Scott Krokoff

Scott Krokoff

 New York City, New York, USA
SoloAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

With a rich and melodic sound drawn primarily from his love of 60s and 70s music, Scott Krokoff (pron: Crow-Cough) weaves elements of folk rock & country pop into confessional and compelling Americana. Scott has opened for Elle King and Grace Weber, toured from Vermont to Nashville, played live in Belgium for his biggest fan, and received radio airplay throughout the US, Canada and Europe. http://www.scottkrokoff.com

Biography

With a rich sound drawn primarily from his love of 60s and 70s music, New Yorker Scott Krokoff (pron: Crow-Cough) weaves elements of folk rock & country pop into confessional and compelling Americana.  He is an evocative and introspective songwriter, and a deft finger-picker in the vein of James Taylor and Paul Simon with “an edge of Replacements styled alt rock to his strum” (Hiplanta).  Scott has opened for Elle King and Grace Weber, toured from Vermont to Nashville, played live in Belgium for his biggest fan, and received radio airplay throughout the US, Canada and Europe. 

Scott’s latest record, 2015’s Realizations & Declarations, Vol. 2, received rave reviews praising Scott’s “terrific imaginative powers” (Bearded Magazine) and his “graceful tales of morality and perseverance” (The Vinyl District) with “melodies that'll have you humming for days” (Nooga) and “music in the vein of 1960s and ’70s songsmiths, but also recalling hot up-and-comers like Father John Misty” (PopDose).  "Scared Little Boy," one of 7 tracks on the new record, placed as a finalist in the Acoustic & Folk and Singer/Songwriter categories of the 2015 UK Songwriter Contest.

While he has supported his young family as an active lawyer, Scott is adamant that one should never put a shelf life on his or her dreams.  As such, many of Scott’s songs document his passion to persevere with his music, and his three record releases – including 2007’s A Better Life and 2012’s Realizations and Declarations, Vol. 1 – brim with lovely and tuneful revelations that proselytized the art of taking risks in life as well as the consequences of not taking them.

People of all ages have found Scott's music appealing and inspirational, relating to his music not only because of the terrific rhythm and energy each song possesses but because he represents the desire we each have to dream big and live life to the fullest.  One of Scott's favorite experiences was when his biggest fan flew him from New York to Belgium at his expense to play his 10th year wedding anniversary.  That fan later explained to Scott that he was so inspired by his music, he felt compelled to revive his own musical dreams.  Scott’s situation is proof positive that if you really want to, you’ll find a way.






Lyrics

A Better Life

Written By: Scott Krokoff

Today I hurt due to the situation I’m in
And I am lost in the direction that I’m goin’
I work so hard for a better day, a better life
And it’s not enough for me to just survive

Don’t get me wrong for I am proud of my achievements
But success is hollow when it’s not what you believe in
So I’m longing for a better day while there’s still time
For me to be the one I dream of in my mind

Every day it all seems wrong, I can barely take it
It’s not the place where I should be
But I stop myself from fallin’ down, for I need to make it
To drive regret out to the sea and realize a golden dream

It is often that my mind has drifted elsewhere
Now if I can only find the way to get there
For if I could find the way from A to B
I am certain everything would change for me

In many ways I’m still a child who is full of wonder
Dreamin’ of what life can be about
But in other ways I’m just a man who is torn asunder
By strains of fear and endless doubt and I feel like screaming out

Destiny is in my grasp for I can see it
It is waiting there for me to simply reach it
I work so hard for a better day, a better life
And it’s finally time for me to feel alive and have a better life.

The Vow

Written By: Scott Krokoff

We've been gathered here today
on this lovely autumn day
To see 2 people join together
And see their dreams turn into reality
At the altar there they stand
Waiting for their moment at last
Soon they will be joined together
And we sit silent as the groom begins to say

I have searched for you all my life
Now at last you’ll soon be my wife
You’re the only one I’m meant for
You’re the only one I trust with everything
There is nothing I need to hide
I can say what I feel inside
I can tell you all my fears
and I can cry out all my tears
‘cause I know you’ll be there for me.

After his vow is spoken
He slowly takes her hand
And tries to see her hidden face
For now the time has come to hear his bride say

When I met you I knew at once
That for me love had finally come
Whenever we are not together
It’s as if forever has come and gone
Is this real or is this a dream
Or is this simply how love is meant to be
I’ve waited for this time to come
So I can be with you, my love, for the remainder of my days

After her vow is spoken
He slowly lifts her veil
And sees the warm glow of her face
And their new life begins with a kiss and embrace

Don't

Written By: Scott Krokoff

Everyday ebbs and flows
Like an open wound that can never close
But believe me
It’s only motivated me
‘cause I’ll never quit
will I ever? no

Doubting me is inadvisable
Follow me, see the impossible
Don’t believe me? You’re underestimating me ‘cause I’ll never quit
Will I ever? No

[Chorus]
Just like me you can set your sights on what you want
But don’t believe, then you may never know
and if you don’t you’ll never know why

Hear me out, don’t you ever coast
Or else you lose the thing you want the most
Don’t believe me?
It’s your missed opportunity
Don’t you ever quit
If you ever, don’t!

Chorus

How do you feel when you are barely alive and the world’s making no sense at all
Starting today do something bold don’t be pigeonholed, no way now

Chorus

And if you don’t you’ll never know, yeah
And if you don’t you’ll never know why
Never quit, or else you’ll never know
Don’t ever quit, or else you’ll never know
Hear me out
Don’t you ever coast
Hear me out
Do what you love the most

Closed

Written By: Scott Krokoff

CLOSED

Overwhelming anger
and bitterness building steam
Full of every failure
Every slight and shattered dream
Have taken hold, buried me
In this place I hate to be

Chorus
My heart is closed, closed shut
My heart is closed, closed shut
Don’t pry it open, you might get cut
My heart is closed, closed shut

Echoes of each rejection
Reverberate within the walls
Deep in every chamber
Suffering fills it all
A broken heart isolates
When it feels second rate

Chorus

Bridge
Why was it hard to ever get appreciation
By being nice I paid the price….humiliation
The good in me has disappeared with no traces
Taken flight away from here on a permanent basis

Time has left me cheated
Of everything of which I prayed
Thus I have retreated in this wounded man’s barricade
Heaven knows I stood my ground
But in the end I’m shutting down

Chorus

What The Hell

Written By: Scott Krokoff

What the hell happened to me
That I find myself down here in misery
What the hell happened to me
For what it’s worth it’s here for you to see

What the hell became of me now babe
I had all these plans that never came to be
What the hell became of me
That my blood is so consumed by jealousy

To want as much as anyone, you gotta to work like everyone, I do
Worked as hard as anyone, wanted much like anyone
So why do I hurt more than you
Tell me why do I hurt more than you

What the hell did I not do
It’s not as if I never had a clue
What the hell did I not do
That my destiny’s the same as all of you

To want as much as anyone, you gotta to work like everyone, I do
Worked as hard as anyone, wanted much like anyone
So why do I hurt more than you
Tell me why do I hurt more than you

What the hell
What the hell…happened to me

What the hell happened to me
What the hell happened to me now
What the hell happened to me
What the hell became of me now babe

To want as much as anyone, you gotta to work like everyone, I do
Worked as hard as anyone, wanted much like anyone
So why do I hurt more than you
Tell me why do I hurt more than you

What the hell happened to me now babe
What the hell happened to me

Because Of You

Written By: Scott Krokoff

Because of you I can see the way to forever
And because of you my heart gave way and surrendered
In all my life, I have never felt this right
And when you are near, I never fear even in the worst times
And now I observe this planet earth in a whole different light
It’s all because of you

If you ever fall, I won’t let your memory remember
And through it all, I’ll be here with you through every endeavor
While I’m with you, your love will I sustain
And I’ll do my best to protect you from trouble and pain
And those lonely times that you felt inside no longer remain
‘cause you’re with me

I can’t wait for what’s in store
I can’t wait ‘cause I’m not one anymore
You’re here with me

Throughout my life, often I have been told
That you mustn’t settle for silver, that you must find the gold
And that’s what you are my lovely star whose light I now hold
I’m all because of you

Walter Mitty

Written By: Scott Krokoff

Walter Mitty would be proud of me
For duplicating his own legacy
‘cause nothing’s ever said
it’s all stuck in my head
and I don’t know how to say just what I need

Don’t say nothing, ‘cause I fear the worst
But it’s ironic, saying nothing hurts
So I drift day to day
With not much to convey
‘cause I don’t have what it takes to stand and lead

But never fear ‘cause in my dreams
I live in a world that’s so serene
Where in my mind I am a star
A trailblazer going far
But back on earth I’m just a timid man

I try to live inside my dreams
But that kind of world’s not what it seems
In my mind I’ve done it all
But out here I’ve hit the wall
And back on earth I’m just a timid man

You might be thinking, yes, you may inquire
Why I don’t tell you what my heart desires
Something that I dread
Those thoughts in my head
May, after all, not amount to much for me
It might be worse if I don’t succeed

Scared Little Boy

Written By: Scott Krokoff

He was a scared little boy
‘Twas instilled from the time he left the womb
Protected way too much in his cocoon
So unaware that he’d be scared of the yellow moon

And as a scared older boy
Looking through his fearful eyes you would have seen
All the ridicule that killed his self-esteem
Causing the tears during the years when he was a teen

Very self-conscious, his confidence sinking
Withdrew in his shell, without even thinking
The fire in his eyes was kept at bay
His goals and desires put aside for another day

As a grown younger man
Fear would rule his timid life with an iron fist
He didn’t even bother to resist
And think of the things that he would miss…as a scared little boy

He was reluctant to take many chances
and soon was defined by his own circumstances
The fire in his eyes was kept at bay
His goals and desires put aside for another day

As a frustrated man
It was difficult for him to speak his mind
And the consequences surely weren’t kind
None of his stars ever aligned…as a scared little boy

And the fire in his eyes was swept away
His goals and desires slowly died from decay

Now he’s an elderly man
Wishing he can start his life anew again
But his time is getting closer to the end
Soon he will die wondering why he was a scared little boy

Almost There

Written By: Scott Krokoff

Motivated by ambition and unrelenting drive
Doing everything I can to keep my drive alive
But there's been no validation and I only feel deprived
I'm almost there yet never quite

I've seen it in the distance, I've seen the end in sight
Stays within my vision when I go to bed at night
But when I get up in the morning it is gone and that's my plight
I'm almost there yet never quite

Like the skier in the slalom who missed the final gate
being left to think if life is truly fair
Like the swimmer in the last lap who touched the wall too late
I'm almost there yet never quite
Almost there and yet not quite ever there

To get to where you want to is a never-ending race
You put in all this effort just to barely keep the pace
and every time I see a doorway it gets slammed in my face
I'm almost there yet never quite

For all the steps I've taken there's a million more to go
For all the progress that I've made it's going real slow
For I depend on some gatekeeper who's always saying no
I'm almost there yet never quite

Like the skier in the slalom who missed the final gate
being left to think if life is truly fair
Like the swimmer in the last lap who touched the wall too late
I'm almost there yet never quite
Almost there and yet not quite ever there

I made a lot of strides but it never seems to be
enough to really turn the tide, a harsh reality
and if that becomes my epitaph what a real tragedy
to be almost there, yet never quite

Like the skier in the slalom who missed the final gate
being left to think if life is truly fair
Like the swimmer in the last lap who touched the wall too late
I'm almost there yet never quite
Almost there yet never quite
Almost there yet never quite
Almost there and yet not quite ever there
Ever there
Ever there

Something I'd Like To Know

Written By: Scott Krokoff

There in the middle of the crowd you’re so engaged
A confident actor taking command of the stage
When I’m in the spotlight I make due with fewer words
The feeble reaction, is that the fate that I deserve?

And when that happens I feel the hurt
‘cause that’s the life of an introvert
how does it feel to say the things you want to
that is something I’d like to know

You look so regal, like a king you’re holding court
And I am the jester who’s afraid of falling short
The ease of your banter makes it seem like just a breeze
When it’s my turn, I’ve a tendency to freeze

And when that happens I feel the hurt
‘cause that’s the life of an introvert
how does it feel to say the things you want to
that is something I’d like to know

From my own perspective you’re a celebrity
I know it’s subjective but that’s how it feels to me
To me…

And when that happens I feel the hurt
‘cause that’s the life of an introvert
how does it feel to say the things you want to
that is something I’d like to know

And when that happens I feel the hurt
‘cause that’s the life of an introvert
how does it feel to say the things you want to
that is something I’d like to know

Scared Little Boy

Written By: Scott Krokoff

He was a scared little boy
‘Twas instilled from the time he left the womb
Protected way too much in his cocoon
So unaware that he’d be scared of the yellow moon

And as a scared older boy
Looking through his fearful eyes you would have seen
All the ridicule that killed his self-esteem
Causing the tears during the years when he was a teen

Very self-conscious, his confidence sinking
Withdrew in his shell, without even thinking
The fire in his eyes was kept at bay
His goals and desires put aside for another day

As a grown younger man
Fear would rule his timid life with an iron fist
He didn’t even bother to resist
And think of the things that he would miss…as a scared little boy

He was reluctant to take many chances
and soon was defined by his own circumstances
The fire in his eyes was kept at bay
His goals and desires put aside for another day

As a frustrated man
It was difficult for him to speak his mind
And the consequences surely weren’t kind
None of his stars ever aligned…as a scared little boy

And the fire in his eyes was swept away
His goals and desires slowly died from decay

Now he’s an elderly man
Wishing he can start his life anew again
But his time is getting closer to the end
Soon he will die wondering why he was a scared little boy

I Got Nothing

Written By: Scott Krokoff

You were so cute as you stood there out in the night
Snowflakes fell on your overcoat sparkling bright
We had some sushi and finished a short time ago
Strictly platonic, or was it? Not sure I know
And I didn’t know

‘Cause I did nothing
I did what was easy
Did what was safe and not at all queasy
Yes I did nothing, nothing at all
And what did I get aside from regret?
I got nothing

Dressed in chartreuse you were singing to Bruce with the crowd
A magical night at the Garden, a set list that wowed
As you were leaving for who knows how long again
If there was a moment to say anything it was then
But then became when...

because I did nothing
I did what was easy
Did what was safe and not at all queasy
Yes I did nothing, nothing at all
And what did I get aside from regret?
I got nothing

Being too cautious is something you should disallow
Sometimes you must seize the day and just do it now
Don’t be concerned about if you’ll succeed
Just take a damn risk and see where it leads
You’ll be doing much more than me

Because I did nothing
I did what was easy
Did what was safe and not at all queasy
Yes I did nothing, nothing at all
And what did I get aside from regret?
I got nothing

10 Minutes

Written By: Scott Krokoff

10 minutes
To play your guitar
Or to play your piano
To show you’re a star
10 minutes…to prove I belong

10 minutes
to prove that I belong
hope I really don’t do something terribly wrong
10 minutes…to prove I belong

Waiting for my turn
Watching all this great talent
My pilot light burns, life is hanging in the balance
10 minutes…to prove I belong

Waiting for my turn
Watching all this great talent
My pilot light burns, life is hanging in the balance
10 minutes…to prove I belong

10 minutes
of wanting to be heard
Can you hear me live and die behind every single word
To prove I belong

10 minutes can’t psyche myself out
the last thing I need is any lingering doubt
10 minutes…to prove I belong

My name’s up
Time to go on…

Groundhog

Written By: Scott Krokoff

I’m afraid of my own shadow
Run and hiding when I can
To my place of isolation
A place where I don’t need to take a stand

Down in my hole again 4x

Avoiding confrontation
A skill I’ve made into an art
I can feel when it comes my way
And it won’t be long before I soon depart

Back to my hole again 4x

Out here in the wilderness
Life can be a really cold hard slog
And rather jump into the fray
Sometimes I feel like an old groundhog
Feel like an old groundhog

Back in my hole again 4x

Discography

Scott's debut CD, A Better Life, was released toward the end of 2007. Produced, engineered and mixed by long-time studio veteran Bob Stander at VuDu Studios, and mastered by Gene Paul of DB Plus, A Better Life contains 13 radio-friendly tracks featuring catchy, energetic acoustic rhythms spanning the genres of folk, pop and rock. Scott is backed on the album by several notable musicians including former Wings drummer Steve Holley (also known for his work with Dar Williams), keyboardist Paul Errico (Steve Forbert), legendary jazz saxophonist Mario Cruz (Jaco Pastorius, Bruce Springsteen), pedal steel virtuoso John Widgren, veteran drummer Shawn Murray (drummer with The Mink DeVille Band and Willy DeVille Band for 17 years), percussionist/vocalist John Michel (John Oates) and fellow singer-songwriter Mark Newman (Willy DeVille, John Oates).

Scott's latest project, Realizations & Declarations, is the follow up to Scotts debut CD, A Better Life. The R&D project will be released as a series of EPs that will eventually culminate in a full length album. Producer Bob Stander is again at the helm and several musicians who played on A Better Life make return appearances along with a few new participants. The first EP, Realizations & Declarations Vol. 1, was released in November 2012 and contains 4 new tracks (and 3 more from the A Better Life record). The second, Realizations & Declarations, Vol. 2, was released in September 2015 and contains 7 tracks.

Set List

I play either a solo acoustic set or with a backing band (bass/drums and usually keys). Typical set list lasts around 40-45 minutes. All songs are originals (other than the occasional cover). Set list may include the following original songs:

What The Hell
Closed
Don't
Because Of You
Walter Mitty
The Right Place
Pissed Off In Paris
Scared Little Boy
10 Minutes
Sometimes You Can't Be A Part Of The Crowd
I Got Nothing
Almost There
The Vow
I Know Your Story
A Better Life
Glimpse Of Your Face
There's A Woman
Holy Fire
Autumn Sky
Sparrows
Friend In Need
You And Me
Tomorrow's Coming
Teresa Jane
Acid Rain