May 16, 2017

Meet my family: My wonderful wife Angela and two daughters Addelaide (9) and Calliope (5).  We all Love to Sing!  Angie works for a non-profit organization that promotes recycling in Wisconsin.  Addelaide goes to the Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School in Viroqua, WI.  She w...

May 13, 2017

Synchronicity.  Serendipity.  A Happy Co-ink-ee-dink (that is coincidence in normal speak).  Kismet.  The Wu Way.  Be-ing in Alignment.  Staying in the moment.  Tuned in, Tapped in, & Turned on!  

All of those words and phrases essenti...

May 13, 2017

I Am an advocate for local food and farming.  For years now I have supplemented my rockstar income with different organic farming jobs.  All the farms I’ve worked for use a model called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).  The basic idea is that you as a consumer of...

May 10, 2017

The new Stanton West album, Songbird, is my life story.  Within it there are two shorter stories.  All the stories follow the same template.  I leave home, face great challenges, meet friends and foes, and return home transformed with new knowledge gained from my exper...

May 3, 2017

The first time I saw Joe Craven perform was with the David Grisman Quintet in 1996 at the Overture Center in Madison, WI.  Joe played an instrumental part in all of the albums David Grisman and Jerry Garcia put out on Grisman’s label, Acoustic Disc.  I've listened to a...

April 26, 2017

These are production notes to my producer, Joe Craven, and the sound engineer at Foxtail Studios for my upcoming album, Songbird

The album, Songbird, is influenced by the folk tradition of story telling.  It uses music as the background in an audio landscape.  Each son...

April 10, 2017

There are 2 basic components to creating a song.  The first is what I call organizational creativity and involves using your brain to manage ideas, chord structure, and a storyline that makes sense.  The other main component of songwriting is Intuitive Creativity and i...

April 5, 2017

I am drawn to birds because of what they represent.  Birds are to lizards as flowers are to plants or Angels are to humans.  Birds are the evolved incarnation of something else.  They are light and free.  

In college I took an ornithology class that opene...

March 31, 2017

Why am I so strange?  Maybe my bio gives us a hint to that longstanding question:

“Folksinger Stanton West sees the world from the perspective of a six and a half-foot tall, left-handed, freckle-faced, red-head.  Realizing he would never quite fit the mold, he embraced...

March 21, 2017

Weddings are the one place where everyone in my family puts all there drama away and tries to get along for a whole day.   This excludes my wedding.  At our reception my dad, who was still in love with my mom after 10 years of separation, got drunk and announced that m...

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