Super fun show.
Charlie Cheney & The Significant Otters live at Quinn & Tuites in Grand Rapids Michigan at the end of the world party 12/21/2012. From left to right: Craig Van Otteren (mandolin, vocals), Tim Foley (bass), Eric Hollebeek (vocals), Charlie Cheney (vocals, guitar), Vickie Van Otteren (washboard, vocals). Shot on an iPhone.
Super fun show.
Made a new video today featuring lots of black dog footage...
On Friday night I decided to upgrade and update my website a bit. You know, one of those insane moments of clarity, like when you suddenly decide you have to clean your bathroom because the cobwebs and soap scum have finally built up beyond your ability to cope with it any longer, hahaha.
I got a low-voltage dose of Holiday Blues today, just feeling out of sorts, restless, wishing I had more money for presents. I've been in pretty good spirits this year and this bout with personal desire sort of took me by surprise. I scurried home to eat a good meal, take a nap, and work on some code. Anything to keep my spirits up and my mind occupied.
Do you feel that way sometimes? It seems to me like everybody must sometimes, but I can never tell. I told a doctor once that my arms fell asleep at night and then I said "but that happens to everyone I suppose." and she replied with eyes slightly wide "It doesn't happen to me."
Discussion on Gig Pricing at Southtown Guitars, Grand Rapids MI
Recorded live on my iPod on 11/19/11 to document the Gig Pricing event Dean hosted at Southtown Guitars. A lively discussion, it was cool to be a part of it. http://www.facebook.com/events/159203064178263/
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1 $50 Down The Drain http://charliefest.com/charliecheney/mp3/fawm11/CharlieCheney_50Dollars2...
2 A Perfect Valentines http://charliefest.com/charliecheney/mp3/fawm08/CharlieCheney_PerfectVal...
3 Amelia http://charliefest.com/charliecheney/mp3/5090_2008/CharlieCheney_Amelia.mp3
4 Bad Bad Monkey http://charliefest.com/charliecheney/mp3/5090_2010/CharlieCheney_BadBadM...
5 Bottles & Cans http://charliefest.com/mp3/CharlieFest_BottlesAndCans.mp3
6 Broken Down http://charliefest.com/charliecheney/mp3/5090_2009/CharlieCheney_BrokenD...
7 Buttercup http://charliefest.com/charliecheney/mp3/EdgarAllanPolka/01_ButtercupV1.mp3
Hi there, so here's a question for you.
There's this thing called The 2011 GRASSY HILL KERRVILLE NEW FOLK COMPETITION that will be held during the 40th Annual Kerrville Folk Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 28 & 29, 2011 and I'm thinking about submitting.
My question is, what two songs would you suggest I submit?
The criteria are that the songs be written after January 1st 2009, and the winners must perform the two songs on stage. With these two criteria in mind I've whittled my eligible songs down to this list:
Fifty Dollars Down The Drain
Take Me To My Daughter
The Gift (Cards) That Keep On Givin' Campaign!
UPDATE: Picks are now on sale on Etsy!
The Gifts That Keep On Givin' Store!
Recycle your used gift cards for a good cause! There are billions of gift cards purchased and exchanged each year. Ryan Simmons and (MC)² Productions have joined forces to pay-it-forward and help reduce, reuse and recycle a major amount of consumer waste. All recycled gift cards are repurposed into guitar picks then resold with 100% of proceeds benefiting music education.
Here is what you need to do:
Step 1: Collect your used cards.
Step 2: Send to the address below or find a drop-off location near you!
My FAWM.org friends Chris Adams and Tim Wille were playing a li'l game on Facebook that mingled the great bard with the great band. Here are the ones they came up with. Can YOU do better? (Imagine a pointing finger Uncle Sam here)
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song, and I'll try not to sing out of key.
To be, or not to be good-looking cos he's so hard to see, that is the question.
Messers K. and H. assure the public
their production will be second to none, and of course, Henry the horse, the horse, my kingdom for a horse!
Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow never knows.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool on the hill.
Shall I compare thee to a hard summer's day night?
Coming up this month is our third anniversary of moving to Fremont Michigan. I've been thinking about our move. It was an adventure. We rented a U-Haul truck and a tow along 12-ft trailer as well, so we were assured of an adventure in moving.
There was throwing up involved, scrubbing tile on my knees, 1000 miles of driving, a trailer popping off the trailer hitch (several times), an angel, dogs in the front seat, the shearing off of a trailer hitch 10 miles from our destination, and much more.
Back soon to tell you more.
I'm starting a cool new weekly radio call-in show at 8pm Eastern time at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/charliecheney and I need you and your music on my show!
"Charlie Cheney's Music Exam" will host a spirited discussion on current musical hot-topics such as social networking, digital distribution, touring, self-promotion, and beyond. I'd love you to join in the conversation, so call-in won't you?
Last night we discussed the theory of "Tribes" and how tribes affect our success with music. Joel D Canfield author of "The Commonsense Entrepreneur" (http://www.indieseminars.com) joined me and I would love it if YOU, yes YOU, would call in to the next episode too. The call-in number is (914) 338-0421 and the show is free.
If you'd like to submit your music for future episodes or want to suggest a specific topic for discussion please send me an email with your ideas and links to mp3s and I'll take it from there. Look forward to hearing from you tonight and every Monday at 8pm!
All right kids and kiddens... it's time to make great pie crust. Why? Because we love pie! So, here is the ultimate instructional tutorial to help you make home made pie crust right there in the comfort of your own... home. Hooray! OK, let's begin.
Start with the basic ingredients and tools. Flour, shortening, salt, ice water, mixing bowl, tablespoon, and two knives to cut the dough.
Oooh look, I have a shiny new Facebook badge.
Come be my friend. Yay. I've become addicted to scrolling through Status Updates and leaving comments lately, lol.
I'm addicted to Twitter and it is ruining my blog. I've lost interest in writing more than 140 characters at a time. But at last I'm back in order to write a longer missive. About Twitter, of course.
Here's what I just discovered... the Twitter search feature has been disabled due to abuse... so as I searched around I found these handy work arounds, enjoy! (p.s. I found these here: http://getsatisfaction.com/twitter/topics/people_search_has_been_disabled)
Alternatives for User Search that might help in the meantime:
1. To search by topic, try http://search.twitter.com
2. To find friends through the address book of your webmail account, try http://twitter.com/invitations
The above are Twitter features. There are also third-party services that may help:
4. To search by location, try http://twitterlocal.net
5. To search by profession, try http://twitterpacks.pbwiki.com
6. To search for companies that use Twitter, try http://www.socialbrandindex.com/twitter
Last night I was flipping channels, back and forth between the usual "guy talk and drama" channels of ESPN, Golf Channel, some movie channels, when I happened on WGVU the local public station and Bill Moyer's program.
This guy Michael Zweig was on:
Have you seen Google's page today where you can search their 2001 index?
I searched for "Charlie Cheney" and this came up from the Lumina Americas site lol...
Charlie Cheney is Lumina Americas' Chief Technology Officer. Charlie has spent the past 13 years building a wide variety of technology-related companies. Most recently, Charlie was the Vice President of Technology at Rocketboard.com Inc., where he led and managed technology initiatives to launch this Internet start-up.
From 1996 to 1999, Charlie was the President and CEO of Cheney Inc., a Wisconsin-based computer and media consulting firm. There, he focused on cross-platform database programming, as well as computer system needs analysis, installation, training and troubleshooting for large and small businesses.
Prior to Cheney, Inc., Charlie spent six years at Get Creative Technologies, Inc. in Chicago. As President and CEO, Charlie was responsible for managing this computer consulting and media production company which focused on high-end printing, multimedia projects, as well as Internet and database development work. Clients included Ameritech, Motorola, Leo Burnett, Quaker Oats, Apple Computer and others.
Before joining Get Creative Technologies, Charlie was an assistant project leader at Apple Computer, Inc.
Charlie has a BA in Communications, Arts, Radio, TV & Film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.