ve got more strength than you think you do

and i know that you’re lonely
and i know you know you’re not the only one
but soon again my friend you’ll find your way back to the sun

and until that time i’ll be the hand for you to hold
and until that time feel free to cry on my shoulder
and you’ll be alright
we’ll both be alright

well i know it’s not easy being the last one to let go
but life’s not always fair that way it doesn’t give a damn what you say cause the world moves on

and i know that he was the first
and i know that you know he won’t be the last
it’s all a matter of time time’s in a day in a week in a year
then your pain is past

and until that time i’ll be the hand for you to hold
and until that time feel free to cry on my shoulder
and you’ll be alright

well i know that it’s 3 am
and i got a good guess that’s you calling
well i don’t need much sleep if it means i’ll keep you some company

and i know it’s never what we think that it will be
when we finally fall in love
but that’s the beauty you can never have enough

so i know that you’re hurting and i know that you’re crying
but i also know that you’ve got more strength than you think you do

i know we’ve never fought like this
i’ve never thought like this about the end
i wish you could be who i always thought you were

well i guess sometimes things don’t work out like we plan
and i know it’s not been easy
but will you be the one to last or become another piece of my past

and if you left tomorrow would i even care?
i’d like to think i would

i know we were doing fine maybe spending too much time
as new lovers do
you moved in and i moved out couldn’t stand the crowd
and so i ran

but you went and chased me deep down into the woods
but that didn’t do any good i ran faster
what you never realized was it’s what i needed the whole time

and if i never felt your kiss again would i even care?
i’d like to think i would

everyone told me i wasn’t ready but i listened to myself
and now where did that get me
i know i love you but i don’t know if that’s enough

and if i had more chance to make this work would i take it?
i’d like to think i would

i know we’ve never fought like this
i’ve never thought like this about the end

Skott Freedman – Until That Time

Skott Freedman – I’d Like To Think I Would

www: Skott’s official website, Facebook Page, and MySpace.