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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Voila!

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Get yours now!

Limited-edition vinyl is scheduled to arrive by November 26th. Order yours now too!

After the release of my first solo album Songs from Memory, I turned 40, moved to Portland, put away my guitars, and more or less called it a day. I put a few finished songs on the back burner to focus on writing novels. I wasn’t sure how much I could expect of myself to keep dividing my attention between music and writing. …


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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. …


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In less than two months, I will release my second solo album Loving Every Other Minute of It, the making of which has been one of the musical highlights of my life.

To give you an early taste of the album, I’ve posted its single, “Johnny Marr,” at my ReverbNation page. The album was produced by my longtime friend and cohort Bret Hartley, and Bret plays guitar on the track. My other longtime friend and cohort Brian Blush co-wrote the track, and he plays guitar on it as well. …


I’m like everyone these days, checking COVID news for my state and country, learning to get used to a face mask and hand sanitizer, wondering what’s going to happen next.

With COVID, my plans have shifted a bit, but through it all, my next solo album Loving Every Other Minute of It has managed to stay on track for its November 7th, 2020 release. If you haven’t yet seen the Rebecca Kelley-designed cover, you have now, and Bret and I are thrilled with the final mastered tracks. All that’s left to do is get the thing to you.

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After your input, I’ve decided to release the album in three different forms — vinyl, CD, and mp3 download. The vinyl — a limited-edition set of 100 — is already in press, and I expect to finalize the rest in August. …


In mid-March, when the pandemic started closing in, I was scared and confused like everyone, but I felt lucky for one reason: the week before, I’d managed to get all of the bass and lead vocals for Loving Every Other Minute of It tracked and ready for mixing. It was a relief that I wouldn’t have to figure out how to get down the best takes of my songs while everyone I knew and loved struggled with this new thing. That hard work was done, which saved plenty of time for the new hard work.

Still, I missed playing bass. I’d just gotten back into the habit, and with no gigs or studio sessions on the horizon, I suspected my recently regained chops would fall away, just like the had before Loving Every Other Minute of It. …

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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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