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Bucket List

by Jim Stanard

A seasoned pro at life and business uncovers his sleeping giant poet in 11 straight-to-the-core songs that speak to generations.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Law of Love
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2. Dogs of War
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3. Lobster
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4. She Wants Him to Change
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5. Hard to Please
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6. Can't Happen Here
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7. Sparks, Nevada
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8. Meant to Say
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9. Apex Predator
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10. Bucket List
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11. It's All Turtles
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Album Notes
The story of singer-songwriter Jim Stanard began much the same as those of his folk contemporaries – he grew up listening to, loving, and absorbing the music of the greats. He hung out at the legendary Main Point Coffeehouse in Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania watching Tom Rush, Doc Watson, Bruce Springsteen, and others. He saw Bob Dylan in Philadelphia in 1966 and attended Woodstock in 1969. Having started playing guitar as a teenager in the 60’s, music meant so much to him that he sold his childhood coin collection to buy his first guitar, a Martin D-28 that he still plays.

But in his mid 20’s, the paths spread out before him, and he chose a different one. He stopped playing, and developed a successful career in the world of finance and insurance. Although music was not his career during those years, his early exposure to it remained a guiding force. “I’ve always carried around a Dylan line ‘he not busy being born is busy dying’,” he says. “To accomplish something, one needs to take action. I like to think of weaponizing my mistakes and failures by learning from each.”

A lifelong learner and setter of goals, Jim turned his attention back to music in the early 2000s with the support of his wife of 42 years. A series of introductions to music industry insiders led to guitar lessons with Jon Skibic, of the Afghan Whigs, and voice lessons with Kip Winger, frontman for the platinum-selling rock band, Winger. Kip encouraged Jim to begin writing songs, and Jim dove in, studying with Kip and other writers, and crystalizing his observations into the songs that went on to comprise Bucket List.

His patient approach has paid off. “Most people overestimate what they can do in 6 months and underestimate what they can do in 6 years,” he says. “I’ve learned to set attainable short term goals, but shoot high on long term goals. Be stubborn as gravity.”

“For me, this album is already a roaring success,” he adds, acknowledging the teamwork effort that went into his debut CD, and the good luck of finding that team, “because the great musicians and songwriters who have participated and mentored me have made it sound great, in my opinion.”

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Tony Mastrianni, Syndicated Writer

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM of 2018 THUS FAR!!!!
Jim Stanard is NOT your standard run-of-the-mill singer/songwriter. He recently retired from his job as a prominent leader in the finance and insurance world. As such, he is now honing his craft as performer. His new CD, entitled BUCKET LIST (Manatree Records) is an inspiring collection of songs. He waited some 40 years to begin his singing and song writing career. Simply put, it was worth the wait. Full Disclosure-- Jim started preparing for his music debut in the early 2000’s, but didn’t start his career until earlier this year.
There are 11 tracks (all original compositions) His singing and lyrics are unique. Although quite contemporary, he is undoubtedly influenced by Bob Dylan. He recently said that he. has always carried around a Dylan line 'he not busy being born is busy dying” or so he says!. His tunes are quite infectious wide ranging in terms of influences that includes such diverse artists as Warren Zevon, John Renbourn, Stefan Grossman and David Bromberg. There are hints of classic rock, which he is no doubt also influenced by. Stanard talks about taking responsibility of some of his life choices ("Lobster"), intuitively gets inside the thought pattern of a soldier ("Dogs of War"), and a mild dose of politics ("Can't Happen Here"). He even tackles philosophy ("It's All Turtles"), regret ("Meant to Say") and, you guessed it -- the game of love. ("Bucket List") and thermodynamics ("Law of Love").

His songs are lyrical, witty and intelligently conceived -- some are delightfully constructed ballad. He was an aficionado of great folk singers, growing up. Back then Stanard hung out at the legendary Main Point Coffeehouse in Bryn Mar, Pennsylvania watching legends perform-- like Tom Rush, Doc Watson, even early Bruce Springsteen, among others. He saw Bob Dylan in Philadelphia in. A series of introductions to music industry insiders led to guitar lessons with Jon Skibob, of the Afghan Whigs, and voice lessons with Kip Winger, leader of the platinum-selling rock band, Winger. Kip (Winger) encouraged Jim to begin writing songs and Jim dove in head first, studying with Kip and other s and crystalizing his observations into the songs that went on to comprise (but never compromise BUCKET LIST..

This album is refreshing, and most probably more interesting than what you have been listening to this year. Give Jim Stanard a try. You won’t be sorry you did. It is my sleeper pick for best independent label album thus far in 2018.
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