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Eau Claire musician’s new CD emphasizes importance of living

James Ignacio will release 'Making the Most of It' with a show Saturday at Northwoods Brew Pub

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    Musician James Ignacio will hold a CD release show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Northwoods Brew Pub in Osseo.

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    James Ignacio’s new CD, “Making the Most of It,” will be released Friday.

    Contributed photo

Life is about making the most of every moment, and that’s something to celebrate. 

Eau Claire musician James Ignacio believes that mantra so much he titled his latest album after the idea.

“One of the songs is called ‘Most of It,’ and it’s actually a song to my wife, reminding us that life is flying by, things are going to happen,” Ignacio said. “Through all of it we’ve just got to make the most of it.”

James Ignacio is holding a CD release show for his newest album, “Making the Most of It,” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Northwoods Brew Pub & Grill in Osseo. 

The event will be emcee’d by Blugold Radio’s Scott Morfitt, and musician Justin Arnold will open the show. His album will be available for $10 at the show.

To make the most of the night, Ignacio said it was important for him to play with a live band, as all but one of the songs on the album were recorded with a full band. 

Area musicians such as Evan Middlesworth, Jeremy Holt, saxophonist Sue Orfield, trumpeter Connor Pietzrak and drummer Zach Brawford will perform the songs from the album with Ignacio. 

In addition, his daughter, Sophia, will also sing with him on one of the songs. 

“We all had rehearsal last week and it was a lot of fun — it’s great to hear these tunes,” Ignacio said. “Playing them live wasn’t the case in the studios, so to have everybody at the same time and my daughter singing, I think people will be pretty pleased and enjoy it quite a bit.” 

It’s been eight years since Ignacio released his first solo album, “About A Block Down Wilson.” 

While that one featured him as a solo artist, he appreciates the dynamic a band brings to his music on the latest record. 

He said he’s really proud of the final product and feels it represents him as a musician and a person well. 

Ignacio has a background in jazz, but said his album covers a variety of genres ranging from blues to soul and more.

“It kind of goes all over the place,” he said. “But that’s me, I’m all over the place.” 

Ignacio is a California native who moved to the Midwest when his first wife was a student at the University of Minnesota. The two are no longer together, but he stayed in the Eau Claire area to help raise his daughter. 

Now remarried, he said it is his family and friends who have been the most inspirational to his songwriting. 

“I’m so grateful for this, I have such a great group of friends and the Chippewa Valley is such a good music environment,” he said. “There’s so many great musicians and people that make it worth it, and I’ve established a pretty happy life here.” 

With his album, he added “I set a goal, and I reached it. It came out what I had in my head, and even better in the end.”

That, to him, is making the most of it. 

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