Stan Swiniarski

Stan Swiniarski

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandCountryAmericana

Stan Swiniarski is an award-winning country songwriter and an independent recording artist who has charted on the Americana Airplay charts and the Roots Country Music Report. His brand of positive country focuses on the things that are closest to his heart: life, family, values and faith.

Biography

Stan Swiniarski is an award-winning songwriter and an independent recording artist who
has charted on the Americana Airplay charts and the Roots Country Music Report. He is
also a husband (he married his high-school sweetheart 27 years ago), dad, son, brother,
teacher and friend. He's the average guy who loves to hike, travel, live life, and write songs
about it.

At fifty, this Berklee School of Music graduate is living the life he's supposed to - - working full time in Nashville as a songwriter, composer and instrumentalist. Most recently, Stan won the 2006 Country Christian Music Association Song Contest for the song "Good Lemonade", which he penned with Janet Feld.

Stan's songwriting beginnings go back to 1997, when he joined the Nashville Songwriters
Association International (NSAI) and served as the NSAI Boston Area Regional Coordinator.
Three years later, he received two honorable mentions in the CMT Song Contest.

In 2003, Stan became the Grand Prize Winner of the New England Songwriter Competition.
The following year, he received "Songwriter of the Year" and "CD of the Year" awarded by
the New Hampshire Country Music Association. He also was a WOKQ-FM New England
Country Star Search Finalist.

In 2005, Stan's debut CD, "Mexico," received an "Album of the Year" award (Country) from the
North America Country Music Associations International. And his songs are receiving airplay far away from his home in Dracut, Massachusetts, on radio stations broadcasting in Australia and
New Zealand, Stan's newest CD, "Ain't That Love" was released in April 2005 on Plymouth
Rock Records.

In 2006, Stan decided to take the plunge and establish himself as a full-time songwriter in Nashville, exiting a high-tech career of 24 years.

As part of his music ministry, he writes and records songs for critically ill children through an
organization called Songs of Love. The Songs of Love network of volunteer writers creates
custom songs for each child based on profiles sent in by their caregivers. Receiving letters from
parents, with stories sharing about how their child was able to endure a painful medical
procedure by listening to their very own song over and over, is a reminder that music really
does heal.

FACTS ABOUT STAN

Birthplace: Dracut, MA

Hometown: Dracut, MA

Website: www.upcellar.com

Musical Idiom: Country

CDs: "Mexico" - Released in 2004
"Ain't That Love" - Released in 2005

Booking: UpCellar Music
1934 Warfield Drive, Nashville, TN 37215
Telephone: (615) 739-6462 / Mobile: (978) 337-9017
info@upcellar.com
http://www.upcellar.com

Recent Awards
2006 Inspirational Country Music Week song contest winner: "Good Lemonade"
2006 NACMAI Songwriter of the Year
2005 Billboard Magazine World Song Contest (honorable mention)
2005 NHCMA Song of the Year: "Nothin’ Good’s Goin’ on Today"
2005 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Finalist
2005 NACMAI Album of the Year - Country
2004 NHCMA Songwriter of the year: "Bud"
2004 NHCMA CD of the year: "Mexico"
2004 WOKQ-FM New England Country Star Search - Finalist
2003 New England Songwriter Competition - Grand Prize Winner
2002 NH Country Music Association “Horizon" and "Rising Star" Awards
2001 John Lennon Songwriting Contest - Honorable Mention
2001 NH Country Music Association Awards – "Song of the Year" "Rising Star"
2000 NSAI/CMT Song Contest - Honorable Mentions (2)

Performances:
Indian Ranch, Webster, MA (opening act with Tracilynne for George Jones)
South Shore Music Circus, Cohasset, MA (solo opening act for America)
Indian Ranch, Webster, MA (opening act with Tracilynne for Gary Allan)
"Sundown Salute" Junction City, Kansas (with Joel Fry)
Hearts of Illinois State Fair, Peoria, IL (opening act with Joel Fry for Jeff Bates)
Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Concert, Kerrville TX
Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN
Hall of Fame Lounge, Nashville, TN
Douglas Corner, Nashville TN
The French Quarter, Nashville, TN
Boardwalk Café, Nashville, TN
House of Blues, Cambridge, MA
Club Passim, Cambridge, MA
Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA (Just Plain Folks Showcase)
Capo’s Folk, Lowell, MA
Roots Rock Live TV, Brookline, MA
“Summer in the Street”, Portsmouth, NH
Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH
Palace Theater, Manchester, NH (NHCMA Awards Show)
Veteran's Park, Manchester, NH
Laurie's Ride: Breast Cancer Benefit, Epsom, NH
“Evolving Artist” TV - Engage Internet TV
Middle Earth, Bradford, VT
Gartner IT Security Conference, Washington, DC (Private party)

Musical Influences
Rick Wakeman of Yes, Keith Emerson of ELP, Elton John, Billy Joel, and David Benoit were great
influencers of Stan's keyboard style. His CD collection contains everything from Vladimir Horowitz through Nickelback and beyond.

Family Life
Stan married Lynn, his high-school sweetheart, and they recently celebrated their 27th wedding
anniversary. Together they have one daughter, Sarah (age 24) and one son, Mike (age 21), and a
love

Lyrics

Ain't That Love

Written By: Stan Swiniarski

He thought sayin’ “I love you” wasn’t becomin’ of a man
He learned that from my grandpa, and grandpa’s daddy before that
When my old man was proud of me, he’d just shake my hand and smile
But I could always see the hugs and kisses in his eyes

CHORUS
Ain’t that love, more than three words or a verse on a card someone else wrote
When he’d pat you on the back and tell you “good catch” ‘cuz your team won the game
When you lost and he bought you an ice cream cone,
let you eat it in silence all the way home
That kind of stuff, ain’t that love?

The day my little boy was born I got to hold him first
We sat there for an hour, I never said a single word
I prayed to God we would always be best friends for life
And I made a million promises there, lookin’ in his eyes

CHORUS
Ain’t that love, more than three words or a verse on a card someone else wrote
Stayin’ up all night ‘til his fever subsides, and he wakes up and smiles
Forgivin’ his angry words when you have a fight,
‘cause you’re just tryin’ to grow him up right
That kind of stuff, ain’t that love?

BRIDGE
It’s not how many times you say it, it’s all the things you do
There’s nothin’ you can do to fake it, ‘cause when it’s real it shines through

When my best friend’s father died, he helped to carry his Dad home
Stood like a soldier while the guns were fired, and taps were blown
I knew that it was killin’ him to have to say goodbye
He showed what his Dad meant to him by the tears in his eyes

CHORUS
Ain’t that love, more than three words or a verse on a card someone else wrote
When you’re feelin’ numb ‘cause you lost someone
and you’d give anything to have one more day
Tryin’ not to be sad when you’re lookin’ back on all the good times that you had
That kind of stuff, ain’t that love?

Yeah, that kind of stuff, ain’t that love?

Bud

Written By: Stan Swiniarski

We said we’d go the distance, until the day we claimed
Irreconcilable differences, we would amicably separate
But my world came crashin’ down as we divided up our stuff
When you said you wanted custody of our only…dog Bud

CHORUS
Why did you have to take the only one who kept me warm at night
When I was sleepin’ on the sofa after you and I would fight
Now I’m missin’ his wet kisses and unconditional love
Well I’m long over you, but I’m far from over Bud

I know you had him first, so I guess you had the right
But truth be told he liked me better, I could see it in his big brown eyes
We could walk and talk for hours, and we would never disagree
His favorite thing was lyin’ by my side, surfin’ channels on TV

CHORUS

BRIDGE
No more cigars on the back porch, no fetchin’ the stick
No Sunday afternoon naps, must be killin’ him
Maybe you could see your way for dear Bud’s sake
To negotiate alternate weekend stays

CHORUS

Well I’m long over you, but I’m far from over Bud

It Ain't a Party

Written By: Larry Flynn/Stan Swiniarski

Saturday night, full moon, meetin’ the boys at Billy’s Saloon
The joint was jumpin’ like I’ve never seen before
There was a line at the bar, a line out the door
Place was jam-packed tighter than a fist,
And I wondered what good would come from this

At quarter to ten I finally got in, hooked up with Deke, Sonny and Jim
Elbow to elbow, poundin’ ‘em down
I could feel trouble brewin’ all around
Well I’ve been here once too many times before
So I turned and headed for the door, they said

CHORUS
What’s your hurry, boy ain’t you havin’ fun?
What’s your worry, we ain’t botherin’ noone
Tonight’s the night for doin’ it right
Gonna tear the sucker down
Ain’t goin’ home ‘til we get enough, you know
It ain’t a party ‘til the cops show up

They talked me into stayin’ for just one round, Before I knew it one o’clock was rollin’
around
Then Deke started flirtin’ with another guy’s girl
And the place started rockin’ like a Tilt-a-Whirl
I put down my bottle, paid for the beer
Said See ya later boys, I’m outta here!

CHORUS

About halfway home I passed the boys in blue And I knew my buddie’s wish was about
to come true
It was quarter to two when I got home
I was greeted by the ringin’ of my telephone
My three friends callin’ from downtown
Sayin’ can you come bail us out, I said

(CHORUS)
What’s your hurry, boys ain’t you havin’ fun?
What’s your worry, you ain’t botherin’ noone
Tonight’s the night for doin’ it right
Gonna tear the sucker down
Ain’t goin’ home ‘til you get enough, you know
It ain’t a party ‘til the cops show up

'Ain’t goin’ home ‘til you get enough, you know
It ain’t a party, it ain’t a party, it ain’t a party ‘til the cops show up

How I Want To Feel

Written By: Janet Feld, Stan Swiniarski

Am I watching the best years of my life
Walk out our front door
What did you say, “There’s a better man out there for me.”
Well I’d rather have one that sticks around for sure

I know right now I feel foolish, like I’ll never be o.k.
But I know just what I want when I get past this pain, I want to feel

Pretty as pink roses in a crystal vase
Happy as the ending of ‘Singing In The Rain’
Special as the locket my grandma gave to me
Like swaying at the top of the Ferris wheel
That’s how I want to feel

I’ll make a list of things that need changing
To restart my life
A Fresh coat of paint, new floral sheets just might help my recovery
Make this place completely mine

Lots of room to dream what I want to dream
Where I can learn to feel how I want to feel, I want to feel

Chorus

In the years since that time I followed my heart
And it led me to own this little coffee shop

When I heard “three sugars and no cream.”
I didn’t even have to see his face
He said, “Long time, sure looks like you’ve done o.k.
And may I say, you’re looking great.”

I smiled and I said, “Thank you.” and to my surprise
‘Cause it wasn’t ‘till that moment that I realized – I feel

I feel pretty as pink roses in a crystal vase
Happy as the ending of ‘Singing In The Rain’
Special as the locket my grandma gave to me
Like swaying at the top of the Ferris wheel
That’s just how I feel

That’s how I want to feel

Nothin' Good's Goin' on Today

Written By: Stan Swiniarski

Don and Janie in Baton Rouge, settle in to the evening news
The anchor sings the same old song, about a world that’s goin’ wrong
There’s a guy in Boston who killed his wife, fifty strokes with a kitchen knife
It makes ‘em want to stop and say “There’s nothin’ good goin’ on today”

CHORUS
Except, little Bobby got his braces off
With some work he will finally walk
Sarah’s holdin’ the little girl
They said she shouldn’t bring into this world
It came without headlines there were no bylines
It just happened anyway
That’s why I find it hard to say, nothin’ good’s goin’ on today

Uncle Joe in New York City drinks in his morning paper and coffee
Readin’ the same old worn out lines about terrorism and city crime
They found a baby in a dumpster out back, ten more dead in Iraq
It makes him want to stop and say “There’s nothin’ good goin’ on today”

CHORUS
Except, Jimmy got to graduate, took him
Two extra years but he finally made it
They just swore my friend Sam in
Now she’s a hundred percent American
It came without headlines there were no bylines
It just happened anyway
That’s why I find it hard to say, nothin’ good’s goin’ on today

BRIDGE
We can’t blame God for these times, ‘cause we commit the crimes
Or why there’s no peace anymore, ‘cause we fight the wars
I’ve never seen the Red Sea part in my lifetime –
But when I look around, little miracles are happenin’ all the time

If you ain’t ever surfed the internet, then you surely ain’t seen nothin’ bad yet
It seems to me that cyberspace, is one sad statement on the human race
There’s depravity as far as you can see, people preachin’ anarchy
It makes me want to stop and say, “There’s nothin’ good goin’ on today”

CHORUS
Except, my marriage of all these years
Man, I love her so much it brings me to tears
My boy, my little girl
Hold the promise of a better world
It came without headlines there were no bylines
It just happened anyway
That’s why I find it hard to say, nothing good’s goin’ on today

That’s why I find it hard to say, nothin’ good’s goin’ on today

Corner of Faith and Hope

Written By: Stan Swiniarski

Old man with his shopping cart, shuffles through the courthouse park
Policeman tells him move along, that’s how his morning starts
Sellin’ cans and bottles that he finds, helps him to stay alive
And buys him the courage to see him through the night. He’s

CHORUS
Livin’ on the corner of Faith and Hope
Doin’ it all within his (her/their) means
Lookin’ to find a better home
‘Cause he’s (she’s/they’ve) still got a pocketful of dreams.
That’s life on the corner of Faith and Hope
Step by step, day by day
Sometimes life turns out that way
On the corner of Faith and Hope

Single mother barely manages to keep her three kids clothed and fed
With a lot of help she puts a roof over their heads
Some days it’s really hard she finds, just to hold onto her pride
But she knows what she has got when she looks in their eyes. She’s

CHORUS

Bridge And when I’m not as thankful as I should be
I think of all the people on the corner of that street.

Little boy lies in bed, not a single hair on his head
Tired of bein’ so tired, he wants to run instead
Mom and dad say don’t you cry, soon you can go play outside
They say a silent prayer and keep on wishing for that time. They’re

CHORUS

Discography

"Ain't That Love", Stan's second CD, released online in April, 2005. Formal launch to Americana / Texas radio August, 2005. Available at www.cdbaby.com, iTunes where songs can be previewed.

"Mexico" CD: February, 2004. Charted in the Top 100 Americana and Roots airplay charts, as well as international spins. "Mexico" is also available for purchase at cdbaby and iTunes, and many other locations.

Set List

I perform up to two full sets of my original songs (25+ songs). I can do either solo acoustic performances (piano plus some acoustic guitar) for smaller settings, or full Country band, depending upon budget.