The Next Chapter·Bedside Books

How this book about with disconnecting from the digital world helped musician Mike Edel

The Alberta musician is currently reading Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport.
Mike Edel is an Alberta musician and vocalist. (Brian Van Wyk, Portfolio)

This interview originally aired on March 28, 2020.

Mike Edel is an Alberta-born folk musician and vocalist. His most recent album, Thresholds, was released in 2019.

The book he's currently reading is Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport. He stopped by The Next Chapter to tell us why.

"Right now I'm reading Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport. It's about choosing a focused life in a noisy world. It's a little 'self-helpy' — which is funny because I don't often read these things.

One of the reasons I'm a musician and artist is because it's great to be in a room with people who have said no to Netflix, said no to their phones and come out to listen to music and listen to art and be with other people.

"Being a musician and on tour, I just sit in the van a lot. You're driving across Canada and it's easy to stare at your phone. But there's something that's important to me, which is living a focused life and connecting with humans.

"One of the reasons I'm a musician and artist is because it's great to be in a room with people who have said no to Netflix, said no to their phones and come out to listen to music and listen to art and be with other people.

"It's a very pertinent subject to me in my life presently."

Mike Edel's comments have been edited for length and clarity.

Watch the video for the song Houdini by Mike Edel

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