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I’ve decided to write notes describing each of the tracks on Loving Every Other Minute of It. I’ll publish one of these pieces per month until I touch on all 10 tracks. Start at the beginning of the series here.

In early 2019, as I chose the songs I wanted to record for Loving Every Other Minute of It, a song I knew for sure I didn’t want to include was “Be Home.”

Why?

Because my goal with this album was to include only “up” songs. My last solo album, Songs from Memory, tended toward darker and lonelier stuff. I was now of a certain age, and we were deep in the Trump regime. I felt strongly that my music would be more useful to listeners if the songs provided some escape and diversion from everything that was going on. …

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I’ve decided to write notes describing each of the tracks on Loving Every Other Minute of It. I’ll publish one of these pieces per month until I touch on all 10 tracks. Start at the beginning of the series here.

This month, it’s “Johnny Marr,” for which Bret Hartley and Chris Glass Hartley just finished a live-ish video. Take a look.

For as long as I can remember, Blush and I have liked to joke around.

In August-ish of 2019, a Facebook friend of mine named James Smith commented on some post or other about how hard it was to write a song while living in your car. …

On Saturday, I shipped the first 25 vinyl copies of Loving Every Other Minute of it.

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Both the vinyl and CD versions of the album now ship immediately from my website. You can also buy the album as a digital download through Bandcamp.

That means Loving Every Other Minute of it is now available in all formats. It’s been quite a journey to bring the music to you in all of these formats, and I’m very pleased with how it’s come out.

Also, we’ve recorded a series of “live” videos that — with the generous help of Chris Glass Hartley — we’re pulling together for you right now. The first video, “Incident,” is ready for you at YouTube. The new plan is to release one video per month for at least three months, with “Johnny Marr” next in line. …

I’ve decided to write notes for each of the tracks on Loving Every Other Minute of It. I’ll publish about one of these pieces per month until I touch on all 10. Let’s start with “Incident.”

In 2008, right after I released my first solo album Songs from Memory, I wrote a song called “Incident.”

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I liked this tune quite a bit. It was based on a story from a friend of mine describing his experience with Match.com. It seems that one of the ways to improve your options on the site is to increase your radius. That is, instead of looking for matches within five miles of your place, you look for matches within ten miles, 20 miles, 50 miles. I immediately created this fictional scenario in my head of some guy, a little too anxious for a match, increasing his radius to include out-of-state, even out-of-the-country people. The story has a happy ending. …

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Now that Loving Every Other Minute of It is out as an mp3 download, it’s got me thinking about when I decide to buy new music.

I’ve bought quite a bit of new music in 2020. These purchases have included CDs and mp3s by newer and established artists such as Buffalo Jones, Olivia Awbrey, James McMurtry, The Breeders, Victor Krummenacher, Eliot Bronson, and Michael McDermott.

These days, it seems almost impossible for me to buy music by an artist with whom I have no strong previous connection. As I look at the above list, two of the artists are from formative bands of my youth (The Breeders, Victor Krummenacher), two have been recommended by friends (Eliot Bronson, Michael McDermott), one I’ve seen live a couple of times and decided to take the plunge (Buffalo Jones), one was a coworker (Olivia Awbrey), and one was an artist I’d already been listening to for a decade or two (James McMurtry). …

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You can now buy my second solo album Loving Every Other Minute of It as a digital download through Bandcamp. This is a great newer company that makes the payment process simple, and it offers a respectable rate to its artists. Also, at bandcamp, whatever you spend there on the First Friday of every month goes 100% to the artist. Hey, today is the first Friday of the month! Get yours now!

The CD version of Loving Every Other Minute of It is now for sale at my website and ships immediately.

I will receive the vinyl pressings of Loving Every Other Minute of It (limited-edition 100) by the end of November, and the vinyl is now available for preorder at my website with a corresponding mp3 download. In other words, I send you the mp3s now while you wait for your vinyl to arrive. …

Over the years, I’ve heard plenty of musicians talk about how they’re in it for the music and not the money.

Still, growing up in the 70s and 80s, I saw making music at a certain level as synonymous with making money. I assumed that the acts on American Bandstand or Night Flight or MTV were doing well enough for themselves. For me, part of the dream of becoming like them was the hope I would do well enough not to have to work a day job.

That time for me is long gone. I have a day job now, and that suits me fine. I spent decades trying to avoid such a fate, but now that I have it, I wouldn’t want it any other way. …

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While we designed the vinyl version of Loving Every Other Minute of It, I became vaguely aware of download cards.

Apparently, you can include a download card with each vinyl copy sold, and that way folks who make the investment into vinyl also can download the mp3 version of the album.

This sounded like a great idea, but with everything else going on, I didn’t get around to exploring download cards. I suspected it would cost more, and the cost of our limited-edition vinyl pressing was already pretty impressive.

This leads me to my high school friend Matt Hancher.

Matt wanted to support his fellow Moline Maroon by buying Loving Every Other Minute of it on vinyl, but he wanted the mp3 versions of the songs as well. The mp3 version of the album comes out via bandcamp.com on November 6th, but it doesn’t seem right to have folks pay $35 for the vinyl, then expect them to pony up another $10 for the mp3 version. …

The CD versions of my solo album Loving Every Other Minute of It have arrived!

This is what the box looks like.

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Here’s how you open it.

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The vinyl and CD versions of my second solo album, Loving Every Other Minute of It, are now available for presale at my website.

The vinyl pressing is a limited-edition of 100, and each jacket is individually numbered. I will sell the edition in order from lowest number to highest. Numbers 1 through 4 will go to the four people who made vinyl happen, so we start selling at number 5. In other words, the sooner you order, the lower your number. I will sign each of the vinyl covers unless you ask me not to.

The CDs are not in a limited edition and will ship sooner than the vinyl. If you want the music as soon as possible, this is your best option. The CDs are shrink-wrapped, so I will only sign them (remove the shrink-wrap) if you ask me to. …

About

Art Edwards

Art Edwards is a co-founder of the Refreshments. His latest solo album, Loving Every Other Minute of It, will be out in November 2020.

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