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The Pregnant America

  • Posted on: 25 January 2013
  • By: charliecheney

I've met a handful of people in my lifetime who have switched political parties. It's like Heinz vs. Hunts, or ketchup vs. catsup. Did you know Target actually knows when you're pregnant and they also know that when you're pregnant is one of the few times you're likely to change brands? But they hide the advertisements that are specific to babies, hygiene, and food in their monthly mailers amongst other more "manly" items like tools and car accessories so as not to creep you out. So the question becomes... when are americans most "pregnant" and open to changing their long held beliefs?

Everybody Dies

  • Posted on: 24 January 2013
  • By: charliecheney

Experiencing loss, like feeling hurt, feeling insulted, feeling grateful, or feeling broken is what music is all about for me. Writing songs is how I study and evaluate my own perceptions, values, and ability to respond.

My thought for today.

Video - A Hook For My Hand

  • Posted on: 23 January 2013
  • By: charliecheney

Last night I recorded that new lyric that I posted a couple days ago "A Hook For My Hand". I'm really happy with the song and the video both. Hope you like it.

On my 50th birthday I slept in my van
Cuz if I like it or not
That's the person I am
Uninsured, unemployable, itinerant, broke
My only real possession are the lies that I wrote

A hook for my hand

A Hook For My Hand

  • Posted on: 21 January 2013
  • By: charliecheney

New lyrics...

On my 50th birthday I slept in my van
Cuz if I like it or not
That's the person I am
Uninsured, unemployable, itinerant, broke
My only real possession are the lies that I wrote

A hook for my hand

I'm fat and vigilant
Pearled and reamed
Lie awake all night because
I still have dreams
Where I sing like a whippoorwill
Cry hard tears
Drink sorrowful melodies
Through ringing ears

A hook for my hand

End Of The World Party -- Palmer Johnson Yacht Live

  • Posted on: 23 December 2012
  • By: charliecheney

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.

Updated my website a bit...

  • Posted on: 25 March 2012
  • By: charliecheney

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.

Holiday Blues

  • Posted on: 12 December 2011
  • By: charliecheney

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."

Song Links

  • Posted on: 5 May 2011
  • By: charliecheney

Kerrville New Folk Contest Submission Suggestions?

  • Posted on: 10 March 2011
  • By: charliecheney

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

One Tiny Lie

Take Me To My Daughter

Recycle Giftcards into Guitar Picks for Charity!

  • Posted on: 24 February 2011
  • By: charliecheney


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!

Beatles Shakespeare Crossovers

  • Posted on: 21 February 2011
  • By: charliecheney

My 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?

A Story of New Years Eve 2005

  • Posted on: 7 December 2008
  • By: charliecheney

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.

My new weekly radio show... Mondays at 8pm eastern

  • Posted on: 2 December 2008
  • By: charliecheney

I'm starting a cool new weekly radio call-in show at 8pm Eastern time at 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" ( 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.

To kick off the series I featured some songs from a fun Portland artist named Josh Belville ( and the band Arden of Eden (

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!


We Can Have Pie - How To Make Homemade Pie Crust

  • Posted on: 26 November 2008
  • By: charliecheney

Charlie Cheney's "We Can Have Pie!" song in mp3 format

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.