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Is it worth having arguments online? Plus new single “Promises” (Erik Ritland isn’t so Bad podcast #3)

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If you’re a creative type who loves music, songwriting, big ideas, and having a lot of fun, Erik Ritland isn’t so Bad is your kind of podcast.

On ERisB, Music in Minnesota editor Erik Ritland explores classic rock n’ roll and Americana, discusses interesting ideas from literature, philosophy, and history, and examines creativity and how it works. 

In addition to editing Music in Minnesota, Erik is also a songwriter. Each episode of ERisB features one of his songs in its entirety, in addition to an in-depth analysis of its creation and the creative process.

Topics for the second episode include the art of arguing online, the best and worst Beatles albums, great poets you need to read, an essential tip for creativity, and more.

For the segment on one of his own compositions, Erik discusses “Promises,” one of his first successful attempts to write a rock song. It is the lead track from his 2008 album Floating Bridge, which will be re-issued this September. The creative process of this one is interesting to say the least! The episode includes a full version of the song, which will be released as a single this Friday, 7-24-20.

Listen on Spotify, other platforms, or in the player below!

Written by Erik Ritland

Erik Ritland is a songwriter, musician, journalist, and podcaster based in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s released over a dozen albums since 2002, most recently Old Dog Almost Gone (2021), the first-ever multimedia album, and his latest collection of all original material, A Scientific Search (2020). During his 15+ years as a music journalist, Erik has written hundreds of articles for Music in Minnesota, Something Else Reviews, his own blog Rambling On, and more. In addition to continuing his music career, Erik currently runs The Cosmic American, a music journalism website, and is the editor of Music in Minnesota.


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