If I want CDBaby to continue to sell physical CDs I need to send them more.
The thing is, there are no more to send.
I've now run out of physical copies of my first and second albums.
They are officially POP -- Permanently Out of Print.
And I am just fine with that.
If you are really desperate to have a physical copy of City Of Love or Ten Miles, you can find some on eBay.
They are quite expensive, coming from places as far away as Germany and Australia.
If you buy a physical CD from these sources, I will not get a dime; these copies were snapped up cheaply by overseas resellers and are now being sold at a premium price.
If you buy one of these physical copies, you will also expand the size of your carbon footprint by contributing to petroleum use, for the fuel needed to ship these items across the globe.
Not to guilt-trip anyone here, okay?
But as long as folks are shopping -- and they are, especially today -- it makes sense for us to think about the environmental reach of our purchases.
This is the primary reason I chose NOT to make my latest album available in CD form except at live shows.
If you want to buy a download you can go directly to CDBaby or any of the other outlets where my music is sold, and pay for a download which you can put directly onto your computer or smartphone.
And there's no additional plastic production involved in that!
I will be selling download cards of The Watchman's Chair at my California Shabbaton next week and at the URJ Biennial. The download card will cost a dollar less than buying an actual CD, another benefit of putting less plastic into the world.
Thanks for hanging in there with me on this. It's very important to me to find ways to reduce my footprint where I can, and I appreciate your understanding and support.
Happy Friday and Shabbat Shalom.
(photo at right: Shabbat candles, in candlesticks made from recycled bicycle parts.)