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 ten tracks. Start at the beginning of the series here.

If there’s one thing people don’t like, it’s when you go on and on about how much you love your favorite U.S. state.

Completely ignoring this rule, I put two songs on Loving Every Other Minute of It about Oregon, and to pound home the point, they’re both on side one.

“Oregon Sky” came together in 2009, around the same…


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 ten tracks. Start at the beginning of the series here.

“Crazy Around Here” came about when my producer and cohort Bret Hartley emailed me a drum sample, and he asked me to write a song with the sample as its foundation. I don’t know where Bret got the sample, and since I’d hoped to write a song over it, I didn’t want to know what song it came from. …


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 ten tracks. Start at the beginning of the series here.

Some of my greatest memories of playing in bands involve people dancing.

As a musician, when people are moving in front of you, you feel like you’re doing something right. When they’re just standing there, you feel like the message isn’t quite getting through.

As a solo artist, I’ve struggled to get danceable tunes on my albums. By and large…


The Refreshments’ debut album for Mercury Records, Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big and Buzzy, came out 25 years ago today. A few years ago, I gave the whole thing a listen — plus the B-sides! — and jotted down whatever popped into my head.

The Album

“Blue Collar Suicide”

This is an old Roger song from his time in the Mortals. It came together while recording Fizzy when Roger played the track’s rhythm guitar part and P.H. gave it the Bo Diddley treatment. We all instantly knew we had a new track for the album and worked it out on the spot…


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 ten tracks. Start at the beginning of the series here.

Raquel and I moved to Ashland, Oregon in 2003. We spent one year, 2008, in the Chicago area and moved back to Oregon — Portland this time — in 2009.

I cannot tell you how happy I was to get back to this state. Oregon is the only state where certain folks seem to be able to function happily. We…


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…


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…


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

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…


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.”

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…


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…

Art Edwards

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

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