Dan Lipton

Dan Lipton

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Microwave Popcorn. Power Failure. Cheap Cameras. These are some of the unlikely subjects that Dan Lipton has turned into winning pop tunes. Thirty years young, with a degree in music composition, songwriter and arranger Dan Lipton creates inventive, genre-hopping music that is entirely his own.

Biography

An only child, Dan Lipton was born in Hackensack, NJ and grew up in and around New York City. Named for an Elton John song, he gravitated cosmically to the living room piano before he knew how to play it. He wrote his first song shortly after his first piano lesson, at age seven. He joined his first rock band at age ten.

At thirteen, Lipton inherited his late uncle’s vinyl collection, which became the soundtrack to his adolescence: every Beatles album plus many Beatles solo efforts, every Stones, every Doors… jazz records by Billie Holliday, Jimmy Heath, McCoy Tyner… Broadway cast recordings from Hair to West Side Story to The Fantasticks… It was an eclectic basement musical education that paralleled his training at The Mannes College of Music in NYC. He performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with orchestra at age sixteen, then landed at Northwestern University in Chicago, majoring in classical piano.

At college, DL threw himself into any and all areas of music. He worked with the campus comedy improv troupe as well as its children’s theater group. He created music for dance pieces, scored plays, played with jazz groups… yet at solo coffeehouse gigs, he would cover Green Day and Matthew Sweet songs on the piano. Modern classical pieces, art songs, theater music and jazz arranging earned him a degree in music composition. He moved back to NYC to figure out what one does with that.

Relying on his impressive chops, Lipton quickly found work as a piano player.

In the music business for one quick decade, Dan Lipton has played on Grammy-nominated recordings, he has scored award-winning short films, he has arranged music for movie stars, he has rocked clubs across the US with indie pop bands, he has performed with symphony orchestras, he has played at Carnegie Hall and he has performed for the President in the East Room of the White House. In 2007, he played piano onstage in Tom Stoppard's epic play THE COAST OF UTOPIA on Broadway.

Dan Lipton is a musical sparkplug who is building a diverse career a la Jon Brion or even Quincy Jones. He currently releases his own music independently and supports it by playing out regularly… with his band as well as solo… in New York City and across the country.

He performs and records with many singers, songwriters and musicians in any genre of music and is always available for more.

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Lyrics

Stolen Sun

Written By: Dan Lipton


Stolen Sun

Day in, day out
What’s this about?
I don’t get to play.
Stolen sun
Shines on no one.
Sky is always gray.

She got the spring and I got the rain
Our loss is the river’s gain.
Summer will shine, but will it feel the same?
The same?

Stormy ground
Turned upside down.
No cotton, not for days.
Miss the blue
And the better view!
Someone up there’s crazed.

Look out, the gray’s gone to the brain
The city slid right down the drain.
Summer might shine, but it won’t feel the same.
The same…

And the flower’s fearing
‘Cause nothing’s clearing up
And the garden’s still in pain.
So we do our bidding
Weather permitting
But all we get is rain.
See the rain…
Feel the rain…

Look out, the gray’s gone to the brain.
She got the spring and I got the rain.
Summer won’t shine and nothing feels the same.
The same…

One stolen sun
Undoes us all.
One stolen sun
Until the fall.

© 2003 by Dan Lipton. Published by Two Straws Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

Winsome

Written By: Dan Lipton


Winsome

I never wanted to be
Someone who isn’t winsome
I never wanted to be
Someone who didn’t win some

Can’t shake me
Can’t break me
And you don’t want to fake me
Departed
Discarded
I’m only getting started

I won the lottery
‘Cause someone had to win some
And I always wanted to be
Someone who had to win some

Today is the loveliest day
That I’ve been awake to admire
I fell in luck today
With nothing to show but desire

(break)

You’re probably wondering
Where I got the nerve to inspire
When everyone’s out of control
I’m hired to put out the fire

I won the lottery
‘Cause someone had to win some
I never wanted to be
Someone who isn’t winsome

Can’t cop me
Can’t stop me
No one but me can top me
Got groovy
Not moody
I always wanted to be winsome
You fall in luck and then you win some

© 2001 by Dan Lipton. Published by Two Straws Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

Already Okay

Written By: Dan Lipton


Already Okay

You were not a lonely proposition
You cannot condone your state of mind
Caught up in the force of recognition
Link up in the day that they can find

But the music makes me happy
And I want it every day
If you understand the lay of the land
It’s already okay
Give me the chance to say
‘Til you look away
Isn’t it already okay?

Go about not goal in those conditions
Lookin’ great but never felt so small
Never want to know your inhibitions
Maybe it’s so golden after all

But the music makes me feel good
And I only want to play
Don’t demand what you can’t stand
When nothing is okay
Give me the chance to say
‘Til you look away
Wasn’t it already okay?
Already okay
Okay

The music makes me happy
I want it every day
You understand the lay of the land
So it’s already okay
Give me the chance to say
‘Til you look away
Isn’t it already okay?
Already okay
Okay

© 2005 by Dan Lipton. Published by Two Straws Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

To Impress

Written By: Dan Lipton


To Impress

Come on in
Nice to know you.
Look around
So much to show you.
Feels like I waited too long to be wrong it’s OK.

Where you been?
Some different places.
You make it sound
So overrated.
Feels like I waited to cheer I can hear what you say.

I can’t wait to laugh
Or to share the past
When everybody goes away.
And I won’t deny
How I want to try
To impress upon your day.

No one’s ever looked so good
Sitting in the room.
Knowing any second you could be standing
And leaving so soon.
But you’re the only one who could
Ease a little gloom.
You’re the only one who could be demanding…

That I impress upon your day.
And I won’t deny
How I want to try
To impress upon your day.
Your day!

Are you demanding?
Come on in
Where you been?

© 2002 by Dan Lipton
Published by Two Straws Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

Neon

Written By: Dan Lipton


Neon

Oh-oh, Oh-oh, Oh-oh
It’s getting late
It’s getting slow
We’re underwater
Bathing in the glow
Of neon
It keeps me warm, warm
Neon
The only light I know
Oh-oh, Oh-oh, Oh-oh

The room is hazy
Sometimes it’s cold
Just left of lazy
My life’s on hold
Call me crazy
Call me sold
She’s like a daisy
But twice as bold as
Neon
She cast a spell on me with
Neon

Remember this ‘cause soon it will be gone
Just like most good things
Soon it will be gone
But I will remember neon
Neon
Neon

The clock was broken
When I arrived
It didn’t fix itself
‘Til I was deprived
Of neon
Spilling over me was
Neon
The only light I know
Oh-oh, Oh-oh, Oh-oh, Oh-oh
Oh-oh, Oh-oh

© 2003 by Dan Lipton. Published by Two Straws Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

Someday Somehow

Written By: Dan Lipton


Someday Somehow

You won’t tame me
Like the one I had before
You can’t shame me
That’s not what my time is for
You’ve been dreaming like it’s almost over
Bet you’re gonna blame me
For all that other baggage and

Someday somehow somewhere sometime
I’m gonna make somebody happy
Make somebody smile
And some way some night
Some say some light’s
Gonna make somebody happy
Make somebody smile

But not now and not her
‘Cause the way things stir
Wasn’t happy but they were
For a while

You won’t play me
I know how to use the brakes
You’ll never slay me
You don’t know how much it takes
We’ve drawn it out and you won’t look back
Did you think that I would?
Well, you’re the one who’s gonna pack

And someday somehow somewhere sometime
I’m gonna make somebody happy
Make somebody smile
And some way some night
Some say some light’s
Gonna make somebody happy
Make somebody smile

But not now and not her
‘Cause the way things were
Wasn’t happy but they stir
For a while

I’ll see you on some other day
And we’ll have so much more to say
I wish I knew some other way
I think we’re gonna be OK

(break)

Someday somehow somewhere sometime
I’m gonna make somebody happy
Make somebody smile
And some way some night
Some say some light’s
Gonna make somebody happy
Make somebody smile

But not now and not her
‘Cause the way things were
Wasn’t happy but they stir
For a while
For a while

I’ll see you on some other day
And we’ll have so much more to say
I wish I knew some other way
I think we’re gonna be OK

© 2003 by Dan Lipton. Published by Two Straws Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

Discography

Northern State - Can I Keep This Pen? (2007)
The NYC white female hip-hop trio's third album features DL on the track "Away Away" playing Wurlitzer electric piano and a Casio SK-1 toy keyboard.

The Coast of Utopia - music from the Broadway play (2007)
The Lincoln Center Theater production of Tom Stoppard's epic trilogy was nomianted for, and won, more Tony Awards than any straight play in Broadway history. The score is by Mark Bennett. DL on piano and musical coordinator. (Ghostlight Records)

John Lithgow - The Sunny Side of the Street (2006)
The actor's third album for kids features Dan Lipton on piano, kazoo and additional musical arrangements. Grammy nomination for Best Children's Album. (Razor & Tie Records)

Colby Beserra and Dan Lipton - Jukebox Saloon (2006)
Beserra and Lipton are a piano/vocal jazz duo in the spirit of Tony Bennett and Bill Evans, re-imagining pop songs of the day (by Beck, Cowboy Junkies, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin...)

Dan Lipton - ZEITGEIST (2005)
The third DL solo release is a 19-track playlist of eclectic collaborations. DL on piano, acoustic guitar, marimba, vibraphone, organ, synths, electric piano, etc. ASCAPlus Award for Popular Music. (Two Straws Music)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - Original Broadway Cast (2005)
David Yazbek's Tony-nominated show features DL on piano and additional musical arrangements. Grammy-nominated recording. (Ghostlight Records)

Colby Beserra - Colby Beserra (2005)
The Chicago-based singer/songwriter's debut album features DL on Rhodes electric piano.

Dan Lipton - Life In Pictures (2003)
Second DL solo album is 11 songs of widescreen, sonic pop. ASCAPlus Award for Popular Music. (Two Straws Music)

Kill Henry Sugar - Sell This Place (2002)
Metropolitan folk duo KHS features DL on piano for the song "Decorations." (Surprise Truck Records)

Dan Lipton - Fazed EP (2001)
5 songs short, DL debut on guitar. (Two Straws Music)

The Full Monty - Original Broadway Cast (2000)
David Yazbek's Tony-nominated show features DL on piano. Grammy-nominated recording. (RCA Victor)

Dan Lipton - Travelogue (1999)
Debut DL solo album is a pop song cycle for piano and 4 voices, following a fictional Traveler on a metaphorical journey. (Two Straws Music)

Sean McCourt - Stick Figure Dancing (1998)
NYC singer/songwriter's debut album features DL on piano. Songs from this album were used in the film "Snow Days" starring Bernadette Peters.

Set List

A typical 50-75 minute club set is 9-14 songs long. The bulk of any set is new, unrecorded songs. And that's just the way it's gonna be. DL songs are all on the short side, but live they get stretched out more.

Recent gig favorites from DL albums: Your TV, Stolen Sun, Make Money, Popcorn Charity, Neon, Shed That Skin, Cheap Camera, Everybody Thinks.

Lipton also has great taste in covers, and will do no more than 2 per set... songs by Beck, Garbage, Madonna, Beastie Boys, Prince, Green Day... all radically re-arranged.