Sunday, February 3, 2008

The Big Day!

(drum roll, please)

You can now buy Ghost Notes and Songs from Memory at my Web site.

Woo hoo!

Yee haa!

I can't put into words what this means to me. The only thing I can compare it to is the feeling I had when the band released Wheelie, back in early December of 1994, walking through Yucca with a box of CDs on my shoulder, a roomful of eyes following me all the way to the back booth.

I got Wheelie feeling back!

Of course, these projects wouldn't have been possible without two very special people. My wife, Kel

Every artist needs his muse, and you'll find more than a little of Kel sprinkled lovingly throughout Ghost Notes and Songs from Memory. Kel is also the one person who read Ghost Notes over and over again, looking for everything from underdeveloped characters to awkward phrases to misplaced commas. Thank you for everything, honey.

The second person is my longtime friend and fellow Moline compatriot Bret Hartley

Bret took what was my idea of having a "single" for Ghost Notes and made it into a full-on CD. After what Bret did, I just hope people remember I wrote a book!

And you can hear one of Bret's many guitar-playing high points on the record this week at my MySpace Audio page. "I Don't Know Right Now" is a track we both kept making excuses to go back to in the studio, just because we wanted to listen to it again. (I'll have to write a blog one day about how the Meat Puppets brought the down-and-dirty out of this song.)

By the way, this is just the first of two release dates. The in-store release date is March 4, and all promotion starts on March 5 at Changing Hands in Tempe. After that, we've got confirmed dates--everything from readings to rock shows--in Phoenix, Denver, St. Louis, and Oklahoma City, and we hope to get many more as we move forward. I see these two babies taking me into October, and to both coasts. You'll get all event updates at this blog, but you can always check my Web site if you're curious. Click the Events tab on the left nav bar, and you'll have up-to-the-minute coverage.

For those of you who don't know, you can still get a peek of Ghost Notes at my Web site, too.

So, this is it. Buy Ghost Notes, or Songs from Memory, or Ghost Notes and Songs from Memory, and enjoy the read and the tunes. Don't hesitate to let me know what you think of both.

Think I'll break out the bass today and play some funkadelic. Who's comin' over?



L. Guinn said... exciting! I've had "You" on my MySpace page since you put it up. Can't wait to hear everything else and catch up with Hote.

I'm still a sucker for everything remotely related to the 90's Tempe scene...just wish I had been old enough to truly enjoy it!

Art Edwards said...

Thank you, and thank you for linking to "You."

Luckily, we still have the tunes, eh?


Anonymous said...

Hey Art,
I really dig the cd,and i've read the book twice hope to see and hear more from you.Any chance you might make it any where on the east coast?Philly,New York,Or my area Scranton.

Art Edwards said...

Twice?!? Sweet Jesus.

Don't tell anyone, but I'm shooting for a tour of the East Coast in June. Full Band. Plenty of law laid down.

Stay tuned.


Anonymous said...

hey art
me again in riverboat captain what is the last line when you say forbidden fruit... and i wondered why hote didnt sing that part in the book just wondering .


Art Edwards said...

Hey, Mark.

I think I ran out of ideas for the other band members during the song. You know, he sings this and Betty does that. He sings that and Stu hits a cymbal. It felt more succinct to truncate the song a bit for the scene.

The forbidden fruit
Is there for the tastin'
So don't hesitate
Cuz time is a-wastin'.
(Oh yeah)
Who da thought that you and me would wind up racin'.



Anonymous said...

thanks for the reply,icouldnt figure out what the last word was i hope i get to see you live in june. my two sons age 19 and 14 lay down the law with there bands i always liked your playing.if you ever get a chance check out the kids myspaces thanks again for a great cd and book

Anonymous said...

That pic of Hartley is priceless.
- J.Austin