Folk musician Scott Gillespie, originally hailing from Montoursville and currently residing in Apollo, has begun the process of releasing his long-awaited album titled "The Invisible Man."
The album's recoding process originally began around 2006, yet personal issues halted it for Gillespie, as he went through a separation from his wife. "Changes when you're a little bit older come a little harder to us," Gillespie said. The hardships he endured during this time were inspiration for all of the lyrics on the album, and most of the lyrics were written in the very early morning hours, as Gillespie would work on the album before work.
Because of personal issues, Gillespie was not in a good position financially, and was almost unable to get the CDs duplicated, something which he had originally wanted to do about five years prior. Over this period of time, the album had a long and drawn-out recording and producing process, and as Gillespie lost the drive, was almost not finished.
Pictured is the cover of Scott Gillespie’s new album, “The Invisible Man.”
However, according to Gillespie, his friends were not about to let him off that easy.
"They said to me, 'You need to finish this, this is part of the healing process,' " he said. Soon after, Gillespie contacted someone to help finish the cello parts for the album, as well as someone to help produce it, and in June of 2011, it was finally released to the public.
Since then, Gillespie said he has played a few local bars, but otherwise had not done much performing to help promote the album, as he has been busy working two jobs. During the week, he is a biology teacher, and also works on gas lines as his second job.
"A musicians life is not one that pays well," he said. Previously, Gillespie collaborated with friend Bill Duff on a folk album in 2006, titled "Movin' On."
"The Invisible Man" delivers 16 modern folk-style songs, with a couple of them being Christmas-themed. According to Gillespie, the album's more somber songs and lyrics reflect and give insight to the tough times that he went through as he was writing the album five years after the release of his first one.
Originally, music began as a hobby for Gillespie.
"I started buying 45s when I was eight years old, then LPs came out when I was a teenager," Gillespie said. During his junior year of college, he bought his first guitar and learned how to play it.
As much as he loves music, Gillespie stated that he could never make a career out of it at this point. However, Gillespie has advice for those who wish to make a living doing music, or anything else that they desire: "No matter what it is that you do, whether it's writing music, playing sports, falling in love and having a relationship, be the best at it that you can be, and always be yourself."
To purchase "The Invisible Man," listeners can find it available for download on iTunes.